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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Children adopted by Garold and Sherry McMillian

A 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy adopted by Garold and Sherry McMillian where left outside in the cold and rain for hours, while the adoptive parents and their two biological children visited a friend’s house for dinner and movies.
Date: 2009-11-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Owasso, Oklahoma
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Gregory Bernard Lacy and LaQuron D. McLean Lacy

Seven children, under the age of 11, adopted by Gregory Bernard Lacy and LaQuron D. McLean Lacy were sexually and physically abused by their adoptive parents.

The Lacy's had an in-house strip club where parties were held in the children's presence. The children were hit with fists, belts, hangers and metal objects and one of the girls was molested by her adoptive father.
Date: 2012-10-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Perris, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Harold Johnson and Sherry Johnson

4 children aged 8 to 13, adopted by Harold and Sherry Johnson were beaten and starved. The Johnsons pleaded no contest to aggravated child abuse and malicious punishment
Date: 1988-10-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Florida HRS

Location

Pensacola, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Heidi L. Robinson

A boy and a girl, adopted by Heidi L. Robinson, were choked to the point where he couldn’t breathe.
Date: 2011-07-05
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Lehi, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by James and Vonda Ferguson

Three boys and two girls were beaten with sticks, belts, shoes, fists and hammers; burned with a clothes iron, the stove, and a curling iron; bitten; kicked; stabbed with knives, forks and sticks; urinated on; forced to eat their own excrement; forced to drink urine; fed rotting food as well as cat food; forced into the clothes dryer and the dryer turned on; beaten while naked; duct taped to a chair or their beds for days; strangled with a belt; held under water; held over a banister by their feet and dropped; made to drink hot sauce with red hot peppers; made to drink from the toilet; forced to go without food for days; forced to wear urine soaked clothing on their heads; and body slammed, along with other abuses.At least two of the victims also detailed sexual abuses and assaults using a toilet plunger.
James was a former lay minister and church trustee
Date: 2006-08-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Springfield, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Janelle Gertsch

Two children adopted by Janelle Gertsch were systematically abused by their adoptive mother and her live-in boy friend Larry Einspahr Jr.
Date: 2013-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Other non-family member

Location

Creston, Nebraska
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Jean Paul Kruse and Emily Kruse



2 adopted children and one step child were allegedly sexually abused by their father, Jean Paul Kruse, a Major in the Ohio National Guard. There were 5 bio/step children in the home and 6 adopted children. Three of the children were adopted in Liberia in 2008 and one in Vietnam in 2007. The final 2 children were adopted (or in guardianship) from disrupted international adoptions (Haiti and DRC).
Jean Paul Kruse was charged with 17 felony counts of rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, and intimidation.
Emily Kruse was charged with intimidation and obstruction of justice. Five of the children have been returned to her care.
Date: 2012-08-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: probably WACSN

Location

Marysville, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Jean-Pierre O. and Anne-Marie O.

Jean-Pierre O., a 73 year-old former professor of literature, accused of having raped his adoptive son during several years and of abusing his two grandchildren, has been sentenced 15 years of imprisonment by the Assize court of Savoie.
His wife, Anne-Marie O. was also sentenced of three years in prison with 30 months suspended for not denouncing her husband, or preventing his actions, especially at home.

The investigation had started in 2006, after a school assistant alerted the justice about a five-year old boy molested by his grandfather Jean-Pierre O. The boy's father revealed to the investigators that he was himself raped by the accused, his adoptive father,  for years, as well as his brother, also adopted. The man said he had been unable to report the events that he preferred to forget until his father attacks his own son.

During his detention, Jean-Pierre O. has actually admitted to having abused his  two grandchildren, aged 5 and 8 years between 2000 and 2003.  He also admitted of having raped his two adoptive sons.

His sons, the children of DDASS (direction départementale des Affaires sanitaires et sociales, in France), now close to their 40s, said they had suffered rape and oral sex several times a week, sometimes in the marriage bed, "for over 20 years."

But the accused will only be judged for  the rape committed on one of his adoptive son, the facts concerning the latter being barred.

Learning the abuses of his husband on his two grandchildren in 2004, Anne-Marie O., a pious woman, was living in "denial" as the experts explained. She pressed his son so that nothing comes outside the family by speaking of forgiveness and the "good side" of Jean-Pierre O. who is also a devout catholic.


