"Nobody's Child" Cassie is an eleven year old girl who has been in a children's home since she was four years old. Very bright, Cassie excels in most subjects and can play Brahms and Mozart on the piano at the age of only six. Because of her age nobody wants to adopt her. Mrs Cummings the manager of Auton House is a wicked woman who treats Cassie and the rest in her charge badly and beats her with regularity. One day she is sent to clean out the toilet and bathroom and Mrs Cummings comes along to inspect them. Running a white glove over everything and looking for dirt. When she doesn't find any she then reaches up on the door - Cassie is only three feet six inches tall and was unable to reach up to the top of the door and Mrs Cummings sets about her with a cane. She beats her so badly that Cassie runs at her forcing her back where she hits her head on a wash basin. Cassie in her panic rushes out and runs away.- It is there that she meets Don a ex docker who takes pity on the girl - rea


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“Three weeks after being admitted into hospital Cassie was allowed out.

She was being looked after at another home until Dons hearing.


 Don’s application to adopt Cassie was being heard that Friday at the magistrate’s court. And the press and media were all there.

Don dressed in his best charcoal grey suit stood and listened as his application was read out. Linda Martin sat along side him holding his hand.

Judge Carl Allen read through all of the notes and the recommendations by the Social Services and the police before asking Don to stand.

“What do you think qualifies you to look after this child Mr Delap?

“Don thought long and hard before answering the question.

I don’t think I am qualified your honour, that is to say I have never had a child of my own but I swear to you and this court that I will protect Cassie with my life because I love her as if she were my own and I believe she loves me too.’

“I believe you are to be married soon is that correct.’

“Yes your honour; to this lovely lady standing by my side here today.’

“Then I grant that once you are married your application to adopt Cassie Mitchell be passed. Case dismissed.

Don turned to Linda and they kissed each other...


The following weekend Don married Linda at Stephenson House in North Shields. Linda didn’t want a fancy church wedding she just wanted a simple ceremony.

Both Emily and Cassie were her bridesmaids that afternoon and after the reception in the King Street Club which was laid on free as well as a free bar; Don drove his new family to his home in a car donated from a ford garage. They had moved furniture from her house to his because his was bigger and they had put her house on the market. Linda and the two girls fixed up the place to make it look more modern.

The News of the World paid Cassie £20,000 for her story and she went on to write a book about her experiences at Auton House which became a best seller.

She wrote it under the name of Cassie Mitchell Delap.








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