Mary Bell was born in the late 1950s. Her mother was a prostitute who was only 16-years-old when she gave birth to Mary.
Reportedly, her mother told doctors to, “take that thing away from me" when Mary was born. Clearly, she was not wanted. A child deserves to be loved, not rejected. Sadly, this was only the beginning of tragedy in the life of Mary Bell.
If you thought things couldn't get worse for Mary Bell, then you are wrong. Things only went downhill from there. Her mother was often gone on, "business trips" to Glasgow. As a result, she was often leaving the young Mary behind.
While it might sound odd for a mother to leave her child behind, this was often a brief respite for Mary. When her mother was around, Mary was subjected to numerous forms of abuse, including physical and mental. This type of abuse only taught Mary to hate the world instead of growing up with love.
There was also a lot of evidence that Mary was unusually accident-prone. For example, Mary once accidentally fell out of a window. In other situations, Mary accidentally ingested sleeping pills. Of course, today, it would be obvious that these injuries were not accidental. This would be evidence of abuse and attempted murder. Today, we would label this as medical child abuse, also called Munchausen's By Proxy, which is a condition where parents hurt their children in an effort to gain more attention for themselves. Back then, they were simply dismissed as accidents. This is just further evidence that Mary's mother did not want her.
Furthermore, the mother of Mary even tried to give her away. Her aunt witnessed her mother try to give Mary away to a woman who had been unsuccessfully trying to adopt a child. Mary's aunt stepped in to stop this. This only reinforced to Mary that she was not wanted.
Mary was also subjected to sexual abuse. There were reports that her mother was actually trying to use Mary as a prostitute as well. Starting at the age of four, people were saying that Mary's mother was trying to prostitute her out to willing participants. Even though these have been uncorroborated by family members, it should come as no surprise that Mary was subjected to multiple types of abuse.