Girl, 8, allegedly murdered by granny: ‘I hate this life’

Two days before her death, Gizzy’s diary entry was soaked in despair.

Helen Ford

She had a sock shoved in her mouth. Also shown in court was a cellphone video showing Gizzy being yelled at by her grandmother.
They tell the tale of a child who went from enjoying school yard games to being terrified for her life.

Helen Ford regularly beat Gizzy, often forcing her to squat for half the day, then making her stand for several hours, the Tribune said.
“I hate this life because now I’m in super big trouble,” she wrote on July 11.

Cops say, cruelty was something Helen Ford excelled in.
She wouldn’t make it.
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The trial has shocked the Second City in the way hundreds of shootings haven’t.

A family services investigator failed to previously note that a doctor found Gizzy had shown signs of being beaten.
Gizzy’s diaries were entered into the record in an Illinois court where Helen Ford is on trial for her granddaughter’s brutal murder.

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Bedridden and wracked with a chronic autoimmune disease, discipline of Gizzy and her half-brother was left to grandma. Gizzy’s father, Andre Ford, had moved with Gizzy into his mother’s home eight months before the slaying.

Once, she was battered for trying to get a drink of water — from the toilet.

The diaries revealed that Gizzy seemed to be hanging on for school to start again in August to give her a break from the beatings.

For the brave child, torture at the hands of her grandmother, Helen Ford, was a sickening daily occurrence.

Court heard the little girl was also tied to her father’s bed for days at a time.
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She also says she wants to kill herself.” On the video, her father can be heard: “She’s getting defiant. She says she wants me to kill her.

“I know if I be good and do everything I’m told I won’t have to do punishments,” Gizzy wrote in the summer of 2013, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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When cops found the dead girl on July 12, 2013, Gizzy was in a deplorable condition with maggots found living in an untreated open head wound.
The diary entries of a doomed little girl are utterly heartbreaking.

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Gizzell ‘Gizzy’ Ford was just eight-years-old when she was allegedly beaten to death by her grandmother in Chicago.