No one knew that Danielle the feral child was living in this rundown home. As far as the neighbors knew, a woman was living in this rundown rental with her boyfriend and two adult sons. Nobody had ever noticed a child or even saw the slightest trace of a little one playing around the yard or coming in and out.
But like a vapor in the wind, she wisped away…not to be seen again.
With her skeletal-like figure and gaunt face, she appeared to be about 5-years-old.
Though that face never reappeared, the sighting was enough to raise suspicion for the Plant City police. Shortly before noon on a July summer day, a cop car pulled into the driveway of the downtrodden property.
Though two officers went in the house, only one was able to stomach his way through. The other stumbled back out to vomit, nauseated by the putrid smell and detestable sight.
They came back outside to find a detective for the Florida Department of Children and Families in her car sobbing.
“Unbelievable,” she told them. “The worst I’ve ever seen.”