Credit: Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune, Cook County sheriff’s office
A grandmother was found guilty for the death of her 8 year old granddaughter with the help of a diary.
Persecutors had refer to the entries that Gizzell Ford, of Illinois, made in her diary to prove that her father, Andre Ford, and her grandmother, Helen Ford, had been physically abusing her up until her death in 2013.
Gizelle was denied food and water, was tied to a bedpost for a week at a time and was severely punished when she was caught trying to take a sip from the toilet.
Judge Evelyn Clay said “there was exceeding overwhelming evidence” Gizzell’s grandmother, Helen Ford, “murdered her grandchild,” according to BET.
Ford’s first couple of entries seemed okay at first, with one that wrote
“I hope that I don’t mess up today because I really want to be able to just sit down, watch T.V., talk and play with everybody. I am going to be great all day.
I am going to be a beautiful smart and good young lady. I can do anything I put my … smart mind to. People say I’m smart and courageous and beautiful,” the same source noted.
Authorities noticed a change in her writing that evoked that something was wrong.
In the next page, the Illinois native wrote “Not true, I failed,” after initially writing that she was going to be great all day.
In what had been her very last entry dated back to July 11, she wrote “I hate this life because now I’m in super big trouble,” she wrote while two of her cousins were at summer camp.
Two days later, she was horrifically beaten to death by the hands of her grandmother.
Authorities broke down in tears as they looked at photos of Gizzell during the trial procedural at Cook County Court.
“I’m sorry, this never happens,” Officer Nancy DeCook said according to BET.
Prior to Gazelle’s death her mother, Sandra Mercado, had been trying to gain back custody of her ,after Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had placed her in the home of Gazelle’s father.
Chicago Tribune reported that her father passed away in jail as he was awaiting trial in 2014.
Mercado has now filed a lawsuit against the state expressing her anger over the death of her daughter, which she believe could’ve have been prevented had the DCFS caseworker who had visited the home that Gizelle resided in, had not ignored the obvious signs of abuse.