Six years ago this past August, Kansas police first came in contact with seven-year-old Govi Eastwood.
It became a day that neither parties would soon forget.
According to The Kansas City Star, the deputies from De Soto, Kansas, first responded to Rachel Perez's home (Govi's mother) after she had been on the run for outstanding municipal warrants.
When police first arrived at her residence, they were left in disbelief by the home's filthy condition. It had an “overwhelming odor of urine and feces.”
As police hauled Perez off to jail, the mother failed to mention anything about her son, Govi, who lived with her.
They only learned about the boy's existence when Govi's great-grandmother called the authorities to inform them that Govi, who had Down syndrome, should have been in the house.
When police went back for a second look, they found no sign of a child...until they heard a faint noise coming from the attic.
The officer made the devastating discovery of a seven-year-old tucked away in a small crawlspace, surrounded by exposed nails and broken beams.
Govi appeared to be starving to death, so much so that his bones were pushing out of his skin:
Court documents reported:
"The child was completely emaciated and had open wounds, feces and urine all over his body.
It appeared as though the child hadn't eaten in days and most of his bones were visible."
Govi was immediately rushed to the hospital, where doctors heartbreakingly concluded that he weighed only 18.7 pounds—less than the average 8-month-old baby.
The 7-year-old Govi wasn't potty trained, and he could barely speak or walk. He had never been to school.
It was later revealed that Govi had two siblings, 8-year-old Brandee and 5-year-old Angel, both of whom were abused as well.
Govi was left so traumatized, that after being rescued, he would only sleep on the floor, because that's what he was used to.
When someone would offer him up a high-five, he would cower in fear, saying:
“Not hit, no hit.”
However, with a great deal of love, compassion, and grueling hours of physical and emotional therapy, Govi began a slow but remarkable transformation.
In 2012, he and his siblings were adopted by their aunt and uncle, Stacy and Joe Eastwood.
Just look at him now:
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