Abuse cases

This archive contains cases of abuse of children within the child placement system.

Some of the these children have been killed, other's survived but suffered from:

In several cases the abuse was hidden from authorities under the pretext of homeschooling.

For an overview of abuse cases by location, see this map.

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Lilly Manning

At the time 15-year-old girl adopted by her great-aunt Lillian Manning, escaped from a closet she had been locked into. Prior to that she had been tortured by her adoptive mother and her adoptive mother's husband.
Date: 2007-10-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Other non-family member

Location

Sacramento, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Lita Morgan

Adopted at age two, by Christine Morgan and her now deceased husband, Lita Morgan was systematically abused at the hands of her adoptive mother. She was forced to drink bleach from a cloth used to clean toilets and her head was held under the bath water until she couldn’t breathe. Christine Morgan also threatened to kill her adopted daughter, hit her on a regular basis, kept the girl locked in her room and dressed her in dirty clothes.
Date: 2012-10-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Romsey, Hampshire
United Kingdom

Logan Garrett and his twin sister

Logan Garrett
22 month old boy Logan Edward Garrett was adopted along with his twin sister by Jacky Scott Garrett and Emily Garrett. Logan died of blunt force trauma to his abdomen, about 7 months after placement, 1 week after adoption. He had many prior injuries. His sister was underweight and removed from the home. Adoptive father Scott Garrett was charged with capital murder.
Date: 2012-10-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: a "private adoption arranged with the help of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Frisco"

Location

Frisco, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Logan Higginbotham (Anne Pochetnoy)

Logan Higginbotham of Shelburne, Vermont died of massive head injuries. Adoptive mother Laura Higginbotham, stated that Logan fell and hit her head on the floor of an upstairs bedroom. It took 3 years for the medical examiner to determine whether the case was accidental or homicide. In 2004, Laura Higginbotham pled no contest to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 1 year in prison.  Logan was adopted from Smolensk, Russia  in May 1998 and had been in the US for 7 months. Logan's younger sister Layne was adopted at the same time.
Date: 1998-11-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Shelburne, Vermont
United States
See map: Google Maps

Logan Marr

 

Five-year-old Logan Marr was found dead in the basement of her foster mother & father's home in Chelsea, Maine. The foster mother, Sally Schofield, a former caseworker for Maine's Department of Human Services (DHS), was convicted of manslaughter after police determined that Logan had died from asphyxiation after being bound with duct tape and strapped into a high chair in the basement.
Date: 2001-01-31
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Maine DHS

Location

Chelsea, Maine
United States
See map: Google Maps

LoReyna Barea

7-year-old girl in foster care with her aunt Genevieve Barea was found dead, severely malnourished and bruised.
Date: 2007-03-09
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Evans, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Lucas Ciambrone (Pedro Garcia)

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.

Date: 1995-05-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Attachment Therapy

Persons: Foster Cline

Location

Rubonia, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Lucretia and Sabrina Day

11-year-old Lucretia and 12-year-old Sabrina, both orphans, adopted by philanthropist Thomas Day, were "trained-up" to become his wife.   Soon after he acquired the girls, he changed the girls’ names and moved to France with the purpose of isolating them from other English speakers and keeping them free from other influence.  Thomas Day quickly abandoned Lucretia because he found her to be "perfectly stupid". Sabrina was kept longer.  In an attempt to make her strong, Day tortured her physically by dripping hot wax on her back and arms while insisting she not scream in pain. Eventually he abandoned Sabrina too.
Date:
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

United States

Luke Evans (Sergei Nakonechny)

One-and-a-half-year-old Luke Evans, adopted by Steven and Natalie Fabian Evans, died of massive head injuries, shaken baby syndrome, and poor nutrition. Natalie Fabian Evans, stated that she couldn't wake Luke one morning and so placed him in a tub of water to "stimulate him" where she says he may have bumped his head on the tub. The authorities took a year to investigate the case.  Luke was adopted from Inozemtsevo, Stavropol, Russia and had been in the US for 6 months prior to his death. Luke had a brother Alec 3, who was adopted at the same time as him.
On June 30, 2006 Natalie Fabian Evans was found not guilty.
Date: 2001-11-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Undetermined

Placement

Location

Lowell, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Lydia and Zariah Schatz



8-year-old Lydia and 11-year-old Zariah (or Zacharia) were adopted from Liberia along with a infant girl by Kevin P. and Elizabeth H. Schatz in 2007. Lydia had been beaten with a 15 inch tubing for hours for misspelling a word during a home schooling sessions, and died as a result. Zacharia was taken to the hospital in critical condition due to kidney failure, among other injuries. Both parents are charged with murder. They also were charged with cruelty due to bruises on their biological 10 yr old son The Schatz's had 6 biological children.

