Our expert says:
An excellent response from Purple. She has indeed faced so many changes and challenges in her little life within a fairly short space of time.
The situation sounds unusually complex ( do I understand that her dad married his ex-wife's daughter ? )
Talk calmly with the child, chatting about what she now says she feels afraid of, to try to understand this better.
It may be worth considering having her assessed by a child psychiatrist or child psychologist - I'm thinking of your comment that when she wakes at night she "does not register when you talk to her". Maybe there's a sleep problem, like Night Terrors.
Its not necessary to "force" her to sleep on her own ; explaining that this is temporary, until she regains her confidence, such as she used to have, letting her sleep on a mattress in your room shouldn't cause problems.
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