Born on November 20, 1979, Charity Johnson – who also went by the name of Charite Stevens – never had much of a chance in life. Her father, Larry Johnson was a convicted murderer serving jail time. Her mother, Shirley Anne Burton was a drug addict and paranoid schizophrenic.
Disturbingly, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) looked into numerous reports that Burton had inflicted physical and emotional abuse upon Charity. For example, she allegedly whipped her daughter with a belt and told Charity terrifying lies. Nonetheless, she remained Charity’s primary caregiver until 1994. Then, she completely abandoned Charity, who was just 14 years old.
After a spell at a group foster house, Charity moved in with an older sister, Melissa, and her family. It didn’t work out, though. Melissa’s husband, Barry, claimed that Charity was badly behaved. Charity, meanwhile, alleged that Barry sexually abused her. She later retracted her claims, however, and a DFPS investigation concluded that no abuse had taken place.