The neighborhood kids noticed Mary Crocker’s hands.
The rail-thin 14-year-old looked younger than she was, and reportedly always dressed in worn-out clothes. But it was her hands that drew attention. They were perpetually red and worked-over, the result of endless hours the young girl spent raking leaves and doing other lawn chores in the yard stretching out from her family’s double-wide trailer in Guyton, Ga., a small rural town about 30 miles from Savannah.
“That was from being out in the yard out there most of the time working, doing stuff from the time she got off that bus until they would go in at night,” the Crockers’ neighbor, Gary Bennett, recently told WTOC. “Then she would go to school and kids would see her and ask what was wrong and she wouldn’t ever say anything. She wouldn’t open up to anybody.”
But Mary’s hours in the yard apparently ended last October — no one saw her again. Neighbors did, however, spot her father, then 49-year-old Elwyn Crocker Sr., outside in the closing weeks of 2018. They would later tell WSAV he had a shovel near the tree line, not far from the chain-link cage where the Crockers kept the pit bulls that caused problems with the neighbors.
The ugly reality about what was allegedly happening inside the trailer became clear this week.
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