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    Shari is the little girl from Maui who was severely beaten up by her mother's boyfriend in a homeless shelter where they were living earlier this year. For awhile, it was touch and go, but miraculously, after 2 months, she recovered enough to make it back to Maui under the care of her Tutu Cheryl.

    A fund was set up to help cover some of the expenses for Shari. My hunny Panzo wrote something about Shari on another website and got some of our friends on the Mainland to contribute to that fund. Cheryl just wrote back to Panzo to express her aloha and mahalo and to give the following report on Shari's progress:

    "my attorney has instructed me not to use any of the money in the account. I believe we will go through the court so people will know where their money is spent...I think thats a good idea. Shari and I have gotten support from my family and some great people here on Maui. That she survived alone is a miracle. She has extensive brain damage but is defying the odds stacked against her, she had 50% of her pancreas removed, her spleen is dead, she will be on antiboitics for life, and there seems to be some visual imparement that she corrects by tilting her head, she is also partially paralized in her right hand. To look at her you would never imagine that the inside of her tiny body and brain are so damaged. GOD IS GOOD and HIS GRACE shines everytime I look at Shari's face. Her attacker may have been able to break her tiny body into pieces but her could not take away her will to survive. At this point she is doing very well but the future medically is unknown and we will have to deal with any problems that arise. I am going to send you some pics so you can see my precious Shari. The hospital photo is gruesome but it is the reality of what was done to this little girl. Again many thanks for letting people know about Shari...for now I am forced to be silent by the state....I will NEVER let what happened to Shari be swept under the rug...there are more of or Kekei being abused everyday...laws must be changed to protect the ones who cannot protect themselves...our Kekei.
    Aloha,
    Cheryl"

    Mahalo ke Akua for the resilience of young bodies and medical science! Although Shari will be physically and emotionally challenged for the rest of her life, her Tutu is determined to make sure she still lives a good life. The picture below was taken of Shari earlier this month. What a little angel.

    Miulang
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    Mahalo Tita Muilang for sharing Shari's story with us. I will pray for her and Tutu...........

    Lynn
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    I hope the suspect in this case get's life in prison...

    This young princess will have to live a life's worth of repercussions because of his wrong doing.

    Child abusers are on the very bottom of my $#!t list... right next to Men who abuse women!

    I will keep Shari in my thoughts and prayers as my son is about the same age.

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    Unbelievable. Where are Lorena Bobbitt and Ted Bundy when you need 'em? Even those punishments would be too good for Shari's abuser.

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    Let me correct myself...

    I hope the suspect gets a life term in prison...(with a cell mate that has a young daughter)

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    Quote Originally Posted by manoasurfer123
    Let me correct myself...

    I hope the suspect gets a life term in prison...(with a cell mate that has a young daughter)
    yes. a slow death lasting.. oh I'd say 40 years. constant daily punishment. and after that, the universe will still be imbalanced.

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    Francisco "puto soon to be joto" Ramirez. Has a nice ring to it..............
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    More information from Tutu Cheryl on Shari and what she likes to do now that she's on the road to recovery. If you want to send her books and other toys, etc. Shari's address is on the end of this. Cheryl isn't asking for money.

    "Thank you for the e-mail. It means so much to know that people care. I am so not a person that accepts gifts easily but for Shari it is a different story. She loves books...we read 5 to 7 books before bed. She could benefit from toys that will encourage her to use both hands and anything that will help strenghten her right arm and grip. She loves to pretend to cook. She is learning shapes, colors, ABC's and matching the same objects.

    I have a card from a family member taped to my frig that says "The Lord always finds the most wonderful ways to bring strenght and comfort to our hardest days." How true this is! He has provided unbelievable strength for both Shari and I along with comfort and compassion through wonderful people like you. Thank you and God Bless.

    Aloha,
    Cheryl Luker & Shari
    969A Konia Place
    Kihei, HI 96753"

    Miulang

    This is a picture of Shari when she was in the hospital in Honolulu in April.
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    Me and Panzo and a couple of our Mainland expat friends got together and shipped 2 boxes of goodies off to Shari earlier this week. The smile on her face when she started playing with her new toys is amazing. If we could just figure out a way to bottle that smile and sell it on eBay, we'd be rich!

    I'm so thankful for people who care about people who can't defend themselves.
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    Shari's grandmother Cheryl reports that Shari now weighs 23 lbs, a vast improvement over the 19 lbs she weighed when she was released from the hospital in April. She's still about 6 lbs below average weight for her age and height, but Grandma Cheryl's love and care is helping her thrive. Even better news...Cheryl has started adoption proceedings!

    Miulang

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    Thanks for the updates, Miulang. This has become such a heart warming story...vs the initial heart wrenching story.

