Lucas Ciambrone (Pedro Garcia)

7-year old boy adopted by Joseph and Heather Ciambrone Lucas was diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder by Foster Cline.

In addition to being forced to sleep in a bathroom stripped of towels, soap, toilet paper, and light bulbs;  he was fed through a bucket.  Lucas was thrown to the floor, kicked in the penis, punched, and had his head held under water.  He had been picked up by his ears in such a way, they were nearly pulled from his head.  According to the chief medical examiner,  the degree of injury to the head and nine different breaks or fractures to the ribs were indicative of child abuse, and could not have been caused by an accident, or been self-inflicted.  In addition, when the boy was admitted to the hospital, his body temperature was 84 degrees, suggesting the death blow came at least four hours before Heather and Joe Ciambrone drove him to the hospital.

Autopsy reports indicate at the time of death, the boy weighed only 32 pounds, with a height of only 41 inches.

Joseph Ciambrone - by his own admission - did nothing to keep the child from being kept naked in the bathroom of the family's Rubonia home and did nothing to alleviate the boy's malnutrition.

Date: 1995-05-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Attachment Therapy

Persons: Foster Cline

Location

Rubonia, Florida
United States
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Déjà vu over child deaths in Florida2011-03-26
Ciambrone convicted of murder, gets life2007-05-17
Mom gets life sentence for son's death; Child-abuse slaying forced changes in child protection system. 2007-05-17
Mental health questioned: Defense claims victim, 7-year-old Lucas Ciambrone, had disorder before adoption2007-05-15
DAUGHTER TALKS OF CIAMBRONE'S ABUSE 2007-05-10
Focusing on Children: Providing Counsel to Children in Expedited Proceedings to Terminate Parental Rights2004-04-01
Attorney says father was victim2002-09-04
Ciambrone pleads no contest in death; She agrees to 55 years in prison in the death of her beaten, starved, adopted son Lucas2001-00-00
Suffer the Children2000-07-27
Fatal abuse case still awaits trial five years later2000-05-13
Lives on Layaway: Faltering system makes fatal mistakes1998-05-21
Father blames abuse on wife 1997-12-12
Lucas Ciambrone's story1997-12-10
TRIAL PICTURES CREATE FRICTION; THE PHOTOGRAPHS WILL BE SHOWN TO JURORS DURING THE JOSEPH CIAMBRONE MURDER TRIAL. 1997-12-06
Photos reveal battered body 1997-12-06
Lucas Deserved Better 1997-12-00
A dead child, a troubling defense 1997-07-14
Governor's Panel on Child Protection Issues. 1996. A Review of the Lucas Ciambrone Case1996-01-08
STATE BRIEFS: Adoptive dad charged in death of boy,7 1995-07-30
Agency's failing baffle HRS boss1995-07-25
State briefs : Parents tortured boy to death: Police 1995-07-09
COUPLE: ABUSE IGNORED 1995-07-09
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