Date: 2009-03-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: no

Location

Savoie
France

Children adopted by Jerry Wayne Love

Three boys adopted by an unordained priest from Huntsville Alabama were sexually abused by him. Circuit Judge Karen Hall sentenced Jerry Wayne Love, 51, to 15 years on each of three first-degree sodomy charges. But she followed the prosecutors' recommendation, ordering Love to spend five years on probation and undergo treatment in a sex offender program.

In the 1990s Love and his wife were named as adoptive parents of the year by the Madison County Department of Human of Resources
Date: 2007-07-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Huntsville, Alabama
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by John and Carolyn Jackson

Three children adopted from foster care by John and Carolyn Jackson were allegedly assaulted with various objects by the adopters. The children allegedly sustained fractured bones, which no medical attention was sought for. Furthermore, the children were allegedly withheld food and water and were forced to to consume food that caused them pain and suffering, such as red pepper flakes, hot sauce, and/or raw onion.

One of the three children adopted by John and Carolyn Jackson died May 8, 2008.

John and Carolyn Jackson home schooled their children and claim the Department of Youth and Family Services persecute them for their religious beliefs. John E. Jackson is a Major in the U.S. Army.
Date: 2010-04-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Mount Holly, New Jersey
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by John and Linda Dollar

Five children adopted by the Dollars who starved them, shocked them with electricity, pulled out their toenails with pliers, bound them with chains and strips of plastic and struck their feet with hammers. Twin boys, age 14, weighed 36 and 38 pounds when taken from the home.

The family included three girls, ages 12, 13 and 17; three 14-year-old boys (two of them twins) and a 16-year-old boy. One 14 yr old and the 17 year old were favorites and not abused. Dollar's also had an adult daughter, adopted as an infant, who had moved out of the home.
Date: 2005-01-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Hillsborough County DCF (3 children in 1995)

Location

Beverly Hills, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by John William and Connie Lucile Oliver

A 12-year-old girl who weighed 40 pounds and her 10-year-old brother, who weighed 45 pounds, were found unattended near a church playground in Union County, South Carolina. Both children were adopted from Estonia eight years before.
Date: 2006-09-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Jonesville, South Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Juan and Myra Rodriguez

Three children adopted a year before, had allegedly been abused and tortured by their adopters.
Date: 2008-06-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

LaRue County, Kentucky
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Judith Leekin



Eleven teenagers and young adults were held like prisoners in Trinidad native Judith Leekin's home in what appeared to be a decades-long scheme to line her pockets with the government payments she received for adopting and raising them. She adopted at least 11 children and fostered at least 22 children. One of the children an 18-year-old boy named Shane Graham, aka Moo, with autism, Down syndrome and needing round the clock care, is missing, and presumed dead. An infant placed with Ms. Leekin died in 1988 of "crib death".

The children did not attend school. The police and CPS investigated Leekin for abuse in 1999.
Date: 2007-07-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Economic exploitation, Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: Four separate NYC agencies: HeartShare Human Service, St. Joseph’s Children’s Services, SCO Family of Services, and New York City Administration for Children’s Services

Location

Port St Lucie, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Kekoa and Kaylynn Gaunavinaka

Three siblings adopted in 2003 by Kekoa and Kaylynn Gaunavinaka were systematically beaten by their adoptive father, allegedly the adoptive mother stood by and did nothing. The eldest, a 13 year old girl was also sexually abused by her adoptive father.

Kekoa Glenn Gaunavinaka is serving a life sentence for sexual abuse of his daughter and physical abuse of his sons. Kaylynn divorced Kekoa in 2010 and served 6 months in jail for covering up the abuse. She is barred from seeing the children as a condition of her probation.
Date: 2009-08-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Caldwell, Idaho
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Kelly Doreen Morris

4 biological siblings adopted by Kelly Morris are alleged to have been beaten and tortured.
Date: 2012-05-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

hanford, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Kenneth H. Brandt

Three boys, 2 adopted and 1 pre-adoptive placement were raped by single father Kenneth H. Brandt. He allowed two other men to have sex with one of the boys. Brandt had adopted/gotten custody the 3 boys and a girl from Texas in 2011. The children briefly enrolled in public education, but were removed from school, to be home-schooled. Prior to the adoptive placements, Brandt had at least 6 foster children in his home.

