MELISSA LYTTLE | Times (2008)

the girl
in the window

photos, videos and audio

Photo gallery:
Dani, then and now

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Dani in 2008
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Dani in 2011
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Dani in 2017
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2008: Bernie loves to give Dani, 9, kisses and hugs, even if she can't give them back.
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2011: Dani, 12, is a foot taller and responsive to her dad's affection, hugging him back, kissing and playfully biting his nose.
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2017: Dani and Bernie share a hug at the end of Bernie’s visit.
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2008: Dani and Bernie
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2017: Dani and Bernie

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The girl in the window

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The girl in the window, 10 years later

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Listen to the stories
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MELISSA LYTTLE | Times
“I still have nightmares about what that child had to live with for the first six years of her life. The thought of having to lie down with 1,000 cockroaches on a urine-soaked mattress every night …”
Mark Holste, Plant City detective. Listen to an excerpt from the interview.
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“I guess I’m guilty of having a dirty house. And not sending her to school. And I never took her to a doctor because she was never sick.”
Michelle Crockett, 51, has two grown sons. Danielle was her youngest child. Listen to an excerpt from the interview.
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“Your heart just goes out to this child. What happened to this poor little girl? How am I going to figure out how to help her?”
DR. KATHLEEN ARMSTRONG, director of pediatric psychology at the University of South Florida medical school. Listen to an excerpt from the interview.
Heart Gallery
“Everyone said there's nothing there, in that child. But I could feel it. I could even see it. There was just this look on her face.”
Bernie Lierow and his wife, Diane, saw Danielle's photo in the Heart Gallery, an exhibit of children available for adoption. Listen to an excerpt from the interview.

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Additional credits

  • Editor Maria Carrillo
  • Photo editor Patty Yablonski
  • Video editor Danese Kenon
  • Story design Lyra Solochek, Martin Frobisher and Lauren Flannery
  • Research Caryn Baird

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