Have you seen this?
Before the court motions, before the eviction threats, before the limo rides to TV studios, Kimberly Broffman was 6 months old, just a baby, moving into a new home.
It was February 2004, and her mother had been beaten during a home invasion. To help with healing, mother and daughter moved in with Judie and Jimmy Stottler, the mom’s parents.
The Stottlers grew close to the little girl, an only child. But as mom Melanie Broffman recuperated, they said, her history of drug use returned. The Stottlers called the authorities and demanded she leave. They took custody of Kimberly.
With her mother gone, her father a mystery and no other relatives to speak of, Kimberly’s living arrangement seemed simple. Except for this: She was breaking the law. And now her case has drawn national attention.
The Stottlers’ home, under the management of the Lakes Homeowners Association, was designated 55-and-over. Children could live there for no more than 60 days a year.
The association, which said its bylaws worked to preserve the age-restricted community, wanted Kimberly gone. But the Stottlers’ attempts to sell their house stalled. Kimberly had no place else to go.