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Posted March 24, 2013
"A Silence of Mockingbirds" by Karen Spears Zacharias
MYA WARNING:This is a book you can't take to the doctors office---you won't hear your name called. It might cause trouble with your spouse because you will be late making super--you will loose track of time. Nuff said.
This novel pulls the reader in from the first page and will not let you go until the end.This is a true account of a murder of a child of three. This is a memoir of a murder and the justice system that let her down.
The story takes place in Corvallis, Oregon.The author knew the mother and the father ,Sarah and David Sheehan. She also knew the child Karly,three years old at the time of her death. Early on Sarah was like a daughter to the author and when she married David ---Karen was very pleased. However, after Karly was born Sarah became bored with David and wanted to divorce him. She wanted to be a party girl and have fun at the bars and go out with different men. She soon had a boyfriend that she lived with and that stayed at home with his own child and watched Karly while Sarah worked and played. His name was Shawn Field. After Karly started staying with Shawn she started missing daycare. The daycare was payed for by her father so there was no reason for her to miss and she liked playing with the other children . She also started showing up with bruises.
This is a step by step account of the officials checking out abuse complaints and then court room trial of the murder of Karly.This even has interviews with the district attorneys , the members of the jury,the family,and the judge.Also the police officer who did not follow through,the case workers from CPS, and the family Doctor who did not recognize the abuse.
Karly cried out for help but no one heard her cry.
This should be required reading for high school English students so that they recognize abuse and abusive spouses before their children end up like Karly.
Now in Oregon there is a law to help to keep from letting a case like this happen again. It is called Karly's law. All the states need this law.
This was a page turner for me. I highly recommend this novel.Thank you Karen Zacharias for a great read.