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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Chrystal Ramirez (Chrystal Camarillo)

    

8-year-old girl, adopted by Rubin Stephen and Bettie Ramirez, was starved, had her arms and legs tied with tape, and was beaten with a cane to the point her brain and skull began bleeding. Her 10 year old sister and 6 year old brother were in the same home. CPS had been contacted numerous times.
Date: 2007-08-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

San Antonio, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Clare Robertson

At the time 10-year-old girl was sexually abused by her adoptive father, Peter Robertson. Thirty years later she pressed charges. Peter Robertson admitted the abuse and was given a two-year conditional discharge.
Date: 2008-07-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Lancaster, Lancashire
United Kingdom

Clayton Miracle

3-year old boy in foster care with Willie Joe and Betty Sue Wilkins was beaten to death.
Date: 1993-08-11
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Winder, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Colin David Jones

6 year old boy adopted by Jami Lea Jones and Louis David Jones died 4 days after being rushed to the hospital, cause is not yet released. News videos report 1 of the other 5 children in the home was adopted, and that the Joneses were a homeschooling church-going family. Both parents were found guilty of malice murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Date: 2009-12-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Loganville, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Collin Parker William Holdgrafer



4-year-old boy adopted by his uncle and aunt, Andrew and Danielle Holdgrafer, drowned in a bathtub. Danielle Holdgrafer was charged with murder while Andrew Holdgrafer was charged with felony child endangerment, accused of not doing anything to help the child.
Date: 2010-06-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Andrew, Iowa
United States
See map: Google Maps

Connre Dixon

11-year-old girl in foster care with Paul Efaw and his wife was stabbed with a knife. Connre was stabbed five times, lacerating her heart, a lung and her stomach. She died from her injuries. Allegedly Paul Efaw had sexually abused her.
Date: 2003-03-13
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Huron County Job and Family Services

Location

Ridgefield Township, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Corey Greer

4 month old Corey Greer died of dehydration and excess sodium in his blood 2 weeks after entering a foster home, possibly due to use of evaporated milk rather than formula. He was supposed to wear a heart monitor which was not used. Judith Arlene Lundy his foster mother was found guilty of manslaughter due to neglect.
Her foster home was licensed for 4 children but social workers had placed 12 children under age 10 at the time. Mrs. Lundy had previously reported that touching black children gave her "the willies". Mrs. Lundy appointed an 8 year old girl to take care of the baby. The girl told Mrs. Lundy Corey was sick the night before he died.
Date: 1985-07-21
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother
Disabilities: yes

Placement

Organizations: Florida Department of Children & Families, Florida HRS

Post placement

Persons: Stephen Woods

Location

Treasure Island, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Cory Bradley McLaughlin

July 4, 1997, paramedics went to the North Carolina home of 45 year-old Eddiesenior Jones McLaughlin and found 4-year-old, adoptee, Cory Bradley McLaughlin, severely beaten. He was pronounced brain-dead at the hospital not long before he was taken off life support. Both of his little hands and one foot were burned. There were bruises on his back, stomach, legs, and a lump on his forehead. Mrs. McLaughlin's husband was deployed by the military at the time.

Date: 1997-07-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Fayetteville, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Crosby Justin White

2-and-a-half-year old boy adopted by Sharonda Renita White and Roshied White, was beaten to death by his adoptive mother, who was also his half-sister.
Date: 1996-07-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Okinawa, Okinawa
Japan

Curtis Williams



9-month-old boy in foster care with Angela Deniece Dukes, was taped a pacifier into his mouth, which obstructed his breathing and resulted in his death. Curtis had been in foster care less than 24 hours.
Date: 2009-02-08
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Cayce, South Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Daisia Derzon

3-year-old girl in foster care with Michele Baber was shaken violently until she hit her head hit the floor, causing head injuries she died three days later of.
Date: 2008-01-09
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Grand Lake, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Danielle and Brittany Tucker (Dornan)

Christopher Allen Tucker and Rebecca Lynn Tucker first adopted Danielle, who at the age of four was pushed down the stairs by her adoptive mother, in their house in Coldwater, Michigan in December 8, 1995. At the time it was ruled an accident. Danielle was born with spina bifida and Down's Syndrome. Despite what had happened, the Tuckers were allowed to adopt two of Danielle's sisters a month after her death.

Soon afterwards, the Tuckers moved to Trenton, Utah after complaints had been made about abuse the of Brittany, one of Danielle's sisters.

