Hello all, I hope all of you have been doing well. I haven't been on the computer much lately but I have been thinking of you all. I went to Family Court on Thursday to finalize my daughter's case. She has been officially released from the county's care as she is now 18. While I was in the waiting area I heard the clerk call out a girls name that my daughter was in the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) with. I thought to myself, what on earth is she doing back in court. She was released into a group home about a year ago. This girl and I have had words in the past. We rode home together from MA (from the Residential Treatment Center (RTC)) and she was THE most dis-respectfull child I have ever seen. For the entire 3 hour drive she was saying rude things to me. Then one time she and I had an argument at the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) because she was giving me dirty looks and threatening me under her breath. Anyway, I was so curious as to why she was in court again. Well, I found out last night. I was watching the local news and there she was. She is in the County Jail for KILLING her boyfriend. I nearly fell off the couch when I saw this!!! I just can't believe it. They said that he was very abusive to her for many years. She is 5 months pregnant and he attacked her, so in self defense she stabbed him in the chest. He died and now she is facing Manslaughter charges. I feel terrible for her. Even though we have had our differences, I can't help but to feel much sympathy for her. She has had a hard life. Her mother was a drug addict and lived in and out of welfare motels. She ended up in the system early on. While she was in the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) with my daughter her mother died of cancer. And now this!!!!! It feels so surreal. I just cannot believe this has happened. The sad part is, if it is true that she was being abused by this guy and she was defending herself and the life of her unborn baby, she will still spend a signigicant amount of time in jail. She can't afford a good lawyer so she will have Legal Aid and they don't do much!!!! Gosh, does the system work for anyone??? All of these kids end up in the system and the outcomes are rarely good. It is just so very sad. If anyone's interested in the story, go to news12.com click on Westchester, she was arrested on Saturday. I don't know if I am allowed to post the girls name but you will see the story and know who she is.