7-year old boy adopted by Joseph and Heather Ciambrone Lucas was diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder by Foster Cline.
In addition to being forced to sleep in a bathroom stripped of towels, soap, toilet paper, and light bulbs; he was fed through a bucket. Lucas was thrown to the floor, kicked in the penis, punched, and had his head held under water. He had been picked up by his ears in such a way, they were nearly pulled from his head. According to the chief medical examiner, the degree of injury to the head and nine different breaks or fractures to the ribs were indicative of child abuse, and could not have been caused by an accident, or been self-inflicted. In addition, when the boy was admitted to the hospital, his body temperature was 84 degrees, suggesting the death blow came at least four hours before Heather and Joe Ciambrone drove him to the hospital.
Autopsy reports indicate at the time of death, the boy weighed only 32 pounds, with a height of only 41 inches.
Joseph Ciambrone - by his own admission - did nothing to keep the child from being kept naked in the bathroom of the family's Rubonia home and did nothing to alleviate the boy's malnutrition.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes