My old/maid sister (B) called me at 1:30 this morning. Our 13 year old great-niece,A, of whom she has taken custody, tried to kill herself by overdosing. My sister is 59. She was married briefly in the early 80's but it failed after 6 months. She is the middle child, but still the baby of the family. She gave up her career and came home when our parents (my biogrands) got sick and took care of them. She tried to go back to teaching, but then had a heart attack from the stress of changes in the system. Last June she got custody of my A. This girl's father, our nephew, has been in prison since she was 1. Her mom was killed in a domestic violence attack when she was 5. She had lived with her mother's mother her entire life and the grandmother is not stable. This past weekend my sister went to Tenn. for a conference. She now works for Methodist Relief---and A went to stay with my sister/preacher (M) (her other grandmother) and the grandmother she previously lived with. Apparently the other side of the family ganged up on her about how much she had "changed." The grandmother told her she acted too snooty to be around. She wouldn't allow her to go to her bio-brother's 11th birthday party on Sun. She sent her back to preacher/sister's on Saturday and then would not answer any phone calls from A. Before they left Columbia, A started crying and told B that she didn't want to be here anymore. B thought she meant Columbia and told her that she didn't have to go visit again if she didn't want. They got home, A went to bed, and then at 1 am woke B up throwing up and crying. She told B that she had taken 9 Tylenol PM and 38 Motrin. B took her to the hospital and I met them there. B has never had any bio children, but she taught for years. She feels quilty because she didn't see this coming. She said she had planned to call me today to find out about counselors and what to do before the emergency happened. Please pray for them both---for A, for my sisters, for her other family---healing is needed. This child has suffered too much in her young life.