Here's a case that's not nearly as bad as many of them. The father has no contact with the child, and his whereabouts are unknown. But there are strong bonds between the mother and the kid.
The problem is cognitive ability. At a five-year old level even though the social level is as an 11-year old. So clear cognitive problems.
Not so bad you say?
Oh, I forgot to add one thing. I'm not talking about the child. I'm talking about the mother.
Think about a five-year old trying to take care of another child. Particularly a child that has many problems of his own. Double yikes.
And remember. This isn't even nearly the most depressing dependency case I've read lately.