Brenda and Damon van Dam, both from south Florida, married 13 years ago. Danielle was born in Texas, and the family lived in a suburb of Dallas while she was a baby. They moved to Arizona and stayed less than a year before Damon van Dam found a new job in California.
Brenda, a stay-at-home mother, was the "cookie mom" for Danielle's Brownie troop and volunteers regularly in her children's classrooms.
"She loved for me to be there," Brenda van Dam said.
The mother and daughter are very close, said Call, the family friend. Brenda van Dam, who has referred to Danielle as her "best friend," often took her daughter with her to appointments at a beauty salon, and Danielle would sit in a massaging chair while her mother got manicures. Last year, she took Danielle to get her nails painted and her hair styled for a father-daughter dance at her elementary school. Yesterday, her mother hung ribbons at a park near their home to keep Danielle in people's minds.
Damon van Dam, the son of two teachers, spent the past nine months working as a contractor for Qualcomm. Before that, he worked for Nuera, a high-tech company in Sorrento Valley.
Damon travels regularly for business, and the family was planning to accompany him Feb. 11 on a two-week trip to Italy. Danielle was excited about the trip, her parents said.
$400,000 dollar house, Brenda VD is a "stay-home-mom" I agree with your quary, WHERE DO THESE FOLKS GET THEIR MONEY??? Damon VD seems to be quite the job hopper? In California, being a contractor is code-word for being Unemployed in the high tech community!!!
Very interesting...........is there money to be made in SWNGING??? If so, can't be that much???
Apparently, the parent's lifestyle allowed their home and children to be targeted by a predator, but that doesn't make them the guilty party.