In 2008, a girl named Danielle made headlines around the world after she was discovered in a run-down house in Florida.
Severely neglected, unable to speak and surrounded by filth, Danielle (age 6 when she was rescued) had been raised like a wild animal. So, when Bernie and Diane adopted the girl, it was as if they became parents to an infant trapped in a pre-teen’s body.
Watch part of Danielle’s heartbreaking story and see what her life is like today as a 15-year-old high-school student.
“When I entered the room, her eyes widened. She opened her mouth and then crawled sideways, like a crab, to the corner, pulled her knees to her chin, and wrapped her arms around them. Then she started making grunting noises,” reported the shaken policeman.