Boy adopted by Scott and Catherine Kanani Nelson

7-year-old Samoan boy adopted together with his 3-year-old from sister by Scott and Catherine Kanani Nelson was malnourished, suffered from frostbite and several other injuries. As a form of punishment he was forced to sleep in his underwear in a shed during subzero temperatures. The boy wanted to return to his home in Samoa.
The family had been featured on a Discovery Health Channel's "Adoption Stories" episode from July 4, 2003, Adoption in March 2003
Date: 2004-04-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother


Organizations: "an out-of-state private agency"


Roy, Utah
United States
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Private Notes - Agency possibilities for abused Nelson children - keep private


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