Mom says daughter suffered from illnesses and needed wheelchair, feeding tube: Part 1 Video

Transcript for Murdered mom says daughter suffered from illnesses and needed wheelchair, feeding tube

I’m going to children’s mercy hospital to see my dentist for my teeth. Reporter: Full of enthusiasm and effervescence, but behind the smiles life for gypsy Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee is one replete with hardships and challenges. Gypsy is in a wheelchair. They were local darlings. I mean, they were the shining star in this town of people who can outlast adversity and get through everything. Reporter: The mother-daughter duo are local celebrities. The subject of countless local news profiles and articles. Gypsy and her multiple illnesses and diseases. Leukemia, muscular dystrophy, she had learning disabilities, had not been able to be out of a wheelchair since she was five years old. So the community really embraced them. Reporter: Dee Dee’s originally from Louisiana, a one-time beauty queen. And nurse’s aide she marries rod Blanchard at age 24. Together the couple welcomes a beautiful baby girl. Perfectly healthy pretty little baby. Named her gypsy rose. I was excited and very scared. I’m not going to lie I was scared. I’m eighteen years old and I got a baby here. But she was beautiful and perfectly healthy. Yeah, she was. Nothing wrong with her. She looked perfect. I see you. You want to blow me a kiss? Very good. Reporter: But the relationship was far from perfect. And the couple broke up. And not long after Dee Dee was saying that she was sick, had problems sleeping, epilepsy. And it just progressed from there. Leukemia, paralyzed muscular dystrophy, and she would have seizures. Gypsy was probably seven eight years old. She’s in a wheelchair now, she needs a feeding tube. Was Dee Dee a good mother? I told Dee Dee she was the best mother. There’s no way I can do what she doing — you have a sick child, it’s constantly 24/7 taking care of her and everything I mean, I always praised her and told her, “Good job.” Reporter: Rod and his new wife Kristy would have sporadic visits with gypsy, but they are never alone. All the visits, Dee Dee had to be there the whole time. Something never felt right about it. Dee Dee was so controlling. Reporter: This is the last photo taken of rod with his daughter before fate would seemingly deal gypsy and Dee Dee another cruel blow leaving the pair displaced and depleted by hurricane Katrina in 2005. The water is now 20 feet deep. Reporter: Their home ravaged by the storm and flood waters. They took refuge at…

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