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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Justin, Kevin and Kody Pribbernow (McBride/Baden)



Justin McBride and his half brothers Kevin and Kody Baden were adopted by Steven and Jessica Pribbernow in 2005. The couple had previously adopted a boy named Steven Jeffrey Lewis. In 2006 the Pribbernow's divorced and soon after, Jessica Pribbernow married Josh Saylor, while remaining custody over the adopted boys and her two biological daughters.

In the morning of August 4, 2009, Steven Jeffrey went on a stabbing spree, killing Justin McBride and injuring Kevin and Kody Baden. During this episode, Josh Saylor was stabbed as well.
Date: 2009-08-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling

Placement

Organizations: Michigan Department of Human Services, (called Family Indepenency Agency until 2005)

Location

Coleman, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kacper and Klaudia, foster children of Anna and Wieslaw Cz.

Unpublished

3 year old boy and 5 year old girl beaten to death in separate incidents on July 3 and September 12, 2012. The family had 5 foster children, possibly all placed in their home since January 2012.
Date: 2012-09-12
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Puck
Poland

Kahina adopted by French parents

Kahina, a 4 year-old girl, was tortured by her adoptive parents. The first violence reportedly began almost immediately after her adoption at 3 moths old. Six of her teeth were broken. Grasps of hair were torn and several bones broken. Her mouth and esophagus were ulcerated by ingestion of corrosive product. There is even worse.
Date: 2007-11-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Sartrouville, Yvelines - Ile-de-France
France

Kairissa XingJing Mark


4-year-old girl from China, adopted by Steve and Deborah Mark, died July 1, 2010, after less than 3 months in country.

Deborah Mark was charged with first-degree murder, perpetration of aggravated child abuse, aggravated child abuse and four counts of child abuse. Steven Mark was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect, criminal responsibility for aggravated child abuse, aggravated assault by failure to protect, four counts of child abuse and accessory after the fact. Kairissa was a special needs placement.
Date: 2010-07-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Mount Juliet, Tennessee
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kaitlyn Brosch

Four months after being adopted from China at 10 months old in June 2005, Kaitlyn nearly died of brain injuries and swelling consistent with being shaken and struck in the head. She is now partially paralyzed, deaf and blind. Mother Tracey Ann Brosch plead to a child abuse charge, father Jeffrey Brosch was not charged..
Date: 2005-10-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Rochester Hills, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kameron Lee Bright (Moghaghab)

3 year old boy adopted by Darlene Whiteman Bright  and Marty Lee Bright died of suspicious head injuries. Ms Bright pleaded guilty to third-degree felony child abuse homicide. DFS had multiple reports of abuse prior to Kameron's death.
Date: 1994-04-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

West Valley City, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Karamjeet Kaur Singh

Adopted by her uncle and aunt, Joginder Singh and Darshan Kaur Bains after her mother had died. At age eight sexual abuse started and lasted for over a decade. She was subjected to oral and anal sex, apart from beatings. To prevent pregnancy when she reached puberty, the couple had an IUD inserted. Joginder Singh was a Sikh priest
Karamjeet Kaur Singh is known as Vicky Waters since her marriage.
Date: 1964-12-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Fraser Valley, British Columbia
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Katelynn Sampson

Unpublished


7 year old girl died of septic shock caused by the prolonged abuse she suffered from her guardians: Donna Irving and her boyfriend, Warren Johnson. Katelyn had 70 wounds on her body at her death, and blood was found throughout the apartment, including in closets, on books, and a plastic baseball bat. While she lay dying, Johnson went out to buy beer, twice.

Irving and Johnson were friends of Katelynn's mother. Since Bernice Sampson directly gave guardianship, no background checks were performed, though a judge had 3 hearings to grant permanent custody. Irving and Johnson were drug users, Irving had lost custody of her 2 children already.  Several reports of abuse had been filed.
Date: 2008-08-03
Placement type: Legal Guardianship
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Legal guardian

Placement

Persons: Justice Debra Paulseth

Location

Toronto, Ontario
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Katherine Frances

Unpublished


6-year-old girl in foster care with Joyce Luvern Burks was body slammed to the floor by the 14-year old son of her foster mother, causing her to suffer skull fracture, brain damage, internal bleeding and bruising to her eye, hip and arms. Ms. Burks delayed helping Katherine while washing the blanket on which the girl had been beaten.

Later five-year-old Claire Fowler received Katherine's heart through transplantation.
Date: 2006-12-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother, Non-fostered sibling

Placement

Organizations: Mesa Family Services Inc. Mesa Family Services Inc.

Location

DeSoto, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Katya and Lisa adopted by Svetlana Oakley in Luhansk, Ukraine


Katya and Lisa, aged 4 and 5 were beaten to death in Krasnodon, Luhansk/Lugansk, Ukraine. The adoptive mother, Svetlana Oakley is charged. The girls were adopted along with their biological brother Vanya in December 2010 by Svetlana and Alexander, who had 7 children already. Vanya was also beaten.

In February 2011, 3 months after the adoption, the 4 year old was beaten to death, then burned to hide the crime.. In November 2011, the 3 year old was beaten to death and buried. Svetlana kidnapped a 3rd child in July 2012 to try pass as Lisa for an upcoming Social Worker visit. The child was found by the police during the search for the missing girl, which resulted in the discovery of the missing girls. The Mother had been lauded as a Heroine Mother due to her 7 prior biological children (8th child born after the adoption), so she was given a large apartment. Svetlana and the children had a singing group Rainbow and she wrote children's books or poetry.
Date: 2010-12-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Luhans'k social services

Location

Krasnodon, Luhans'k
Ukraine

Kayla Erlandson

kayla arelandson  

Two-year-old Kayla Erlandson, adopted from South Korea, died at Harborview Medical Center in April 1991, 7 months after her adoption. When she was found unconscious in her mother's arms, the toddler had 65 injuries, including bruises, brain swelling, a lacerated liver, a neck bite and a deep scald on her arm. Her mother Noreen Marie Erlandson was convicted of beating her daughter to death and served 14 years. Kayla's adopted brother, Shea also from South Korea, was eventually returned to Douglas Erlandson.
Date: 1991-04-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Travelers Aid Society of Seatle, unknown partner agency in Korea

Location

Bothell, Washington
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kaylie and Jordan Collins

Unpublished
Three-year-old twin in foster care with Gail and Marvin Thompson were were kept in cribs covered with chicken wire secured by duct tape in a darkened bedroom built in a garage.
Date: 2005-11-25
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Placement

Location

Gresham, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kehaulani Niu Sullivan

4 year old girl adopted by Brian Christopher  and LaRae Marara Sullivan. Claiming to have been ordered by god like a modern day Abraham, Brian Chistopher Sullivan stabbed the girl and his wife with a knife. Both died.
Date: 2003-02-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

West Valley City, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kelly Pope

In 1979, when Kelly was three years old, she was placed in foster care with Lester and Nancy Pope. One year later, Lester Pope, a  professor at the University of Missouri, began sexually molesting Kelly. Lester and Nancy Pope adopted Kelly in 1981, and the sexual abuse continued until 1989, when Kelly was thirteen years old.

In 1988, Nancy Pope discovered evidence of the abuse and questioned Kelly. Kelly told her adoptive mother that Lester had been molesting her. Nancy Pope arranged a meeting with her psychologist, Dr. Strnad, and his business partner, Dr. Joel Ray, to discuss the accusation.

During this meeting, Ms. Pope disclosed to Dr. Strnad her belief her husband was sexually abusing Kelly, but asked Dr. Strnad not to report the sexual abuse to anyone. Dr. Strnad agreed. Dr. Strnad also agreed to begin counseling Lester.

After the meeting, Nancy Pope confronted her husband about the abuse. Lester Pope admitted he had sexually abused Kelly and agreed to counseling with Dr. Strnad. Mr. Pope attended counseling with Dr. Strnad and again confessed he had sexually abused Kelly. Lester Pope quit therapy after four more sessions and the abuse of Kelly continued.

Lester Pope was eventually arrested and plead guilty to one count of sodomy. He was sentenced to nine years, of which he ended up serving about five years.

Litigation over the compensation in this case continues to this day.
Date: 1988-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Columbia, Missouri
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kelsey Hyre

Twenty six month old Kelsey Hyre was permanently paralyzed September 26, 2002. Kelsey and her brother Nathan were adopted from Amur Russia, probably Blagoveshchensk, 8 months earlier when they were 18 and 22 months old. Her spine was severed after her adoptive father Gerald Hyre slammed her on the floor. Adoptive mother, Bonnie Hyre, who was at work at the time, took her to hospital when she came home. Ms. Hyre had previously suspected her husband of abusing both Kelsey and her adoptive brother Nathan, 3, and had taken photos of other injuries, discussed suspicions with co-workers, but after husband's arrest she destroyed pictures and did nothing.

