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Outraged, saddened by Danielle's story



Danielle_3 The heart-wrenching story of Danielle, a feral child rescued by Plant City police three years ago, has prompted an outpouring of response from readers. The number of page views for the special report and comments posted have far exceeded previous coverage on

Hundreds of readers have posted comments on, others have e-mailed writer Lane DeGregory or called the Heart Gallery offering help.

The Heart Gallery has set up a fund for those who want to help Danielle's new family. Checks can be sent to: The Heart Gallery -- Danielle Lierow Fund, 1002 E. Palm Ave., Tampa, FL 33605.

Also, a fund has been set up for Danielle's long-term care. Donations can be sent to: Danielle Lierow, c/o Mr. Doy McPhail, Wachovia Bank, 7128 Estero Blvd.,  Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931.

Some readers have sent their wishes to the family:

Tim: "Everyone who gives of themselves for this girl will be rewarded. God bless her new brother for his understanding. Bless them all."

Others vent their anger over Danielle's neglect, as Natalie did: "This is so awful. I don't see why they didn't take the other children also. I don't think that people like this should be allowed to have ANY children ever. This lady is sick and needs to be locked up for good in a mental hospital."

A number of ther Web sites and blogs are linking to the report. Here is a sampling of comments from those sites:

Care2: "This is so heartbreaking. What a wonderful new family she has. Her new brother giving his room up to her. I am so happy she has love now. I hope her evil mother suffers for the rest of her raunchy life. This poor child has lived in hell because of her."

Minor Matters: "I started the day worrying about the little problem of my baby’s physical development.

But this worrying vanished when I read Danielle’s story."

VegPeople: "I am speechless. And horrified. My heart goes out to Dani and her new parents."

Currently displays 35 of the most recent comments. You also can post your comments here or e-mail writer Lane DeGregory at

Do you have questions about what was involved in the reporting of  'Girl in the window'? Post your questions here and DeGregory and photographer Melissa Lyttle will answer them.

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:42pm]


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