Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Child Lost Forever True Story

The movie A Child Lost Forever starring Beverly D'Angelo is based on the case of Jerry Sherwood. It premiered as a tv movie of the week for the first time in 1992.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Child Lost Forever the Real People (Adoption Movie)

 A Case of Child Abuse in the Adoptive System the story of Dennis Jurgens
by Traciy Curry-Reyes

Lois Jurgens, 34, came from a large family of sixteen brothers and sisters. She wanted to have a child of her own, but was unable to become pregnant right away. So she eventually adopted two children Dennis and Robert. In 1965, Robert Jurgens woke up because he heard loud screams. He could hear Lois saying Dennis' name over and over. When he looked in the room he could see that his baby brother's body was limp. Everytime he asked what happened to Dennis, he was told that he had fallen. The official cause of death is listed as peritonitis. No one question his death until one day his birth mother, Jerry Sherwood, started searching for him fifteen years later. She had become pregnant with Dennis as a teen. She was forced to give up her son for adoption. She eventually married and had other children. But, she wanted to find Dennis. After contacting the welfare department, weeks later they informed her that Dennis had died in 1965 of peritonitis. She decided to go to his burial site and look at burial records. While looking through the burial records, she came across an old news article, and she was shocked by what she read. The small article stated that Dennis was found in his crib with multiple bruises and injuries to the body. She automatically knew that her son had been beaten to death. Jerry decided to find out what happened to her son. She looked for other old articles, but there seemed to be nothing else written on the case. She eventually contacted the Ramsay County Medical Examiner's office. They launched an official investigation. When the medical examiners pulled the first autopsy file, it revealed photos of a little boy who had many bruises on his body. It was obvious that it was a homicide. Dennis Jurgens body was exhumed. His body was in very good condition even though he had been in the ground for twenty years. Behind his ears, you could still see finger nail marks, and what appeared to be a small bite mark on the private part of his body. The injuries the child sustained were not caused by a fall. Someone had beaten the child to death. They started to investigate the adoptive mother, Lois Jurgens. They think that she either punched him or kicked him in the stomach while he was lying flat or up against a wall.  Lois Jurgens, 62, was brought to trial in 1987 for the murder of the young boy. Robert Jurgens, 27  took the stand and testified against her. He described her beatings: she would whip with a belt, she would grab the back of your ears, and she would put your head under water. Lois was convicted of third degree murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison. She was paroled in 1995. She now lives in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Tidbits
It is believed that Lois Jurgens is responsible for the death of her husband, Harold and her mother in law.

After her release in 1995, Lois Jurgens stated that she wanted to live in anonymity. Jerry Sherwood was shocked that she was released so soon. She said that she prayed for years that the woman would just die in prison. (The Deseret News) "May God strike her dead, that's what I have to say to Lois Jurgens." (Rocky Mountain News)

Here is a book about the case



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