I was devastated to learn this week that a friend that I’ve known for five years, Alicia Englert, made a terrible decision with a baby that will never be forgotten. I cannot understand any of this because I know her to be a kind, loving, and caring human being. She is someone who has been trusted to care for other people’s children for years; she was always kind, caring, and thoughtful to my children, and they considered her a friend.
I am not able to process the hurt and pain caused by the terrible decision my friend made this week, nor can I understand how someone could be so confused and scared to make such a terrible decision.
But I can call her my friend because I know in my heart she is a good person, someone who always showed compassion and love to any child she knew. But I also believe she is a very scared and confused person.
I hope with all my heart that her baby will fully recover from this tragedy and trauma to grow up to be a good friend, like my friend: Alicia Englert.
Salt Lake City
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