A decade ago, Shasta Groene and her then-9-year-old brother were kidnapped from their Coeur d'Alene home by Joseph Duncan
, who also killed their mother and her boyfriend, as well as their 13-year-old brother. After more than a month missing, Groene was sighted and Duncan arrested at a restaurant in Coeur d'Alene. Her brother, however, was found tortured and killed at a campground near the Idaho-Montana border.
Today, at 18 years old, she calls Boise home—but only after a few tough years.
Speaking publicly for the first time Thursday night, Groene told Spokane, Wash.-based KHQ-TV
she was given a 12-month sentence in juvenile detention for a drug-related crime.
"I wanted to be everyone else but myself," Groene told KHQ reporter Gabe Cohen, adding the program in juvenile detention saved her life. Today, she's engaged to be married and is due to have a baby in March 2016.
"I almost feel like this is a miracle baby," Groene told KHQ. "It's something that's going to change my life for the better."
While looking forward, Groene added she never lets go of the memory of her lost family members. She celebrates their birthdays and has a tattoo of her mother's name on her arm.
"We treat every day like they would still be here with us," Groene said.