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‘I want to die’: diary reveals abuse 8-year-old faced before she was beaten to death

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Eight-year-old Gizzell “Gizzy” Ford’s life was so miserable, she wanted to die. Written in the pages of a rainbow covered diary were heartbreaking tales of abuse at the hands of her grandmother.

According to PEOPLE magazine, when she began her diary she wrote of jumping rope, school, teachers and her friends, but the summer of 2013 ended all of that.

“I know if I be good and do everything I’m told I won’t have to do punishments,” she wrote. She went on to write that her grandmother would force her to squat for hours and stand in place for “an hour or two.”

She said that she was excited about school to begin, not because she’d see friends again or begin new adventures, but because she’d be away from her grandmother all day.

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