Amanda Berry Is a Great Mother Under Most Horrific Circumstances (VIDEO)

Imagine having a daughter come out of such horrific circumstances as Amanda Berry gave birth to her child in. Amanda was not only kidnapped and held against her will in the house of her captor for 10 years, but during that time she was pregnant at least once -- possibly by her captor, Ariel Castro. It's tough enough being pregnant, but can you fathom being pregnant in those circumstances? No prenatal care. No doctor's visits. No one you love who you can rely on. And let's talk about giving birth. Tough enough in a hospital or at home with trained help. But giving birth on your own in a house of horrors? And yet Amanda astonishingly seems to have been able to not only love, but care for and educate her daughter, Jocelyn, the best she could.

A picture of Amanda in the hospital, reunited with her sister, shows her with her arm protectively around her 6-year-old daughter. An interview with her rescuer, neighbor Charles Ramsey, on CNN with Anderson Cooper indicates that Jocelyn's father may have been Ariel -- which is apparently what Amanda told Charles -- but authorities will reportedly be doing DNA analysis. In fact, Amanda also told Charles that Jocelyn "wanted her daddy." Which means that the child and Ariel may have had a decent relationship. Can you imagine not poisoning your daughter's mind against her father even under such circumstances?!

Jocelyn was reportedly born on Christmas and Amanda referred to her as her "Christmas baby." She also reportedly homeschooled her -- possibly without her captor's knowledge. The little girl was also reportedly seen by neighbors outside with Ariel, and had visited the home of her grandmother, Ariel's mother.

Further reports say that there may have been several pregnancies that ended in miscarriages due to beatings by the brothers. And there may have been other children in the house -- though who those children were remains to be seen. But it doesn't take a stretch of the imagination to figure out that Amanda and her child were at constant risk. I imagine that Amanda had to figure out a way to negotiate for their safety, for food, for care, on a regular basis.

Imagine: No schooling for your child. No medical care. You can't choose what food she eats, how she is brought up, what she is exposed to. The child probably witnessed violence and threats.

And YET. Reports say that Jocelyn is happy and healthy. All due to Amanda, I'm sure. It must have been like bringing up your child in the middle of a war zone.

It's truly a testament to the mother-daughter bond that Amanda is not only able to show this child love, despite her being a constant reminder of her torment, but was able to somehow bring up a child who is, in recently released pictures, able to smile.

Now thanks to Amanda's resourcefulness and some help from Charles Ramsey, Jocelyn will be able to have the childhood she deserves.

Can you imagine bringing up a child under these circumstances? Here's Amanda confirming for her grandmother that she has a daughter:


Image via WEWS News Channel 5/YouTube

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LostS... LostSoul88

The media outlet who released this girls photo should be ashamed! This poor Girls face shouldn't be out there for everyone to see. 

nonmember avatar h

Sham on The Stir for posting this girls photo

miche... micheledo

I pray that she only saw the horrors in that house. The fact that she ran into a strangers arms seems to say she knew he offered something better, or an escape from the life she lived. I really hope that is because of seeing things that she didn't have to experience herself. :(

nonmember avatar kaerae

I am beyond disgusted that any media are showing this girl's picture. How low can you sink?

jalaz77 jalaz77

I agree with the above posters. The media is disgusting. So is The Stir, oh wait it is The Stir...

nonmember avatar amy

" a constant reminder of her torment", "must have been like bringing up your child in the middle of a war zone", "homeschooled her -- possibly without her captor's knowledge"... It was wrong & dicusting what this man did, I am NOT defending him , but how do you know that he didn't love that little girl & want the best for her? He could have read to her, taught her to write, how to draw... If she was "asking for her daddy" there must be some love there.

stara... starandseen

I cannot imagine how Amanda could've raised her baby during the first year when babies are so vulnerable and difficult during that time. So that evil man managed to supply formula, baby food, diapers, clothes for her? I guess Amanda did what was necessary, but still, in a country where we have food and doctors and clean homes to live in, what was it like with a newborn while living caged?

That's nice that Amanda didn't poison her baby's mind about the sick man that's the father. I would have a hard time acknowledging that fact to myself, let alone telling her, but like I said, I guess Amanda did what she had to do.

nonmember avatar Phoenix

Wow...just wow. Probably the smartest thing she did was not "poison" the child's mind against her dad- that would have been dangerous for the child. It must have been so hard to do, but letting the child love that monster (I won't say man) probably meant that he was far more inclined to get that little girl what she needed to survive. Imagine if he had been upset with her? I don't want to imagine what he would or coudl have done.

Melissa Young

I agree the child's face shouldn't be in the media because it sets her up for future harassment and possibly kidnapping.

Jenn Jabber Hughes

I keep seeing how people are questioning on if that poor little girls monster of a "father" mistreated her or may have been more caring and leniant with someone who shares his blood.. My first thought when the story came out about the girls and women's rescue is the fact that she is 6 years old and was rescued in a t shirt and a diaper.. A diaper at six years old! The only reason I could fathom her still wearing a diaper is she may have had to go very long times in between being allowed to use the restroom. And with children it is much harder to make them wait, us parents know that if you try to make a child wait to long they will just go on themselves. Even if he didn't physically abuse her like he did his other prisoners you can bet she was neglected by him in ways we as free people take for granted.

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