In 2012, Brittney Wood of Mobile, Alabama, was just nineteen years old but had already dealt with some of life’s most challenging obstacles.
At the ripe age of seventeen, she became a mother. And before that, Brittney’s childhood was riddled with family trauma.
She had been abused by her maternal grandmother’s boyfriend, and eleven members of her family were later alleged to be a part of a trafficking ring.
The Wood family’s reputation subsequently plummeted, and Brittney watched as many of her family members ended up abusing substances as a result.
And according to Nicki Patterson, the Mobile County Assistant District Attorney, Brittney later succumbed to the same struggles.
Despite all of this turbulence, though, Brittney herself was known as a bright, loving, and free-spirited person.
She had a very special relationship with her mother, Chessie, and her father, Wally Hanke. And Brittney loved children, especially her very own baby girl.
But, on May 30, 2012, the then nineteen-year-old’s hopes for a more stable life with her daughter were tragically ripped away from her.
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