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John Mercure: Mercurey Rising

Help a Tortured Girl

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I am not easily sickened or affected by terrible things in the news.  I suppose, for better or worse, it is one of the side effects of being a TV news reporter for almost 20 years.  I have seen or reported on almost everything you can imagine, or so I thought.

Then I read about this terrible abuse story out of Madison.  You probably know the basics. A 15 year old girl was found wandering barefoot and in pajamas along the side of a road.  Police say she looked like she was eight years old because she was so malnourished.  It is a shocking story.  I have alternated between sad and angry the last 48 hours and I can't get the story out of my head.

I am posting two things here.

Here is a copy of the criminal complaint.  *** WARNING IT IS GRAPHIC ***

And here is a way to help this young woman.  If you would like to send a card or letter of support to her you can send it here.  Do NOT send money.  We are told she will not get it.  Instead maybe you can make a donation to a group that helps abuse victims.  Ok  Here is the address:

Dane County Human Services

Attention: Julie Ahnen

1202 Northpoint Dr.

Madison, WI  53704



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