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Peoria couple accused of abusing adopted daughters

Date: 2014-06-06

by Karen Brown

PEORIA, Ariz. – A Peoria couple are accused of abusing the children they adopted.

Police said over the last five years, the four girls, ages 7 to 13, had been fostered and then adopted by Johann and Kimery Jorg.

When Peoria police went to the home last week, they said they found a list of the punishments used on the two older girls, which allegedly included making the 13-year-old live in the backyard off and on since Christmas naked without even a bathroom.

The teen and an 11-year-old were extremely malnourished and emaciated.

"There's no words," neighbor Brittany Balog said. "I'm just sick right now."

Balog was stunned when she found out what Peoria police said her neighbors allegedly have been doing to their two oldest adopted daughters.

"The 13-year-old daughter was put in the backyard in what they call 'deep prison,'" Peoria police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto said. "She would live in the backyard. She would be forced to wear a diaper or sometimes not even a diaper. They would have bathroom facilities out there that involved a bucket. She would live out of a tent."

Arizona couple 'starved and beat their two adopted daughters and forced to sleep naked in a tent in the yard'...

Date: 2014-06-06

By Associated Press

Police in suburban Phoenix have arrested a married couple on suspicion of child abuse, accusing them of severely malnourishing two adopted daughters and forcing them to sleep in a backyard tent either nude or only in a diaper.

According to Peoria police, the 13-year-old and 11-year-old girls also were subjected to strict punishment that included hour-long running sessions and memorization of Bible verses.

Kimery Lynn Jorg, the girls' 53-year-old adoptive mother, said that the abuse was intended to 'train' the girls and teach them to be 'loving and nurturing'.

Kimery and her husband Johann Glenn Jorg, 61, appeared Thursday night before a judge who set bond at $100,000 each.

Child Protective Services visited the home May 30 and alerted authorities after finding both girls emaciated.

Officials said the 13-year-old, who was 4 feet 11 inches, appeared to weigh only 60 pounds. Aside from being underfed, the teen had abnormal growths on her legs and blisters on her feet from excessive exercise.

Alleged Peoria abuse victim likened to 'concentration camp survivor'

Date: 2014-06-06

By Steve Stout

PEORIA, AZ (CBS5) -

A Peoria couple face felony child abuse charges after two of their adoptive daughters outlined a pattern of ongoing physical and psychological abuse at the hands of their parents that began five years ago as an attempt, the mother said, to "train" the girls to be "loving and nurturing."

Johann Glenn Jorg, 61, and his wife, Kimery Lynn Jorg, 53, were arrested Thursday afternoon at their home in the area of the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway and Bell Road in Peoria. Each face four charges of felony intentional child abuse with intent, according to a police statement.

The Jorgs are the adoptive parents of four girls, ages 7, 8, 11 and 13 years old.

The 11- and 13-year-olds were found by police to be severely malnourished and emaciated, according to the statement.

The girl in the basement

Date: 2014-05-31

As reports of child abuse and neglect rise locally, the stakes are huge – for the children and for the community. The Eagle takes readers inside two cases to examine how the system works and to show the extent of the problem.

BY DEB GRUVER

The girl said she knew parents must discipline their children.

But the way the people who fostered and then adopted her allegedly punished her was not discipline, according to a doctor’s diagnosis introduced in court.

It was torture.

The adoptive mother beat the girl with a white stick or cut-up curtain rod, the girl’s brother told a school counselor. He also said their parents kept her in a locked room in the basement, made her drink hydrogen peroxide, punished her with hot showers and often fed her just bread for dinner.

At age 14, she weighed 66 pounds.

Dublin Mom Claims She Was 'Bullied Into Adoption'

Date: 2014-05-19

DUBLIN, Ohio - A mother in Dublin is fighting to get her newborn baby back after giving him up for adoption.

Carri Stearns said she was emotionally distraught, and in a drug-induced state when she signed over her son to a Columbus adoption agency, but the agency couldn't disagree more.

Stearns' 7-week-old son, Camden, is in limbo, living with another family as the battle continues between his biological mother and the adoption agency.

After an affair, Stearns, a mother of five, gave birth to Camden on March 31 at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

"I was ashamed. I was hiding it from people," she said.

Four days later, Stearns signed documents turning over her son to Adoption By Gentle Care in Columbus.

But in a petition that was filed on May 9 to get her son back, Stearns said her decision was made in emotional turmoil, triggered by the death of her father, the affair, and the threat when her live-in boyfriend refused to raise another man's child.

