Children killed within their adoptive family



76+ Children adopted by Diane and Dennis Nason


From 1968 to 1990 the Nasons adopted between 76 and 84 children, most of them having special needs, to form their "Celebration Family" or "Nason Nation". The also had 6 biological children. Eventually they formed their own school "Great Expectations".

Allegations involve physical abuse, mental injury, neglect, sexual abuse among siblings, and sexual abuse by Dennis Nason. Three small children died of neglect: Natasha (India or Bangladesh), an infant girl who allegedly died of malnutrition and starvation in March 1988; and Jason, 2, and Jodi (Chile), 4, who each died of shigella (dysentery) in 1985, just a few days apart.
Jason Nason Jodi Nason<-- Jason middle, Jodi right
Some of the 76 children they adopted have told of being beaten and being shocked with a cattle prod. At least one younger child, was allegedly caged in his beds. A 27-year-old woman adopted when she was 10 said that Dennis Nason, 49, molested her and attempted intercourse, and that she was forced to eat a bar of soap. She also said she had been hit with a belt during meals for eating too slowly and was hit again when the first beating caused her to urinate.

Diane and Dennis found new homes for at least 40 of the 54 children who lived in the Nason home between January and March of 1991 (Among the charges against them is that Dennis and Diane forged documents, medical histories, to get these children placed.)

The Nasons were acquitted of abuse charges, but convicted of racketeering and forgery involving the children's paperwork.

The children were adopted from Vietnam, India, Korea, Mexico, El Salvador, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, and from United States foster care.
Date: 1991-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Lethal neglect, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling, Other non-family member
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Oregon Department of Human Services, Private domestic adoption agencies, International Adoption Agencies
Persons: Mother Teresa

Location

Sisters, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Adrian Hines

12-month-old boy died in foster care. His death was ruled a homicide.
Date: 2008-10-02
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Undetermined

Placement

Organizations: New York State Office of Children & Family Services, Tompkins County CFS

Location

Dryden, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Adrianna Maria Romero Cram


Adrianna Cram was born in Oregon, taken into state custody by Oregon at age 1, and sent to live in Mexico with her fathers relatives she'd never met when she was almost 4. She was to be adopted by her Aunt, Elizabeth Romero Marin and Uncle in Mexico. Her grandfather and teachers in Mexico repeatedly reported abuse to authorities in Mexico. Her Aunt was sentenced to 45 years.
Special Report
Date: 2005-06-13
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other family member

Placement

Post placement

Location

Omealca, Veracruz
Mexico

Ahmad King (Rawls)

  

3 year old boy adopted by Tim and Mary Jane King, slain by his adoptive mother, who first claimed he had been kidnapped, later she confessed to killing him. Ahmad had been hit more than 50 times with the pipe and a belt buckle. Ahmad had been adopted just a month before his death. Mrs. King was also charged with abusing Ahmad's foster sister. She was sentenced for life.
Date: 2006-01-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Alma, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Albert Smith

5 year old developmentally delayed Albert Smith died after being hit in the head with a board for not saying his prayers correctly. Foster mother Rosa Lee Jones pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Foster father Nathaniel Jones was not charged.

Florida HRS expressed concerns about Mrs. Jones in 1979 when they first approved her as a foster mother because she was ''somewhat fanatical'' in her religious beliefs. She was an associate pastor at a Holiness church. HRS had investigated reports of previous beatings and Albert had asked to be moved from the home prior to his death.
Date: 1988-01-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother
Disabilities: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Clair-Mel City, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Alex Angulo

A 4 year old boy was mauled to death by his foster family's Rottweiler dogs.
Date: 2008-01-11
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Undetermined

Location

Chicago, Illinois
United States
See map: Google Maps

Alex Charles Boucher

 

3-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and other medical needs, in the custody of the CT Department of Children and Families was killed by his prospective adoptive father, James Curtis, in Florida as punishment for soiling himself. Mr Curtis wrapped Alex tightly in a blanket and left him for 30 minutes. Alex asphyxiated. Jennifer Curtis was not charged. The Curtis' were given custody of Alex even though their homestudy  and background checks were not complete and would have revealed past violence.
Date: 2000-09-25
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father

Homestudy

Location

New Port Richey, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Alex Pavlis (Alexei Vasilovich Geiko)

 
At age 6, Alex Pavlis of Illinois, was beaten to death by his U.S. adopted mother, Irma, 6 weeks after his Novemeber adoption from Yeysk, Krasnodar, Russia. Adoptive father was Dino Pavlis. Alex, who was adopted along with his 5 yr old bio sister, was found to have 32 bruises, scars, and cuts. Irma had a difficult time with Alex. He banged his head on the walls, floors, and defecated and urinated on himself. Reports indicate that his injuries could have been self-inflicted. The children were temporarily homeschooled until a school would be chosen. Irma, a Mexican immigrant, was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Date: 2003-12-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Baptist Children's Home & Family Services

Facilitators

Placement

Organizations: Yunona USA
Persons: Ivan Jerdev

Location

Schaumburg, Illinois
United States
See map: Google Maps

Alexander Ganadonegro

4-year-old boy in foster care with Jon and Williette Ulmer died of blunt trauma to the abdomen resulting in a ruptured stomach. Initially Williette Ulmer was arrested for child abuse, but charges were dropped later.
Date: 1998-03-10
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States
See map: Google Maps

Alexis 'Lexie' Glover

 

13-year-old girl adopted by Alfreedia Gregg-Glover, disappeared on January 7, 2009. Her dead body was found two weeks later in a Woodbridge, Va, creek. Freedia Glover was later arrested for killing Alexis.
Date: 2009-01-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Manassas, Virginia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Alexis Keintz

21 days old premature infant shaken to death by adoptive father Bruce Keintz. Alexis was only 5lbs 13 oz and was brought home 2 weeks earlier by Bruce and his wife. Bruce was convicted of reckless conduct. Alexis was one of twins, the other twin is in AZ with the birthfamily. Keintz' also had a 3 yo adopted child.
Date: 2001-02-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Lombard, Illinois
United States
See map: Google Maps

Alexis Long

Alexis Nicole Long
Alexis Nicole Long, 19 month old girl died of blunt force trauma after apparently being thrown onto a changing table by her adoptive mother Jennifer Long. Mrs. Long was charged with murder. Father Timothy Long was charged with second degree cruelty to children.
Date: 2012-01-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

columbus, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Allison Newman



2-year-old girl in foster care with Carol Poole was beaten to death.
Date: 2006-09-22
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Location

Canton, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Amira Brown



12-year-old girl in foster care with Barbara Martin, was beaten 80 times with a broom stick by Rose M. Boyd-Tolver, a friend of the family, who baby sat. Subsequently Tolver, who weighed 262 pounds, sat on Amira, from which the girl died.
Date: 2005-09-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Reading, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Amy Dye

9-year-old girl adopted by Kimberly Dye was murdered by her 18-year-old adoptive brother. Several reports about abuse had been ignored by Kentucky authorities.
Date: 2011-02-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Non-adopted sibling

Location

Trenton, Kentucky
United States
See map: Google Maps

Andrea Swenson

Sent by her adoptive mother to the Attachment Center at Evergreen (ACE), Andrea H. Swenson was put through the usual “two-week intensive,” but then diagnosed as so “damaged” that she had to stay on for periodic treatments at ACE, and live with AT-trained therapeutic foster parents (TFPs), at a cost to the family’s insurance company of $3,500 a week. Supposedly, Andrea made slow progress in the arrangement, until the insurance payments ran out. Whereupon, Watkins and the TFPs began pressuring the adoptive family to allow the TFPs to adopt her — and thereby get new insurance coverage. (Connell Watkins was clinical director at ACE)

One day in November 1990, Andrea returned to her foster home from school and reported to the TFPs that she had been sexually molested at school, which they regarded as typical “Attachment Disorder” behavior — false, manipulative, and attention-getting.

The next day, Andrea took an overdose of aspirin. She was in convulsions and delirious the next morning, but the TFPs did not attend her, and instead went bowling that afternoon. While they were gone, a relative visited the house and found Andrea dead in a hallway.

Date: 1990-11-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Other non-family member

Attachment Therapy

Persons: Connell Watkins

Location

Tulsa, Oklahoma
United States
See map: Google Maps

Andrew Arthur Butler

Andrew Arthur Butler
13 year old boy adopted from Donetsk Ukraine in 2003 with 2 biological siblings, was shot and killed by his adoptive father William Alan Butler while target shooting with handguns in their backyard. Mr. Butler said he was shot at while his back was turned so he turned and shot back. Seventy-three year old William Butler pleaded guilty to child neglect resulting in death and was sentenced to 3-15 years.
Date: 2011-06-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: no

Placement

Location

Hedgesville, West Virginia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Andrew Burd

Andrew Burd  Andrew Axel Burd   

4-year-old boy, in foster to adoption placement with Larry and Hannah Overton, was forced to drink a mixture of water and Cajun spices as punishment. The Overtons waited nearly three hours before taking the boy to an urgent care clinic as he vomited and drifted in and out of consciousness. When they arrived, Andrew was no longer breathing. A day later he died -- 4 months after his placement with the Overtons. Andrew Axel Burd died of hypernatremia or salt poisoning. Andrew consumed the equivalent of 23 teaspoons of Zatarain's Creole Seasoning or 6 teaspoons of pure salt. He also had head trauma as well as bruises and scratches.

Hannah Overton (nee Saenz) was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life; Larry Overton pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and is on 5 years probation.

Mrs Overton and her church, Calvary Chapel of the Coastlands, continue to appeal her conviction in various ways. She maintains that Andrew ate the salt himself, however Andrew's former foster mother, who attended the same church testified she had not seen any pica or eating issues with Andrew during the 18 months he was in her home. (In an unusual coincidence, Hannah's father Bennie Saenz, a former Calvary Chapel pastor, was convicted of murder in 1985.) Overtons homeschooled their school age children. They had 4 bio children and Hannah was 6 months pregnant when Andrew died.
Date: 2006-10-02
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Foster mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Spaulding for Children

Post placement

Organizations: Spaulding for Children
Persons: Ana Billeaux

Location

Corpus Christi, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Andrew Ibarra, Andrew Haley, Tyler Donovan, Kenneth Shoemaker, James S and Michael M.

