Adopted girl says mother forced her to dig her own grave

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A Tennessee woman says that when her adoptive parents gave her away to new parents at age 14, she and 17 other adoptive kids in her “nightmarish” new home were sometimes forced to dig their own “graves” in the backyard and scrub the floor with toothbrushes.

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Editor’s Note: Today’s stories are the first in a series of online and broadcast reports on adoption by Reuters and NBC News.