Two-year-old Kayla Erlandson, adopted from South Korea, died at Harborview Medical Center in April 1991, 7 months after her adoption. When she was found unconscious in her mother's arms, the toddler had 65 injuries, including bruises, brain swelling, a lacerated liver, a neck bite and a deep scald on her arm. Her mother Noreen Marie Erlandson was convicted of beating her daughter to death and served 14 years. Kayla's adopted brother, Shea also from South Korea, was eventually returned to Douglas Erlandson.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Organizations: Travelers Aid Society of Seatle, unknown partner agency in Korea
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