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A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story (1992)

In the 1970's, a teenager staying in an unwed mothers' institution is forced to give up her baby. Eighteen years later, she discovers that her child is dead, and that he was possibly murdered by his religiously -strict adoptive mom.

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Jerry Sherwood
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Lois Jurgens
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Dennis
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Mr. Jurgens
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Robert Jurgens
Annabella Price ...
Melinda Elledge
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Clayton Robinson
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Ron Meehan
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Dennis Sherwood
Jennifer Lynn McComb ...
(as Jennifer McComb)
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Frank Maxwell
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Dr. Sackarow
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Dawn
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Mrs. Rory
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Teen-age mother (D'Angelo) is forced to give up her baby for adoption and, 19 years later, when she tries to contact her son, she learns that he died, under questionable circumstances when he was three years old. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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16 November 1992 (USA)  »

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During the trial of Lois Jurgens, Dennis' brother, Robert, said he was not shocked when he saw the morgue photos of Dennis' badly bruised body because he was used to seeing Dennis' body covered in bruises. See more »

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Clayton Robinson: What did Lois do when Dennis started gagging?
Marie Vinton: She said, "if you throw up, you're gonna eat it".
Clayton Robinson: And what happened after she made that statement?
Marie Vinton: [voice breaks] Dennis threw up.
Clayton Robinson: And what did Lois do, if anything, in regard to that?
Marie Vinton: [on the verge of tears] She fed it to him.
The Judge: [stunned] Pardon?
Marie Vinton: [cries in disgust] Vomit - she fed him vomit!
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Based on a true story
5 January 2003 | by (France) – See all my reviews

A teenage mom is forced to give up her baby boy for adoption. 19 years later, as she tries to find her son again, she learns that he died in his foster home at the age of three. Nobody thought relevant that the birth mother be informed. She discovers that he has in fact been murdered at the hands of his foster mother.

Based on "A death in White Bear Lake" book, this movie stays close enough to the real story, but fails to bring out the fact that the whole community knew and covered the abuse of this child for years (before, and after he was murdered).

It was a great TV movie, way different than your usual abused-kid-of-the-week afternoon flick, and I really wish somebody would release it !


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