Baby Jessica has some cash coming her way.
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — The 18-month old girl pulled from a backyard well two decades ago is now a young wife and mother — one waiting to collect donations given to her during her ordeal that are expected to total $1 million or more.
Some of the rescuers didn’t fair as well:
In 1995, paramedic and rescuer Robert O’Donnell, who wriggled into the passageway and slathered a frightened Jessica in petroleum jelly before sliding her out into the bright television lights, shot and killed himself at his parents’ ranch outside Midland.
His brother, Rick, has said O’Donnell’s life “fell apart” because of the stress of the rescue, the attention it created and the anticlimactic return to everyday life.
In 2004, William Andrew Glasscock Jr., a former Midland police officer who helped in the rescue, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and improper storage of explosives. A year later, he was sentenced to 20 years on two state charges of sexual assault.
Falling apart because of the ‘stress of the rescue’? Ridiculous.