Nicholas Rhea Hoffert and Gary Hoffert (Twins); and Girl adopted by David and Lynn Giddens

Three-month-old boy about to be adopted with his twin brother by David Michael Giddens and his wife Latresa Lynette "Lynn" Giddens (aka Lynn Williams), died shortly after he was struck by his stay-at-home foster dad, David. Giddens had had Multiple Sclerosis and was the primary care-giver. David was sentenced to two life terms. NIcholas' twin brother Gary was also found to have seven fractured ribs, two fractured lower leg bones and a fractured upper leg bone.

The 9 year old adopted daughter of David & Lynn reported sexual abuse while she was in temporary foster care. The daughter has special needs, and was expected to be placed with an aunt until Lynn was cleared of any wrongdoing. Latresa/Lynn filed for divorce after Nicholas death.
Date: 2006-02-10
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father



Cleburne, Texas
United States
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Cleburne man charged with child abuse2006-02-10
Adopting dad held in death of infant2006-02-11
Surviving infant twin, 9-year-old girl to remain in state custody. 2006-02-14
Giddens hearing stretches into night2006-02-26
Suspect also accused of abusing daughter, 92006-02-28
Giddens’ wife gains custody2006-04-18
Giddens receives second life sentence 2007-02-23
David Michael GIDDENS, Appellant, v. The STATE of Texas2008-04-16


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