I am haunted by this case, having seen the most hideous things done to children. I interviewed her other son and asked him about the dogs. He told me the wolf had bitten his brother (he was disabled). I asked how many times it bit his brother; he told me twice, and explained about the first time he was bit by the wolf. Mom knew the wolf had bitten her child and didn’t do anything. When I asked him what happened the second time the wolf bit his brother, he said, “He died.” I broke down on the witness stand as I testified about my forensic interview with the child.
When I work with people who abuse and neglect their kids, I always walk in with the thought, ”What if I was always judged for the worst thing I did?” This was terrible, no doubt…but at the end of her life, is it fair to always judge her on the worst thing she ever did? I cannot get a hold of my feelings around this case. All my education, experience, and skills, and I could not save this family or the children.