I think most of you have heard of him before, but Edgar Chevailier is (for at least the first part of the story/show/something) and eight-year-old boy. He has ash-blonde hair that's curly in someparts and straight in others. His parents are abusive (mostly physically and emotionally) and neglectful (which is abuse too). Although being very smart, he doesn't tell anyone and will avoid it (he's under the impression it will get worse if he tells).
I want to make sure I show him accurately as being abused while only hinting at it for about one or two seasons and at the end of the second or third he's adopted by the David's (and he always wanted his [first] name to be David. It'll be mentioned about twice. Maybe less.). Mainly advice on typical personalities of abused kids at that age.
So anyway, if anyone has anything (advice, links, etc) that could be helpful I'd really appreciate it!