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“I live with my daddy. Fuck my momma. She’s been in and out of my life since I was born.” At the age of 16, Little David has already assumed most of the roles as man of the house at his family’s trailer in the back country of Appalachia. His father is often confined to the house due to heart illness and Little David does not like to see him work, so he manages many of the chores for the family. For weeks, he has been clearing a mountainside of trees for firewood on his own. Sometimes his 3-year-old nephew, Isaiah,watches him work. “I’d kill for that boy,” says Little David of Isaiah. “I think we all would,” cousin Brittany agrees. Gabriel Scarlett/HERALD