Genie is the pseudonym of a feral child who was the victim of extraordinarily severe abuse, neglect and social isolation. Genie’s father kept her locked alone in a room from the age of 20 months to 13 years, 7 months. She was almost always strapped to a child’s toilet or bound in a crib with her arms and legs completely immobilized. During this time she was never exposed to any significant amount of speech, and as a result she did not acquire a first language during childhood. Her abuse came to the attention of Los Angeles child welfare authorities on November 4, 1970.