Every story about child murder has a terrible, burning question behind it: how could we, as a society, let this happen? Of course, it’s all the perpetrators’ fault, and they have no excuse, and no redemption can be gained for them.
But there are so many points at which they could be stopped but never are until it’s too late. So many child abusers are even repeated offenders. How could they have been given a chance in the first place?
With every new tragedy, we learn about the limits regarding the prevention methods that are in place. In the case of Jessica Lunsford, we learned about those limits too late.
She was a little girl in Florida who was killed unimaginably, and the fallout from her death sparked a nationwide outrage that led to the implementation of a new act of law that bore her name.
Unfortunately, the only way she could be saved happened after she died, and she is remembered in that terrible way as a result.
10 /10 Just A Little Girl
Jessica Marie Lunsford was born in 1995 to her parents Mark Lunsford and Angela Bryant. Her father was a truck driver who, at some point, divorced her mother but stayed very active in her life.
Jessica was well-liked by everyone in her community. She regularly attended Bible studies, where she started learning sign language.
9 /10 Gone
Jessica’s disappearance was discovered the morning after her abduction when her father noticed her alarm continued ringing. He was with his girlfriend at the time the previous night and only came back that same day.
According to Jessica’s grandparents, they put her to bed with who she was staying, and all things were right last night. But Jessica wasn’t there.