23-month-old Andrew Ibarra was in foster care with Cynthia Jackson, who beat him to death. He had a brain hemorrhage, a broken rib and other injuries. Five other foster children, Andrew Haley, Tyler Donovan, Kenneth Shoemaker, James S and Michael M. were also abused. Most of those children had suffered broken bones. Children had been removed from the home due to suspected abuse prior to Andrew's death.
Date: 2000-07-19
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: California Department of Social Services , San Bernardino County social services

Post placement

Organizations: Riverside County

Location

Riverside, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Angel Martin

4-year-old girl adopted by Mary Perkins was allegedly beaten to death by her adoptive mother. There were also signs Angel had been sexually abused.
Date: 1997-11-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Chicago, Illinois
United States
See map: Google Maps

Angelic Rose Clary

3-month-old girl in foster care with Sabrina Stafford died of neglect. Her twin sister Tiffany had barbiturates in her system. Angelic's death was called accidental, although there had been previous complaints against Sabrina Stafford.

Several year later Sabrina Stafford, then going by the name Sabrina Banks, would adopt Lavender Banks, who died from asphyxia and several blunt force injuries. Sabrina Banks was arrested for murder August 5, 2009.
Date: 2003-09-14
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: California Department of Social Services , Kern County Child Protective Services

Location

Bakersfield, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Angelina Irene Espalin



4-year-old girl in foster care with Daniel and Dania Haros, was beaten to death.
Date: 2006-11-19
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Oceanside, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Angellika Arndt



Angellika Arndt, died from asphyxiation a day after she was wrestled to the ground and held face first on the ground in a chokehold for over an hour by caregivers at Rice Lake Day Treatment Center. She was in Milwaukee County's foster care system at the time.
Date: 2006-05-26
Placement type: Foster care
Institution: Rice Lake Day Treatment Center
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Placement

Organizations: Milwaukee bureau of Child Welfare

Location

Rice Lake, Wisconsin
United States
See map: Google Maps

Anthony Bars



4-year old boy adopted by L.B. and Latricia Bars, died of dehydration. He was also starved and had a head injury and a broken collar bone.
Date: 2002-01-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Indiana Department of Child Services, Indiana Family and Social Services (Denise Moore)

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Austin James Watkins

  Almost 5 year old boy starved to death while he and his 2 sibs were in foster care with his grandmother, Janice Mowdy, and aunt, Stephanie Bell. Austin Watkins was only 19 lbs when he died, and had not eaten in 2 weeks. The 3 other children in the home (sibs 9 & 6, 2 yr cousin Bell) were given adequate nutrition. Mowdy and Bell both pleaded guilty and got life without parole.
Date: 2008-11-09
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect, Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Other family member

Placement

Organizations: Mississippi DHS

Location

lena, Mississippi
United States
See map: Google Maps

Baby Girl in foster case with Wilson Lee Tubbs III

5 month old girl died after being abused by Wilson Lee Tubbs III, aka Josh Tubbs. She had 2 skull fractures and numerous bruises after being in the home about 5 weeks. Tubbs' wife was related to the baby girl's parents
Date: 2012-12-02
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Fort Bragg, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Benjamin Yhip

   Benjamin Yhip - Taiwan

2-year-old boy adopted from Taiwan along with his twin brother by Dr. James Peter Yhip and Edelyn Magakat Yhip was killed by blunt force trauma to his head. Previously the boy had been hospitalized for malnutrition and broken bones.  Their daughter was adopted from China.
Both parents were arrested on suspicion of murder with Edelyn believed to have caused the head trauma.
Date: 2012-04-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Chico, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Raymond and Lisa Sangraw

Eight year old boy was scalded in bathwater. His adoptive parents waited six weeks before seeking treatment for him.
Date: 2007-02-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Green Bay, Wisconsin
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy in foster care in Alberta (infant)

13 month old special needs boy in foster care with 2 older siblings died of shaken baby syndrome in November 2005. The foster father pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Date: 2005-11-24
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Alberta
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Boy in foster care in Edmonton, Alberta

Three-year-old boy died of a massive brain injury caused when his skull hit a toilet bowl. Foster mother was convicted of manslaughter.
Date: 2007-01-26
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services

Location

Edmonton, Alberta
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Braxton M Taylor

Braxton Michael Taylor
Braxton Taylor died at almost 10 months from brain swelling due to shaking. He also had a cauliflower ear, a bruised groin, crushed testicles and weighed less at his death than at his 6 month checkup. His second foster mother Kathleen Ganiere pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
Date: 2010-02-07
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Virginia DSS; Virginia Beach Department of Human Services

Location

Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Breianna Melendez

21-month-old girl adopted by Martha Yannette Melendez was beaten to death. During the trial Martha Melendez fled to Mexico and was extradited 5 years later
Date: 1999-10-05
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

El Paso, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Brian Edgar


9-year-old Brian Edgar, died of asphyxiation after his mouth had been taped shut and something like a sock had been stuffed in it.  According to the coroner, there were signs that Brian had vomited and that he had been bound around the chest with a belt.  In addition, the autopsy showed  Brian had been dead for several hours before being brought to the hospital. There were bruises on his cheeks and old marks on his wrists and ankles, suggesting he probably had been bound with a rope in the past. 

He was punished by his adoptive mother for stealing cookies.

Neil and Christy Edgar, pastors of God's Creation Outreach Ministry were also charged with abusing 3 other adopted children. Christy Edgar was referred to as a prophet, and reportedly claimed God told her to tie up children as a discipline method.

Date: 2002-12-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Overland Park, Kansas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Brittany Legler



15-year-old girl adopted by Lisa M. Iarussi, died of physical abuse at the hands of her adopter. More than 200 injuries covered the mentally disabled 14-year-old girl's body — 82 of them "fresh," and 130 up to two and a half to three weeks old.Older injuries included a healed broken rib, a cauliflower ear from repeated injury, and lips so scarred that the muscles were starting to degenerate.
Date: 2004-05-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Erie County Office of Children and Youth

Location

Erie, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Buddy Cook



Four-year-old boy adopted by David and Angel Cook, died of starvation. The boy had been adopted nine months prior after allegedly having been sexually abused by his biological mother and several men. Buddy Cook died of dehydration and malnutrition. David and Angel Cook were charged with felony injury.
Date: 2013-03-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Cleburne, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Cameron Ouskan

13-month-old boy, in foster care with Roderick Tobie Blacksmith. Cameron died of injuries, Blacksmith is accused of inflicting.
Date: 2008-11-12
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Gillam, Manitoba
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Camron Gardner and Ethan Schwartz

3-year-old Camron and 2-year-old Ethan were in foster care with Shane and Jessica Marquardt. The brothers both suffered blunt trauma to their abdomens causing Camron to die of internal bleeding several hours late. Shane Marquardt claimed he flew into a rage after finding vomit in Camron's bed. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison, plus 18 years of extended supervision.
Date: 2006-05-05
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Waupun, Wisconsin
United States
See map: Google Maps

Camryn Morgan

Camryn, the to be adopted child of Edd Keith Morgan and Rochelle Morgan, died Dec 19, after her father slammed her head against a hard surface several times on the night of the 17th or morning of the 18th. Edd plead guilty to a second degree felony. Rochelle was not charged.
Date: 2000-12-17
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Sandy, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Candace Newmaker (Candace Tiara Elmore)

Candace Elizabeth Newmaker (19 November 1989 — 18 April 2000) was a victim of child abuse, killed during a 70-minute treatment session supposedly to treat reactive attachment disorder. The form of diagnosis and the treatments used were unvalidated and non-mainstrean methods practised within the field of attachment therapy.

Date: 2000-04-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Attachment Therapy

Persons: Connell Watkins, Julie Ponder

Location

Durham, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Carlos Beltran

4 year old boy from El Salvador, died of beatings to the head, stomach, arms and legs. He had been in the US for 8 months, and his adoption had not yet been finalized in the US.

Christine Moyer had beaten the child until her hand turned black and blue. She began using a belt to protect her hand and its buckle wraped around the boy's body, striking him in the stomach. The child was found dead by Peter Moyer. Since he did not take Carlos to the doctor after seeing that he was seriously ill, he was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Most of the abuse was probably inflicted by Christine.

Peter Moyer, 34, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 2 1/2 to five years. His wife, Christine Moyer, 36, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children and was placed on two years' probation. Moyers had 4 & 2 yr old bio daughters that they retained custody of.

 

Date: 1984-12-19
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Franconia Township, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Casey "C.J." Elgie

5 year old Vietnamese boy, adopted by Jessica Vitale-Elgie and William Elgie, died 10 hours after ingesting a detergent/bleach solution from a bucket soaking his recently soiled underclothes. CJ was developementally delayed and weighed 30lbs. Ms Vitale-Elgie admitted she was disciplining the boy and let him suffer for hours prior to taking him to the hospital.

The Elgie's had a 6 yr girl from Korea and twin infant bio sons at the time of CJ's death. Ms Elgie had sought various therapies including attachment therapy for CJ.

Vitale-Elgie pleaded guilty in December 2002 to negligent homicide but later withdrew the plea when faced with a state prison term. In 2004, she was convicted of misdemeanor child endangerment. William Elgie was never charged. Both he and his now ex-wife were ruled neglectful parents during Family Court proceedings.

At the time of the adoptive mother's conviction, she was on a paid leave from her job as a special-education teacher in the Buffalo (NY) school system.

