A child called "It" By: Tan Ly

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Love and a family who cared was all he wanted, but hate and child abuse was all he got. David Pelzer's story is one of the most unforgettable and severe child abuse cases in California. David was brutally beaten and starved by his mother who was an alcoholic and who had emotional problems. She played games that were unpredictable and torturous that left David nearly dead. In this story A Child Called "It", it reveals both bright side of our nature and the dark side. His mother wasn't always abusive to him. In his earlier years she was a loving mother, until the alcohol took control of her and then she reveals her dark side to her son, David.

In David's years before the abuse started his family was called the "Brady Brunch" of the 1960's. He and his two brothers were blessed with the perfect family. David's father, Stephen Joseph was a fireman working in San Francisco.

David's mother, Catherine Roerva was an averaged size woman who was a house wife. She would always glow with love for her children. When Christmas came, he and his brothers became more and more excited. The pile of gifts under the tree grew day by day. David's mother would creep into his room and whisper, "Santa came!" After they were done opening presents, David found his mother crying outside on the porch steps. He asked why she was crying and she said she was crying because she was so happy to have a real family. When spring came along, his mother would take the family on picnics. She would prepare a feast of fried chicken, salads, sandwiches, and lots of desserts. The trip David never forgot was the trip to the river. His mother excused David a half-hour early on the...