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    BETTER YET, A CELLMATE NAMED BUBBA lol

    Quote Originally Posted by manoasurfer123
    Let me correct myself...

    I hope the suspect gets a life term in prison...(with a cell mate that has a young daughter)

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    Shari has been losing weight and not eating well. We went to 3 doctors last week and had several tests done all came out normal...Thank God. Pray for her appeitite to return. She is feeling better this week. Another major concern is that Shari also has an 11 month old 1/2 brother from her mother and her boyfriend. Not only is the state allowing visitation with the mother (who is suppose to be charged...I have proof she was a part of Shari's abuse)the state has put a "reunification" plan in place for them along with visits at the jail for the baby and his child abusive father...if they can do this what is to keep them from visiting Shari! ARE THESE PEOPLE CRAZY.....I have gone as far as the District Attorneys office with phone calls letting them know "THIS IS NOT OK"! I was told I was distraught and traumatised....YOU BET I AM... and I was also told that all these visits are supervised....Shari was suppose to be supervised too by the state and she was nearly beaten to death. I am getting the word out on this...I will probably get in trouble for exposing what is going on but I don't care. There is another childs life on the line here.
    God Bless,
    Cheryl & Shari

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    Cheryl, You came to an excellent place to get your Story out!!! We have many Bloggers. I know I will feature your story on mine. I will keep you and the children in my prayers.

    Love and Aloha

    Auntie Lynn

    Tita Muilang, I going take your story and put it up on my Blog then add Cheyl's. Moa powerful!!! http://www.auntiepupule.com/blog/index.php?id=792

    Auntie Lynn

    P.S. We have many "friends" in the media here on HT. Pleazzzzzzzzz get this story out. It needs attention asap.
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    Aloha, Cheryl:
    It was soooo nice to meet you and Shari in person the other week! She truly is a miracle child and you are a saint for taking care of her. When I read all the documentation you showed me about Shari's injuries and her previous living situation, I really got very angry at the State for their cavalier attitude about what is "right" for Shari. In her particular case, it appears that her birth mom really has no business giving birth to children, nevermind trying to take care of them. Raising children to become good, productive adults is a very hard task, and it's made even more difficult when the children have been physically and emotionally scarred by their birth parents.

    How can the State say that Shari's mother and crazy boyfriend have any rights to see Shari or her half brother? What makes them think that this boyfriend will treat the boy any differently than he treated Shari? Will Shari's half brother have to become another child abuse statistic? With Shari's birth mother's track record (several children already taken away from her because of neglect on top of Shari, her half brother and another child soon to be born), why do they think she will suddenly see the light and start to make better choices for herself and her keikis?

    I'm praying that Shari will start eating again soon (I know that small kids sometimes stop eating right before a growth spurt) and that your next trip to Honolulu to see the specialists turns out well. I also hope you and your husband can become Shari's official guardians soon and that God will find a way to get N. out of the predicament he will be in if he is returned to his parents. I know that Shari survived because there is something very important she needs to do on this earth, and that she is blessed to have Nani and Papa to help get her strong enough again so that she may do her work.

    Malama pono,
    Miulang

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    cheryl, i hope you don't buy their bs for a second! distraught and traumatised? hell yes! who wouldn't be?!? ugh. the stupidity of the system is beyond belief. hang in there and fight tooth and nail. with any luck, maybe this story can be told in the local papers and tv news?
    525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year?

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    Thank you all for your comments. It makes me stronger and more determined reading them. I knew from the time Shari was in PICU that I would become an advocate to change existing laws and fight for rights for children. The only reason mom cant see Shari is because Shari's Doctor forbids it, if not for him Shari would be subjected to visitation. I have been told that the baby was not abused but "Frankie" was pulled over and arrested on March 1st 2006 for drunk driving...the baby was in the car with him. I consider that endangerment, neglect, and abuse. He was, obviously, released even though he is a 4 time violent felon on parole till 2011 only to beat Shari to near death 14 days later. The shelter they were living in at the time is suppose to be for Women and Children only. Shari's mother is standing behind "Frankie" 100%...tells alot about what kind of mother she truely is. I have no doubt that when this info (and this info is the tip of the iceburg) gets beyond the "coconut line" I will be slapped with a gag order and my life will be even more difficult. I am ready to start my fight beginning with Shari's 1/2 brother. Please pray for strenght for Shari and I. Thanks for getting the message out too!!!
    God Bless,
    Cheryl & Shari

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    God Bless You Shari and Cheryl, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Cheryl...is there a group you might be able to align yourself with (or they with you!) for the purpose of advocacy and support? One idea is Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and/or Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii. I'm sure there are others.

    I'm absolutely stunned at your and Shari's story. I really hope the media takes it and runs with it.

