One day, a police officer saw a boy sitting under a tree near Dailey Elementary School. He decided to check on him and saw the boy’s legs were bleeding.
The officer could not have known this, but in his short life, the boy had already been beaten to mush and whipped across the back and burned with scalding water. At home, he lived with drugs and felons. He had been both ignored and molested.
That morning, his mother’s boyfriend had beaten his legs with a belt buckle, and it hurt too much for him to keep walking. He was on the way to kindergarten.
“To this day, I still wonder who that policeman was,” says Bryan Williams. “But that was 1976. There weren’t computers. I can’t look up the records to see who called it in.”