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Mark

Lexington, KY

#41 Jul 31, 2011
amanda wrote:
that guy was ronald maddux he passed away early this year. He was put in jail for six months for abusing children. And then set free. I only met him once, in a picture, of me just a few months old. He was my grandfather. I guess im the lucky one. That could have been me.
Well I remember when this happened, in fact I was her next door neighbor. And to hear her screams the night before she died haunted me for yearsin what I call a death scream. I was only 8 yrs old at the time. And sometimes even today when i think about it and still haunts me. But not like did at first. In fact me and her were very good friends and we played alot before this tragity happened.
Cleveland Mom of 2

Cleveland, TN

#42 Aug 9, 2011
As bad as everyone remembers this tragedy to be and as bad as the media illustrated it, nothing compares to seeing it first hand. My father embalmed Melisha and worked her funeral. Til the day he died, if you mentioned her, he would tear up recalling the abuses that poor girl endured. And it was all needless.
Melinda

Huntsville, AL

#43 Nov 6, 2011
I remember Melisha and always will. When I heard the news and the horrifying details of that precious little girl's life I was a young mother (divorced) of a son and a three year old daughter. Always thank the Good Lord that ours lives were never like that and hopefully never would be. I remember waking myself up crying in the middle of the night. Tried to pull myself together (get over it - have to be on the job in the morning) but I could never get that story and that sweet little girl off my mind.

Today, I was thinking of her again, and decided to look up her name.

I am so glad to see that she is not forgotten and never will be. I believe that at least one agency was formed to try and protect children primarily because of her sweet and so sad short life. SCAN ? maybe (STOP CHILD ABUSE NOW) or something of that nature.

Tiawan, I believe you know what you are talking about. From my recollection, Child Protective Services let Melisha down BIG TIME (and their community) by putting her back in that home. I believe her foster mother went through more horror than I can imagine enduring as she continued to try and help Melisha have some human kindness and compassion in her life.

Thanks for listening. The tears keep falling for Melisha here on earth. I have no doubt she is one of God's sweetest angels today.
NC grandmother

United States

#44 Jan 5, 2013
I searched Melisha's name and see I am not the only one who has never forgotten...we all need to be pro active in helping children and their families before it is too late.
Lori Spencer

Ringgold, GA

#45 Mar 1, 2013
While I am just reading this almost 3 years late, Amanda, God bless you and your family. Melisha was killed the night before my ninth birthday. It is the first crime I remeber hearing about and it has haunted me for 37 years! I have asked others if they remembered the case, but no one I met ever did until last year when they started the memorial walk. I am so sorry about your grandfather, but I praise God that you were kept safe from him.
amanda wrote:
that guy was ronald
maddux he passed away early this year. He was put in jail for six months for abusing children. And then set free. I only met him once, in a picture, of me just a few months old. He was my grandfather. I guess im the lucky one. That could have been me.
Grandson

Knoxville, TN

#46 Mar 20, 2013
amanda wrote:
that guy was ronald maddux he passed away early this year. He was put in jail for six months for abusing children. And then set free. I only met him once, in a picture, of me just a few months old. He was my grandfather. I guess im the lucky one. That could have been me.
Hey, I saw you were the granddaughter of Ron, I am the grandson of Wanda. It is tragic what took place then. My mother is one of the children that did manage to survive the incident. This tragic incident still haunts our family and I am sure it does yours as well. My mother is a great woman and has been greatly successful and did not ever use that incident as a crutch in life. That is all that I can ask for, and am happy that Melisha is in a much better place and I know for sure she is safe and happy now.
renee

Conyers, GA

#47 Sep 28, 2014
I was born in Cleveland Tennessee and I remember this very vividly! I remember the crowd outside courthouse being irate chanting let them go! They wanted there own
Justice! Unforgettable sad event

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