Brandt pleaded guilty to 6 counts of rape and was sentenced to 60 years.
Date: 2011-03-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Foster father
Home schooling: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: ACTION Inc

Location

Troy, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Kodzo Dobosu (aka Kojo Odo)



At least three out of thirty-five children adopted by "father of the year" Kodzo Dobosu were sexually abused by him. Another child was sentenced for beating a sibling. He was accused of beating children with a board and pouring hot sauce and hot tea on the genitals of some children. He pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of three children and to petty larceny, in a deal which included no prison time.

Dobosu was born John Love, then legally changed his name to Kojo-Mbogba Odo and later Kodzo Dobosu. Children came from foster care in many states. The family was filmed for a PBS Frontline documentary called "Children of Pride".
Date: 1991-10-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adopted sibling
Disabilities: yes

Location

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

Children adopted by Lev Dzyuba and his wife

3 children adopted from Ukraine by Ukrainian natives Lev Dzyuba and his late wife Larisa Dzyuba were allegedly locked in their rooms for several months after Larisa's death from cancer. Lev's 2 sisters helped with the children, who were homeschooled, after Larisa's death.
Date: 2013-08-15
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Моя семья My Family, near Kiev
Type of abuse: Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Other family member
Home schooling: yes

Facilitators

Organizations: Natalia Koval

Location

Conyers, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Matthew and Melissa Dumont

3 children internationally adopted by Melissa and Matthew Dumont were allegedly physically, emotionally, and sexually abused. The children are now aged 17 (girl from China), 14 (boy from Thailand), and 13 (girl from China) and were adopted separately. The older 2 have autism and other special needs.
Date: 2013-07-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Wide Horizons for Children (WHFC), and ?

Location

Manchester, New Hampshire
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Mechelle and Bessie Saffold

Former foster parents of the year Bessie and Mechelle Saffold, neglected and battered five children they adopted.
Date: 2007-02-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Mercury Liggins



Liggins' children, ranging in age from 8 to 17, were discovered a month ago at the Nigerian orphanage by an American missionary. The children, some of them suffering from typhoid and malaria, told the missionary they were from Houston and wanted to go home. The church's pastor told two U.S. congressmen and arrangements were made to return them to Texas.

Liggins said her only mistake was trusting her brother-in-law to care for the children in Nigeria. The relative took money she sent for the kids' benefit, causing the children to be kicked out of their boarding school and put in the squalid orphanage, she said.

The children, adopted from US foster care, initially were taken to Nigeria in October so she could take a job in Iraq, working for Houston-based Hallilburton subsidiary KBR.
Date: 2004-03-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Homestudy

Organizations: Spaulding for Children

Location

Houston, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Nikki and Larry Russell

At least 3 of 4 children adopted from foster care by Nikki and Larry Russell were beaten, duct taped to their beds and deprived food.The 93 lb 17 year old was not in school, IcyHot was applied to his genitals and in his rectum. Russells also had a 5th biological child in the home.
Date: 2012-11-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Terre Haute, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Patrick and Sherry Kelley

In 2004, the Kelleys were accused of burning, beating, and slapping their five adopted children, 10 to 15 years old. Later investigation cast doubt on whether the evidence would hold up in court, according to prosecutors. In January 2007, Superior Court Judge Mike Wolverton accepted no-contest pleas to greatly reduced charges and released the Kelleys, who had served about 17 months in jail.

George and Shirley Long were accused of standing by while their adopted grandchildren were abused for years.

George Long, the adoptive grandfather, is found guilty of chaining his 10-year-old adopted grandson to a dog run.
Date: 2004-07-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Other family member
Home schooling: yes

Location

Wasilla, Alaska
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Paul and JoAnn Drake

Paul Alan Drake and JoAnn Marie Drake are accused of locking their 13-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son in the basement for three to four weeks. The teens were fed by sliding a plate under the door and were allowed them out only to attend school. 3 other adopted children were not imprisoned.
Date: 2012-11-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Ankeny, Iowa
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Paul and Paula Dunham

Sexual abuse among siblings in a family of 24 adopted, foster and (9) biological children. Some of the children came from disrupted placements and/or were family to family adoptions. Eight of the children were originally adopted from the Philippines. Some of the children were home-schooled. At least one child had a history of sexually abusing girls prior to entering the home.