Date: 2000-08-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Amherst, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Casey Paul Barrow

Casey Barrow, 18 months, died after his foster mother dropped, shook, and threw him. He and his 5 year old sister Caylee, members of the Ute Tribe, were placed in the same foster home to be near their bio mother. The Ute Tribe was pursuing custody as well. Jeanette Ilene Gomez, foster mother, pleaded guilty to lesser charge of child abuse homicide and is sentenced to 1-15 years. Caylee has been  returned to her bio mother and grandmother.
Date: 2003-10-22
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Utah DCFS

Location

West Valley city, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Cassandra Deming

18-month-old girl in foster care with her aunt was beaten to death by her aunts estranged husband.
Date: 1988-01-02
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Wallingford, Connecticut
United States
See map: Google Maps

Cassandra Killpack (Autumn Blackwell)

 

Four-year-old Cassandra adopted by Jennette and Richard Killpack died after they forced her to drink a gallon of water, which caused her brain to swell.

The Killpacks maintained it was a form of therapy to help Cassandra with her emotional problems that she had from being abused before they adopted her.

Date: 2002-06-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Attachment Therapy

Persons: Larry VanBloem, Keith A. Reber, Jennie Gwilliam

Location

Springville, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Chan Yin-tung (Fu Najuan)

13 month old girl from Jiangxi province died after being dropped repeatedly on her head by her adoptive mother, Candy Chan Man-yum. The mother lost her temper when Chan Yin-tung would not stop crying.
Date: 2008-10-13
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: a Jiangxi province orphanage
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Yau Ma Tei, Yau Tsim Mong Kowloon
Hong Kong

Charles Thomas McEntire III (Brandon Berry)

18 month old adopted son of Charles Thomas McEntire Jr. and Edrina Gibson McEntire. His adoptive father stabbed him to death with a kitchen knife.
Date: 2004-11-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: Hand in Hand Foundation (Santa Cruz)

Location

Richmond, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Chase Harrison (Dmitry Yakovlev)



21 month old boy from Pechory, Pskov, Russia, adopted by Miles and Carol Harrison. His adoptive father left him in the car for hours while being at work, causing Chase to die of the heat. He'd been adopted only three months before.

Miles Harrison was acquitted on involuntary manslaughter charges.
Date: 2008-07-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father

Homestudy

Organizations: Adoption Home Studies and Placement Services Inc. dba Adoption Connections (Falls Church, VA)
Persons: Christine Hessinger

Placement

Location

Herndon, Virginia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Chelsea Mensinger

11 year old girl adopted by her grand parents Charles and  Rita Mensinger. After having shot her husband Mensinger fled, bringing Chelsea with her. She later shot Chelsea and herself. Charles Mensinger survived his wife's attack on him.
Date: 2000-09-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

DuPont, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Emily Miller

In November of 1999 the half-naked disabled adoptive son of Emily Miller was found tied to a plastic bucket partially filled with urine. During the examinations, it was revealed two children in the care of  Emily Miller had died earlier. First in January 1993, 4-month-old Ieisha Dyson died after being born with a significant birth defect and in April 1995 DuJuan Miller, Emily Miller's 2-year-old adopted son died, supposedly of sudden infant death syndrome.


All material kindly provided by Jack Kresnak President & CEO of Michigan's Children

Date: 1999-11-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes

Location

Detroit, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by John and Carolyn Jackson

Three children adopted from foster care by John and Carolyn Jackson were allegedly assaulted with various objects by the adopters. The children allegedly sustained fractured bones, which no medical attention was sought for. Furthermore, the children were allegedly withheld food and water and were forced to to consume food that caused them pain and suffering, such as red pepper flakes, hot sauce, and/or raw onion.

One of the three children adopted by John and Carolyn Jackson died May 8, 2008.

John and Carolyn Jackson home schooled their children and claim the Department of Youth and Family Services persecute them for their religious beliefs. John E. Jackson is a Major in the U.S. Army.
Date: 2010-04-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Mount Holly, New Jersey
United States
See map: Google Maps

China Marie Davis

2-year-old girl in foster care with Dorothy Livingston was repeatedly beaten over the 11 months she lived with her care taker. She died after Livingston repeatedly kicked her down a staircase because China Marie refused to clap her hands to gospel music.

An autopsy revealed that she suffered a compression fracture of the spine, breaks in both forearms and wrists, two broken collarbones, fractures of both thighs, and a broken left arm, right rib and left hand.
Date: 1993-10-31
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Phoenix, Arizona
United States
See map: Google Maps

Christine Montalbano

Three year old girl from Tegucigalpa Honduras, adopted by Nancy Jane Montalbano on Oct. 28, 1996. Almost a year later she was beaten to death by Nancy after she knocked over the potty. Christine has 28 blunt force injuries including a lacerated liver and brain hemorrhage. Nancy also had a 4 year old son, Richard, adopted previously from Honduras.
At the time of the girl's death, Nancy was living with a common-law husband, who was not charged in the case.
Date: 1997-10-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Christopher Allen

2-year-old boy placed in foster care with his aunt Nereida Allen. Christopher was beaten to death by his aunt and her boyfriend, Joshua Peacher.
Date: 2008-08-28
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother, Other non-family member

Location

Louisville, Kentucky
United States
See map: Google Maps

Christopher and Christyanna Thomas

 

1-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl were removed from their parents house, because their father was in prison and their epileptic mother was supposed to be incapable of taking care of them, were placed with a caring foster family, then removed to be fostered by their aunt Crystal Keith. In her home the two children were severely abused. Multiple calls to report suspected abuse went unheeded. The boy died because of serious head injury and his sister, Christyanna was removed  her weight had fallen below the first percentile, she had four fractures, could not use her left arm, and had burns "from head to her foot, some of which were consistent with flowing water burns with blistering and oozing observed on those wounds.". She remains in foster care.
Date: 2008-11-10
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother, Other family member

Placement

Organizations: Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare
Persons: Denise Revels Robinson, director

Post placement

Organizations: La Causa (contract agency)

Location

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
See map: Google Maps

Christopher Forder



8-year-old Christopher Forder stricken with pneumonia, heavily bruised and nearing death, only to call 911 after he had dies. Kimberly Ann Forder, Christopher's adoptive mother abused and neglected him to the point of death, never seeking outside medical help as his pneumonia grew worse. Adoptive father Robert Forder was not charged, though he also did not call for help.

Kimberly and Bob Forder homeschooled and home-churched the children. They did not seek modern western health care treatment the children. They told police Christoper's injuries were due to reactive attachment disorder.

In addition to Christopher, who was adopted from Oregon DHS, Forders had 3 adult bio children and 4 adopted or foster children. In 2005, after Christopher's death, they adopted a set of infant triplets from Liberia with the assistance of West African Children Support Network (WACSN). In 2006, the Forders and the 7 remaining minor children moved to Liberia to serve as missionaries. Around the same time, one of their adult bio children was charged with raping another of their adult children.

In December 2007, the 7 adopted children were returned to Washington state from Liberia after Bob Forder had left them at a WACSN orphanage.
Date: 2002-11-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Location

Seabeck, Washington
United States
See map: Google Maps

Christopher Saitta

2 year old boy from Guatemala adopted by Lois Saitta and her husband died of abusive head trauma 6 months after adoption. Lois Saitta pleaded guilty in exchange for a promised sentence of one year in jail and five years probation.
Date: 2009-07-20
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Oceanside, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Chrystal Ramirez (Chrystal Camarillo)

    

8-year-old girl, adopted by Rubin Stephen and Bettie Ramirez, was starved, had her arms and legs tied with tape, and was beaten with a cane to the point her brain and skull began bleeding. Her 10 year old sister and 6 year old brother were in the same home. CPS had been contacted numerous times.
Date: 2007-08-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

San Antonio, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Clayton Miracle

3-year old boy in foster care with Willie Joe and Betty Sue Wilkins was beaten to death.
Date: 1993-08-11
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Winder, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Colin David Jones

6 year old boy adopted by Jami Lea Jones and Louis David Jones died 4 days after being rushed to the hospital, cause is not yet released. News videos report 1 of the other 5 children in the home was adopted, and that the Joneses were a homeschooling church-going family. Both parents were found guilty of malice murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Date: 2009-12-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Loganville, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Collin Parker William Holdgrafer



4-year-old boy adopted by his uncle and aunt, Andrew and Danielle Holdgrafer, drowned in a bathtub. Danielle Holdgrafer was charged with murder while Andrew Holdgrafer was charged with felony child endangerment, accused of not doing anything to help the child.
Date: 2010-06-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Andrew, Iowa
United States
See map: Google Maps

Connre Dixon

11-year-old girl in foster care with Paul Efaw and his wife was stabbed with a knife. Connre was stabbed five times, lacerating her heart, a lung and her stomach. She died from her injuries. Allegedly Paul Efaw had sexually abused her.
Date: 2003-03-13
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Huron County Job and Family Services

Location

Ridgefield Township, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Corey Greer

4 month old Corey Greer died of dehydration and excess sodium in his blood 2 weeks after entering a foster home, possibly due to use of evaporated milk rather than formula. He was supposed to wear a heart monitor which was not used. Judith Arlene Lundy his foster mother was found guilty of manslaughter due to neglect.
Her foster home was licensed for 4 children but social workers had placed 12 children under age 10 at the time. Mrs. Lundy had previously reported that touching black children gave her "the willies". Mrs. Lundy appointed an 8 year old girl to take care of the baby. The girl told Mrs. Lundy Corey was sick the night before he died.
Date: 1985-07-21
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother
Disabilities: yes

Placement

Organizations: Florida Department of Children & Families, Florida HRS

Post placement

Persons: Stephen Woods

Location

Treasure Island, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Cory Bradley McLaughlin

July 4, 1997, paramedics went to the North Carolina home of 45 year-old Eddiesenior Jones McLaughlin and found 4-year-old, adoptee, Cory Bradley McLaughlin, severely beaten. He was pronounced brain-dead at the hospital not long before he was taken off life support. Both of his little hands and one foot were burned. There were bruises on his back, stomach, legs, and a lump on his forehead. Mrs. McLaughlin's husband was deployed by the military at the time.

