It will take a lifetime for this poor child to learn to rebuild trust. She has been told so many lies. She was taught at such a young age to lie (dress like a Mennonite to cross international borders) and hide and run. She has been told that her parent, (and her grandparents) are evil. And not in that snide way that divorced parents try to win favor with a kid sometimes, by badmouthing the other parent. But in a way in which whole communities have taught her to fear and distrust a parent.
The article suggests that they move frequently, on the run for years, and the little girl does not have the opportunity to build attachments to peers or mentors or neighborhood routines.
My heart breaks for this poor child, and the damage that a parent caused her.
And as much as I am angry at that mom for the damage she has caused this poor child, I feel sorry for her. What switch turned on or off in her brain that turned her into such a self-loathing human being? Was it all religious pressure and brainwashing? Is there some chemical imbalance? Did she have an abusive childhood too, in which she, (like her daughter after her) was taught to hate and fear and distrust? It appears that she is beyond healing at this point. And yeah, jail is in her future. And more disruption to this child's life.