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"Mary Ellen Should Have Been a Puppy" by Vivian Jenkins

At the age of eight, Mary Ellen Wilson was severely abused by her foster parents, Francis and Mary Connolly. Because no laws protected children from abuse at the time, statutes against cruelty to animals were invoked before the US Supreme Court in 1874 to remove her from the home. Hers was the first recorded case of child abuse in the United States.

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