Out of excitement and desperation, Nevaeh called Mary “mommy” during one of their visits to see Nichole in prison. Of the moments immediately after, Mary said, “Nevaeh had said ‘Mommy look!’ Nichole heard it and thought it was Nevaeh calling her. It wasn’t. It was Nevaeh calling me. I got that very mad look. As soon as I got that look, I was thinking in my head ‘God I hope she doesn’t think I’m trying to steal her children away and making them call me mommy.’ I hope I can make her understand that these children needed a mommy while she was gone.”

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