Gizzell Ford’s heart-rending death at the age of 8, as she was killed by her grandmother, was quite memorable as the little kid kept a written diary of her final month.
Excerpts of the diary that was read at grandmother Helen Ford demonstrated that Gizzell’s mood and thoughts turned dark and intimidating when the torture and abuse increased.
“I hate this life because now I’m in super big trouble.” she wrote July 11, two days before she was found tortured and beaten to death, wearing a pair of green underwear in her family’s apartment.
On Wednesday, the Cook County judge, who believed that Gizzell’s death was exceptionally brutal, sentenced Helen Ford to life imprisonment.
“This murder was torture. That child suffered a slow and agonizing death.” Judge Evelyn Clay said in March, “That little body looked like it had been pulverized from head to toe. … Her treatment (of Gizzell) was evil.”
Prosecutors say the grandmother has always beaten and tortured the kid; she even put on a belt around her neck to punish the poor granddaughter.
Footage Of Torture
Moreover, prosecutors played video footage of Gizzell’s father and grandmother scolding her for breaking rules as the late Gizzell had to stand with a sock or a rag shoved inside her mouth. The girl was subjected to excessive violent acts as she was tied to her father bed, deprived of food and drink.
The father, Andre Ford, who was also charged with Gizzell’s murder died in Cook County Jail of a heart attack in August 2014 while waiting for his trial.
Prosecutors revealed that Gizzell was dying of kidney failure after she was denied food and water for years. In addition, the girl had a maggot-infested wound on the back of her head as her head was rubbed against a metal pole while she was tied to her father’s bed.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigator had visited the apartment a month before Gizzell’s tragic death. The doctor had found unusual wound while examining Gizzell; however, he did not report any questionable child abuse, according to the Chicago Tribune.