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Sent: 3/16/2010 3:50:47 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Willow
 
Dear Michelle,
 
I mentioned that I thought I might know something about "Willow". Yes, I verified today that she is the child I know about. A very good friend of mine, a Brazilian Denise Figueiredo, as it happens, is next door neighbors with Winne, her father and grandmother. Denise has told me about the horrible situation with this girl's mother for a long time (Denise's daughter Isabella and Winne play together a lot.) I just had the chance to talk with Denise about it today to verify that Willow and Winnie are the same child.
 
Yes, Winne says she wants to be with her mother, but Denise's view is that she is so scared of her mother that she will not say anything against her. Denise said that one afternoon she held Winnie on her lap while she talked to her mother. The child told her mother she loved her, but she was shaking all the time. Denise and her husband believe the father is very trustworthy.
 
Denise said that most recently, when the mom Valerie was being taken to court from jail, she stabbed the guard with a pen (I think). Denise believes the mom presents very well, but she is probably quite mentally ill.
 
I could tell you more, but Denise said she would be very willing to speak with you directly. I told Denise your name so she is expecting you might call. (443)-433-0108 or 410-353-6122. Or, I'm copying this to her so you can get her email.
 
I know Denise through Brain Gym, we learn together and practice together. She is an OT , Occupational Therapist and a Cranio-Sacral therapist. She is doing really fine work combining Brain Gym with her other modalities. She is also getting BG into Anne Arundel schools and beyond. She is very perceptive and knows Winnie well.
 
Let me know if there's anything I can do. I could give you more details, but from Denise would be better.
 
Peace,
Margaret

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Sent: 3/17/2010 7:37:18 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Willow
 
Hi Ladies,
 
I will be glad to help out with clarifications. Winnie's family and we share the walls of duplex house. Winnie and Bella go to the same classroom for the two years in a row. The first grade teacher kept them together in the current second grade, so we could provide her with countinuous support given all the challenges they go through.
As sad as it is for a child to have the mom in jail, that has been the safesty time in everyone's life. We are constantly at guard, and cannot even allow the kids to transition unsupervised between the two houses, afraid that Valerie would grab them for some sort of abuse. She is severely ill, and the things we have witnessed are only seen in movies. There has been a lot of exposure of her unhealthy choices and actions in the community and inside the school.
In any case, let me know if you need anything about it. It would be nice to get clarification on your interest in the case.
Peace!
 
Denise Figueiredo, OTR/L
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Sent: Wed, March 17, 2010 12:55:56 PM
Subject: Re: Willow

Thank you for your e-mail.
Did Valerie ever molest Bella?
Did you report it to the authorities?
Have you spoken with the prosecutor about all this?
 

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Hi there,
 
I understand that you are a social worker aware of Winnie's case. Can you better explain me your intentions before we share information, as this case is too complicated and I want to make sure I don't harm Winnie any further.
Thanks.
 
Denise Figueiredo, OTR/L
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Sent: 3/18/2010 7:39:04 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Willow
 
Oh don't worry about it, I'm not a social worker, just a dear dear friend of your friend Margaret Candler.  I understand completely what has taken place between our last chat and this one.  In fact, I was going to wait to speak with you until after I had spoken with Margaret, but there you were and you e-mailed to ME before I did.
 
Tell Mrs. Metcalfe everything is all right, nobody is going to try to harm anybody.
 
My intentions are to share information, but I'm not ready to share quite yet.
 
Be blessed,
Michelle
 

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Sent: 3/18/2010 5:34:53 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Willow
 

Thanks for your understanding Michelle! Isabella was never harmed by Valerie sexually, that I am aware of. She was harmed by her indirectly through what she has had to go through w/ the ups and downs of her friend, with direct exposure to the verbal abuses her friend went through w/ her mom while visiting Mrs. Metcalfe's class, or lunch room or recess, and through the phone calls she witnessed in my presence or away from me while visiting with Winnie at her house. I educated Isabella in not acceptance conversations or proximity to her. We keep the kids under close and constant supervision when Valerie is outside the prison. She is very unstable mentally, and it is awfull that the system is taking so long and having Winnie and her family (father and grandmother), as well as school staff and friends have to witness so much  before they can see the need to keep this woman in a facility for mental treatment.
Luckly, Winnie's daddy and grandmother are "quality" people and do everything they can to keep Winnie safe, but there is only so much they can do. We all had to go through witnessing signs of multiple abuse throughout the years and could not do anything to stop it, because Valerie is so manipulative that she can pretend being a nice and well educated person with ethical means - which is all theatrical and sickening to watch. I was guilt of it myself, as when I first met her, I could not believe she was the same adult who was verbally abusive to Winnie while the child was out with my family and she had to answer Valerie's phone call - which used to happen for 15 mins a few times a week. Or when we consistently witnessed the patterns of dysfunction Winnie presented when returning from the weekends with her Mom. She used to have so many tantrums and go really off with her friends and adults. Her system was totally under stress and she did not know how to regulate or just feel safe around anyone. That consistently progressed throughout the week days, until lost again over the weekends with her mother.
Everything has improved since she was finally taken away from her mother. Now, with the preps for attending hearing, she was just going off of control again. You can see she is sensing something challenging and overwhelming coming her way.
It is awful that the judges would accept her having to testify in the presence of her mother.
All of that not to even count the loss of her brother, and the insane reaction her mother had when she heard about it. It is my understanding that she wanted to negotiate the transportation of the babie's dead body to the father's foreign country if he were willing to pay her for it. How insane can that be. Probably, she was trying to get the money to free herself up from prision. We were very scared that that could ever happen.
As an energy therapist, I just hope she will be able to find treatment for her mental illness and realize what she has done to her own children and so many other children and adults who came across her path.
Hope this helps. Let me know otherwise.
 
Denise Figueiredo, OTR/L
Brain Gym Instructor/Consultant
CranioSacral Therapy Provider
Occupational Therapist
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