Criminal charges were filed against two of the Dunhams’ biological children and one adopted son. The biological sons were convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The adopted son was found not guilty after a trial before a Stearns County judge, possibly because a sibling in Florida refused to come and testify.
Date: 2008-11-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling, Non-adopted sibling, Undetermined
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Location

Holdingford, Minnesota
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Peter and Tamara Gable

Some of seven children, adopted from the foster care system by Peter and Tamara Gable, were physically abused by their adoptive parents. The abuse consisted largely of cruel and unusual punishment.
Date: 2012-04-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Middlefield, Connecticut
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Richard and ? Hill

Two boys and a girl, all 9 or 10 years old, were sexually abused by their adoptive father, Richard Hill, beginning Jan 2006. He allegedly sexually abused children, including his sisters, since he was a child. His sisters say they objected to the adoptions. Hill was sentenced to 9 years to life. His wife was unaware of the abuse.
Date: 2008-01-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Kearns, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Roberto Acosta and Shirley Carroll Acosta

Four children between 3 and 9 being beaten with boards, locked in a basement without food and doused with cold water as punishment.
Date: 1999-03-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Arapahoe County Department of Social Services

Location

Brush, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Sandy June Linn

A 6 year old girl and an 8 year old boy were deprived food and water, which resulted in severe malnourishment. The adoptive father was living out of state at the time.
Date: 2007-02-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Gardnerville, Nevada
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Scott Francis

Scott Francis, a 41-year-old Northville, MI man, lived with his two adopted children despite a plea agreement that was supposed to stop him from having unsupervised contact with any child, after his previous conviction on two offenses of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The registered sex offender was convicted of violating probation, and also was charged with new counts of sexual assault involving an adopted son. A judge's written order had failed to mention the plea agreement that forbade contact with any child, and a probation officer also admitted to failing to enforce the deal.

Date: 2003-08-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Northville, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Shelley Blair

A 12 year-old boy and a 13 year-old girl, the adopted children of Shelley Blair, were found wandering a busy road. The children were bruised and malnourished. Shelley Blair is now under investigation.

In 2003, Blair pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse.
Date: 2008-10-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: DCS Tennesee

Location

Spring Hill, Tennessee
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Shirley Allen

Three teen-age children adopted from the foster care system were refused food, beaten and made to stand on a milk crate for hours by their adoptive mother. Shirley Allen received, in addition to her $600/mo. disability income, $1,500 per month in compensation for each of the three fostered/adopted children
Date: 2008-05-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Loganville, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Sylvia and Michael Wenger

Four children adopted by Sylvia and Michael Wenger were sexually abused, kept locked,and were forced to eat their own vomit.
Date: 2001-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Chewelah, Washington
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Sylvia Jovanna Vasquez

Three children, a 13-year-old boy, a 9-year-old and a 6-year-old girl, adopted by Sylvia Jovanna Vasquez were being locked up in cages and were found to be malnourished and and were wearing clothes soiled with urine and feces. A 12-year-old girl, also adopted, was being injected with a puberty-blocking drug, Lupron.

In 1982 Sylvia Jovanna Vasquez had kidnapped a girl from Mexico and using Child Protective Services stationary she removed three children from a Mexican orphanage in 1986. In 1990 she applied for a foster care permit, which was refused, because of her previous conduct. Despite being aware of this past Judy Taege of California state adoption agency allowed Vasquez to adopt four children.
Date: 2006-01-05
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: California state adoption agency

Location

Santa Barbara, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Teresa and Jay Moody

Teresa and Jay Moody were accused of abusing their adopted children nearly three years ago. A 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were removed from their home in December 2005 and placed in foster care.
The couple avoided any jail time, however under the terms of a plea agreement, they were prohibited
from being foster parents or providing services to children under 18.

Date: 2005-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Greentown, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Theresa and Reed Hansen

Theresa and Reed Hansen, of Saratoga Springs, Utah had been accused of felony and misdemeanor charges for withholding food, sometimes for days at a time, from two of their three children adopted from Russia, who were of pre-school age at the time. The abused boy and girl were bio siblings adopted 2 years after the first. All three adoptees were removed from the home in 2002 and have reportedly thrived since in new adoptive homes.
Date: 2002-10-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Saratoga Spring, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Thomas and Dolly Crapser

Children adopted by Thomas and Dolly Crapser where physically and sexually abused.

