Family of abuse victim breaks their silence

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

Paul Hicks says he had met Charlotte Crawford before and never imagined she or her family would have done anything to hurt his sister Donna.

"You would never suspect nothing like that never." said Hicks.

But after Donna was found tied up in a utility closet in 2007, the opinions changed.

"There's not a day goes by that I don't worry." Wilma Miles said, mother of Donna Hicks.

The family claims the Donna before the incident and the Donna after the incident doesn't even compare. The forty five year old mother of two now has to spend the rest of her life in a nursing home.

"What those people done to her, if they had done it to a dog they would have got worse than what they got." said Hicks' sister, Janie Hicks.

Four people were charged in connection with the crime. Charlotte Crawford, Billy Williams, and Penny Ford were sentenced to fifteen years in prison. The fourth person charged, Billy Crawford, received a seven year sentence and soon he will be up for parole.

The family says they had no idea Crawford was up for parole. But now they are going to do everything in their power to be at his hearing in December.

"Oh I'll be there, I'll be there if I have to walk." said Paul Hicks.

And it's the thought of these four walking the streets that causes Wilma Miles to cringe.

"It's just not right they should be there for life because she don't have a life now." said Miles.

Crawford is currently being held in the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville.

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