Date: 1997-07-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Fayetteville, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Crosby Justin White

2-and-a-half-year old boy adopted by Sharonda Renita White and Roshied White, was beaten to death by his adoptive mother, who was also his half-sister.
Date: 1996-07-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Okinawa, Okinawa
Japan

Curtis Williams



9-month-old boy in foster care with Angela Deniece Dukes, was taped a pacifier into his mouth, which obstructed his breathing and resulted in his death. Curtis had been in foster care less than 24 hours.
Date: 2009-02-08
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Cayce, South Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Daisia Derzon

3-year-old girl in foster care with Michele Baber was shaken violently until she hit her head hit the floor, causing head injuries she died three days later of.
Date: 2008-01-09
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Grand Lake, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Danielle and Brittany Tucker (Dornan)

Christopher Allen Tucker and Rebecca Lynn Tucker first adopted Danielle, who at the age of four was pushed down the stairs by her adoptive mother, in their house in Coldwater, Michigan in December 8, 1995. At the time it was ruled an accident. Danielle was born with spina bifida and Down's Syndrome. Despite what had happened, the Tuckers were allowed to adopt two of Danielle's sisters a month after her death.

Soon afterwards, the Tuckers moved to Trenton, Utah after complaints had been made about abuse the of Brittany, one of Danielle's sisters.

In November 1997 authorities found Brittany, 6-year-old at the time, starving in a locked basement room. The basement room was furnished only with bare metal bedsprings, a wooden spool, and a metal tub containing dirty brown water, which the girl drank from and bathed in. She had been in there for at least 5 months.

Rebecca Tucker received a sentence of 5 year imprisonment for the abuse of Brittany and 8 to 15 years for the killing of Danielle. She is currently imprisoned Michigan. Chris Tucker received a sentence of 1 to 15 year imprisonment.

All 3 girls suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome. Two biological boys and the 3rd girl where apparently unhurt.
Date: 1997-11-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Family Independence Agency

Location

Trenton, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Danielle Christine Neal and unnamed Neal child

In October, 1993, Victoria Neal admitted being responsible for the death of Danielle Christine Neal, a 13 month old girl adopted 4 months earlier from Korea. Danielle died Sept 2, 1976 of brain injuries. She had partially healed fractures of her legs, arm and collarbone. A second girl adopted from later Korea was removed from her custody after being admitted to a Toldeo hospital with brain injuries in 1979.
Glenn Neal was not charged.
Date: 1976-08-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Morton, Illinois
United States
See map: Google Maps

David A. Polreis (Konstantin Shlepin)

David Alexander Polreis age 2, of Greeley, Colorado was beaten to death. Over 90% of David's body was covered in cuts, which his adoptive mother, Renee Polreis, claimed was due to the boys severe RAD. Renee stated that David would hit himself with a wooden spoon. Husband, David Polreis, Sr. was out of town at time of attack and was not implicated. Rene Polreis was convicted of child abuse resulting in death and sentenced to 18 years in prison. David was adopted from Tula, Russia 6 months before his death.
Date: 1996-02-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Colorado Adoption Center, Greeley Colorado

Placement

Persons: Kathy Edick

Location

Greeley, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

David and Samuel Briggs (David and Samuel Filipache)

In October 2000, less than four months after arriving in County Armagh, 14-month-old David died in the care of his adoptive parents Gwen and Geoffrey Briggs.

The Assistant State Pathologist for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael Curtis, failed to examine X-rays which showed multiple fractures on David's body when he carried out an initial post-mortem. Later his body was exhumed and a second post-mortem examination revealed 27 partially-healed fractures.

Two weeks after the death of David Briggs, his 14-month old twin brother Samuel was brought to hospital with a fractured skull. Geoffrey Briggs had punched the child for refusing to take some medicine. Unlike his brother Samuel survived the attack.

Geoffrey Briggs received one year imprisonment for the attack on Samuel and was released after six months when he was being attacked by fellow inmates, after which the couple fled to Scotland. For the death of  David no-one was ever charged. The Briggs were former overseas missionaries.

The boys were adopted from Romania, where there parents were unaware of their adoption.
Date: 2000-10-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Homestudy

Organizations: Craigavon and Banbridge HSS Trust

Placement

Location

Portadown, Armagh
United Kingdom

Davion Winrow



1-year-old boy in foster care died of a fatal head injury while in the care of 23 yo Joleet "Joey" Poole, who was about to adopt him. Davion was killed 4 days after being placed in Poole's care. Mr. Poole was a choir director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Date: 2007-09-27
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Location

Omaha, Nebraska
United States
See map: Google Maps

Demartez Bolling

2-year-old boy in foster care with Adelle Newby was beaten to death by her son Darwin.
Date: 1992-06-10
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Non-fostered sibling

Location

Venice, Missouri
United States
See map: Google Maps

Demetrick Dantrell Adams

Date: 1989-05-30
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Covington, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dennis Craig Jurgens (Dennis Craig Puckett)


Dennis Craig Jurgens
(December 6, 1961 – April 11, 1965) was the most famous and only fatal victim of prolific child abuser Lois Jurgens, who abused a total of six adopted children during a period spanning the 1950s to 1970s. Lois and  Harold Jurgens eventually lost custody of the 5 other adopted children: the eldest, Robert Jurgens, who testified against his mother, and the 4 Howton siblings from Kentucky. The eventual trial of Lois Jurgens for Dennis' murder made national headlines and was the top news story for the state of Minnesota in 1987. Twenty two years after Dennis' death, Lois was convicted.
Date: 1965-04-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Homestudy

Organizations: Ramsey County case worker, Gerane Rekdahl

Placement

Organizations: Scott and Ramsey counties' welfare departments

Post placement

Organizations: Ramsey County case worker, Gerane Rekdahl

Location

White Bear Lake, Minnesota
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dennis Gene Merryman (Denis Uritsky)

   
8 year old boy adopted by Samuel and Donna Merryman. Died after suffering cardiac arrest brought on by starvation. He weighed 37 pounds, 2 lbs less than his weight at adoption. Both adoptive parents were arrested and charged with manslaughter and first degree child abuse resulting in death and reckless endangerment. He was adopted along with his older brother and 2 older sisters from Ochyor, Perm region, Russia almost 5 years before.
Date: 2005-01-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Location

Whiteford, Harford County, Maryland
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dennis O'Neill

From the left Terry, Dennis, and Fred from the left, Terry, Dennis and younger brother Fred who was in a different foster home.

In 1945, Dennis was beaten to death by his foster father, Reginald Gough, 6 months after he and his younger brother, Terry were placed with the family. Terry was also subject to daily beatings and both children were barely fed. One month before his death a social worker recommended the boys be removed from the house, but no action had been taken. Wikipedia entry
Date: 1945-01-07
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Newport Education Committee, Monmouthshire

Post placement

Organizations: Newport Education Committee, Shropshire Education Committee

Location

Minsterley, Shropshire
United Kingdom

Deondre Bondieumaitre

16-month-old boy in foster care with his uncle Gregory Joseph was beaten to death.
Date: 2003-04-16
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Miami, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dominick J. (Andrew) Diehl

 

13 year-old boy adopted by Michael and Karen Diehl was beaten to death by the couple as result of their fundamentalist Christian belief in strict discipline. The other children, 12 adopted and 4 biological, may not have been physically abused. Many of the children had special needs or disrupted placements. While the family  of 19 was on a 2 year school bus trip and became heavily involved in the Virginia fundamental faith community.
Date: 1986-10-29
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Adoptions in Idaho
Persons: Sue Smith

Location

Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dominique Bryant

Murdered by her adoptive mother Patricia Blackmon.
Date: 1999-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Dothan, Alabama
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dontel Jeffers



4-year-old boy if foster care with Corinne N. Stephen was beaten to death. He had been dead for as long as three hours when his foster mother drove him to a hospital emergency room. He had bruises under his left eye, adult scratch marks on his forehead, ligature marks around his wrists and one ankle from a telephone cord, bruises inside his throat consistent with someone trying to cut off his breath and a ruptured intestine that was leaking human waste into his abdomen, causing a treatable but extremely painful infection.
Date: 2005-03-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Massachusetts Mentor

Location

Boston, Massachusetts
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dontray Kevin Bradley

2-year-old boy in foster care with his aunt Rhonda Bradley was beaten to death by her boy friend Reginald N. Hunter.
Date: 1992-06-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Placement

Organizations: D.C. Department of Human Services

Location

Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dreydon Anthony Archuleta (Deleon)


5 month old boy dies after being held by his ankles and shaken by his adoptive mother. Julie Archuleta pleaded guilty to child-abuse homicide. Father Geno was not charged.
Date: 2004-09-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dylan Hohepa Tonga Rimoni


3 year old Dylan was abused repeatedly and was removed from life support 2 days after being hospitalized for a bleeding brain. The autopsy showed extensive brain damage from prior injuries. His foster mother Patricia Pickering was found guilty of murder. This was a private family arranged foster care situation.
Date: 2008-04-18
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Drury, Auckland
New Zealand

Dylan James George

2-year-old boy in foster care with Terry and Sherrie Corder, was beaten and kicked to death by his foster father.
Date: 2004-10-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Fremont, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dyneekah Johnson

5-year-old girl in foster care with Stacy Smith was beaten to death.
Date: 1989-03-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Newark, New Jersey
United States
See map: Google Maps

Eduardo Calzada

4-month-old boy in foster care with Kathy Jean Scott was beaten to death.
Date: 2004-03-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Bakersfield, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Elizabeth Lisa Steinberg



Illegally adopted by Joel Steinberg and Hedda Nussbaum, six year old Elizabeth Steinberg (Elizabeth Lisa Launders) was beaten to death by her "adoptive" father. The case became symbolic of child abuse in America.

