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She recalled calling 9-1-1 several times to report the incident and to see if Eric was alive. However, by the time the police arrived, there was no saving Eric.
The prosecution later maintained Brigitte planned killing Eric from the beginning: her researching the internet for scalpels before killing Eric proved premeditation. Burning the penis on the stove, before throwing it off the pier, to cover up what she did. Searching the Internet for Lorena Bobbitt cases. That all proved she planned this attack. “Eric dying was just a misfortune for Eric,” said the prosecutor.
According to Brigitte, she endured parental abandonment and abuses her entire life. She recalled being two-years-old, when Lucy-Anne left her and three other siblings with a neighbor woman who also lived in their Park Hill, New York apartment. They were placed into the foster-care system.
In 1984, they were living with their father on Long Island. In one of her earliest childhood memories, Eric ordered her at the age of three, to undress and lie naked on a bed in a guest room. She remembers him getting on top of her. She remembered the telephone ringing and pleading with him to answer the phone—and him telling her “Don’t worry about it.” She remembered him getting off her, and her holding her doll, and being in pain.
The abuse by Eric stopped only when he returned to Liberia, leaving Brigitte and Carleen with numerous and abusive relatives. The sisters claimed their maternal grandmother physically abused them, forcing the small girls into doing all the housework, including scrubbing floors and washing an endless supply of dirty dishes. In that home which should have been filled love and safety, Brigitte claimed their grandmother used them as slaves, and routinely hit them with a stick if they disobeyed.
The torture according to Brigitte did not stop there. In that home, she claimed an older cousin forced her to perform oral sex on him each Sunday after church services. She said she told her grandmother, but the woman did nothing to stop the assaults.
She told police that during a family trip to Liberia to visit Eric, she informed her mother and her pastor of the abuse. They confronted Eric, who adamantly denied all the abuse allegations, calling Brigitte “crazy, and a liar.” Either she informed other family members who disbelieved her, or as one aunt said, “‘no matter what Eric did, he is still your father’.”