The dispatcher abruptly rose from her chair. "Follow me, Miss."
While Katherine trailed the short, young woman down the drab colorless hall, she recalled her first meeting with one-year-old Charlie. Unable to walk on his own, it didn't take Katherine long to realize why the love-starved toddler was behind in his learning.
"Ethel, the other children are mean to Charlie. He tries to pull himself upright to walk, but the other children won't let him stand. They jerk his arms and legs out from under him, and make him fall."
But Ethel ignored Katherine's pleas for the fragile, light-haired child. That day, Katherine's heart went out to Charlie. Wanting to love and cuddle the little boy forever, Katherine wished she could take Charlie from that filthy crowded trailer and never look back.

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