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On November 4, 1970 on The CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite reported on a true, horrific story that was about to rock the country. A 13-year-old girl was discovered in the small Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia who was still in diapers, barely able to walk and unable to speak. Kept in severe isolation by her parents with virtually no human contact for more than 10 years, she was confined to her bedroom, tied to her potty-chair and left to fend for herself. As Cronkite noted, it was one of the most horrendous cases of child abuse ever to surface. Much like an animal, the girl spat, sniffed and clawed. She had none of the traits or characteristics of conventional human behavior, nor could she comprehend such modern societal conveniences as silverware or bathroom etiquette. Her emotional development was practically non-existent, and she could not speak. With this heartbreaking story, the world was being introduced to a fragile, beautiful teenager who seemed and behaved like an infant, or ... Written by
We believe that Kady's situation was more due to her environment being so atrocious. Although she was born with a slight mental disability, being harassed and locked away in a room for 12 years would definitely have a major impact on her life and how to would interpret things in the future. If she would have gone to school at the age she was supposed to, she would have been able to learn more and become more mentally developed. Because she was never exposed to a normal life, so she had no way of knowing what was wrong or right, or try to get help for herself. She was brainwashed by her father and was scarred which didn't allow her to learn much after she was rescued. After being taken in by doctors she was exposed to many different environments causing her to be confused on what the doctors were expecting of her. When she was in the hospital she was numb and depressed, she needed a normal environment to live in to be able to adjust to the real world. She was forced to live with a very talented, although selfish doctor who specialized in these type of situations. She was very controlling of Kady and attempted to shut her out from the rest of the world. Afterwards she went to live with a doctor which allowed her to both learn new things and spend time in a normal household with a family structure.When she was forced to move in with her mother she felt the pain she had felt when she had lived in the house a few years before. She had left her mother's house due to her mother not being able to handle Kady. When she was placed in a foster home, she was taught new rules and regulations that confused her and made her start going "backwards" from everything that she has learned. She was scared of the family and was abused both physically and emotionally. After being placed back into the hospital, her mother had her removed and sent her to a private household where the doctors could perform no further research. Because Kady had so many different surroundings and environments she was unstable and unaware of what was really expected of her.
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