In November 1997 authorities found Brittany, 6-year-old at the time, starving in a locked basement room. The basement room was furnished only with bare metal bedsprings, a wooden spool, and a metal tub containing dirty brown water, which the girl drank from and bathed in. She had been in there for at least 5 months.

Rebecca Tucker received a sentence of 5 year imprisonment for the abuse of Brittany and 8 to 15 years for the killing of Danielle. She is currently imprisoned Michigan. Chris Tucker received a sentence of 1 to 15 year imprisonment.

All 3 girls suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome. Two biological boys and the 3rd girl where apparently unhurt.
Date: 1997-11-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Family Independence Agency

Location

Trenton, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Danielle Christine Neal and unnamed Neal child

In October, 1993, Victoria Neal admitted being responsible for the death of Danielle Christine Neal, a 13 month old girl adopted 4 months earlier from Korea. Danielle died Sept 2, 1976 of brain injuries. She had partially healed fractures of her legs, arm and collarbone. A second girl adopted from later Korea was removed from her custody after being admitted to a Toldeo hospital with brain injuries in 1979.
Glenn Neal was not charged.
Date: 1976-08-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Morton, Illinois
United States
See map: Google Maps

Danielle Ellington

17-year-old girl adopted by Linda Ellington and her husband was tried to be set on fire by her adopted mother. The Ellington's had four more adopted children, including Danielle's brother.
Date: 2009-06-05
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Louisville, Kentucky
United States
See map: Google Maps

Daughters of Pastor in Ocala, Fl

Two adopted daughters of a pastor in Ocala or Gainesville, Fl were sexually abused by their adopter. The eldest has a child from the pastor.
Date: 2001-01-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Ocala, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

David A. Polreis (Konstantin Shlepin)

David Alexander Polreis age 2, of Greeley, Colorado was beaten to death. Over 90% of David's body was covered in cuts, which his adoptive mother, Renee Polreis, claimed was due to the boys severe RAD. Renee stated that David would hit himself with a wooden spoon. Husband, David Polreis, Sr. was out of town at time of attack and was not implicated. Rene Polreis was convicted of child abuse resulting in death and sentenced to 18 years in prison. David was adopted from Tula, Russia 6 months before his death.
Date: 1996-02-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Colorado Adoption Center, Greeley Colorado

Placement

Persons: Kathy Edick

Location

Greeley, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

David and Samuel Briggs (David and Samuel Filipache)

In October 2000, less than four months after arriving in County Armagh, 14-month-old David died in the care of his adoptive parents Gwen and Geoffrey Briggs.

The Assistant State Pathologist for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael Curtis, failed to examine X-rays which showed multiple fractures on David's body when he carried out an initial post-mortem. Later his body was exhumed and a second post-mortem examination revealed 27 partially-healed fractures.

Two weeks after the death of David Briggs, his 14-month old twin brother Samuel was brought to hospital with a fractured skull. Geoffrey Briggs had punched the child for refusing to take some medicine. Unlike his brother Samuel survived the attack.

Geoffrey Briggs received one year imprisonment for the attack on Samuel and was released after six months when he was being attacked by fellow inmates, after which the couple fled to Scotland. For the death of  David no-one was ever charged. The Briggs were former overseas missionaries.

The boys were adopted from Romania, where there parents were unaware of their adoption.
Date: 2000-10-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Homestudy

Organizations: Craigavon and Banbridge HSS Trust

Placement

Location

Portadown, Armagh
United Kingdom

Davion Winrow



1-year-old boy in foster care died of a fatal head injury while in the care of 23 yo Joleet "Joey" Poole, who was about to adopt him. Davion was killed 4 days after being placed in Poole's care. Mr. Poole was a choir director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Date: 2007-09-27
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Location

Omaha, Nebraska
United States
See map: Google Maps

Demartez Bolling

2-year-old boy in foster care with Adelle Newby was beaten to death by her son Darwin.
Date: 1992-06-10
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Non-fostered sibling

Location

Venice, Missouri
United States
See map: Google Maps

Demetrick Dantrell Adams

Date: 1989-05-30
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Covington, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Denis Khokhryakov aka Diego

Dennis was born Russia and adopted by Russian citizens in 2003. In 2004 he was left by his adoptive parents in the Dominican Republic with an unrelated man. Denis ended up in a Orphanage in DR until he was returned to Russia in 2010
Date: 2010-04-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Dominican Republic

