Picking up the pieces after a real-life horror story. It’s what one Mississippi family is doing after a horrible case of child abuse.
Amanda Raines was sentenced to life in prison this month for starving and beating her 11-year-old stepson Tyler Raines to death. Raines’ husband is also charged in the case.
An Olive Branch family has taken in Tyler’s four siblings, adopting them as their own. But tonight, they are asking the community to help their new family.
The family has four children of their own and took in four more kids after that horrible tragedy.
“He was a quiet kid, but he was real nice,” Nick Thompson told FOX13 when talking about Tyler. “He was always smiling. Tyler was always smiling.”
At just 11 years old, Tyler’s life ended at the hands of Amanda Raines. He left behind siblings who have now been adopted by the Thompson family.
“They were all close to Tyler. They lived with him; that was their brother,” Thompson said. “They look up to him because he saved them. He’s their Superman, their superhero. They miss him very much.”
Amanda Raines was sentenced to life in prison. Nick Thompson told FOX13 after a tough trial, life is getting back to normal for their family.
“We’re just trying to keep them busy, letting them do everything they never got to do before because none of them ever got to experience anything outside of the house,” Thompson said.
Thompson said they family is hoping to get a fresh start, giving these kids a childhood they never had.
“We’re taking them all to Disney World to give them a new beginning, a new start, start fresh,” Thompson said.
A fresh start, the one Tyler Raines never got.
“We’re trying to make sure they get to experience everything they can in a childhood because some of them have missed a lot,” Thompson said. “We’re trying to get them to regain that empty spot in their life.”
Family friends have set up a go fund me to help the family adjust to their new life with eight kids now. You can help by clicking here: http://dm2.gofund.me/v25xwfzg