KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Court documents show the little girl found locked in a bedroom was removed from one abusive situation -- only to be placed in another.
The girl, identified only by her initials as G.W., was found malnourished and locked in a room in a Kansas City home in July.
Jackson County Family Court records cite her biological father's history of domestic violence and criminal activity. G.W.’s mother filed domestic violence charges against G.W.’s father in 2004 -- just two months after the girl was born.
In 2008, G.W.’s uncle Jeffrey “Adam” Kraft petitioned to be her guardian and won. But he and his wife Michele Kraft were charged with endangering G.W.’s welfare and assault after police found G.W. -- just 8 years old and weighing forty-two pounds -- locked in her bedroom and cleaning up her own urine on the floor.
Read the petition to remove G.W. from Jeffrey Kraft's custody: http://bit.ly/NduY4P
The Krafts both pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to court documents, G.W. said she was locked in her room for a month at a time and wet the floor because she wasn’t allowed out to use the restroom. She wasn’t allowed to go to school and was not fed regularly.
In the initial probable cause statement, Michele Kraft told police G.W. was only locked in her room during the night.
G.W.’s 6-year-old sister, identified as K.N., said she often witnessed physical fighting between Jeffrey and Michele Kraft, especially after Jeffery had been drinking, according to court documents. Jeffrey Kraft had admitted to drinking about three times per week and occasionally smoking marijuana in the past.
Now both girls -- and Jeffrey and Michele’s infant child, E.K. -- are in protective custody.
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