Dennis Craig Jurgens (Dennis Craig Puckett)


Dennis Craig Jurgens
(December 6, 1961 – April 11, 1965) was the most famous and only fatal victim of prolific child abuser Lois Jurgens, who abused a total of six adopted children during a period spanning the 1950s to 1970s. Lois and  Harold Jurgens eventually lost custody of the 5 other adopted children: the eldest, Robert Jurgens, who testified against his mother, and the 4 Howton siblings from Kentucky. The eventual trial of Lois Jurgens for Dennis' murder made national headlines and was the top news story for the state of Minnesota in 1987. Twenty two years after Dennis' death, Lois was convicted.
Date: 1965-04-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Homestudy

Organizations: Ramsey County case worker, Gerane Rekdahl

Placement

Organizations: Scott and Ramsey counties' welfare departments

Post placement

Organizations: Ramsey County case worker, Gerane Rekdahl

Location

White Bear Lake, Minnesota
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dennis Gene Merryman (Denis Uritsky)

   
8 year old boy adopted by Samuel and Donna Merryman. Died after suffering cardiac arrest brought on by starvation. He weighed 37 pounds, 2 lbs less than his weight at adoption. Both adoptive parents were arrested and charged with manslaughter and first degree child abuse resulting in death and reckless endangerment. He was adopted along with his older brother and 2 older sisters from Ochyor, Perm region, Russia almost 5 years before.
Date: 2005-01-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Location

Whiteford, Harford County, Maryland
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dennis O'Neill

From the left Terry, Dennis, and Fred from the left, Terry, Dennis and younger brother Fred who was in a different foster home.

In 1945, Dennis was beaten to death by his foster father, Reginald Gough, 6 months after he and his younger brother, Terry were placed with the family. Terry was also subject to daily beatings and both children were barely fed. One month before his death a social worker recommended the boys be removed from the house, but no action had been taken. Wikipedia entry
Date: 1945-01-07
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Newport Education Committee, Monmouthshire

Post placement

Organizations: Newport Education Committee, Shropshire Education Committee

Location

Minsterley, Shropshire
United Kingdom

Deondre Bondieumaitre

16-month-old boy in foster care with his uncle Gregory Joseph was beaten to death.
Date: 2003-04-16
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Miami, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dominick J. (Andrew) Diehl

 

13 year-old boy adopted by Michael and Karen Diehl was beaten to death by the couple as result of their fundamentalist Christian belief in strict discipline. The other children, 12 adopted and 4 biological, may not have been physically abused. Many of the children had special needs or disrupted placements. While the family  of 19 was on a 2 year school bus trip and became heavily involved in the Virginia fundamental faith community.
Date: 1986-10-29
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Adoptions in Idaho
Persons: Sue Smith

Location

Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dominique Bryant

Murdered by her adoptive mother Patricia Blackmon.
Date: 1999-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Dothan, Alabama
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dontel Jeffers



4-year-old boy if foster care with Corinne N. Stephen was beaten to death. He had been dead for as long as three hours when his foster mother drove him to a hospital emergency room. He had bruises under his left eye, adult scratch marks on his forehead, ligature marks around his wrists and one ankle from a telephone cord, bruises inside his throat consistent with someone trying to cut off his breath and a ruptured intestine that was leaking human waste into his abdomen, causing a treatable but extremely painful infection.
Date: 2005-03-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Massachusetts Mentor

Location

Boston, Massachusetts
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dontray Kevin Bradley

2-year-old boy in foster care with his aunt Rhonda Bradley was beaten to death by her boy friend Reginald N. Hunter.
Date: 1992-06-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Placement

Organizations: D.C. Department of Human Services

Location

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

Dreydon Anthony Archuleta (Deleon)


5 month old boy dies after being held by his ankles and shaken by his adoptive mother. Julie Archuleta pleaded guilty to child-abuse homicide. Father Geno was not charged.
Date: 2004-09-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dylan Farrow

Adopted by Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, Dylan was allegedly sexually abused at the hands of her adoptive father. Charges were eventually dropped to spare Dylan (at the time 7 years old) to testify in court. Woody Allen later started a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, another adopted child of Mia Farrow.
Date: 1992-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

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

Dylan Hohepa Tonga Rimoni


3 year old Dylan was abused repeatedly and was removed from life support 2 days after being hospitalized for a bleeding brain. The autopsy showed extensive brain damage from prior injuries. His foster mother Patricia Pickering was found guilty of murder. This was a private family arranged foster care situation.
Date: 2008-04-18
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Drury, Auckland
New Zealand

