Officer Holste knocked on the door, but nothing could've prepared him for what he found inside the house: animal waste all over the floor, old chewed-up food, trash, spiderwebs, and reportedly thousands of cockroaches.
"When I entered the room, her eyes widened. She opened her mouth and then crawled sideways, like a crab, to the corner, pulled her knees to her chin, and wrapped her arms around them. Then she started making grunting noises," reported the shaken policeman.
The little girl is named Danielle. She was immediately taken to the hospital in a miserable state. Her speech and mannerisms were similar to those of a 6-month-old. She had received no love and no compassion from her mother.
Danielle, the little girl who had known loneliness her entire life, finally struck a bit of luck. Instead of being sent to an orphanage, a loving couple, Diane and Bernie Lierows, adopted her. They already had four sons, but always wanted a little girl. When they saw Danielle, they knew immediately that they wanted to take care of her and that she was meant to be a member of their family.
But despite her awful childhood, Danielle is doing better in her new home. She is now 15 years old, enjoys going to school, and has a close relationship with her adoptive father. She has become a daddy's girl after the neglect of her biological mother. He says, "She's a 2-year-old in the body of a 15-year-old girl."
Everyday she makes small steps in the direction of adulthood. Her parents hope that one day she will be independent, and maybe even marry. "Having Dani in our lives is like a roller coaster. One that we don't want to get off of," said her parents.