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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

There is hope for abused boy, but scars remain

hunter.jpgThis is a very moving story you can read here by our colleague John Woodrow Cox about a boy who suffered horrible abuse from his mother, and is now living with his grandparents.

This part of it is just haunting:

Drooped atop the sofa, Hunter looks much different now. The black rings that long ago swelled around his Pacific blue eyes have receded. The burn that scarred the back of his left hand has faded. The 42 bruises that once discolored his creamy white skin have disappeared.

But on the inside, Hunter has not healed. He still remembers. All of it.

Doctors say the boy has post traumatic stress disorder. That is why he sometimes lashes out when a trigger like the cold (from when his mother locked him outside on cold winter nights) or when a door is locked (like when his mother locked him in a closet).

Here's hoping that there's healing in Hunter's future.

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[Last modified: Saturday, July 7, 2012 3:20pm]


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