Gerald Hyre was sentenced to 16 years for felonious assault and child abuse. Bonnie Hyre was sentenced to 2 years for permitting child abuse and evidence tampering and served 10 months. Kelsey has been adopted by another couple and is reportedly responding well. Nathan was placed temporarily with Bonnie Hyre's mother, but now Bonnie has custody.
Date: 2002-09-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Homestudy

Organizations: A Child's Waiting

Facilitators

Organizations: AMREX

Location

Akron, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Keri Ponce

Between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old she was sexually abused by her adoptive father Luis Ponce, Jr, who filmed the abuse. Almost two decades later, after he was convicted of 16 counts of molestation for abusing two girls under the age of 3, Keri Ponce filed a civil suit against him, which she won. Ponce and his first wife, (Keri's mother), ran a foster-care facility. The mother was not charged.
Date: 2006-02-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Berkeley, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kevin Johnson



12-year-old boy died while in the care of Barbara and Fred D. Johnson II, daughter and son-in-law of a couple who had adopted Kevin and in 2000 but passed away a few years later. A weighted helmet, long wooden paddle and severe beatings were used to discipline the boy. Illinois DCF began an abuse investigation in April, 4 months before Kevin was beaten to death.
Date: 2008-07-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other family member

Location

Crete, Illinois
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kevin Michael King (D. J. Atkins)



5-year-old boy adopted by Gloria Grayson was found dead with blunt force trauma to the chest and abdomen. Keven was also abused in foster care.
Date: 2009-03-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Bakersfield, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Keyana Bravo-Hamilton and her sister Jasmine Hamilton



Siblings Keyana and Jasmine were abused by foster mother Dunia Soledad Moreno. When Keyana entered the hospital, large clumps of hair were missing and bruises covered her body. She had five cigar-sized burns. Three months after entering the home, Keyana died of blows to her stomach which ruptured her bowel. Jasmine was placed in a new home.
Dunia and foster father Armando Moreno-Garcia parents were convicted of neglect for not seeking medical care over the painful days it took for Keyana to die. Armando was an uncle of Jasmine and the girls were to be adopted.
Date: 2006-09-04
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Gresham, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kim Marie Firth

2 year old Korean girl to be adopted by Marie and Frank Firth. Mrs. Firth, and immigrant from Ireland, became angry when Kim spat out food and threw the girl. Marie plead guilty to Manslaughter
Date: 1972-09-15
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

queens, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kimberly Rae Weaver

15 year old Korean adoptee stabbed to death by her brother, Keith Chul Weaver (14), who was adopted from South Korea at 4.5 yrs. Keith killed this parents Dr. R. Clair and Anna May Weaver, then Kim, then raped a visiting relative. He intended to kill himself, but was convince to call police by the rape victim.
Date: 1991-02-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling

Location

Landisville, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Korvette Lynn Crier

Unpublished
two-and-a-half-year-old girl in foster care with Debbie Anne Kambeitz died of severe head injury.
Date: 1999-08-10
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Hobbema, Alberta
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Koystya Thyssen

Koystya Thyssen, a 22-year-old man adopted from Kazakhstan at the age of 11 by Dane and Jenifer Thyssen, was locked up in a garage for four years.
Date: 2014-06-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Dripping Springs, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kristoff Beagley (Daniil Bukharov)

7-year-old boy from Magadan (Russia), adopted by Gary and Jessica Beagley, was forced to drink Tabasco sauce as a disciplinary measure. Beagley, a member of the LDS church, talked about her parenting style on the TV show "Dr Phil", November 17, 2010.
Date: 2010-11-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Location

Anchorage, Alaska
United States
See map: Google Maps

Krystal Ann Tibbets



Krystal was beaten to death by her adoptive father Donald Lee Tibbets, who was taught to lie across his daughter (who weighed a total of 35 pounds) in what is known in AT circles as “compression therapy,” and punch his fist into her abdomen, which is one technique of “visceral manipulation” (VM), encouraged by attachment therapists. The mother Julia was not charged.
Date: 1995-07-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Attachment Therapy

