ORRINGTON, Maine — Since a bullet paralyzed a 3-year-old girl when she was shot in the neck at her Bangor residence last month, the girl’s grandmother says her family has endured a torrent of conflicting feelings and has many new challenges to meet.
Anger. Fear. Disappointment. Hatred. Shame. Bitterness. Joline Scovil listed those emotions as she thanked the more than 400 friends and neighbors who rallied Saturday night to raise money to pay for modifications to Natalia Ogden’s home to accommodate her condition.
One of her family’s most powerful feelings, Scovil said, is gratitude — to God and those who have helped her family for what she called the miracles that have occurred since the incident.
“This is a new chapter in our lives that has put so many emotions in our lives, but the one thing I know is that I feel God’s love and that He will get us through this unfortunate time,” Scovil said in a speech at Calvary Chapel church’s dining hall.
Organizers of the spaghetti dinner and auction were confident that they had raised several thousand dollars to help Ogden when she returns home from Eastern Maine Medical Center. The money will help pay for a wheelchair, wheelchair ramps, a van and modifications to Natalia’s home, said Kathy Pickens, who organized the charity event.
“It’s overwhelming,” Scovil said. “I think it is awesome how everybody is coming together. This incident has connected family and friends from Vermont to Connecticut. We have had friends drive up that we just met at the Freyberg Fair this summer.”
Police are still investigating how the weapon discharged, injuring the toddler, according to Bangor police Sgt. Cathy Rumsey. Officers responded to reports of the shooting at 54 Bald Mountain Drive at about 4:40 p.m. Oct. 30 and found the injured child with her father, Brandon Ogden, and two older siblings. Her mother was at work.
In her speech and afterwards, Scovil declined to speak directly about the incident. So did other family members.
The girl’s mother, Danielle Ogden, declined to attend the dinner. Ogden has said she could not talk about what happened to her daughter, who is nicknamed Talia, but she did say the gun used “is ours” and the discharge “was clearly accidental.”
“He saw a lot more than I did. I feel really bad for him,” she said of her husband, who had to deal with the aftermath of his daughter’s injury.
Several dinner guests said they were there because they admired the Scovil family, especially Joline.
“We love her,” said Dr. Pam Gilmore, who employs Joline Scovil at her practice.
Scovil said she believes her granddaughter will be home from the hospital in January.
“She is in good spirits, especially when she sees her brother and sister,” Scovil said. “She is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances.”