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
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DocumentDatesort icon
UA professor brings inspiring story to life through film2011-04-26
Holiday magic just beginning for Kelsey Minick 2006-11-23
HEALING BODY AND SOUL: SURGERY CAN HELP KELSEY COPE WITH PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF ABUSE, BUT EMOTIONAL DEVASTATION SUBTLE, HARDER TO2006-04-09
HOW COURTS HANDLED ABUSE 2006-04-09
New family takes in broken child2006-04-06
NEW SENTENCING ORDERED 2003-12-18
MOTHER'S INACTION BRINGS PRISON 2003-10-15
Mom guilty of allowing abuse; Woman didn't stop her husband 2003-09-23
ADOPTIVE MOTHER CHARGED IN ABUSE; BONNIE HYRE SUSPECTED CRIME, DIDN'T DO ENOUGH TO HALT IT, PROSECUTORS SAY 2003-05-15
EDITORIAL: MAXIMUM OUTRAGE - A FATHER'S ABUSE WARRANTED THE HARSHEST RESPONSE2003-04-16
16 YEARS FOR ABUSER OF TODDLER; AKRON'S GERALD B. HYRE GETS MAXIMUM SENTENCE FOR PARALYZING ADOPTED DAUGHTER 2003-04-15
Man Sentenced For Paralyzing Daughter2003-04-14
Akron dad pleads guilty in girl's paralyzing injury 2003-03-15
Adoptive father indicted 2002-10-16
SUSPECT IN ABUSE PASSED SCREENING: GERALD B. HYRE'S ARREST IN GIRL'S SPINE INJURY SHOCKS ADOPTION OFFICIALS 2002-10-04
Building Blocks2002-10-04
CHILD’S SEVERED SPINE LEADS TO ARREST2002-10-03
DAD CHARGED OVER ADOPTED BABY’S SPINAL INJURY2002-10-03
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