Kevin Schatz pled guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 22-to-life. Elizabeth Schatz pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 13 years.
Date: 2010-02-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Undetermined
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Placement

Post placement

Location

Paradise, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Madoc Hyunsu O'Callaghan


3 year old Hyunsu (aka Hyeonsu or Hyun-su) was adopted from South Korea under the new laws by Brian and Jennifer O'Callaghan in October 2013. He had a diagnosis of hydrocephalus. He died less than 4 months after his arrival in his adoptive home with a skull fracture, bleeding in the brain, eye hemorrhaging, trauma to his scrotum, and other evidence of blunt force trauma. Jennifer was out of town for several days leaving Madoc with his father Brian Patrick O'Callaghan, a former marine. Brian O'Callaghan has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death.
Date: 2014-02-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Disabilities: yes

Placement

Location

Damascus, Maryland
United States
See map: Google Maps

Malachi Jermaine McBride-Roberts


Almost 2 year old Malachi died of massive brain injuries. His foster mother Linda Coleman was charged.
Date: 2007-06-30
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

San Diego, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Maria Anastasia Bennett (Anastasia Plotnikova)

  Maria Bennett
2-year old Maria Bennett, adopted by Susan Jane Bennett, died from shaken baby syndrome. Susan Jane Bennett, said that she had tripped while carrying Maria and had dropped her. Medical evidence proved otherwise. Susan Bennett pleaded no contest to 1 count of reckless homicide and was sentenced to 3 years in prison. Maria was adopted from Primorsky Krai, Russia 9 months prior to her death. Maria's older sister, also from Russia is cared for by Bennett family members
Date: 2002-10-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Focus on Children Utah

Location

Lancaster, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Maria Catherine Ostlund

Janet Ostlund was convicted of the second-degree murder of her 2 year old developmentally delayed adopted daughter, from El Salvador. Her now ex-husband David Ostlund was not charged, and has custody of Michael D. Ostund, a bio son born after Maria's death.
Date: 1986-07-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Robbinsdale, Minnesota
United States
See map: Google Maps

Maria Isabel Cervantes

4-year-old girl in foster care with her aunt Arcelia Chavez was beaten to death.

Chavez began hitting Maria Isabel after the child spit out food. The beating continued in the bathtub, where Chavez delivered “karate-like chops” to Maria Isabel’s small body, causing the child to repeatedly hit her head on the bathtub.

After the beating, Chavez built an altar in her bedroom, lighted candles, dressed the girl in a white dress and stockings and prayed.

Maria Isabel died sometime before midnight.
Date: 2001-09-27
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

North Hollywood, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Marianna Matthews

Frances Ellen Matthews of Kenton, Tenn., was found guilty of a child-abuse charge and sentenced to 20 days in jail. She admits hitting her daughter in the face with a shoe. Marianna suffers from spina bifida. There were 16 children ages 3-17 in the home with France and Dale Matthews (12 adopted, 1 respite, 3 unknown status)

Marianna was sometimes sent to live with Debra and Tom Schmitz who are alleged to have also abused Marianna.
Date: 2004-11-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes

Location

Kenton, Tennessee
United States
See map: Google Maps

Mark Robinson

18-year-old boy placed in foster care was sexually abused. No back ground checks had been performed which would have revealed imminent danger.
Date: 2009-06-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Life Without Barriers

Location

New South Wales
Australia

Martha in custody of Milwaukee couple

Two-year-old Martha, adopted in Guatemala was sent back and forth from her adoptive family in Pennsylvania and a foster/potential adoptive family in Wisconsin when her adoptive parents were contemplating a disruption. The adoptive family committed to terminate the adoption, and the foster family agreed to adopt her, but neither had completed the paperwork when she was removed from the foster home due to a skull fracture, wrist fracture and other injuries.
Date: 2005-08-07
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Undetermined
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Evangelical Child and Family Agency (WI), Approved the foster family

Placement

Organizations: unknown agency for international, adoptive parents picked foster home

Location

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
See map: Google Maps

Masha Allen (Mariya Nikolaevna Yashenkova)