Dylan James George

2-year-old boy in foster care with Terry and Sherrie Corder, was beaten and kicked to death by his foster father.
Date: 2004-10-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Fremont, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dyneekah Johnson

5-year-old girl in foster care with Stacy Smith was beaten to death.
Date: 1989-03-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Newark, New Jersey
United States
See map: Google Maps

Eduardo Calzada

4-month-old boy in foster care with Kathy Jean Scott was beaten to death.
Date: 2004-03-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Bakersfield, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Elena Varela

4 year old girl admitted to the hospital with fractures to both legs and her right arm and severe bruising on her legs, arms, upper and lower back, abdomen and head. Her parents Raul and Tricia Varela held her the potty for 3 hours and then beat her with a shoe and spatulas, in a potty training battle. The family has 2 biological sons, ages 7 and 9; and four adopted daughters, ages 2 to 8. The girls were apparently adopted after Oct 2006
Date: 2009-04-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Goodyear, Arizona
United States
See map: Google Maps

Elizabeth Lisa Steinberg



Illegally adopted by Joel Steinberg and Hedda Nussbaum, six year old Elizabeth Steinberg (Elizabeth Lisa Launders) was beaten to death by her "adoptive" father. The case became symbolic of child abuse in America.

Date: 1987-11-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

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

Ellana Lin

22-month-old girl from China, adopted by Tawainese natives Perry Yu Lin and Dianne Buu Lin, died of blunt-force trauma and had injuries over her entire body. She was adopted 2 months earlier. Dianne Buu Lin was sentences to 15 years. Perry Yu Lin was sentenced to one year of felony probation.
Date: 2003-11-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Rowland Heights, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Elsa Garcia aka Esther Alice Combs

 

Elsa Garcia was taken from Baptist Children's Home in Valparaiso, IN by Baptist Minister Joseph and Evangeline Combs in 1978 at 4 months old. Raised as Esther Combs, she was never adopted, although believed she had been. She was sexually abused by Joseph  Combs and beaten by Evangeline. Mrs. Combs beat her with a baseball bat, burned her with a curling iron and pulled out chunks of her flesh with pliers, causing more than 400 scars on her body. She was beaten with a hose. She was treated as a family servant and did not attend school or homeschool.

The Combs were arrested in 1998. Joseph Combs was sentenced to 114 years in prison for kidnapping, rape, assault and perjury. Evangeline Combs was sentenced to 65 years for kidnapping and child abuse.

Date: 1978-01-01
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Location

bristol, Tennessee
United States
See map: Google Maps

Emma Mei Alvey (Mei Fu Ping)

 

20 month girl Adopted from Huangmei, Hubei Province, China by Phillip and Jennifer Alvey, was shaken to death by her adoptive mother 8 months after the adoption. Emma had a skull fracture and died Oct 24, 2005. In September she got 13 stitches from a separate injury. Her mother pleaded guilty. Jennifer was sentenced to 1 year in prison,14 years probation.
Date: 2005-10-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Spring Hill, Tennessee
United States
See map: Google Maps

Enna Isabel Barreto

 

2 year old adopted daughter of Ramon Barreto and Janet Lee Killough Barreto, one of seven children adopted from Guatemala by the couple, died of blunt force trauma. Ramone and Janet Barreto were initially charged with two counts of child neglect. 17-year-old Marainna Torres, Janet's daughter, pleaded guilty to manslaughter. USCIS approved their adoption applications for a total of seven children in 2005 and 2006.

Pending charges against the parents include culpable negligence in the death of Enna, as well as allegations brought by the Marainna that: - Luisa Fernanda Barreto and Juan Fernando Barreto were tied in a baby crib for long periods. and - Adriana Killough, also known as Adriana Santana Lemar, was caged in a closet for prolonged periods and forced to eat, sleep, urinate and defecate in the cage. (Adriana was the first adopted child and apparently the adoption was later disrupted).

Currently Janet and Ramon Barreto are fugitives and thought to be in Mexico where one of them was born.
Date: 2008-05-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Non-adopted sibling
Disabilities: yes

Homestudy

Location

New Albany, Mississippi
United States
See map: Google Maps

Erica Parson



15-year-old Erica Parson was taken in by Casey and Sandy Parsons two weeks after her birth, and adopted two years later. In November 2011 she went missing, however the adoptive parents never reported this to authorities. Upon investigation allegations of continuous abuse were made.

