Caged girl ‘is progressing as well as you can expect’

Gloucester, Va. – Up until two years ago, the now eight-year-old daughter of Brian and Shannon Gore spent much of her life in a makeshift cage.

Her room inside their Gloucester mobile home was dark, and the crib they turned into a cage had storage boxes piled on top of it.

She had almost no fat on her body when police found her, and her heels were dug into her buttocks so hard from kneeling down that the scars from the sores are still there.

Her brain and body development were stunted so badly she will likely never fully recover.

As her parents wait for sentencing, many have asked how the little girl is doing today?

In an e-mail from her court appointed advocate, Brian Decker, he said “She is progressing as well as you can expect, given the trauma that she has been through.  The best thing that could have happened for her is to have found the family that she is with.  They certainly put her first and have been able to look after her best interests.  I hope that she can live as normal a life as possible given the circumstances that the defendant’s put her in.  As far as what is next for her…just continuing recovery….and trying to be a normal child.”

Brian and Shannon Gore were found guilty of felony child abuse/neglect and aggravated malicious wounding.  Police discovered the girl in April 2011.

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