Bail lowered for medical child abuse mom

Date: 2014-05-13

By Brent Weisberg

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The mother at the center of a high profile medical abuse case asked that her bail be lowered so she can be released from custody, but after a judge’s ruling, her attorney said she will not be able to post the bail and will remain in custody pending trial.

Katherine Parker, who is also known as Kate Parker, appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Judge Eric J. Bloch Wednesday morning for the first time since her April 4 arraignment on a 43 count grand jury indictment stemming from alleged medical child abuse.

“Medical child abuse occurs when a care provider falsifies or fabricates a child’s medical history, symptoms or condition to the degree that the fabricated illness is perceived as real to the treatment providers,” Deputy District Attorney Susan O’Connor wrote in court documents. “Medical child abuse then results in the victims undergoing painful examinations, surgeries and treatment.”

Medical child abuse case may have political impact

Date: 2014-05-07

By FOX 12 Staff

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A medical child abuse case could impact the campaign of a prominent candidate for U.S. Senate.

Katherine "Kate" Parker, of Grants Pass, is accused of lying to doctors so her children would get unnecessary medical procedures. She appeared in Multnomah County court in early April to face dozens of charges, including criminal mistreatment, assault and child abandonment.

Parker's alleged victims include three of her children, a son and two daughters. Court documents allege the criminal mistreatment began in 2007.

A grand jury witness, a former friend of Kate Parker's, confirms that Dr. Monica Wehby is one of the many doctors who treated Parker's son, who has a brain abnormality.

Tiffany Reed, who met Parker when her son was in the hospital with Parker's son in 2011, told Fox 12 Wehby performed multiple operations on Parker's son.

In April, Reed told Fox 12, "[Parker] always had to have the worst and the rarest things going on, the rarest conditions and her kids didn't respond to treatment."

Man to serve eight weeks jail for torment and sexual abuse of foster daughter

Date: 2014-05-02

Man to serve eight weeks jail for torment and sexual abuse of foster daughter
KAREN MATTHEWS GEELONG ADVERTISER MAY 02, 2014 1:00AM

A FOSTER father, who betrayed the trust of the child who called him ‘Dad’, by repeatedly sexually assaulting her over a long period, has been jailed for two months.

The offender, who has fostered at least 70 vulnerable children in the Geelong area, pleaded guilty in Geelong Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday to 15 counts of committing an indecent act on a child under 16.

The maximum sentence for each count of indecent assault on a child under 16 is 10 years jail however in this case the offender will get to serve just four days per charge.

The court heard the foster father, who cannot be named due to a suppression order, sexually assaulted the child on a regular basis, with his offending becoming more exploitative as time went on.

Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Brooke Shears said, that when arrested, the offender admitted to committing many more indecent assaults on the child than those disclosed by her.

His lawyer said her client had been ‘candid’ and ‘co-operative’ with police.

Foster carer to be sentenced over underage sex assault

Date: 2014-05-01

Foster carer to be sentenced over underage sex assault
KAREN MATTHEWS GEELONG ADVERTISER MAY 01, 2014 8:45AM 3

A GEELONG foster carer has fronted court charged with the repeated sexual assault of one of 70 vulnerable children placed in his care over a number of years.

The foster carer, who cannot be named due to a suppression order, pleaded guilty in Geelong Magistrates’ Court yesterday to 15 counts of committing an indecent act with a child under 16.

The offender was supported in court by his church minister, who spoke in glowing terms of how the man had helped organise mentoring programs for high school students and arranged youth camps for the church.

The police prosecutor, Sergeant Brooke Shears, said the victim was aged 12 when her foster father began cuddling up to her when he put her to bed.

Sgt Shears said the offending started with giving the child “kisses all over” and then became more exploitative.

Sgt Shears said that for years the offender repeatedly fondled the child, touched her intimately and committed indecent acts on her.

Salinas: Torture charge added in child starvation case

Date: 2014-04-26

By Julia Reynolds

SALINAS - For the second time, new charges have been added to the prosecution of two Monterey County women accused of chaining an 8-year-old girl to a wall and denying her food.

A torture charge, which carries a possible seven-years-to-life sentence, was filed Wednesday against Eraca Dawn Craig, 31, and Christian Jessica Deanda, 44.

The pair already faced a felony child abuse count after their arrest on March 14. Two misdemeanor child endangerment counts concerning two boys were later added, as well as a felony false imprisonment charge in connection with the girl.

Craig and Deanda faced up to six years and eight months on those charges, prosecutor Sarah Ma said.

Ma said an amended complaint filed this week added the felony torture count as well as an enhancement of causing great bodily injury to the felony child abuse charge, which could add an additional three years in prison.

