Firestone was taken out of the public school by McCann to be homeschooled. When McCann left the family, Firestone did not return to school but instead took up the reins of mothering her five siblings.
McCann told the press that she tried to keep in contact with her children but was prevented from doing so by Firestone's stepfather. McCann also stated that she felt her life was in danger by Firestone's stepfather. My feeling is that even if it is true, you don't leave your six kids with someone who you think is physically violent.
ABC news also reported that due to the many offers of help from viewers, the Catholic Charities of Atlanta has agreed to handle all donations: Readers can go to their website at Catholic Charities of Atlanta to get more information on how to help, or call them at 404-881-6571.
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