Jacob Lindorff

5-year-old boy adopted from Russia by James and Heather Lindorff, died of blunt force trauma to head. He also suffered from 2nd degree burns on feet, hemorrhaging in 1 eye; bruises, and seizures. Heather Lindorff was found guilty of 2nd degree endangering, aggravated assault and sentenced to 6 years, she claimed the injuries were accidents. James Lindorff was sentenced to 4 years probation and 400 hours of community service for child abuse. Jacob had only been in the US 6 weeks before he died. Jacob was adopted with his two brothers from Pskov, Russia in Oct 2001. Lindorffs had adopted 3 sisters from Russia in early 2000.
Date: 2001-12-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother



franklinville, New Jersey
United States
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7 years for man in foiled murder2008-08-08
Lindorff gets 7 years in murder-for-hire plot2008-08-08
Pair indicted in murder for hire2008-03-28
Man, in-law indicted in witness plot2008-03-28
Child Maltreatment, Child Abuse Fatalities Among Internationally Adopted Children2007-11-01
Bail set in alleged murder plot2007-09-05
2 charged in murder-for-hire plot2007-09-01
3 indicted on endangering welface of children charges2006-11-04
Heather Lindorff starts prison term2006-06-23
Adoptive mother loses bail, begins serving 6-year term2006-06-23
Revocation of bail is sought in death of adopted 5-year-old2006-06-01
Authorities want parent back in jail2006-05-27
Boy hospitalized for being undernourished2006-01-01
Adoptee deaths rare, experts say 12 Russian cases troubling, puzzling2004-05-21
Mother of dead boy gets 6 years2004-03-31
Heather Lindorff gets 6 years2004-03-31
Dead boy's mother cleared of manslaughter2003-12-23
Mother is cleared of manslaughter2003-12-23
Couple's trial in son's death goes to jury2003-12-19
Lindorff tries to explain herself2003-12-18
Siblings testify of dead boy's hard past2003-12-17
Twin testifies at Lindorff trial2003-12-17
Witness: Siblings not abused2003-12-13
Doctor: No signs of child abuse2003-12-13
Prosecution rests in trial over boy's death2003-12-12
Examiner: Injuries added up to homicide2003-12-11
Examiner says adopted boy was healthy2003-12-11
At abuse trial, cashier recalls twins' visit to store2003-12-10
Defense: Detective badgered mother after 5-year-old died2003-12-09
Franklin cop testifies at Lindorff trial2003-12-09
Emergency workers testify in trial of parents in death of adopted son, 52003-12-04
Franklin mother's trial begins2003-12-04
Jury selection starts for mother in death of son, 52003-12-03
Mom has deadline to plead in death2003-10-08
Trial delay possible for mom2003-09-14
Late report may postpone trial2003-09-13
Woman faces trial in death of 5-year-old2003-05-29
Couple indicted again in son's death2003-01-11
Metro Briefing | New Jersey: Woodbury: Parents Indicted In Son's Death2002-07-05
Adoptive mom released on reduced bail2002-03-09
Woman, 37, to stay jailed in battering death case2002-03-02
State had investigated parents2002-02-28
Franklinville woman charged in boy's death2002-02-27


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