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Little boy hailed by police as hero for reporting abuse

Chicago Police Detectives PamelChilds Joseph Mancillwhile investigating child abuse case discovered unusual request  by children asking them become temporary

Chicago Police Detectives Pamela Childs, and Joseph Mancilla, while investigating child abuse case, discovered a unusual request by the children asking them to become temporary guardians during this Holiday Season. Saturday December 8, 2012 I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 10, 2013 6:45AM

The little girl had a question for one of the detectives investigating a report that she had been abused: Would he be her daddy for Christmas this year?

He couldn’t say no.

That’s how Chicago Police Detectives Joseph Mancilla and Pamela Childs decided to make Christmas memorable for the 5-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother, who the police say suffered unimaginable abuse.

The Area Central investigators and their colleagues have been collecting toys, clothes and money for the children.

The little girl wants to feel like a princess and wants “a princess cake.”

“We’re going to make sure she gets that princess cake, and we’re going to make sure she gets some other princess toys,” Mancilla said at a news conference Saturday.

The children’s grandmother, Goldine Williams, 47, of the 7500 block of South Kingston Avenue, has been charged with aggravated battery to a child under 13 and is being held at the Cook County Jail on $200,000 bail.

The kids allegedly were burned with a hair iron, beaten and forced to eat cat food, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The children have been taken from the grandmother’s home and placed with other relatives.

They were taken from their biological mother in 2008 because of abuse and neglect, according to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which placed the children with Williams in December 2008 and worked with her until she was given guardianship in December 2011.

“They have endured much more than most of us will ever endure in our lives,” Lt. Ozzie Valdez said.

The police said they were made aware of the most recent abuse when the 6-year-old talked with his teacher at Finkl Elementary School, who had noticed he was limping.

Police called the boy a hero and said he told authorities what happened because he believed his little sister “was too young to be enduring this type of abuse,” Valdez said. “He was being the older brother and her hero.”

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