Date: 1987-11-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

New York, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Ellana Lin

22-month-old girl from China, adopted by Tawainese natives Perry Yu Lin and Dianne Buu Lin, died of blunt-force trauma and had injuries over her entire body. She was adopted 2 months earlier. Dianne Buu Lin was sentences to 15 years. Perry Yu Lin was sentenced to one year of felony probation.
Date: 2003-11-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Rowland Heights, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Emma Mei Alvey (Mei Fu Ping)

 

20 month girl Adopted from Huangmei, Hubei Province, China by Phillip and Jennifer Alvey, was shaken to death by her adoptive mother 8 months after the adoption. Emma had a skull fracture and died Oct 24, 2005. In September she got 13 stitches from a separate injury. Her mother pleaded guilty. Jennifer was sentenced to 1 year in prison,14 years probation.
Date: 2005-10-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Spring Hill, Tennessee
United States
See map: Google Maps

Enna Isabel Barreto

 

2 year old adopted daughter of Ramon Barreto and Janet Lee Killough Barreto, one of seven children adopted from Guatemala by the couple, died of blunt force trauma. Ramone and Janet Barreto were initially charged with two counts of child neglect. 17-year-old Marainna Torres, Janet's daughter, pleaded guilty to manslaughter. USCIS approved their adoption applications for a total of seven children in 2005 and 2006.

Pending charges against the parents include culpable negligence in the death of Enna, as well as allegations brought by the Marainna that: - Luisa Fernanda Barreto and Juan Fernando Barreto were tied in a baby crib for long periods. and - Adriana Killough, also known as Adriana Santana Lemar, was caged in a closet for prolonged periods and forced to eat, sleep, urinate and defecate in the cage. (Adriana was the first adopted child and apparently the adoption was later disrupted).

Currently Janet and Ramon Barreto are fugitives and thought to be in Mexico where one of them was born.
Date: 2008-05-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Non-adopted sibling
Disabilities: yes

Homestudy

Location

New Albany, Mississippi
United States
See map: Google Maps

Ethan, Seth, Mira, Eleanor Sueppel

  

Steven Sueppel, indicted for embezzling from the bank that he worked for, killed himself, his wife Sheryl, and their four adopted Korean children, Ethan (10), Seth (7), Mira (5), and Eleanor (3),in Iowa City, Iowa. Seth was on the autism spectrum and Eleanor had Polycystic Kidney Disease. Mrs Sueppel and the children were beaten to death with a baseball bat then Steven died in a deliberate car wreck.

Date: 2008-03-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Iowa City, Iowa
United States
See map: Google Maps

Faisal, 5 year old in guardianship with a Saudi man

Five year old boy Faisal died six months after leaving the orphanage in the guardianship of a 33 year old married Saudi Man. The boy was beaten and burned due to incontinence issues. Within a week of placement, Faisal came back to the orphanage and begged to be allowed to return.
He died in the hospital from a brain hemorrhage shortly after being admitted with head trauma, internal injuries and burns. This is a probably kafalah guardianship - the articles list both adoption and fostering.
Date: 2013-06-21
Placement type: Legal Guardianship
Institution: Dar Al Diafa orphanage, government run
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Legal guardian

Location

Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

Faith J. Ray (Samantha Foster)



2-year old girl adopted by Joe and Violet Ray was rushed to the hospital where she was found to have bleeding of her brain, multiple bruises on her arms, chest, legs, and thighs, as well as vaginal tearing. Several hours later she died. Her death was declared a homicide. Faith was one of 6 adopted children; two from private adoption agencies, four from DCF, including Faith and her 1-year-old bio brother.
Date: 2008-12-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Bellevue, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Faith Raeanne Robinson

 

4-year-old girl adopted by Joseph and Jessilyn Robinson died of head injury consistent with being shaken violently. Faith and her bio half brother Jacob were apparently adopted together (domestic) while the family lived in Rhode Island.
Date: 2008-05-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Winchester, Kentucky
United States
See map: Google Maps

Freddi Bergquist, (Erik Ilesov) Adopted Czech boy in Sweden


Seven months after adoption by Swedish citizens, four year old Freddi Bergquist, from Czech Republic died of untreated pneumonia and blood poisoning. His body was covered with bruises and festering wounds.
Date: 2006-01-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Jönköping
Sweden

Genevieve Monique "Genny" Rojas

 

4 year old killed by her methamphetamine addicted aunt and uncle. Her mother was in rehab and father in prison. Unclear if this was an informal or foster placement. Ivan and Veronica Gonzales killed Genny, their 4-year-old niece, by scalding her in  a bathtub of water. Genny had been beaten, starved, burned, handcuffed, and bound in a six month period. Both Gonzales' were sent to death row.
Date: 1995-07-21
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother, Other family member

Location

Chula Vista, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by a Malaysian couple

Girl adopted at age 4 was beaten into a coma and subsequently died. Both adoptive parents have been arrested.
Date: 2013-11-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

ALOR SETAR, Kedah, xx
Malaysia

Girl adopted by Douglas Allen Houtz and Beth Marie Houtz

14-year-old girl adopted by Douglas Allen Houtz and Beth Marie Houtz, was physically abused by her adoptive mother, she was being held  under water, beaten her with hangers and kitchen utensils, and was restraint while being punched in the face.

In December 2007, Marie Houtz accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors. She pleaded no contest in exchange for a two-year suspended prison sentence.

Charges were dismissed against her husband.
Date: 2005-12-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Stroud, Oklahoma
United States
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Girl adopted by Lian

6 month old girl adopted by Lian and her husband was slapped and thrown to the ground by Lian. They waited until the next day to take the baby girl to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Date: 2013-03-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Shenzhen, Guangdong
China

Girl adopted by Rajesh Sengar and Bebi Sengar

5-year-old girl adopted by Rajesh Sengar and Bebi Sengar was killed by her adoptive parents. Post mortem reports revealed the girl was sexually assaulted too.
Date: 2012-09-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Indore, Madhya Pradesh
India

Girl adopted by Zhuzhou couple

3 year old girl was beaten to death by her adoptive mother surnamed Yi. Father's surname not released. The family had been reported for abuse previously. This was a domestic adoption in China.
Date: 2013-12-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Lusong District Zhuzhou, Hunan
China

Gladys Campbell

2-year-old girl in foster care with Artemio and Colleen Chavez was beaten to death.
Date: 1988-06-09
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Phillipsburg, New Jersey
United States
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Grace Lee Bogey (Gracielo Cano)

Grace Bogey, who was born with spina bifida and was paralyzed from the waist down, died on Sept. 2, 2000 at 3 years old. Autopsy results showed she died from head injuries resulting from abuse, 4 weeks after the adoption was complete. Her adoptive mother Veronica Bogey, and grandfather Terry/Teri Bogey were charged.

Grace's foster family had objected to the placement in part because "they thought Bogey was actually a man pretending to be a woman". Veronica's father, Terry/Teri  Bogey ("a self-described hermaphrodite who claims also to be Veronica Bogey's mother") moved in during the preadoption period.

Veronica Bogey was acquitted. Terry Bogey pleaded no contest in August 2003 to a minor charge of third-degree child abuse.
in a separate civil case adoptive mother Veronica Bogey was found to be responsible, and therefore subject to monetary penalties.
Date: 2000-09-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Other family member
Disabilities: yes

Location

roswell, New Mexico
United States
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Gustavo Adolpho Hunt

Gus, 7 month old boy adopted from Guatemala by Steven D. Showcatally and Gail Hunt was dropped to the floor by his adoptive father and died three hours later. Gustavo was adopted 4 months earlier in Nov. Father is serving 12.5 years. Parents attempted to complete a pending adoption in India shortly after Gustavo's death.
Date: 2004-03-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

St Paul, Minnesota
United States
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Hana Grace-Rose Williams (Hana Alemu Befekadu) and Immanuel Williams

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13-year-old girl adopted from Ethiopia in 2008, by Larry and Carri Williams, died after being forced to stay outside the home on a rainy night. Hana Williams had Hepatitis B and was adopted at age 10 along with an unrelated 7 yr old deaf boy, Immanuel from Kidane Mihret orphanage. Williams had 7 bio children.

Both adopted children were beaten with various implements, hosed off, and forced to eat wet sandwiches and frozen food outdoors. Hana was frequently locked in a closet and made to sleep in a barn. She was required to use an outdoor hose to shower and port a pot for elimination.

The coroner said Hana's cause of death was “hypothermia and chronic starvation caused by a parent’s intentional food restriction, severe neglect, physical and emotional abuse and stunning endangerment.” Hana had H Pylori and Giardia (easily treated parasites). Hana weighed 78 lbs, having lost 30 pounds in the year prior to her death, and was about the same weight as when she arrived from Ethiopia 3 years earlier.

The Williams attended several churches but were home churching around the time Hana died. The Williams read and recommended "How to Train Up a Child". Both children were homeschooled and beaten with a belt, wooden spoon, a plumbing supply rod, and a gluestick.
Date: 2011-05-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect, Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Facilitators

Persons: Gail Gorfe

Post placement

Location

Sedro Woolley, Washington
United States
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Hannah, Noah, Molly and Joshua Carroll

Four children adopted by Kathleen and Timothy Carroll die under suspicious circumstances.

