ctrenchard asked:

Did Dave's mother, Catherine Pelzer, ever go to jail for child abuse?

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Jason Society finds it hard to accept a mother is capable of abuse. Just look at some of the comments in the reviews to see this. She went onto abuse another son after David left. The great sad fact is this kind of abuse, maybe not in severity, is quite common on goes unoticed because its just not accepted by society http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/74...
James Patrick No she didn't.

In fact there were no charges ever placed against her. Nor is there any evidence that she committed those acts against Pelzer.

If it had happened, why is there no evidence?
Kaylee D Of course they went to jail! Police officers took away the rest of her children and took her to jail
Sylvia She would have if this happened today. They are much more on it then they were before. James Patrick, why would anyone write these books if they were not the truth. The proof is in the photos of him all bruised and battered. Also, his Brother who was also beaten after Dave left, admitted that their Mother was an abuser.
Lilley Partin no because i read all the books. she kept all the other children and was not pressed with charges. she should have but was not. its a whole lot of craps.
Shelby Part of the law state that if you abuse a child and or person of any sort,and if you have a medical history that may affect your mood and the activity you do,then you don't go to jail. Catherine was not taken to jail,and because of this went on to abusing another child. Sometimes I just think they could have done something more.
Kate She was never sent to jail but I think she should have.
Alien Reader No she wasn't. The child abuse laws in the 1970s in the U.S. were not very strong.

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