Garden Full of Weeds - Dead Babies
- JoJo Washington, who died six months ago, aged ten days. Her mother is Louise Washington, eighteen, the girlfriend of a drug dealer named Little Jo. She was born in the hospital, and the death was reported. Louise is shaken but not hysterical; she is a fairly together, practical girl. She lives in an apartment provided by her boyfriend, which she keeps in a reasonable condition, and has another son by Jo named Sam, who is one year old. She has a vague recollection that the night JoJo died she saw some kind of funny light outside.
- Henry Samson, who died six months ago, aged twenty-seven days. He’s the son of Catherine, twenty-two, married to Jonah. She hasn’t been able to stop sitting in his room. They live in a house in decent repair for the neighborhood.
- Brenda Frazier, who died five months and a week ago, aged fifteen days. Her mother is Karen: plump, eighteen, unemployed, with two other babies by a different father. She reported the death to the hospital. She’s still very disturbed by Brenda’s death and especially by the insinuation of the hospital workers that she might have been responsible. She’ll protest that she loved that baby so much she’d never do anything to hurt her. A big black cat was hanging round the day Brenda died.
- Rick Wahls, who died four and a half months ago, aged seven days. His mother is Lucy: obese, unemployed, twenty-nine, with six children, living in a two bedroom trailer. She’s convinced Rick was taken to be with the angels, because two of the children woke and saw a bright shining light over his bed and over him hovered an angel. When they checked he was dead, gone to Heaven, such a good little child.
- Susan Whittier, who died three months and two weeks ago, aged forty-five days. Her mother is Kate, a thirty-four-year-old housecleaner with two other children.
- Luke Walton, who died two months and a week ago, aged eighteen days. His mother is Frances, a woman in her mid-twenties who works at a garment factory, with four other children by her husband, Rob, a supervisor at the factory.
- Darmeka Louise Poe, who died two months ago, aged four months. Her mother was Jane, a thirty-eight-year-old prostitute. Jane is deceased now.
- Jim Lawrence, who died seven weeks ago, aged twenty days. His mother is Hanna, fifteen years old and still living with her mother and six siblings. No father is listed on the hospital records.
- Susie Anne Smith, who died five weeks ago, aged three and a half months. Her mother is Anne, married to George, both twenty-four and shop workers. They have an older son, Jake.
- Thomas and Jacob Wallace, who died a month ago, both aged seventeen days. They were identical twins. Their mother was Lisa, a fifteen-year-old schoolgirl, orphaned and living with her grandparents. Her grandfather and grandmother, Henry and Anna, survive in their small house on a tiny pension.
- Rojene Fisher, who died eight days ago, aged five weeks. Her mother is Julie, a thirty-six-year-old with three other children, including a sixteen year-old daughter. Her husband is Day
- DeeDee Smith, who died two days ago, aged three days. Her mother is Gilda, a fearful twenty-one-year-old woman suffering from a variety of paranoid fears. She claims she saw a great white ghost the night her baby died, looming up to eat her soul, but then she’ll also claim to have been a virgin when she became pregnant with DeeDee, and that the CIA infected her with AIDS.
Currently, there is only one child under the age of six months alive in Garden View, a three month-old boy named Benjen Wallis. He’s the son of Fanny Wallis, a twenty-three-year-old garment worker whose husband, George, died a year ago in an accidental shooting.