Too Hurt to Stay

The true story of a troubled boy’s desperate search for a loving home.

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Spencer, at just eight years old, takes himself to social services and demands to be taken into care. It’s a desperate cry for help, but his parent’s reaction – good riddance – speaks volumes. Casey’s hackles are immediately up for this poor child.

Spencer is the middle child of four siblings. His parents claim that he was born ‘vicious and evil’, while all their other kids are ‘normal’. Casey and her family are appalled – kids aren’t born evil, they get damaged. However, when vigilante neighbours start to take action and their landlord threatens eviction, Casey is stretched to the limits, trying desperately to hold on to this boy who causes so much pain and destruction.

Casey is determined to try and understand what Spencer is going through and help him find the loving home he so desperately wants. When Spencer’s mother gets in touch with social services for the first time, gradually everything starts to make sense.

Published 11 October 2012.