Monday, February 2, 2009

PHOTO: Never Forget Lattie McGee


I'm not quite sure why so many people are currently searching for information about Lattie McGee, but his name is one of the most searched topics on Google right now. I did a search for him, and what I found is extremely troubling. In fact, it made me mad as hell. I'm not normally this blunt about articles, but after you read the story below, you'll probably feel the same way. I have absolutely no tolerance for people who torture and kill children and/or animals.

I'm going to let this story be told the way it is told on GoneTooSoon.org: (A warning. This is not a pleasant story. It's heart-breaking)

"On August 14, 1987, in a hot South Side Chicago apartment, police and paramedics found the tortured body of four-year-old Lattie McGee. Over the summer, when many inner-city children were outside enjoying splashing in the flow of spraying water hydrants, little Lattie was being systematically tortured by his mother and her boyfriend.

The then 28-year-old Alicia Abraham and her 40-year old boyfriend, Johnny Campbell, spent the summer beating the small boy with their fists, burning him with cigarettes and an iron, dunking his small legs into boiling water, depriving him of food and water, sticking him repeatedly with sewing needles and then wrapping a clothing line around his tiny raw ankles and hanging him upside down in the closet for the night.

To muffle the innocent boy's cries, the couple would sometimes stuff a rag in his mouth. Campbell did not like the 4-year-olds "effeminate" voice so to toughen the young boy he would starve him then beat him if he complained. On the hot August night, Campbell and Alicia stuffed a rag into Lettie's mouth, potato peels were placed on his eyes, his hands were bound, and he was hung by his feet in the closet. His complaints of having problems swallowing and that he was in pain from the broken collarbone and broken pelvis, were ignored.

The next morning Alicia Abraham seemed more concerned with watching TV then getting Lattie down from the closet. It would not have mattered because he died sometime during the night. There was no more pleasure for her and her boyfriend to get from abusing this innocent child.

Pathologist said Lattie died of a severe blow to the head that slowly killed him, but they added, "His emaciated body, scarred from head to foot, was so infected from untreated wounds that he probably would have died a short time later." When the paramedics and police lifted the boy's shirt, they uncovered a chest of raw skin, his flesh ripped away from repeated abuse.

There was another child in the home, six-year-old Cornelius Abraham, Lattie's brother. With courage, the young boy testified against the Alicia and Campbell. He recounted all the episodes of abuse that he and Lattie suffered. For their crimes, Johnny Campbell and Alicia Abraham were both sentenced to life in prison.

Remarkably, two years earlier in 1985, Alicia Abraham was being counseled for neglecting her children by state investigators, who incredibly concluded the situation had improved.

Cornelius, who showed much courage, was eventually sent to live with his biological father. Sadly, his father also neglected him, and at age 12, he was homeless and on his own for three months. After five more tumultuous years, Cornelius was placed with a pair of loving foster parents. In time, Cornelius grew close to them and today calls them "Mom and Dad."

After graduating from high school, he went on to college. In 1999, the YMCA Network for Counseling and Youth Development of Greater Chicagoland presented Cornelius with the first ever, Cornelius S. Abraham Award, designed to give hope to children who have suffered from abuse. "

I've posted this story today to hopefully bring awareness to child abuse. There's no place in this world for child abuse.

If you know of someone who is being abused, or you are a child who is being abused, contact the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or visit their website at ChildHelp.org. There is hope. Never give up.

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8 Responses to "PHOTO: Never Forget Lattie McGee"
  1. Anonymous said...
    May 28, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    those two in humane bastards should have got the death penalty for what they did to that poor wee boy. it makes me so angry that given the chance i would put a knife in them myself. They are sick to the core. Poor wee boy is at peace now thank god no more suffering for him. RIP little man.

  2. Danielle Willis said...
    July 23, 2009 at 3:54 AM

    One of the reasons this story has been getting more attention is that talk show host Steve Wilkos did a jailhouse interview with this "woman". He was very antangonistic when he could not illicit any remorse or emotion at all from her. This tragedy is now coupled with the fact (from what I can glean from the information I found online) Lattie may be buried in cemetary outside of Chicago in which bodies were unearthed and now are missing. I hope this little boys grave went untouched.

  3. brittany said...
    October 6, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    i dont know how anyone can do this not only to a $ year old but to their own flesh and blood. to me it seems they have no humanity and deserve to have the death penalty and maybe then they would know how this poor little boy felt.

  4. Anonymous said...
    October 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    After seeing this story for the first time on the Steve Wilkos show, my heart just went out to this innocent child who was so helpless and alone and died at the hands of these monsters in his own home. I had to fight back the tears as I read this story. I have children of my own and love them so much and could never understand how someone could cause harm to a child. It is something to be aware of and not to turn your head the other way if it hurts a child even if the child is not your own it is everyone's responsibility to do something.

  5. Anonymous said...
    October 19, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Just when you think you have seen everything these animals should have received the same torture like the old testiment says an eye for an eye, but no these scums are allowed to live the rest of there lives in jail NO WAY...! And why werent they put to death maybe because its one of many states that dont have the death penalty what is wrong people with this picture. And then you look at these idots picketing not to execute these animals because they are PRO LIFERS SHAME ON YOU ALL. I bet you wouldnt say that if it was your child that this happened to. See thats why alot of these 3rd world countries dont play you steal something you get your hand cut off etc, etc. These animals should not be allowed to live and they should be tortured the way there child was tortured yet instead we the tax payers are paying to house these animals,scums to be in a cushy jail cell and they are probably not in the jail population either which disgusts me when does it stop. And then we want to know why the united states is broke.

  6. Anonymous said...
    October 20, 2009 at 5:11 AM

    i have never in my life hated someone so much..they could rot in hell...poor little boy...

  7. Anonymous said...
    October 20, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    yeah i just saw the steve wilkos show last night n yeh up till last nite i didnt know about lattie mcgee....was a great show ...bringin to light the many abuses that are prevalent today and are many times hidden. but yeh power to steve wilkos and the many others who are advocates for stopping child abuse.

  8. Anonymous said...
    March 11, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    This little boy was so brave i hold him in my heart and thought's u will never be forgotten but always loved in this house i love and miss u every day good night sweet Lattie.....OXOXOXOXOX

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