I am Mariel Grimm’s cousin. I have always known her to be a nurturing and very responsible person. As one of the eldest children in the family, Mariel always looked out for us younger cousins, ensuring we were safe and following our parents’ rules. She was always patient and kind, and never had issues with friends or family.
As a young girl, I always looked up to her because of her compassionate nature. She values family, and I was always convinced she should be a great mother once she started a family of her own. As we grew older, my respect for her also grew. Knowing what a loving person she is, I am convinced Mariel is incapable of hurting anyone, let alone a small child whom she welcomed into her home.
Mariel is an amazing wife and mother; she is very involved in her children’s lives, always doing whatever she can to keep a smile on their faces, while teaching them the importance of being respectful and well mannered. When I gave birth to my own daughter, I remembered wishing I could be like my cousin Mariel. She is so affectionate and always welcoming, never too tired to extend a hand to those in need. It's hard for me to trust and rely on others to babysit my daughter while I’m at work, but if we lived closer, Mariel would definitely be someone I would not hesitate to allow to care for my child.
This unfortunate situation has been very hard to accept and deal with because it is not in Mariel’s character to hurt anyone at all. Her beautiful children need their mother, especially at such young ages. They have been homeschooled thus far, and are extremely smart and well behaved. Nobody will ever be able to replace the amount of attention and affection Mariel gives these children.
I know Mariel well, and I love and trust her.