This story is so hard for me. Because of who Kim is and because who Bella is.
First they are my friends, and I am horrified that this happened to them.
Second Kim is a nationally known autism activist and author, and if someone feels bold enough to abuse her daughter, then none of our children are safe.
Lastly, and most importantly, if you have ever met Bella, you know she is a complete angel. She is so interested in people, and wants to engage them, but can only say, "Hello" and "Momma" and is just... well a total angel. When she met Chandler, she was taken by him, but silly boy apparently not at the point where he noticed cute girls yet.
When someone can be so monstrous to do this to a little girl as sweet and precious as Bella, for literally no reason, even taunting her mother after she leaves the bus... to say that this is a difficult story for me is an understatement.
Once upon a time I thought, "gosh... if people would just work out their differences and stop suing each other...." Now I understand that when it comes to protecting our vulnerable kids, they are necessary. I understand that on many occasions the only reason that my son is being treated appropriately is because those that came before me sued the pants off of (insert entity here) and forced them to take the rights of disabled children seriously.
Go get 'um Kim. So that for years providers will point to this case and say to their employees, "Yes I know reviewing hours of video tape is boring, but if we miss something and a child is being hurt, we could loose our shirts and have to shut down." Because for too many people, the idea of loosing lots of money will motivate is a way that the thought of an abused child on their watch never will.