Mom of 8 pleads not guilty in medical child abuse

Date: 2014-04-04

ORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The 44-year-old mother at the center of an investigation into medical child abuse entered a not guilty plea Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Kate G. Parker was arraigned on a 43-count secret indictment that was filed April 1, 2014. KOIN 6 News first reported Parker’s arrest Tuesday at her residence in Grants Pass, Ore. She was transported from Josephine County to the Multnomah County Detention Center Thursday.

The indictment charges Parker with 24 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, four counts of first-degree assault, one count of child abandonment, four counts of computer crime, four counts of identity theft, five counts of witness tampering and one count of recklessly endangering another.

Court documents reveal one of Parker’s biological sons and two adopted girls were injured as a result of what officials called unnecessary surgeries. Investigators said Parker knowingly and intentionally caused “serious physical injury” to the children by making false and or misleading statements to medical professionals so they would administer medical treatment.

Friend of Parker: Reporting her to police ‘tough’

Date: 2014-04-03

By Chris Woodard

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (KOIN) — The woman who reported the mother accused of medical child abuse to police said she was her friend and found the whole situation “extremely tough.”

Tiffany Reed said she met Kate Parker, who is now in jail on charges of medical child abuse, several years ago in an online support group after Parker reached out to her, saying her child had the same medical condition as Reed’s son.

Reed told KOIN 6 News her son has chiari, a brain malformation.

Reed said her family donated all the money they had saved for summer vacation to Parker one year, but in 2012, when Parker said her child was dying, Reed and her family went down to visit.

Reed said the behaviors between Parker and her child did not add up when she visited, so she reported Parker to authorities and shared the details of that visit when she appeared before the grand jury.

Criminal psychologist: Mother of 8 may suffer from MBPS

Date: 2014-04-02

By Joel Iwanaga

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A local criminal psychologist said the Grants Pass mother of 8 accused of medical abuse may have been suffering from Munchausen by proxy syndrome (MBPS).

Investigators said Kate Parker, 44, will soon face charges at the downtown Justice Center after she lied to doctors, making them believe one of her children needed unnecessary medical treatment.

Doctor Frank Colistro, a criminal psychologist who in not involved with Parker’s case, said he believes the mother may have been suffering from MBPS, which is a form of child abuse in which a parent induces real or apparent symptoms of a disease in a child.

“A person reporting symptoms that don’t exist: feigning symptoms in another person (or) reporting illness of a child,” said Colistro.

Mike Trent, who is a former prosecutor in Texas, and who has prosecuted two medical child abuses cases spoke to KOIN 6 News by phone Wednesday and said anyone who commits medical child abuse for monetary gain is not suffering from a mental health issue.

Mother of 8 arrested in ‘medical child abuse’ case

Date: 2014-04-01

By Brent Weisberg

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Josephine County mother is in jail, accused of being the mastermind behind an elaborate scheme to medically abuse her children, KOIN 6 News has confirmed.

Katherine G. Parker, 44, of Grants Pass, Ore., who is known as “Kate,” was booked into the Josephine County Jail late Tuesday afternoon.

She was arrested by two officers with the Grants Park Department of Public Safety at her residence on Southeast Marjean Lane, Sgt. Edward Burke said. Officers went out to her address after learning about the warrant from officials in Multnomah County, police said. The officers knocked on the door and Parker was taken into custody without any use of force, Burke said. The arrest warrant stemmed from a 43 count indictment issued by a Multnomah County grand jury. The jurors voted Monday, a law enforcement source told KOIN 6 News.

Lawmaker Wants To Stop Abuse, Neglect To “Re-Homed” Adopted Children

Date: 2014-03-26

Lawmaker Wants To Stop Abuse, Neglect To “Re-Homed” Adopted Children

By Danielle Elias
Tuesday March 25, 2014 4:46 PM
UPDATED: Wednesday March 26, 2014 11:03 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio - An adopted child says she was abused. In turn, court documents show she was shipped away to keep her quiet.

This is a practice called re-homing, where children are sent from home to home and state to state. One of the families being investigated for adopting, then abusing, is in Central Ohio.

Now, a state lawmaker got wind of this alleged practice, and wants to make sure it never happens again in Ohio.

These are children who are typically unwanted, neglected and abandoned. They fall under the radar because of how they're monitored across the country, including Ohio.

18-year-old Nita Durand shares a distant memory of her parents, who she hasn’t seen in so long.

Durand was adopted from her homeland of Haiti five years ago. She says her biological parents wanted to find her a better life.

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