The Tragic Story of Genie a Feral Child whose father kept her locked up for thirteen years
Although this world may be a beautiful place to live in, there are many who make it their own personal living hell drowning innocent victims in their own quagmire of hate. One such man was the father of a girl named Genie who became one of the worst cases of child abuse in history.
Genie was abused by her father from a baby receiving no love or human interaction. She lived locked up in a room with painted windows and was not allowed to speak resulting in a disability to speak till the age of 13. She was finally found by authorities who rescued her from her plight. The tragic story of Genie the Feral child can be overwhelming reducing many to tears.
1 Born in Arcadia California to a father who hated children
Genie was born in Arcadia California in 1957. Her Father Wiley Disliked children and prevented all his family from leaving home or venturing outside. He was abusive of all of them including little Genie. The man was raised in an orphanage. His own parents abandoned him where his mother was too busy running a brothel. His resentment and hatred from childhood made him a malicious and evil character.
Genie’s mother was 20 years younger than her husband. Suffering from several ailments including degenerative vision and cataract made her extremely dependent on the hateful man. He isolated himself from the family after Genie was born. Genie was born an Rh Incompatible child and was grossly underweight.
2 Horror and torture in her paternal grandmother’s home
A t 20 months, Genie and her family were moved to their paternal grandmother’s home. That began her nightmare where she was son tied to child’s toilet 13 hours a day. She was made to wear a diaper at night and immobilized in a sleeping bag. She was given baby food, soft boiled egg and liquid. When her grandmother died, her father’s bad temper and abuse increased. He blamed his son for her death and imposed strict restrictions on the family where no one was allowed to speak without his permission. There was no radio or television to watch. Each time his son or wife tried to speak to genie, he would punish all of them. Wiley then began forcing his son to abuse Genie.
When she reached 13, she looked like she was 6. Genie was starved intentionally and her mother would sneak food to her now and then. Genie a feral child was confined to a small room where she soon began to grow underdeveloped limbs that restricted her ability to move. All she could move was her extremities. In short Genie was growing severely disabled. She couldn’t walk, could not swallow food, suffered bowel and urinary incontinence and harmed herself when angry or frustrated. She could only focus on objects ten feet away and no more.
3 Finally discovered by authorities
After a severe fight between husband and wife, Genie’s mother walked out one day taking Genie along with her. She accidentally entered the social services office next door because she couldn’t see where she was going but that turned out a life saver for Genie. After seeing Genie’s plight, social services called the police and had her parents arrested for child abuse. The incident soon became public and her father committed suicide before he could attend his court hearing. His suicide note read” the world will never understand”
Genie was soon admitted to a child’s hospital under therapist David Rigler and physician James Kent. Her condition was a severely malnourished one where she weighed just 27 kg. Her height at 13 was 4ft 6 inches tall. He r buttocks had thick calluses because of her confinement. He body displayed bruises, her hips were deformed and her rib cage undersized. She stood with difficulty and had a type of bunny walk where her hands were always in front like claws.
4 Foster homes had a negative and regressive impact on her
Although Genie’s condition progressed at the Children’s hospital, she slipped into regression after being put in foster homes where her condition worsened. It seemed the children’s hospital had a huge positive impact on her health. She showed signs of improvement, made friends and even displayed interest in learning and identifying sounds that were alien to her. Ultimately Doctor David Rigler and his wife became her foster parent’s temporarily.
5 Genie is now a ward of the state of California
When Genie turned 18 in 1975, her mother found it overwhelming after attempting to care for her. But! Surprisingly in 1978, she stopped researchers access to her daughter. Between 1978 to 1990, Genie was sent from one foster home to another where she once again suffered abuse both physical and mental resulting in severe depression.
Genie is now a ward under the care of the state of California where she lives a simple and quiet life in a private facility that has never been disclosed. The facility is a center for mentally under developed adults in Los Angeles. Genie’s mother died of old age at 87. Her brother too who had run away from home died from diabetes in 2011. The tragic story of Genie the feral child will always be an intriguing one of the worst cases of child abuse in history.