Children adopted by Judith Leekin

Eleven teenagers and young adults were held like prisoners in Trinidad native Judith Leekin's home in what appeared to be a decades-long scheme to line her pockets with the government payments she received for adopting and raising them. She adopted at least 11 children and fostered at least 22 children. One of the children an 18-year-old boy named Shane Graham, aka Moo, with autism, Down syndrome and needing round the clock care, is missing, and presumed dead. An infant placed with Ms. Leekin died in 1988 of "crib death".

The children did not attend school. The police and CPS investigated Leekin for abuse in 1999.
Date: 2007-07-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Economic exploitation, Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes


Organizations: Four separate NYC agencies: HeartShare Human Service, St. Joseph’s Children’s Services, SCO Family of Services, and New York City Administration for Children’s Services


Port St Lucie, Florida
United States
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Fla. woman in adoption scam gets 20 years2009-02-05
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Judith Leekin sentenced to 20 years2009-02-04
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Leekin to accept plea deal in Port St. Lucie child abuse case2009-01-08
Leekin to accept plea deal in Port St. Lucie child abuse case2009-01-08
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back in Fla. 2008-08-28
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Police: Handcuffs scarred adoptees' wrists2007-07-31
Update: Greed, Motivation For Abuse2007-07-31
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Port St Lucie Police 1999 report on Judith Leekin1999-02-05


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