Published January 12, 2012
Kathleen Edward was in the final stages of Huntington’s Disease, the same illness that claimed the lives of her mother and grandfather, the report said.
Edward received an outpouring of support from well-wishers from around the world dismayed by morbid pictures posted by neighbor Jennifer Petkov, who later apologized for her actions.
These pictures included Edward’s face with her eyes closed and a pair of crossed bones beneath them, and a picture of her mother in the arms of the Grim Reaper. The families were reportedly in a feud with each other.
In October 2010, thousands rallied to help her family raise money and treated the girl to a shopping spree at a local toy store.
Petkov, meanwhile, is on probation after allegedly trying to run over another neighbor with her car shortly after the story broke, the report said.