    You're still in my prayers. I'm a tutu, too! God help anyone who would lay a hand on any of my mo`opuna. Actually, God wouldn't even come in to play in this situation. The perp would go down a windy, bumpy road to hell and I'd be the one with the map.

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    I am going to e-mail Lila at the Maui News to let her know what is going on. I have stayed silent so that I would not "compromise" any investagation in progress. The investagation is over and all evidence has been turned into the prosecuting attorneys office. My feelings at this point are not on the case but the "compromising" situation Shari's brother is being put in and the possibility of yet another cycle of child abuse set in motion. We need many, many voices from the public. I have found that contacting agency's, if you do get a reply, will take weeks and months. I have contacted Lillian Koller's office, she is the director of the Department of Human Services for Hawaii. Her phone number is (808)586-4994. She is the top of the ladder in matters reguarding Child Welfare Services. I am begging all of you and everyone you can get this message to to call Lillians office with your concerns and feelings. Also a quick e-mail to Linda Lingle (Hawaii Governor) at www.hawaii.gov/gov from all of us just might force her to take a good hard look at this situation. I have e-mailed Gov. Lingle and never got a word back. There IS strenght in numbers and I am asking you all to get in line with me.
    God Bless,
    Cheryl & Shari

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherla42
    I am going to e-mail Lila at the Maui News to let her know what is going on. I have stayed silent so that I would not "compromise" any investagation in progress. The investagation is over and all evidence has been turned into the prosecuting attorneys office. My feelings at this point are not on the case but the "compromising" situation Shari's brother is being put in and the possibility of yet another cycle of child abuse set in motion. We need many, many voices from the public. I have found that contacting agency's, if you do get a reply, will take weeks and months. I have contacted Lillian Koller's office, she is the director of the Department of Human Services for Hawaii. Her phone number is (808)586-4994. She is the top of the ladder in matters reguarding Child Welfare Services. I am begging all of you and everyone you can get this message to to call Lillians office with your concerns and feelings. Also a quick e-mail to Linda Lingle (Hawaii Governor) at www.hawaii.gov/gov from all of us just might force her to take a good hard look at this situation. I have e-mailed Gov. Lingle and never got a word back. There IS strenght in numbers and I am asking you all to get in line with me.
    God Bless,
    Cheryl & Shari
    to send an email to the govenor and the lt. gov, go to this page: http://www.hawaii.gov/gov/contact/email/index_html

    yup, a lot of people have to make some noise in order to keep this in the press... it's when no one's looking that they can get away with... murder.
    525,600 minutes, 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year?

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    Here's mine!

    Aloha Governor Linda Lingle, Child Abuse has no room in our beautiful State. Laws needs to be changed so children like Shari, her brother "N", Peter boy, and Rueben will never be abused again. http://www.auntiepupule.com/blog/index.php?id=792

    Aloha and Love
    Lynn Vasquez aka
    Auntie Pupule
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    I have not heard anything in return for my e-mail to the Maui News. I do have some up lifting info. I have been looking for Shari's 6yr old 1/2 sister and her father who has custody of her. We found each other and Dad and sister came over to our place. It was a few weeks before Shari was beaten that they saw each other. Shari didnt recognize her sister (part of the brain damage) but the natural bond of sisterhood kicked in and they played for 2 hours. Joy was flooding my heart and we all want the girls to remain in contact and be "sisters". Now I will go in search of the oldest sister and I will continue the FIGHT for Baby Brother.
    God Bless You All,
    Cheryl & Shari

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stwahine
    Here's mine!

    Aloha Governor Linda Lingle, Child Abuse has no room in our beautiful State. Laws needs to be changed so children like Shari, her brother "N", Peter boy, and Rueben will never be abused again. http://www.auntiepupule.com/blog/index.php?id=792

    Aloha and Love
    Lynn Vasquez aka
    Auntie Pupule
    Thank You Lynn for getting up to bat for abused children. I have contacted all family and friends and they are ALL e-mailing Gov. Lingle. I am praying it will make a difference. I have sent 2 e-mails personally...still no reply. Its campain time and I wish she would take a "real" moment to look into this matter or better yet, come to my house and look at Shari's scars and huge patches of hair missing from the back of her head, read the documentation on the Hell this little girl suffered for 6 months. REALITY! I picked up more medical records today....Shari's x-rays showed not 2 rib fractures but 5. 3 from the trauma she went through on March 15th and 2 prior, 1 that appears to me to have happened from being kicked in the back. I cant even begin to tell you how hard it is to read medical reports. It is the most heart wrenching emotion I have ever felt. Shari's story is not just Shari's, it is for any child who went to bed tonight in pain from abuse, feeling helpless, alone, and afraid.
    God Bless,
    Cheryl & Shari

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    I correct myself...there were 4 rib fractures, not 5

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