The mother of an 8-year-old Texas girl who died after being forced to jump non-stop on a hot trampoline apologized to her daughter for not saving her from her allegedly sadistic legal guardians.
Alysha Anderton said she lost custody of her daughter, Jaylin Schwarz, four years ago when she couldn’t overcome her addiction issue within a timeframe set by child protective services.
“I’m so, so sorry that I didn’t bring you back home like I promised you that I would,” Anderton told KOSA-TV when asked what she would say to her daughter.
“I’m sorry for everything that I have put you through.”
The distraught mom said that Jaylin and her younger sister Jayde were moved from their home in Forney, Texas, to Odessa, to live in the custody of Anderton’s stepsister Ashley Schwarz and her husband Daniel Schwarz.
Anderton said she had visitation rights — but she claimed the Schwarzs kept her from ever seeing the girl.
“What upsets me the most is that I never got to see her alive again,” Anderton told the local Odessa outlet. “When they took them, I never got to say goodbye. So I’ve never had closure for the past four years.”
“The first time I saw her in almost four years she was lying in a casket,” Anderton added.
Anderton said she had been working the courts to be allowed to visit her daughters before Jaylin’s August death, but that the process was tied up amid the coronavirus.