girl is 4 and wise beyond her years.
tugs on the woman's bullet-proof vest. "I know what you came for,"
the hallway in her mother's bedroom, she opens the top drawer of
a bureau to display baggies of methamphetamine, scales, homemade
pipes used to smoke the drug, and account books that document sales.
describes in detail how her mother had smoked a pipe of crank that
morning and explains that she'd been sleeping with her mommy for
several days because the dog had pooped in her bed and nobody had
bothered to clean it up.
come to visit Mommy, and they bring money. It's green, and it has
a two and a zero," she says. "She gives them little baggies
with white stuff."
the little girl with the long, brown ponytail and cherubic smile
goes off with a social worker to McDonald's for a Happy Meal, before
heading to the hospital for a complete physical.
she will live the rest of her childhood with strangers. Her mother will end up in jail. Or dead.