Lois Jurgens at the time that she had custody of Dennis.
Lois Jurgens headed to trial
Dennis' birth mother, Jerry Sherwood.
Dennis and Robert Jurgens, 1965.
Aided by the testimony of the Jurgens' other adopted son, Robert,
the prosecution saw Lois Jurgens
convicted of murder
in the third degree and sent to prison. The investigation, trial, and
of Lois Jurgens are considered landmarks in the history of
child abuse law.
In 1992 A made-for-TV movie was made based on both Jerry's story
and this case called, 'A Child Lost
Forever' w/ the
remarkable Beverly D'Angelo as Jerry Sherwood and Judith Ivey as
Dennis Craig Jurgens, 3.