What the hell ever happened to grandmas giving hugs and candy?! SMH
Relatives recall Gizzell Kiara Ford as a smart, mature and respectful 8-year-old girl.
Prosecutors said today her grandmother, Helen M. Ford, 51, of the 5200 block of West Adams Street, inflicted so many injuries on the girl over a long enough period and neglected her so badly that before she died Friday, Gizzell had maggots living in a head injury that had spread to another part of her scalp.
Ford cried today as prosecutors detailed the girl’s injuries to Criminal Court Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. and the judge set no bail for the murder charge against the woman.
Meanwhile, her other family members are struggling with anger, pain and disbelief, said Gizzell’s uncle, Osvaldo J. Mercado of Schiller Park.
“Everybody is in shock,” said Mercado, 30.
When the girl’s death first came to light, Ford told police that Gizzell had harmed herself because she was upset her mother was not visiting her. But further investigation revealed that Ford had struck the child in the head and body numerous times and strangled her, according to police.
The medical examiner’s office determined Saturday following an autopsy that Gizzell died of strangulation and multiple blunt trauma injuries from child abuse and child neglect.
When the police got to the scene, what they found was pretty ugly to say the least…
Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Pillsbury said investigators found Gizzell suffered blunt force trauma to the head long enough ago that maggots had hatched in the resulting cuts and spread to the front of the girl’s scalp while she was still alive.
Gizzell had suffered cuts, bruising and scratches to her face, ears and lips. She had multiple bruises and puncture wounds on her back, chest and abdomen and bruises on her arms and legs. Her neck showed signs of hemorrhaging and fractures and broken cartilage, Pillsbury said.
The girl had suffered deep lacerations to her buttocks and had ligature marks on her ankles and wrists, as well as circular burns on her body that may have been cigarette burns, Pillsbury said.
When they examined the girl’s home for evidence, police took a pole, twine and cables, some of which had blood on them. In the bedroom where the girl was found, investigators found blood splatter present near her body, Pillsbury said.
We don’t know how this lady abused this poor little girl so badly while being “bedridden”, but one thing is for sure, all the handicaps in the world won’t be able to save her from a prison shank.
R.I.P Gizzell Kiara Ford
Image via Chicago Police/Ford Family