Dawn Marie Birnbaum was labeled as a troubled girl. She had entered the system and was a ward of the state. Whenever the social services become a part of a story it will of course to some degree become a tragedy. It is not only something you see in the United States. It is the same in every country.
She was sent to Elan School. It was not a place for minors. Many teenagers took terrible beatings in the so-called therapeutic boxing ring.
Of course some tried to escape and with a history of many escapes the employees should have taken into consideration that she would try to escape yet another time and she did when she had the chance.
Unfortunately she met a murderer while she was trying to travel back home and it became her death.
17 years and brutally removed from this world.
It is not to believe but sadly it is the fact.
Elan School closed years later but not a minute too soon.