Chronology

  • 1991 Anne Marie, 19,  placed with the Carrolls in 1985. She attempts to burn family home in Madison Twp. and and subsequently placed in custody of the Ohio Department of Youth Services. She claims most of the care for 10 children in the house hold lies on her shoulders and her biological brother James.
  • Sept. 21, 1992, the first death: Hannah, 6, a Down syndrome child, dies. Parents say she was "doing fine" after household bleach was spilled on her three days earlier, but evidence showed the child suffered horribly, with chemical burns inside her lungs and over nearly one-third of her body. Until this incident, Greene County Children Services is unaware of the family, which had 10 adopted children, all with physical, mental or emotional problems. Originally from Massachusetts, they moved to Madison Twp. in 1990, and then to Cedarville two months before Hannah died. The agency's attempt to get emergency custody of the remaining children is denied.
  • October-December 1992, three more deaths: A 1-month-old child, Chloe, who was born with only a brain stem and no brain, dies Oct. 19 in the care of the Columbus adoption agency that had placed her with the Carrolls. On Nov. 15, Noah, 3, a "crack" baby who suffered brain damage and seizures, dies. Officials express extreme concern after Mollie, a 3-year-old with mental retardation and severe allergies, appears to have been dead for 12 hours before she was found Dec. 9. County Juvenile Judge Robert A. Hagler removes the remaining children from the home, but returns them two days before Christmas.
  • January 1993, a guilty plea: Kathleen and Timothy Carroll, originally charged with involuntary manslaughter, plead guilty to child neglect charges in Hannah's death, admitting they should have sought medical treatment for her burns. They are placed on five years' probation and they agree to adopt no more children without prior court consent.
  • June 1993, the fifth death: After several months of little activity in the case, Josiah, a 12-year-old with cerebral palsy, dies. Again, officials become alarmed and ask for removal of the remaining children, but the request is denied.
  • July 1993, the inquest: The county's first inquest in a decade produces inconsistencies between experts' testimony and family members' stories about the deaths, and Judge Hagler removes himself from the case, citing innuendos about his objectivity.
  • August 1993, the charge and the removal: The family's eldest son, James, then 17, is charged with delinquency by reason of involuntary manslaughter because he was supervising Hannah at the time of the injury that caused her death. The new judge in the case, Richard T. Cole, orders Samuel, then 5, and Isaiah, then 11, removed from the Carroll home and placed in foster care.
  • October 1993, the exhumations: Despite the Carrolls' protests, the bodies of Mollie and Josiah are exhumed from their Preble County graves to allow further investigation of their deaths.
  • November 1993, the trial: After a three-day trial, Cole acquits James of all charges. The family then spends several days trying to convince Cole to return Samuel and Isaiah to the home.
  • December 1993, the custody ruling: In a harshly worded decision, Cole tells the Carrolls that their two handicapped children will stay in foster care at least for a while because the Carrolls have no plan to care for them and have refused outside help.
  • April 1994, the battle resumes: The Carrolls again argue to get their children back, and they also ask that their probation be lifted. They're denied on both counts.
  • May 1994, home visits begin: Previously visiting Samuel and Isaiah at the Children Services Board's office, the Carrolls are elated to have their children come to their home for visits.
  • June 1994, a new accusation: Officials file for permanent custody of Samuel and Isaiah and ask that James be kept separate from them. Prosecutors say Isaiah, who cannot speak, implicated James in Josiah's death. After a lengthy custody hearing, Cole rules that home visits can resume as long as James is not present.
  • November 1994, in court again: Questions linger about the deaths. Meanwhile, officials try to get permanent custody of Samuel and Isaiah, saying that the Carrolls, even after more than a year of working with Children Services, still fail to acknowledge how much care the youngsters need. The Carrolls say, however, that they're determined to demonstrate that the children would do best living with them.
  • May 1995, Samuel and Isaiah return to the Carrolls
  • October 1997 Carrolls regained the right to home school Samuel and Isaiah

Despite being called a homicide, no one was ever charged in the case of Noah.
Date: 1992-09-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling
Home schooling: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Montgomery County Children Services

Placement

Organizations: Adoption by Gentle Care, Project Impact Inc., Cuyahoga County Children Services Board

Location

Cedarville, Ohio
United States
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Haut de la Garenne



Children's home on the island of Jersey where allegedly large scale child abuse took place. Investigation are still ongoing. United Kingdom MP John Hemming and Jersey Senator Stuart Syvret both believe Jersey authorities are involved in an effort to cover up. So far 160 people have come forward with claims of abuse.
Date: 2005-11-01
Placement type: Institution
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Undetermined

Location

Saint Martin, Jersey
United Kingdom

Heather Allison Riggs

Almost 5 year old girl adopted from Colombia by Jack Francis Riggs and Beth Michelle Riggs, died after being forced to ingest salt as a punishment for sneaking sugar. Riggs also had 4 bio sons aged 7 to 13,
Date: 1988-05-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Roanoke, Virginia
United States
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Hei Min Chung (aka Chaeli Kyrie)

 

On 4 September  2007, Hei Min Chung, a 13-month-old girl in process of being adopted by Rebecca Kyrie and her husband, David Kyrie, was killed in a fit of rage by her adoptive mother. Hei Min Chung who arrived in the US in June, was called Chaeli by the Kyrie family.
Date: 2007-09-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Sheridan, Indiana
United States
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Helen Gillin

Helen Gillin, the 25 year old, mentally retarded, adopted daughter of James and Roberta Gillin, was stomped to death and her body was burned in a backyard fire pit in 1992.

Roberta Gillin made her adopted daughter drink a mixture of bleach and heart medication after finding out her husband was having sex with Helen.When Helen started to vomit, James stomped her to death. The couple dumped the body into a fire pit in the back yard of their Bear Rocks home, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. The body was then doused with gasoline and set on fire.

Date: 1992-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Bear Rocks, Pennsylvania
United States
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Heta Nua

Heta Nua (aka Heta Sioka) dies due to neglest in FOC nanny house in Samoa. She was undernourished, and a skin infection and a respiratory tract infection. Focus on Children has convinced her parents to place Heta and her brother in the nanny house to facilitate an international adoption. Mother Avea Nua said she wanted a good future for her children Semi and Heta. Believing they would be cared for by a family who shared their Mormon faith, then returned home, the Nuas agreed to surrender the children to Focus on Children. It is unlikely her parents knew the western meaning of adoption.

Karen Banks and Coleen Bartlett of FOC were briefly detained in Samoa after Heta's death.
Date: 2005-01-01
Placement type: Institution
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Undetermined

Facilitators

Location

Ululoloa near Apia
Samoa

Hildred Thomas Gasaway

9 months old boy adopted by Lillie May Caldwell Gasaway was beaten to death by her, two more adopted children were assaulted. Salient detail: she adopted a fourth child while awaiting trial on the murder charge.
Date: 1979-09-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
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Holly and Nicole (O'Connor) Cooke

Holly, 15 and Nicole, 14, adopted as infants in Korea, were shot to death by their adoptive father James Cooke because they were going to report James was sexually abusing the girls. The girls were originally adopted by  Lois and Tom O'Connor, after they divorced Lois married Jame Cooke and he adopted the girls. James taped a phone call made by Lois explaining she and the girls were going to report the sexual abuse formally on Monday. James killed Lois, Holly, Nicole, and then shot himself.
Date: 1994-09-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Racine, Minnesota
United States
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Isaac Jonathan Dykstra (Ilya Kargyntsev)



21-month-old boy, adopted by Brian Dale Dykstra and Lisa Dykstra, died of head injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome, as well as bruising on his torso and legs. Isaac was adopted from Krasnoyarsk, Russia and had lived with the Dykstra's for three months. On August 7, 2008 Brian Dale Dykstra, 31,was charged with 2nd degree murder.
On November 3, 2011 Brian Dykstra was found not guilty.
Date: 2005-08-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Iowa City, Iowa
United States
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Isaac Lethbridge



2-year-old boy in foster care with Charlise Adams-Rogers, who beat him to death. Adams-Rogers was sentenced to 5  to 15 years July 3, 2007. Ms Rogers had 3 adopted children and four foster children in the home at the time
Date: 2006-08-16
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Lula Belle Stewart Center

Location

Detroit, Michigan
United States
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Jaaliyah Beecham-Davis

2-year-old girl in foster care with Shondreta Renee Thomas, was beaten to death.
Date: 2006-02-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Longview, Texas
United States
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Jackson Wingo

15-month-old boy from Guatemala, adopted by Jonathan and Kelly Wingo, died of fatal head injuries. Jackson was adopted at 6 months. Kelly Wingo is charged with murder.
Date: 2007-08-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Dallas, Texas
United States
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Jacob Lindorff

5-year-old boy adopted from Russia by James and Heather Lindorff, died of blunt force trauma to head. He also suffered from 2nd degree burns on feet, hemorrhaging in 1 eye; bruises, and seizures. Heather Lindorff was found guilty of 2nd degree endangering, aggravated assault and sentenced to 6 years, she claimed the injuries were accidents. James Lindorff was sentenced to 4 years probation and 400 hours of community service for child abuse. Jacob had only been in the US 6 weeks before he died. Jacob was adopted with his two brothers from Pskov, Russia in Oct 2001. Lindorffs had adopted 3 sisters from Russia in early 2000.
Date: 2001-12-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

franklinville, New Jersey
United States
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James Clemons and Michael Clemons

Jamie, 5 and Michael, 8 were killed in a fire started by their 15 yr old adopted brother Jacob S. Clemons, who was born in South Korea. The Clemons family had 15 adopted and 1 bio child. Many of the adopted children had special needs and were from South America or Asia. Jacob, who had cerebral palsy and was blind in one eye was abused at a respite home in Pennsylvania. He said he started the fire in a suicide attempt.
Date: 1988-10-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Adoption Counseling Organization and Resource Network (ACORN), Catholic Charities, Baltimore
Persons: Sally Clemons

Location

Ellicott City, Maryland
United States
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James Earl Bradley Jr.



3-year-old boy in foster care with Christine Woodward and Lasana Karva was beaten to death.
Date: 2007-04-08
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Belleville, Michigan
United States
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James W. Bader (Jimmy Jones)

In August of 1974 Sparks Police were called to Saint Mary’s Hospital on a report of a 3 year old dying from injuries sustained during a fall. An investigation at the time concluded that there was no foul play involving the death of the child, James "J.W." Bader.

31-years later Sparks Police Detectives received a phone call from J.W.'s older sister, Julie Dunn, saying he had been abused by his adoptive mother Catherine Bader. Father Larry Bader (dec'd) was not implicated or charged. Dunn, who was a teen at the time, said she witnessed her mother repeatedly kick and punch the developmentally disabled boy in the stomach, including the day he died, that she slammed toilet seats on his genitals, held his hands in boiling water, held his head underwater in the bathtub and rammed his head into a backyard post. The 1974 case was reopened in 2006 and investigated by detectives. Through forensic evidence it was determined that James Bader had been beaten until his intestines burst.

