Lori and Craig Gertz longed for a larger family when they brought baby Ellie into their Long Grove, Ill., home. After seven miscarriages, they decided to adopt and were chosen to take guardianship of a little girl. However, as she grew, Ellie’s mood swings and unpredictable behavior made life at home scary for the family. Lori was pushed down a flight of stairs while eight months pregnant with daughter Talia, whom Ellie would later physically attack.
After several hospitalizations ...more