Daddy It Hurts

Poem and picture supposedly document a child abuse victim.

Claim:   Poem and picture document a child abuse victim.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, April 2012]

Daddy… It hurts


My name is Chris
I am three,
My eyes are swollen
I cannot see,
I must be stupid
I must be bad,
What else could have made
My daddy so mad?
I wish I were better
I wish I weren’t ugly,
Then maybe my mommy
Would still want to hug me.
I can’t do a wrong
I can’t speak at all
Or else I’m locked up
All day long.
When I’m awake I’m all alone
The house is dark
My folks aren’t home
When my mommy does come home
I’ll try and be nice,
So maybe I’ll just get
One whipping tonight.
I just heard a car
My daddy is back
From Charlies bar
I hear him curse
My name is called
I press myself
Against the wall
I try to hide
From his evil eyes
I’m so afraid now
I’m starting to cry
He finds me weeping
Calls me ugly words,
He says its my fault
He suffers at work
He slaps and hits me
And yells at me more,
I finally get free
And run to the door
He’s already locked it
And I start to bawl,
He takes me and throws me
Against the hard wall
I fall to the floor
With my bones nearly broken,
And my daddy continues
With more bad words spoken,
‘I’m sorry!’, I scream
But its now much to late
His face has been twisted
Into a unimaginable shape
The hurt and the pain
Again and again
O please God, have mercy!
O please let it end!
And he finally stops
And heads for the door
While I lay there motionless
Sprawled on the floor
My name is Chris
I am three,
Tonight my daddy
Murdered me
And you can help
Sickens me to the soul,
And if you read this
and don’t pass it on
I pray for your forgiveness
Because you would have to be
One heartless person
To not be affected
By this Poem
And because you are affected,
Do something about it!

IF YOU ARE AGAINST CHILD ABUSE! Post this as Daddy … It hurts
If you do not send this to everyone you know Then you obviously dont care about child abuse.


Origins:   This April 2012 item combines a poem about child abuse (told from the viewpoint of a murdered three-year-old abuse victim) with various pictures claimed to be that of an abused child and entreats readers to repost it as a form of campaigning against child abuse. The poem itself has been circulating since the 1990s; it does not document a real case of child abuse and has no connection to the pictured children. The first pictured child is not an abuse victim; she is an English girl named Jade Wardle who suffered injuries from being attacked by her family’s pet dog back in 2002 (when she was two years old), as reported by the BBC:

A two-year-old girl suffered horrific facial injuries after being attacked by the family’s new pet dog.

Jade Wardle, from County Durham, had plastic surgery for her injuries and needed a tear duct replaced during surgery on Saturday night.

She was injured when the family’s new dog, Hooch – a Labrador-cross – lunged at her face as she put her arms around it.

The family had owned the dog for just three days.

Jade’s mother Rochelle, 22, had to kick out at the three-year-old dog, to make it loosen its grip before rushing outside where friends and family telephoned an ambulance.

The youngster spent the night in the University Hospital of North Durham, where was treated for her injuries.

A different photograph of Jade Wardle was used in another Facebook-circulated fiction advocating against child abuse.

Last updated:   25 March 2014


    “Girl Savaged by Dog.”

    BBC News.   30 September 2002.

    “Girl of Two is Savaged by Dog.”

    Daily Mail.   1 October 2002.