Catherine was remarried and known as Catherine Wyman or Catherine Bader-Wyman


Date: 1974-08-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Sparks, Nevada
United States
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Janessa Aguirre

2-year-old girl in foster care with Michael and Marcias Reinhold, was beaten to death by her foster mother.
Date: 1997-12-12
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Anchorage, Alaska
United States
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Jaren Wayne Blacksmith


3 year old boy in foster care beaten and deliberately left to sleep in a hot car with the windows rolled up. Jaren awoke and attempted to escape the car but was unable to. Foster mother Lavonna Bird pleaded guilty to negligent homicide. There were 2 other foster children in the home.
Date: 2011-08-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Crow Agency, Montana
United States
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Jarod "Jerry" Hulsey (Jerry Gribbens)

10 year old boy adopted by Vicky Lynn Hulsey who beat him to death.
Date: 2006-04-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Mesa, Arizona
United States
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Jasmine and Minnet Bowman



Three girls, 7, 9 (Jasmine) and 11 (Minnet) were adopted by Renee Bowman. The seven-year-old girl, was severely abused and neglected, had open sores and lesions on her buttocks and lower thighs, marks on her neck made by a cord, rope or other item and bruises on her hands and lips. She was found by authorities after having managed to break out of the house where she was locked up. Upon investigation of the abuse case, police found the remains of the two other girls in a basement freezer, where they had been for seven months.
Date: 2008-09-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency

Location

Lusby, Maryland
United States
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Jason Carpenter

2-year-old boy in foster care with Rod Lenny and Therese Martel died of head injuries after remaining in coma for five years. The foster parents were twice convicted. Both convictions were thrown out on appeal in 1998.
Date: 1990-00-00
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Alberta
Canada
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Jaymaya Auls

2-year-old girl in foster care with Anthony and Arthurlein Holcomb was beaten to death by her foster mother.
Date: 2002-10-26
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Buffalo, New York
United States
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Jazzmin Davis and her twin brother



15-year-old girl in foster care with her aunt Shemeeka Davis since infancy, died of malnutrition exacerbated by multiple blunt-force injuries and burns. Jazzmin weighing only 78 pounds, was laced with scars and wounds that stretched from her feet to her fingertips. She had multiple burns that appeared to be from a clothes iron on her chest and stomach, a tangle of scars on her neck that extended to her cheek and five broken teeth that "were probably struck by some type of hard object. She was in the care of her aunt together with her twin brother who was also severely abused.
Date: 2008-09-02
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Antioch, California
United States
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Jeffrey Baldwin and his sister

Jeffrey Baldwin at 1 before entering grandparents home age 1     Jeffrey Baldwin undated  undated

In 1998 Jeffrey Baldwin and a sister were placed by Catholic Children's Aid with his maternal grandparents Elva Bottineau and Norman Kidman, who had been convicted of child abuse in 1970 and 1978 respectively. The grandparents had been given custody of 2 other siblings earlier. Jeffrey died 4 years later, after he and his next oldest sister had been starved, beaten, locked in an unheated room and forced to drink from a toilet. Jeffrey was never toilet trained and denied schooling. The 2 other siblings were trained to treat Jeffrey and his sister as 'pigs'. Jeffrey died at age 5 of septic shock from pneumonia complicated by his starvation. He was covered with wounds and weighed 21 lbs; one pound less than he weighed for his 12 month doctor visit.

There were 6 adults and 6 children under age 10 in the home. Bottineau and Kidman used the children as a source of income.  Bottineau and Kidman were convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 22 and 20 years, respectively.

See also
Children's Aid Society workers should be reined in, critics say
Kevin Libin: Readers detail rarely-seen ugly side of child-protection agencies
Date: 2002-11-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect, Lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Placement

Persons: Margarita Quintana

Location

Toronto, Ontario
Canada
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Jennifer Prinder

3-year-old girl adopted by Troy and Rosetta Sweeting was beaten to death by her adoptive father.
Date: 2007-02-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

New Providence
Bahamas

Jessica Albina Hagmann

2 year old girl from Moscow, Russia adopted by Glenn Robert Hagmann and Patrice Lynn Hagmann. Her adoptive mother claimed that she accidentally killed Jessica while trying to stop her from having a tantrum. Patrice Hagmann was sentenced to probation and to 2 suspended 5 year terms.
Date: 2003-08-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Manassas, Virginia
United States
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Jessica Scovil



9-month-old girl placed in foster care with Wendy Osborne died from heat exhaustion after being left in the car for several hours.
Date: 2008-09-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Location

Nicholson, Georgia
United States
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John Smith


John Smith, died with 54 bruises, including three adult bite marks, on his body. The boy, was seen with injuries in four of the six months he spent with his prospective adoptive parents Simon and Michelle McWilliam. His penis was cut, his face burnt and his body bruised from head to toe, injuries seen by social workers who never once sought medical help for him. 

John died on Christmas Eve 1999 from a severe brain haemorrhage, which experts testified was caused by blows normally seen on battered boxers.

Date: 1999-12-24
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Portslade, West Sussex
United Kingdom

Johnny Dragomir



9-year-old quadriplegic boy with cerebral palsy was placed by his mother, Elena Andron, into foster care because she had lost her job and couldn't afford to care for him. Johnny died March 9, 2007 at Monroe Foster Home. His weight dropped from 80 to 40 pounds while there. His mother frequently complained about his weight loss, but her concerns were ignored and she was barred from further visits.

November 4, 2008, the family of Johnny Dragomir sued Community Living Services Inc., the organization responsible for his placement.
Date: 2007-03-09
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Undetermined

Placement

Organizations: Community Living Services Inc.

Location

Detroit, Michigan
United States
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Jordan Elizabeth Cain

Jordan "Bean" Cain, 26 lb, three-year-old girl in foster care with Matthew Archer and Janice Schryer Archer (biological aunt) was beaten to death. Matthew Archer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Date: 2003-10-24
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Granville, Illinois
United States
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Joseph Beebe

Eight year old boy and one of six children adopted by Brian and Edith Beebe. All children were beaten with a rod, locked in a room without food or water and sometimes dragged by their hair. Joseph died, his body covered with bruises from beating with a bamboo rod. The Beebees were adoptive parents to 6 special needs children, Joseph was one of a set of triplets adopted.
Date: 2000-03-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Non-adopted sibling
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Depelchin Children's Center, Houston TX

Placement

Organizations: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Children's Protective Services in Harris County, (Joseph+3), Alternative Emotions, Humble TX (2 children)

Location

Tarkington Prairie, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Joseph Maoping Adams

Boy born Oct 16, 2006 in Hangzhou, China and adopted to the US by Rick and Deah Adams. Died December 3. 2011 from ingesting a large amount of vinegar. His death was ruled a homicide by the county coroner. Deah Daniele Adams was charged with reckless homicide.
Date: 2012-02-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Lexington, Kentucky
United States
See map: Google Maps

Joshua Causey


A Detroit foster mother who had adopted a girl and was set to adopt two boys from Pontiac was charged Friday with first-degree felony murder in the beating death of one of the boys. The foster mother, Lynda Carol Baker, was named in a murder warrant issued late Friday by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. She is charged in the death on Tuesday of Joshua Causey, 4, who had been placed in Baker's care in August.
Date: 2003-01-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Detroit`, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Joshua Pinckney



2 year old adopted from Guatemala, died from multiple blows to his head. Allegedly killed by his mother's married, live in boyfriend Christopher Brian Gilreath, a convicted rapist. Gilreath is charged with murder, mother Miriam Pinckney pled to a cruelty to children charge. An adopted toddler girl (Maria, also from Guatemala) was removed from the home. The children's father was living in another state, and now has custody of the girl.
Date: 2009-02-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Cumming, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Joy Yi

Joy Yi was murdered by her adoptive father Army Lt. Col. Kenston K. Yi. His wife Hyon "Hannah" Yi, was beaten to death immediately thereafter.
Date: 2010-06-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Lorton, Virginia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Justin, Kevin and Kody Pribbernow (McBride/Baden)



Justin McBride and his half brothers Kevin and Kody Baden were adopted by Steven and Jessica Pribbernow in 2005. The couple had previously adopted a boy named Steven Jeffrey Lewis. In 2006 the Pribbernow's divorced and soon after, Jessica Pribbernow married Josh Saylor, while remaining custody over the adopted boys and her two biological daughters.

In the morning of August 4, 2009, Steven Jeffrey went on a stabbing spree, killing Justin McBride and injuring Kevin and Kody Baden. During this episode, Josh Saylor was stabbed as well.
Date: 2009-08-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling

Location

Coleman, Michigan
United States
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Kacper and Klaudia, foster children of Anna and Wieslaw Cz.


3 year old boy and 5 year old girl beaten to death in separate incidents on July 3 and September 12, 2012. The family had 5 foster children, possibly all placed in their home since January 2012.
Date: 2012-09-12
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Puck
Poland

Kairissa XingJing Mark


4-year-old girl from China, adopted by Steve and Deborah Mark, died July 1, 2010, after less than 3 months in country.

Deborah Mark was charged with first-degree murder, perpetration of aggravated child abuse, aggravated child abuse and four counts of child abuse. Steven Mark was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect, criminal responsibility for aggravated child abuse, aggravated assault by failure to protect, four counts of child abuse and accessory after the fact. Kairissa was a special needs placement.
Date: 2010-07-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Mount Juliet, Tennessee
United States
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Kameron Lee Bright (Moghaghab)

3 year old boy adopted by Darlene Whiteman Bright  and Marty Lee Bright died of suspicious head injuries. Ms Bright pleaded guilty to third-degree felony child abuse homicide. DFS had multiple reports of abuse prior to Kameron's death.
Date: 1994-04-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

West Valley City, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Katelynn Sampson



7 year old girl died of septic shock caused by the prolonged abuse she suffered from her guardians: Donna Irving and her boyfriend, Warren Johnson. Katelyn had 70 wounds on her body at her death, and blood was found throughout the apartment, including in closets, on books, and a plastic baseball bat. While she lay dying, Johnson went out to buy beer, twice.

