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By the time she was 8 years old, Gypsy Blanchard was allegedly suffering from leukemiamuscular dystrophyvision and hearing impairments and seizures. Gypsy also used a wheelchair to get around and a feeding tube for nutrition and medicine. In her world of constant medications, surgeries and treatments, Gypsy said, other than her stuffed animals, her mother and caregiver Dee Dee was her best, and, sometimes only, friend. But on June 14,police found Dee Dee, 48, stabbed to death in their house. There, she is serving a year sentence for her role in Dee Dee's death, who she says made her like a prisoner.
I couldn't eat. I couldn't have friends. Because now, I'm allowed to … just live like a normal woman. For the first few years of her life, Gypsy was a normal toddler, vibrant and full of energy. Though Rod enjoyed sporadic visitation with his daughter, he says Dee Dee never left them alone. Dee Dee was so controlling. There's no way I can do what she [was] doing.
You have a sick. After Hurricane Katrina ravaged their home in Slidell, Louisiana, Gypsy, then 14, and her mother moved to Springfield, Missouri, where they eventually settled into a house built by Habitat for Humanity. The home even had a wheelchair ramp for Gypsy to use.
In between hospital stays, Gypsy and Dee Dee frequently flew across the country to concerts, celebrity meet-and-greets, galas and even to Disney World with expenses paid by charitable organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The mother and teenage daughter were local celebrities in their Missouri town and the subject of many local news profiles and articles. Gypsy gave speeches around the country about her condition at various conferences, including Relay for Life events. The family also received free gifts and cash donations from good Samaritans, including country music star Miranda Lambert.
As she got older, Gypsy said she became curious about life outside of the pink house she shared with her mother. How do you like kiss a boy? She would hit me with a coat hanger sometimes. Gypsy said she once tried to run away, but Dee Dee found her a few hours later and severely punished her. The two fell in love and had a secret online relationship for two and a half years, Gypsy told Woodmansee via Facebook messenger. Gypsy and Godejohn decided to meet in person for the first time in March at a movie theater in Springfield, Missouri. She was dressed as Cinderella, and he as Prince Charming.
What the pair hoped was for Dee Dee to meet Godejohn and approve of him. In JuneGypsy said that while Dee Dee took her to a routine hospital appointment, Godejohn traveled back to Missouri. He then checked into a local motel, where he waited for Gypsy to let him know that Dee Dee was asleep. While Gypsy hid in the bathroom, Godejohn went into the bedroom where he later admitted to police that he stabbed Dee Dee.
It's like my body wouldn't move. Then everything just went quiet. Gypsy said she was both excited and overwhelmed by the prospect of starting a new life. When me and her were in the hotel room There's no reason, reason to cry. I prayed once I got here. I tried to get her mother's soul to forgive me. He said he went through with the plan because he thought he wanted to protect Ladies looking sex tonight Chillicothe Texas and rescue her from her mother.
For several days, Gypsy and Godejohn enjoyed life together. They were caught on surveillance cameras around Springfield, and shopping at Wal-Mart, seemingly without a care or worry on their minds. David Blanchard noticed the kitchen window was unlocked and decided to crawl into the house.
People were shocked when Gypsy, a supposed paraplegic suffering from muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, leukemia and confined to a wheelchair, was arrested and charged with killing her own mother. Godejohn was also arrested and charged with murder. Both originally pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. If she can walk, what else have we been lied to about? Inside a large linen closet, Stanfield found a of bottles and a variety of different medications for Gypsy. It was wrong, because it turned out that not only could Gypsy walk, but she apparently never had cancer, epilepsy or any of the other ailments Dee Dee claimed Gypsy had.
Gypsy said she knew she could walk, but she was convinced by her mother to stay in a wheelchair. Dee Dee had been looking up foundations she could contact and get help from, Rod Blanchard said. There was a point when she stopped asking how old she was, Gypsy said, because her mom would get upset.
She also claimed her mother used a numbing agent to numb her gums, which caused her to drool, in order to convince doctors to remove her salivary glands. I knew that I didn't need the feeding tube. Medical records reviewed by ABC News show that Gypsy was treated by at least different doctors through the years.
During a typical appointment, Gypsy said she would play with a doll or stuffed animal while her mother talked with the doctor. Through it all, Gypsy said her mother was able to get doctors to believe her, even though Gypsy was healthy, because Dee Dee was very convincing. Bernardo Flasterstein, who examined Gypsy for muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy when she was 14 years old, said he immediately saw red flags. I was always so afraid of her. Afraid of the consequences after. Gypsy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in July She is serving a year sentence at Missouri's Chillicothe Correctional Center.
I would never physically go through with killing somebody. I can't. I feel sorry for him, and just that somebody could do something so heartless and not express remorse and not feel like he's responsible for it. Godejohn continues to sit in Greene County Jail in Missouri. He pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and is awaiting trial scheduled for November He faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted. Godejohn said he, too, Ladies looking sex tonight Chillicothe Texas upset about what happened. She pretty much willed the knife in my hand to commit the deed herself.
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