On December sixth 1961, Jerry Sherwood, a 17 12 months previous, ward of the state, was pressured to position her new child son for adoption. She named her child Dennis. She was promised that he would have a greater life than she might ever give him. She at all times hoped that when he was sufficiently old to achieve out, he would.
Jerry went on to marry and have four extra kids with Dennis’ father however the ache of getting a misplaced little one haunted her for years. When her son reached the age of maturity, within the early 80s, she reached out to the welfare division to try to make contact with him. Just a few weeks later a letter arrived informing her that Dennis Jurgens had died, aged simply three and a half years previous in April 1965.
They stated Dennis had died of a ruptured bowel and peritonitis, an irritation of the membrane lining the stomach cavity. When she regarded for extra data she found that Dennis’ physique had been lined with between 50 and 100 bruises. His reason for dying remained deferred and nobody was ever prosecuted for his dying.
Jerry spent years pining for Dennis, by no means realizing that she was grieving for a useless little one. Though her seek for her son ended nearly as quickly because it started, her pursuit for justice had solely began.
“Why did this occur? That’s the query that doesn’t get talked about. . . . I assume it occurred as a result of nobody needed to undergo the white picket fence of the Jurgens home and step on toes. They only didn’t need to stroll by that white picket fence.” – Robert Jurgens, Dennis’ massive brother.