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
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Dollar child abuse: Survivors of childhood torture speak out2010-11-23
Detective speaks out on Dollar tortures2005-09-16
PARENTS GET 15 YEARS IN ABUSE-STARVATION CASE2005-09-15
Dollars Plead No Contest, Get 15 Years In Prison2005-09-14
Testimony: Dollar children lived like war prisoners2005-09-09
Hearing looks at how Dollar kids testify2005-08-30
Dollars' appeal to get bail is denied2005-08-13
Prosecutor: Don't make kids face the Dollars2005-07-23
Lawyer: Dollar kids' woes delay depositions2005-07-09
DNA From Torture Matches Children's2005-06-07
Dollars surrender their parental rights2005-06-07
COUPLE WILL BE TRIED JOINTLY IN ABUSE TRIAL2005-06-07
Judge refuses to release Dollars2005-04-16
Dollars talk with Indiana newspaper2005-04-13
Defense in Dollars case glimpsed at2005-04-12
Documents reveal thoughts of Dollar couple2005-04-08
COUPLE SEEK DEFENSE HELP IN ABUSE CASE, LETTERS SHOW2005-04-08
RECORDS: COUPLE IN TORTURE CASE SOUGHT SUPPORT2005-04-08
Dollars' calls, letters released2005-04-06
PARENTS DENIED BAIL IN ABUSE CASE2005-03-16
KIDS TELL OF TORTURE BY ADOPTIVE PARENTS2005-03-12
Judge bars media in Dollar children's case2005-03-11
Five Florida children allege abuse at hands of parents2005-03-11
Details released in Dollar abuse case2005-03-11
Evidence on Dollars sought2005-03-09
Three Dollar kids removed from schools, foster home2005-03-06
Advocate says Dollar boy is taken from foster home2005-03-05
1 lawyer named for 7 Dollar children2005-03-03
Daughters fight to see their siblings in alleged torture case2005-03-02
Lawyers, state fight over fate of kids2005-03-02
Citrus couple face more charges of child abuse2005-03-02
Another Dollar daughter wants to visit siblings2005-02-27
Abuse affects all in family2005-02-22
Florida couple once praised for parenting now accused of torture; judge denies bail2005-02-21
TORTURE SUSPECTS APPEAR IN COURT2005-02-21
PAIR CHARGED WITH ABUSE DENIED BAIL2005-02-21
Fla. Couple Accused of Child Torture -- Couple Accused of Monstrous Acts Vs. Kids 2005-02-20
Allegations depict house of horrors 2005-02-20
Replace Dollars' guardian, trust says2005-02-19
Follow-Up: Interview With Dollars' Daughter Shanda Rae Shelton, Attorneys Bill Grant, Bo Samargya2005-02-18
Older sister in Dollar case pays price for caring2005-02-17
PAIR'S ADULT DAUGHTER SAYS SHE WAS ABUSED2005-02-15
Dollar Adoptees' Eldest Sibling Wants Custody2005-02-15
Did Florida Fail Abused Children?2005-02-14
CHILD TORTURE CASE2005-02-14
'GROTESQUE' ABUSE CASE WASN'T WHAT IT SEEMED2005-02-13
Abused kids could go to adopted sister2005-02-13
PARENTS ACCUSED OF ABUSE CLAIMED THEY WERE LOVING2005-02-13
School Noted Adoptees' Size2005-02-12
Police say toenails, pliers found in RV2005-02-12
Taught at home, kids out of sight2005-02-09
Duo's Alleged Torture Tools Seized2005-02-09
Kids subjected to death camp-like abuse, charges say2005-02-08
TORTURE SUSPECTS TO BE EXTRADITED2005-02-08
Couple Clear Way To Be Extradited On Abuse Charges2005-02-08
Torture Accusations Leveled After Call Led To Treatment2005-02-08
COUPLE ACCUSED OF TORTURING KIDS LIKELY TO FACE CHARGES IN FLORIDA2005-02-08
Pair in child torture case agree to return to Fla.2005-02-07
COUPLE ACCUSED OF TORTURE CAUGHT2005-02-05
Citrus couple arrested, face abuse charges2005-02-05
PAIR WANTED IN TORTURE OF FIVE TEENS CAPTURED2005-02-05
Children tell story of torture2005-02-04
Pair accused of child torture arrested in Utah2005-02-02
Abu Gharib in FLORIDA2005-02-02
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