Masha Allen was adopted  in 1998 at the age of 5 from Novoshakhtinsk, Rostov, Russia into the US by a single male pedophile, Matthew Mancuso. Masha was sexually abused for five years and also became the subject of child pornography. In 2006 she testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committy. In 2008 the news broke that abuse supposedly had again taken place by Faith Allen/Lynn Ginn, the woman who had adopted her immediately after Masha's "rescue" from Mancuso.
Date: 2003-05-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Facilitators

Organizations: TJS (Dymtchenko's company)

Location

Plum, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Matt Sandusky

Matt was adopted by Jerry and Dorothy Sandusky, and was sexually abused by his adoptive father.
Date: 2012-06-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

State College, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Max Shatto (Maxim Kuzmin)



Three-year-old boy adopted (together with his brother Kristopher) from Russia by  Alan and Laura Shatto, died a few days after his birth day. Preliminary evidence showed that the boy suffered multiple injuries to his head, limbs, abdomen and internal organs prior to death. A grand jury concluded the boy's death was accidental, and no charges were filed. Max Shatto was adopted in November 2012, just two-and-a-half months before his death.
Date: 2013-01-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Undetermined

Placement

Location

Gardendale, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Meghan Hawkins-Rusch

Thirteen month old Chinese girl adopted by Lisa Hawkins-Rusch and her husband, died of severe brain injury, inflicted by her adoptive mother. Meghan was adopted a three months earlier in China.
Date: 1992-09-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Geneva, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Melissa Crossland

Girl adopted by Gary Keith Vaughan was sexually abused by her adoptive father from age 10 until just before her 19th birthday. In 1998, Vaughan was convicted to two life terms, but was granted a new trial because of an incompetent lawyer, and eventually spent about 20 months in custody.

In June 2011, Vaughan was found guilty sexually molesting three of his step children while living in Hawaii.
Date: 1998-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Booneville, Arkansas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Melissa Wilkins

19 month old girl adopted by Melinda Ann Wilkins was physically abused. She never recovered from the injuries and lived in residential treatment centers until she died in June 2003.
Date: 1995-08-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Durham, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Melody Aranda Velasquez



Three year old adopted girl's death under investigation due to numerous injuries. She died from blunt force trauma 2 days after her injury. Her 2 father family consisted of Norberto Velasquez and Matthew Aranda and 3 other adopted children: two 5-year-olds boys and a 3-year-old boy. The other children are in state custody. Mr. Aranda has been charged with the death, and Mr. Velasquez with not seeking medical care sooner.
Date: 2009-01-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Bexar County, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Mia Depaillat

21-month-old girl, adopted from China at 9 months by french-born Christophe and Jill Ellen Depaillat, died of fatal injuries. Jill Ellen Depaillat was indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated battery. Jill said she dropped Mia and the toddler fell down the stairs.  Mia had injuries consistent with shaken baby, as well as damage to her intestines. A mistrial was declared in her case due to a hung jury, so guilt was never decided.

Mia was small (21 lbs) and developmentally delayed at her death. Depaillat had 2 school age sons and a 16 month old son who would have been 4 months old when Mia was adopted.
Date: 2004-04-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes

Location

Cumming, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Michael Tinning


Adopted by Marybeth Tinning, who by then had already killed five of her own children, was killed age two and a half. All 9 of Marybeth and Joe Tining's children died at early ages. Eight were alone with Marybeth when they died. Michael was the only adopted child.
Date: 1981-03-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Schenectady, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Miguel Humberto Arias-Baca

2-year-old boy in foster care with Ricky and Evon Haney, was beaten to death.
Date: 1999-02-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: All About Kids LLC.

Location

Westminster, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Milena Slatten



Milena Slatten adopted from Republic of Georgia suffered abuse by both adoptive parents Christopher Slatten and Elizabeth "Beth" (Slatten) Plumley. Christopher Slatten was charged and acquitted.
Date: 1999-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Millicent Ayala

6-year-old girl in foster care with her aunt Mary Ann Ayala, was beaten to death.
Date: 1992-02-15
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Bronx, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Mitchell Alexander Rivers

3-month-old boy was suffocated to death by his adoptive father, Mitchell Charles Rivers.