One of the adoptees was Adam Crapser who faces deportation.
Date: 1991-09-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Keizer, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Thomas L. Bates

Five children adopted by Thomas L. Bates were sexually abused. Adoptive mother was not charged.
Date: 1991-09-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Southborough, Massachusetts
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Travis and Stacy Yates

Two girls, out of six children adopted by Travis and Stacy Yates, were sexually abused by their adoptive father. The abuser confessed to the abuse in 2014, but was allowed to live with his wife and four of the adopted children, until being sentenced to 37 years in prison a year later.
Date: 2014-02-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Home schooling: yes

Location

Nixon, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by William and Samia Fam

Four boys and two girls, between the ages of 7 and 16 were being locked up in the basement of their house.
Date: 2006-11-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Colorado Springs, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by William J. Every and Sharon Every

2 of 14 special needs children adopted by Sharon and Bill Every were sexually abused by Mr. Every.
Date: 2005-08-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Henrietta, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted/fostered by Maurice Martinez

Oklahoma City police sergeant Maurice Martinez adopted 3 children and had 3 children in foster care (all boys), four of whom were allegedly sexually abused by their adoptive/foster father. Martinez also allegedly allowed his adopted children to physically abuse each other and never notified the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Police found photos and videos of his children being abused and homosexual pornography.

In addition, Martinez was also accused of intimidating witnesses from cooperating with police, conspired with a teenager to break into his home and steal evidence before police could seize it, and gave $400 to a victim to send him on a bus to Utah to obstruct the investigation.
Date: 2011-01-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Foster father, Adopted sibling, Foster sibling

Location

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children at Hamro Jivan orphanage

Unpublished

Henk Molhuysen, the Dutch national director of Hamro Jiven orphanage in Kathmandu was arrested when found having sex with 12 and 14 year old residents of the orphanage. He had been previous convicted of child rape in Spain.

Date: 2007-02-15
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Hamro Jivan orphanage
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Legal guardian

Location

Kathmandu, Bagmati
Nepal

Children at Kerelaw Residential School

Unpublished


Residential school in Scotland where "common assaults", "emotional abuse", neglect and poor practice were daily routine.
Date: 2004-06-18
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Kerelaw Residential School
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Stevenston, North Ayrshire
United Kingdom

Children in care at the Christian Brothers at Bindoon

Unpublished
For decades migrant children from England were sent to Bindoon, Australia, where the were both physically and sexually abused by the Christian Brothers, running the orphanage.
Date:
Placement type: Institution
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Bindoon, Western Australia
Australia

Children in care of John Michael McGuigan

Adopted son and 3 foster children removed from the home after allegations of molestation of other children.

John Michael McGuigan was also the foster home of Gabriel Myers until 3 weeks before Gabriel's suicide
Date: 2011-05-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Foster father

Placement

Location

Margate, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children in care of Keith Lashbrook

Unpublished
11 children in care of Keith Lashbrook, at a Globe International orphanage called "In the Father’s Hands Children’s Home" in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, were allegedly sexually abused by their missionary care-givers. The children were adopted by American families who filed charges against Lashbrook and Globe International.
Date: 2010-03-01
Placement type: Institution
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Port-de-Paix, Nord-Ouest
Haiti

Children in care of Lottie Beasley

At least 3 of 4 children in care of Lottie R. Beasley and her husband were beaten with broomsticks, extension cords and plastic tubing. Boys ages 11 and 10, girls aged 6 and 3. One of the children was adopted, and 3 were in foster care with the Beasleys. Mrs. Beasley, the foster or adoptive mother was sentenced to 2.5 years in jail after pleading to third degree assault. The father was not charged.
Date: 2001-06-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Foster mother

Location

North Pole, Alaska
United States
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Children in care of Sharon Wilkerson

An adopted girl and foster child in care of Sharon Wilkerson were beaten with various instruments, including an arrow, a plumbing supply line, a curtain rod and hangers.
Date: 2010-10-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Troy, Missouri
United States
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