Note: Given the preliminary state of this case, the abuse has been labeled "non-lethal neglect" (for the failure to report Erica Parson's disappearance).
Date: 2013-07-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Salisbury, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Esther Scudder

22-month-old girl from Hunan Province, China, adopted by Sandra Scudder, died of died of brain hemorrhaging due to blunt trauma to the head. Sandra Scudder died of ovarian cancer before she could go to trial.
Date: 2002-06-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Undetermined

Placement

Location

Loves Park, Illinois
United States
See map: Google Maps

Ethan, Seth, Mira, Eleanor Sueppel

  

Steven Sueppel, indicted for embezzling from the bank that he worked for, killed himself, his wife Sheryl, and their four adopted Korean children, Ethan (10), Seth (7), Mira (5), and Eleanor (3),in Iowa City, Iowa. Seth was on the autism spectrum and Eleanor had Polycystic Kidney Disease. Mrs Sueppel and the children were beaten to death with a baseball bat then Steven died in a deliberate car wreck.

Date: 2008-03-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Iowa City, Iowa
United States
See map: Google Maps

Faisal, 5 year old in guardianship with a Saudi man

Five year old boy Faisal died six months after leaving the orphanage in the guardianship of a 33 year old married Saudi Man. The boy was beaten and burned due to incontinence issues. Within a week of placement, Faisal came back to the orphanage and begged to be allowed to return.
He died in the hospital from a brain hemorrhage shortly after being admitted with head trauma, internal injuries and burns. This is a probably kafalah guardianship - the articles list both adoption and fostering.
Date: 2013-06-21
Placement type: Legal Guardianship
Institution: Dar Al Diafa orphanage, government run
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Legal guardian

Location

Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

Faith J. Ray (Samantha Foster)



2-year old girl adopted by Joe and Violet Ray was rushed to the hospital where she was found to have bleeding of her brain, multiple bruises on her arms, chest, legs, and thighs, as well as vaginal tearing. Several hours later she died. Her death was declared a homicide. Faith was one of 6 adopted children; two from private adoption agencies, four from DCF, including Faith and her 1-year-old bio brother.
Date: 2008-12-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Bellevue, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Faith Raeanne Robinson

 

4-year-old girl adopted by Joseph and Jessilyn Robinson died of head injury consistent with being shaken violently. Faith and her bio half brother Jacob were apparently adopted together (domestic) while the family lived in Rhode Island.
Date: 2008-05-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Winchester, Kentucky
United States
See map: Google Maps

Five children adopted Bernie and Melissa Harmon

Five children were adopted by Bernie and Melissa Harmon, in 2008. The couple confined the children in an attic, barely fed them, hit them with a whip and kept them out of school. Bernie Harmon is also accused of child molestation.
Date:
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Taswell, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Five children adopted by Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock

One boy and four girls between the age of 10 and 13, adopted by Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock, were systematically starved. The eldest child, a 13-year-old boy weighed just 49 pounds, fifty pounds below average. He gained 25 lbs in the first 2 months away and more than 60 pounds 7 inches in the 15 months after he was removed from the house.

The Trebilcocks, whose 4 biological children (3 adult, 1 minor) were fully nourished, had a custom made alarm system installed to prevent the adopted children from entering the kitchen. They ate a vegetarian or vegan diet, which is encouraged, though not required, by the Seventh Day Adventist church. Becky had had weight loss surgery in Mexico and Jeff was obese.

Two children, a boy and a girl, were adopted from the Washington foster care system in 2004. In 2008, after Trebilcocks had been turned down for more foster care adoptions due to house size, they adopted the 3 girls from Haiti. They had just received an approved homestudy for another private adoption, allegedly for a child from Africa.
Date: 2011-03-01
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

Placement

Organizations: Washington Department of Social and Health Services, unknown agency for Haiti adoptions

Location

West Longview, Washington
United States
See map: Google Maps

Five girls adopted by Scott and Drew Anne Hamrick

Scott and Drew Anne Hamrick adopted five girls from foster care while having three sons of their own. Four of the girls were sexually abused by their adoptive father, while three were physically abused by their adoptive mother. The girls were locked up and starved. The adoptive mother knew about the sexual abuse, but did nothing in response.

Scott Hamrick committed suicide soon after investigations started. Drew Anne pleaded guilty to witness tampering.
Date: 2011-06-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Eatonville, Washington
United States
See map: Google Maps

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