In 1997, South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) found Rivers responsible for the hospitalization of a 2-year-old son of a former girlfriend who sustained a severe concussion and a severed skull fracture.
Date: 2005-08-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Chesterfield county, South Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Modesto Blanco

22-month-old boy in foster care with Gilbert and Gracie Escobedo, was beaten to death by his uncle/foster father.
Date: 2002-03-02
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Lubbock, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Mollie Sliker aka Laurne Clark

A four month old baby girl died due to blunt force trauma allegedly by Jeffrey Sliker who was in the process of adopting her. Sliker failed to obtain medical help for the child. Sliker's wife called authorities saying the infant was unresponsive. When rescuers arrived the child was dead.

Date: 2011-03-23
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Watertown, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Monica Fabregas

13 year old girl adopted by Enrique Fabregas, a known drug abuser, who sexually abused her for years.  Enrique had been a boyfriend of Monica's bio mother at one time, but was not at the time of the adoption. Fabregas was also foster parent of Ruth and Estera Tamas. Despite numerous complaints over a ten year period no measures were taken. When finally Ruth and Estera filed complaints, they were taken out of the house, but it still took a year and a half before Monica was removed from Fabregas' house.
Date: 2006-06-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Redmond, Washington
United States
See map: Google Maps

Monny Bolling

4-month-old girl was shaken to death by the 14-year-old son of a temporary foster mother.
Date: 1998-07-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Non-fostered sibling

Placement

Organizations: St. Joseph's Services for Children and Families

Location

New York, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Mykeeda Asheya Hampton

2-year-old girl in foster care with Geraldine Stevenson was beaten to death by her foster mother's 12-year-old son. She died of "blunt force injuries" to the head, stomach and back.
Date: 1987-08-00
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Non-fostered sibling

Location

Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Nadine Catherine Beaulieu

23-month-old girl in foster care with Clifford and Laura Richard. She died of a blow to her stomach while in a foster home in Winnipegosis, Manitoba in 1996.

Provincial Court Judge Roger Gregoire targeted Child and Family Services in his 200-page report into her death.

He says it handed over the toddler to foster parents who had criminal records and didn't monitor the home.

Nadine's foster parents were charged with manslaughter and failing to provide the necessities of life, but the case was thrown out due to RCMP mistakes in obtaining a statement from the accused.

In a statement to police, 33-year-old Clifford Richard said he hit Nadine in the stomach with a backhanded swing of his arm because he was angry she kept trying to get some fried chicken.
Date: 1996-02-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Winnipegosis, Manitoba
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Nathaniel Jacob Allen

21-month old boy, adopted from Guatemala by Jeremy and Sarah Allen was shaken to death. Nathaniel had been in the USA 10 months, since April the previous year. Sarah Allen was convicted of manslaughter for shaking Nathaniel. Jeremy Allen was convicted of assult for beating Nathaniel with a wooden spoon two days earlier when he didn't pick up his toys. Allens were considering becoming foster parents for a 2nd child when Nathaniel was killed.
Date: 2002-02-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Lisbon Falls, Maine
United States
See map: Google Maps

Nathaniel Michael Craver - (Ivan Skorobogatov)



Seven-year-old boy, adopted from Russia by Michael and Nanette Craver, was beaten to death by his adoptive parents. Together with his twin sisters Elizabeth (Dasha), the boy was adopted from the Chelyabinsk region, in 2003. Both children were home schooled.

Nathaniel body had nearly 80 external injuries – 20 of them to his head. Cravers were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and conspiracy.
Date: 2009-08-19
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Dom Rebyenka #9, Troitsk, Chelyabinsk
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Nathaniel Saunsoci-Mitchell



20-month-old boy in foster care with Carlos and Tisha Vega suffered serious injuries -- a broken clavicle and dog bite on the face -- before he was hospitalized Sept. 22, 2006, with a fatal brain injury. He died two days later. The official cause of death was excess accumulation of water in the brain caused by non-accidental trauma.
Date: 2006-09-22
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

South Sioux City, South Dakota
United States
See map: Google Maps

Nicholas Rhea Hoffert and Gary Hoffert (Twins); and Girl adopted by David and Lynn Giddens

Three-month-old boy about to be adopted with his twin brother by David Michael Giddens and his wife Latresa Lynette "Lynn" Giddens (aka Lynn Williams), died shortly after he was struck by his stay-at-home foster dad, David. Giddens had had Multiple Sclerosis and was the primary care-giver. David was sentenced to two life terms. NIcholas' twin brother Gary was also found to have seven fractured ribs, two fractured lower leg bones and a fractured upper leg bone.

