In the summer of 2002, authorities rescued a little girl known only as LP from horrific abuse she endured at the hands of her mother, Jacole Prince. Locked in a closet and emaciated, the 10-year-old weighed only 32 pounds when she was freed. Her two sisters, 2 and 8 at the time, did not appear to have suffered similar abuse.
By Derek Donovan
The Kansas City Star
Last week, Prince withdrew her previous guilty plea and her case has been back in court this week. But compassionate readers are interested in whats happened to LP in the intervening months.
The Star disclosed last August that LP required a heart transplant because of severe medical complications after being rescued.
Today, she remains in the foster system. Because she is a minor and one at so much personal risk for many reasons the details of her situation are kept private by the Missouri Department of Social Services. The same goes for all minors in the foster system, by the way.
Of course I understand fully why so many readers want to know more about how shes doing now. Thats only natural. But even though reporters often know more details off the record than would be released to the general public, this little girls privacy and safety must remain the highest priority.