Andrea Gonzalez gets a memorial

I found this article about the missing child Andrea Gonzalez, who disappeared from Russellville, Alabama in 1993 at the age of five. Her father and stepmother were later convicted in her death, but her body has never been found.

Andrea never got a break in life. Her mother went to prison when she was little and she wound up in foster care in Illinois, which was probably a good thing considering she had obviously been abused in her mother’s home and had picked up stomach parasites and quite a few behavioral problems. When Mom was released from jail, she didn’t seem all that anxious to reconnect with Andrea or her other two children. Andrea was sent to live with her dad and stepmom early in 1993, and her two siblings were put up for adoption. In less than a year she was dead, supposedly accidentally scalded to death in the bathtub. Curiously, rather than call an ambulance, her father and stepmother chose to get rid of her body and no one as ever found it.

Anyway, a Tennessee company has donated a monument in Andrea’s honor, which is on display near the Franklin County Detention Center in Alabama, along with similar memorials to raise awareness of child abuse. It’s nice that people still care after all this time.

Andrea’s case reminds me a lot of Haleigh Cummings. Except Andrea’s family is even more screwed up than Haleigh’s, and it’s not at all certain that Haleigh is dead.

5 thoughts on “Andrea Gonzalez gets a memorial

  1. Brianna Brawley October 8, 2009 / 1:19 pm

    That’s so sad! But so sweet and nice that all these people that never knew litle Andrea even after all these years still care about her and want her to be remembered and have justice.

  2. engineeredgarden October 10, 2009 / 4:35 pm

    It’s really interesting that I came across this post, because I am the Alabama Master Gardener that designed the landscaping around the memorial – which is currently under construction. Myself and a few inmates are installing the pavers right now, and the frequent rain is really hampering things. I put alot of thought into the entire design, and will install plants surrounding it, where something will be in bloom throughout the entire year. I am going with mostly whites, yellows, and greens – because I didn’t want the landscaping to take anything away from the beautiful memorial that was donated. I will post photos of the completed project on my blog when finished.

    Jeff Vandiver
    Russellville, Alabama

  3. Brianna Brawley October 13, 2009 / 7:47 pm

    Good job Jeff! Keep up the great work! May be you can find out what was Andrea’s favorite color and plant some flowers that are the same color? That wold be so pretty!

  4. engineeredgarden October 14, 2009 / 12:21 am

    I’m not sure if that will be possible, but i’ll ask Pam, because she knows more than anyone about the case. Because of all the rain, I’ve called in reinforcements to help finish it. We need to get the pavers finished this weekend…..

  5. MLGonzalez December 7, 2009 / 5:39 pm

    Many people say what they want. MAny people think they know everything of what happened; but it is sad to say we dont! I wish that little Andrea could come to us even if in a dream and tell us what is the TRUTH!! This is so very sad, cruel and unhuman like behavior! I wish that Kim had the guts to say what really happened; I wish that Paul would be man enough to say what really happeed! But, most likely they wont. They havent thus far! I know for a fact that Paul is not hurting from this; he is my husband; yes, my husband! I just found this all out and have been frantically searching for what I can to read on my own, since he has not been straight with me. I wish that I could find out the truth; not his truth.

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