Ten Years Later, Mom Still Visits The Son That Killed Her Daughter

On February 5, 2007, Charity Lee was working at her job as a waitress at Buffalo Wild Wings in Abilene, Texas. Cops would arrive at the restaurant to speak with her, and they had some absolutely chilling news to share with her: her four-year-old daughter Ella had been killed, and her 13-year-old son Paris was being held as a suspect. Paris was eventually found guilty and sentenced to 40 years in prison, but he’ll be eligible for parole in 2027.

As the New York Post shares, Charity has not completely written Paris out of her life. While she’s moved away in a bid to start over, she still visits him in prison whenever she can.

“I have forgiven Paris for what he did, but it’s an ongoing process. If he was free [from captivity], I would be frightened of him,” she explains. “The fact that he is incarcerated gives me peace of mind, but I worry about his own safety.”

Paris and his sister were being cared for a babysister, but he somehow convinced the sitter that she could go home for the night. From that point, he beat, choked, and stabbed his baby sister until she was dead.

He attempted to call emergency services and play it off, but it was quite clear that he was the guilty party. Chillingly, he would tell his mother that the one he initially wanted to kill was her.

“He said the first reason he didn’t go ahead with it was because it was a lot harder to kill someone than he thought,” she continues. “The second reason was the realization if he’d killed me, I only would have suffered for five, 10, 15 minutes. But, if he left me alive [without Ella], I would suffer for the rest of my life.”

Charity is a recovering addict that briefly relapsed. Paris never forgave her for that.

“The only regret I’ve ever had about my own personal behavior is my relapse,” Lee said. “The fact is, it made him angry and he chose to handle it that way [by killing Ella].

She notes that it’s taken a lot for her to stay in contact with her son, but she’s simply not going to abandon her own child.

“I sometimes have to say to myself [during visits]: ‘Okay, Charity, take a breath, you know how Paris is wired,’ ” she added. “But I am not going to be that parent who abandons their kid.”

After undergoing counseling, it was discovered that Paris is a sociopath. However, once he reached adult age he began refusing to receive any form of counseling while he’s behind bars.

“If Paris wasn’t in prison or was able to meet Phoenix, I would have to do a lot more soul-searching,” Charity notes.

Phoenix is Charity’s new daughter, and essentially the light of her life.

“Because I was living with the dead, I was barely living,” Lee says. “Phoenix really brought me back into the moment.”

To further help her work through her grief, Charity founded the nonprofit ELLA Foundation, which helps out people involved in the criminal justice system and those that have been affected by trauma. Her family’s story has been documented in the upcoming Investigation Discovery special entitled “The Family I Had.”

Source: New York Post
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