The 9 year old adopted daughter of David & Lynn reported sexual abuse while she was in temporary foster care. The daughter has special needs, and was expected to be placed with an aunt until Lynn was cleared of any wrongdoing. Latresa/Lynn filed for divorce after Nicholas death.
Date: 2006-02-10
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Cleburne, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Nicolai Emelyantsev


14-month-old Nikolai, who was adopted in February 08 from Moscow City, Russia by Fyodor and Kimberly Emelyantsev— died March 7 at Primary Children's Medical Center. An autopsy determined the child had died from a skull fracture that doctors said was the result of blunt-force trauma, police and court records show. The infant also had a bruised face, head, knee and anus. Nikolai, his adopted brother Luka (also from Russia), and one of the Emelyantsev's bio children had Down's Syndrome.
Date: 2008-03-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes

Placement

Location

tooele, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Nicolas Zavala

Nicolas Zavala was placed in the custody of his grandmother Margaret E. Williams by Illinois DCFS after living in several foster homes. 6 months later, in Aug 2002, he disappeared. His skeletal remains were found in April 2003. No one has been charged in his murder.
His grandmother was convicted of felony neglect for administering excessive punishments. Nicolas was forced to kneel on a broomstick for 2 hours while holding heavy objects hands and to lean his forehead against a wall for several hours with his body at an incline and his feet two to three feet from the wall. Nicolas Uncle Miguel Campos who lived with the family at the time also participated in the discipline.
Mrs Williams homestudy was incomplete, did not include 2000 child abuse misdemeanors, and she sis not attend foster training. No one followed up to remove the child after Indiana refused the placement with Willaims
Date: 2002-08-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Other family member, Undetermined

Post placement

Organizations: Guardian Angel Home, Joliet IL

Location

Oxford, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Nikolina Stoyanova aka Nicole Kuchler


Nikolina, adopted from Bulgaria in 1993 at age 4, was sexually abused by her adoptive father, (John Harold Kuchler aka John J Kuchler Jr. aka Justin M. Smith), with the assistance of her adoptive mother, (Janis Kuchler).
The abuse started when she was 10 and continued about 3 years until 2002 when she was removed from their care.
On April 20, 2012, she killed herself by swallowing an item handed to her by a careless nurse in a State Hospital.
Date: 2002-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Pendleton, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Nilanthie Perera

13-year-old girl adopted from Sri Lanka by Samson and Dammika Perera, was murdered by her adoptive father. Parts of the Nilanthie's body were hidden under the floorboards; others were secreted in pot plants and a coffee jar. Samson Perera was given a life sentence, while Dammika Perera was jailed for helping him cover up the crime.
Date: 1985-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Wakefield, West Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Nina Hilt (Viktoria Valeryevna Bazhenova)



2-year-old girl adopted by Chris and Peggy Sue Hilt, died after suffering several blows to her abdomen. In March 2006, Peggy Hilt plead guilty to second degree murder to avoid a charge of first degree murder. She said that she was frustrated due to the lack of bonding between Nina and herself. May 25, 2006, Peggy Hilt was sentenced to 35 years in prison with 10 years suspended. Nina was adopted in January 2004 from Irkutsk, Russia. Nina had an older sister adopted in Ukraine.

Date: 2005-07-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Homestudy

Organizations: A Loving Family, Alexandria, Virginia

Post placement

Organizations: A Child's Hope, Raleigh, North Carolina

Location

Wake Forest, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Passion Gardner

2-year-old girl in foster care with Nathaniel and Sonja Mitchell was shaken to death by her foster father.
Date: 2000-03-31
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Columbia, South Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Phoebe and Joseph Dinkler

Siblings from Ukraine adopted 5 years prior to the abuse allegations by Georgia couple Earl and Deborah Dinkler. The children had been forced to run 15 laps around the property before breakfast "just about every day" for the last four years. If the parents weren’t satisfied with their children’s speed, they would be punished with a belt, a miniature baseball bat or a bamboo rod. The Dinklers also withheld food and water as punishment.
Deborah Lynn Williamson-Dinkler pleaded guilty, and Earl Thomas Dinkler was convicted of cruelty.
Date: 2007-08-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

McDonough, Georgia
United States
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Primary school-aged foster girl in Newcastle, Australia

A primary school-aged foster girl is raped by an employee of Family and Community Services, whose job it was to protect her.
Date: 2012-11-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Newcastle, New South Wales
Australia

Queenie Baker

21-month-old girl in foster care with Edwin and Rosa Hall was beaten to death.
Date: 1995-05-24
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

New York, New York
United States
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