Chicago Grandmother Found Guilty in Brutal Murder of 8-Year-Old Granddaughter

As People reports, Gizzy's summer days were filled with torture and abuse at the hands of her grandmother, 55-year-old Helen Ford, and her father.

The wounds to Gizzy's face were so severe that a Chicago police forensic investigator with 30 years on the job began to weep as she described them in court - a highly unusual display of emotion from a seasoned crime scene professional.

Gizzys diaries were entered into the record in an IL court where Helen Ford was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in her granddaughters tragic, lonely death.

She wrote that she looked forward to the start of school again in August, when she would be out of the house. "What Helen Ford did to her reduced that child to something completely unrecognizable". In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, investigators allege that her father directed the attacks, while her grandmother carried them out.

On July 11, 2013, she wrote her last entry: "I hate this life because now I'm in super big trouble".

But Andre Ford - who died in 2014 while in custody in Cook County Jail for his daughter's murder - wasn't physically capable of the abuse, Coleman said.

Romito said stories of Gizzell trying to attack family members were "unmitigated lies" by relatives who want to protect the "black-hearted" Helen Ford.

Surely, Gizzy must have known that she lived with monsters - a grandmother so cruel that she forced her to stand for hours on one foot, with her arms held out.

'She's getting defiant, ' Andre Ford is heard saying in the video.

As for Andre Ford, ABC 7 reported that although he was an unemployed felon, he was given temporary custody of his daughter after he reported her mother was homeless and wasn't taking her to school on a regular basis.

She had been strangled and badly beaten.

"I'm sorry, this never happens", Officer Nancy DeCook said as she began to cry when viewing Gizzy's photos. "She also says she wants to kill herself".

Video of Gizzell's abuse was also played in court, showing Helen Ford berating the young girl for breaking rules while the little girl stood with a sock stuffed in her mouth. The girl was once punished for trying to sneak a cup of water from the toilet. "This is the type of murder that makes you lose faith in the human race", Assistant State's Attorney Ashley Romito, said.

Cops say, cruelty was something Helen Ford excelled in.

In that same entry, Ford hoped she wouldn't "mess up" on that day.

In her opening remarks, Ford's lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Judie Smith, said the grandmother was "overworked, overwhelmed and overcome" while caring for her bedridden son as well as three grandchildren. Her public defender asked the judge to find her client guilty of involuntary manslaughter and said while she may have abused and neglected the girl, she never meant to kill her.

When Ford blocked the woman from entering, the paramedic pushed through to find the Gizzell dead on the floor next to a bloody pillow.

'Love, G.F.,' she wrote.

'I know if I be good and do everything I'm told I won't have to do punishments, ' she wrote. "I can do anything I put my smart mind to". All she wanted was to be able to "just sit down, watch T.V., talk and play with everybody". "People say I'm smart and courageous and lovely". I am going to be great all day.

  • Leroy Wright