Persons: Larry VanBloem

Location

Midvale, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kyla Aranae Edwards

Unpublished


2-year-old girl in foster care was beaten to death by the fiancee of her foster mother.
Date: 2006-12-20
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Salisbury, Maryland
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kyle Golebieski

Kyle Golebieski (aka Kyle Kelly) was killed by by his mother, Kathleen D. Golebieski, who frequently beat him. Kyle and his younger bio brother were adopted from Honduras in 1992. Ryan Golebieski, a year younger than Kyle, showed no signs of abuse. Kathleen was sentenced to 10 to 20 years. Her then husband Joseph Golebieski pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

Kathleen Golebieski (then Kathleen Kelly) adopted Kyle and Ryan, two months before she married Joseph Golebieski. Ryan, who was 2 when Kyle died, was placed in a foster home.
Date: 1993-07-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Brick Township, New Jersey
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kymell Oram

Unpublished
A 17 month old toddler in New York foster care was beaten by his foster mother's boyfriend after being left home alone with him. He suffered bruised ribs, a lacerated liver, bruised spleen, buttocks and torso among other wounds. He later died of lung and blunt force injuries.

Reports indicate his foster mother, Teyuanna Cummings, was in the process of adopting him. His placement was handled by Edwin Gould Services for Families.
Date: 2011-03-17
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member
Home schooling: no

Location

Brooklyn, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kyra Zubah

Unpublished


3-year-old girl in foster care with Sharon Whitecloud, died of blunt head trauma. Kyra's death was called a homicide.
Date: 2009-11-13
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Okmulgee, Oklahoma
United States
See map: Google Maps

Lai Liyun



5-year-old girl from the
Guangdong province in China, was adopted by villager Chen Fengyi, who abused her to the point of facial deformation.
Date: 2009-12-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Guangzhou, Guangdong
China

Larandon Nichols



3-year-old boy adopted by Alibra Nichols was beaten to death by his adoptive mother.
Date: 2010-07-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
See map: Google Maps

Lavender Banks



3-year-old girl from China adopted by Sabrina A. Banks aka Sabrina A. Stafford, died from asphyxia and several blunt force injuries.

On August 5, 2009 Sabrina Banks was arrested and charged with murder. While still going by the name Sabrina Stafford, she was the foster mother of Angelic Rose Clary, who died of neglect while in her care.
Date: 2008-05-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Elk Grove, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Lazon Gulley

Unpublished


At the time 1-year-old boy in foster care with Marcus and Tenesia Brown was severely shaken by his foster mother. Lazon died 2-and-a-half year later as a result of the head injuries caused by the shaking on Novemer 28, 2008.
Date: 2006-03-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Sarasota Family YMCA

Location

St Petersburg, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Liam Thompson (Dmitry Sergeyvich Islankulov)


Liam Thompson: age 36 months, of Columbus, Ohio, died from scalding and neglect. His adoptive father, Gary, placed him in a tub of 140 degree water. He recieved 2nd and 3rd degree burns. His LPN adoptive mother, Amy, neglected treatment for 2 days, then treated him with Tylenol and Vaseline. She took Liam to the hospital only after he went into respitory failure. Amy was sentence to 15 years for child endangering and involuntary manslaughter. Gary received 15-life for murder.
Liam was adopted from Blagoveshensk, Amur, Russia 5 months prior  to his death along with his older bio sister. His sister has a new adoptive home and is doing well. Thompson's also had a 3.5 yr old bio son and a 15 yr old bio daughter of Amy.
Date: 2003-10-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Facilitators

Organizations: AMREX

Placement

Organizations: Tree of Life

Location

Columbus, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Lillian Leilani Gill



4 year old girl adopted by John and Sharon Gill was killed by her adoptive mother. She buried the remains and claimed Lillian, who was autistic was sent to Italy for treatment. 2 years later she was arrested for the killing and yet another 2 years later she told police where to find the body.
Date: 2002-03-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes

Location

Big Bear City, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

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

Unpublished
 

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

Unpublished
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 Kingdom

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
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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
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Malachi Jermaine McBride-Roberts

Unpublished

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
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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
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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
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Maria Isabel Cervantes

Unpublished
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
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