Dead on the Fourth of July (David Dean Mysteries) (Chapter I, page 2 of 8)


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According to the brief phone call, the ten-year-old girl's natural mother, another loser like faux foster mother Janet, had been recently discharged to a halfway house after doing hard time in the state's CaƱon City facility. The release was years earlier than previously rumored. Now, thanks to an overzealous social worker, Martha was scheduled to become reacquainted with mommy dearest-in Denver, over three hundred miles away from Bird Song's nest. The domestic readjustment stay was for "at least the next few weeks." The Deans were devastated and knew when Fred O'Connor returned and learned the news, he too would be crushed that his young pal was leaving.

David and Cynthia Dean had experienced little success in trying to secure a more formal arrangement for long term custody of Martha, managing only undocumented assignment as temporary foster parents. Even the simple act of enrolling her in school was a major chore. Poor Martha lacked even a minimal paper trail on her short, disjointed life. She might as well have been dropped out of the sky by a clumsy stork. The entire situation was a mess. Patsy- as Martha always referred to her mother-apparently neglected to so much as record her daughter's birth, later telling the authorities she could remember neither the jurisdiction where Martha was born nor the precise date. The poor kid didn't even have a real birthday, only the arbitrarily chosen date of January 1st. As for Martha's father, Patsy's comments as recorded on one statement she grudgingly gave the authorities listed him as "some john I did for a couple of bucks drug money."

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