By Todd R. Hansen
The little boy, just 3 at the time, put his arms behind his back as if they were being cuffed.
The sound he then made, the first in several months working with staff at the Children’s Nurturing Project, was that of a police siren coming to his home.
It was there where he and his two siblings had watched his father violently attack and choke their mother; watched as their father was handcuffed and taken away by police; watched as their mother was taken to a residential rehab program.
“He never laughed. He never really cried. He was very, very emotionless because of what he saw,” said Laurie Hartmann, who was a direct service clinician with the Children’s Nurturing Project at the time.