“By this time our vic is about six and mom’s had two kids with the new husband. The stepdad told the court that spanking her was the only way he could control her but our victim told the judge that the stepdad whipped her with a belt because she wouldn’t share a doughnut. There was also some suspicion he was molesting her but they didn’t have any hard evidence.”
“Sounds like a real prince,” said Jack. He glanced up at his deputy’s face and could tell by the young man’s expression that this would not be the last time little Paige Bennett would feel the wrath of a resentful stepfather or the sting of abandonment from a mother who just couldn’t be bothered.
“Yeah,” said Danny. “A real prince. When she was thirteen the mom sued for custody again. This time it lasted for nearly a month. Then our vic walked into one of those family planning clinics at seven o’clock in the morning saying she needed a pregnancy test.”
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