Genie (born ) is the pseudonym for a feral child who was a victim of severe abuse, neglect, . Her death affected Genie's father far beyond normal levels of grief, and because his son had been walking with her he held his son responsible. Genie spent the first 13 years of her life strapped to a potty or a chair in a homemade straightjacket. She was never spoken to but turned out to. With Genie approaching her 60th birthday, her fate remains an enigma. Photograph: Screengrab Could she now learn language? Jostling for. John Wiley, now 56 and a housepainter in Ohio, admitted he had often been in the room where Genie was tortured. Navigation Main page Contents Featured content Current events Random article Donate to Wikipedia Wikipedia store. In her meticulous research, Weedon learned Genie's real name and, "without too much more investigation" could find her -- but has decided against it. Mother Sues Team In , Wiley filed a lawsuit against the hospital and her daughter's individual caregivers, alleging they used Genie for "prestige and profit. During the later part of Genie's stay at the hospital she also started engaging in physical play with adults, and eventually began to enjoy giving and receiving hugs. She expanded her vocabulary and sketched pictures to communicate what words could not. During the later part of Genie's stay at the hospital she also started engaging in physical play with adults, and eventually began to enjoy giving and receiving hugs. In the end, they were crucified for it. Wiley, charged with child abuse, shot himself. What Causes Brain Zaps? When children are isolated from language, a window closes and they lose the ability to speak in sentences. Oxana Malaya was an 8-year-old wild child found in Ukraine, in Please upgrade your browser. The waif who shuffled into the world in enchanted many people in that brief, heady period after her liberation.