Irving and Johnson were friends of Katelynn's mother. Since Bernice Sampson directly gave guardianship, no background checks were performed, though a judge had 3 hearings to grant permanent custody. Irving and Johnson were drug users, Irving had lost custody of her 2 children already.  Several reports of abuse had been filed.
Date: 2008-08-03
Placement type: Legal Guardianship
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Legal guardian

Placement

Persons: Justice Debra Paulseth

Location

Toronto, Ontario
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Katherine Frances



6-year-old girl in foster care with Joyce Luvern Burks was body slammed to the floor by the 14-year old son of her foster mother, causing her to suffer skull fracture, brain damage, internal bleeding and bruising to her eye, hip and arms. Ms. Burks delayed helping Katherine while washing the blanket on which the girl had been beaten.

Later five-year-old Claire Fowler received Katherine's heart through transplantation.
Date: 2006-12-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother, Non-fostered sibling

Placement

Organizations: Mesa Family Services Inc. Mesa Family Services Inc.

Location

DeSoto, Texas
United States
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Katya and Lisa adopted by Svetlana Oakley in Luhansk, Ukraine


Katya and Lisa, aged 4 and 5 were beaten to death in Krasnodon, Luhansk/Lugansk, Ukraine. The adoptive mother, Svetlana Oakley is charged. The girls were adopted along with their biological brother Vanya in December 2010 by Svetlana and Alexander, who had 7 children already. Vanya was also beaten.

In February 2011, 3 months after the adoption, the 4 year old was beaten to death, then burned to hide the crime.. In November 2011, the 3 year old was beaten to death and buried. Svetlana kidnapped a 3rd child in July 2012 to try pass as Lisa for an upcoming Social Worker visit. The child was found by the police during the search for the missing girl, which resulted in the discovery of the missing girls. The Mother had been lauded as a Heroine Mother due to her 7 prior biological children (8th child born after the adoption), so she was given a large apartment. Svetlana and the children had a singing group Rainbow and she wrote children's books or poetry.
Date: 2010-12-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Luhans'k social services

Location

Krasnodon, Luhans'k
Ukraine

Kayla Erlandson

kayla arelandson  

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.
Date: 1991-04-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Travelers Aid Society of Seatle, unknown partner agency in Korea

Location

Bothell, Washington
United States
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Kevin Johnson



12-year-old boy died while in the care of Barbara and Fred D. Johnson II, daughter and son-in-law of a couple who had adopted Kevin and in 2000 but passed away a few years later. A weighted helmet, long wooden paddle and severe beatings were used to discipline the boy. Illinois DCF began an abuse investigation in April, 4 months before Kevin was beaten to death.
Date: 2008-07-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other family member

Location

Crete, Illinois
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kevin Michael King (D. J. Atkins)



5-year-old boy adopted by Gloria Grayson was found dead with blunt force trauma to the chest and abdomen. Keven was also abused in foster care.
Date: 2009-03-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Bakersfield, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Keyana Bravo-Hamilton and her sister Jasmine Hamilton



Siblings Keyana and Jasmine were abused by foster mother Dunia Soledad Moreno. When Keyana entered the hospital, large clumps of hair were missing and bruises covered her body. She had five cigar-sized burns. Three months after entering the home, Keyana died of blows to her stomach which ruptured her bowel. Jasmine was placed in a new home.
Dunia and foster father Armando Moreno-Garcia parents were convicted of neglect for not seeking medical care over the paninful days it took for Keyana to die. Armando was an uncle of Jasmine and the girls were to be adopted.
Date: 2006-09-04
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Undetermined

Location

Gresham, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kim Marie Firth

2 year old Korean girl to be adopted by Marie and Frank Firth. Mrs. Firth, and immigrant from Ireland, became angry when Kim spat out food and threw the girl. Marie plead guilty to Manslaughter
Date: 1972-09-15
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

queens, New York
United States
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Kimberly Rae Weaver

15 year old Korean adoptee stabbed to death by her brother, Keith Chul Weaver (14), who was adopted from South Korea at 4.5 yrs. Keith killed this parents Dr. R. Clair and Anna May Weaver, then Kim, then raped a visiting relative. He intended to kill himself, but was convince to call police by the rape victim.
Date: 1991-02-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling

Location

Landisville, Pennsylvania
United States
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Korvette Lynn Crier

two-and-a-half-year-old girl in foster care with Debbie Anne Kambeitz died of severe head injury.
Date: 1999-08-10
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Hobbema, Alberta
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Krystal Ann Tibbets



Krystal was beaten to death by her adoptive father Donald Lee Tibbets, who was taught to lie across his daughter (who weighed a total of 35 pounds) in what is known in AT circles as “compression therapy,” and punch his fist into her abdomen, which is one technique of “visceral manipulation” (VM), encouraged by attachment therapists. The mother Julia was not charged.
Date: 1995-07-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Attachment Therapy

Persons: Larry VanBloem

Location

Midvale, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kyla Aranae Edwards



2-year-old girl in foster care was beaten to death by the fiancee of her foster mother.
Date: 2006-12-20
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Salisbury, Maryland
United States
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Kyle Golebieski

Kyle Golebieski (aka Kyle Kelly) was killed by by his mother, Kathleen D. Golebieski, who frequently beat him. Kyle and his younger bio brother were adopted from Honduras in 1992. Ryan Golebieski, a year younger than Kyle, showed no signs of abuse. Kathleen was sentenced to 10 to 20 years. Her then husband Joseph Golebieski pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

Kathleen Golebieski (then Kathleen Kelly) adopted Kyle and Ryan, two months before she married Joseph Golebieski. Ryan, who was 2 when Kyle died, was placed in a foster home.
Date: 1993-07-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Brick Township, New Jersey
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kymell Oram

A 17 month old toddler in New York foster care was beaten by his foster mother's boyfriend after being left home alone with him. He suffered bruised ribs, a lacerated liver, bruised spleen, buttocks and torso among other wounds. He later died of lung and blunt force injuries.

Reports indicate his foster mother, Teyuanna Cummings, was in the process of adopting him. His placement was handled by Edwin Gould Services for Families.
Date: 2011-03-17
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member
Home schooling: no

Location

Brooklyn, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kyra Zubah



3-year-old girl in foster care with Sharon Whitecloud, died of blunt head trauma. Kyra's death was called a homicide.
Date: 2009-11-13
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Okmulgee, Oklahoma
United States
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Larandon Nichols



3-year-old boy adopted by Alibra Nichols was beaten to death by his adoptive mother.
Date: 2010-07-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
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Lavender Banks



3-year-old girl from China adopted by Sabrina A. Banks aka Sabrina A. Stafford, died from asphyxia and several blunt force injuries.

On August 5, 2009 Sabrina Banks was arrested and charged with murder. While still going by the name Sabrina Stafford, she was the foster mother of Angelic Rose Clary, who died of neglect while in her care.
Date: 2008-05-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Elk Grove, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Lazon Gulley



At the time 1-year-old boy in foster care with Marcus and Tenesia Brown was severely shaken by his foster mother. Lazon died 2-and-a-half year later as a result of the head injuries caused by the shaking on Novemer 28, 2008.
Date: 2006-03-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Sarasota Family YMCA

Location

St Petersburg, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Liam Thompson (Dmitry Sergeyvich Islankulov)


Liam Thompson: age 36 months, of Columbus, Ohio, died from scalding and neglect. His adoptive father, Gary, placed him in a tub of 140 degree water. He recieved 2nd and 3rd degree burns. His LPN adoptive mother, Amy, neglected treatment for 2 days, then treated him with Tylenol and Vaseline. She took Liam to the hospital only after he went into respitory failure. Amy was sentence to 15 years for child endangering and involuntary manslaughter. Gary received 15-life for murder.
Liam was adopted from Blagoveshensk, Amur, Russia 5 months prior  to his death along with his older bio sister. His sister has a new adoptive home and is doing well. Thompson's also had a 3.5 yr old bio son and a 15 yr old bio daughter of Amy.
Date: 2003-10-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Facilitators

Organizations: AMREX

Placement

Organizations: Tree of Life

Location

Columbus, Ohio
United States
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Lillian Leilani Gill



4 year old girl adopted by John and Sharon Gill was killed by her adoptive mother. She buried the remains and claimed Lillian, who was autistic was sent to Italy for treatment. 2 years later she was arrested for the killing and yet another 2 years later she told police where to find the body.
Date: 2002-03-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes

Location

Big Bear City, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Logan Garrett and his twin sister

Logan Garrett
22 month old boy Logan Edward Garrett was adopted along with his twin sister by Jacky Scott Garrett and Emily Garrett. Logan died of blunt force trauma to his abdomen, about 7 months after placement, 1 week after adoption. He had many prior injuries. His sister was underweight and removed from the home. Adoptive father Scott Garrett was charged with capital murder.
Date: 2012-10-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: a "private adoption arranged with the help of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Frisco"

Location

Frisco, Texas
United States
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Logan Higginbotham (Anne Pochetnoy)

Logan Higginbotham of Shelburne, Vermont died of massive head injuries. Adoptive mother Laura Higginbotham, stated that Logan fell and hit her head on the floor of an upstairs bedroom. It took 3 years for the medical examiner to determine whether the case was accidental or homicide. In 2004, Laura Higginbotham pled no contest to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 1 year in prison.  Logan was adopted from Smolensk, Russia  in May 1998 and had been in the US for 7 months. Logan's younger sister Layne was adopted at the same time.
Date: 1998-11-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Shelburne, Vermont
United States
See map: Google Maps

Logan Marr

 

Five-year-old Logan Marr was found dead in the basement of her foster mother & father's home in Chelsea, Maine. The foster mother, Sally Schofield, a former caseworker for Maine's Department of Human Services (DHS), was convicted of manslaughter after police determined that Logan had died from asphyxiation after being bound with duct tape and strapped into a high chair in the basement.
Date: 2001-01-31
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Maine DHS

Location

Chelsea, Maine
United States
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LoReyna Barea

7-year-old girl in foster care with her aunt Genevieve Barea was found dead, severely malnourished and bruised.
Date: 2007-03-09
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Evans, Colorado
United States
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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
See map: Google Maps

Luke Evans (Sergei Nakonechny)

One-and-a-half-year-old Luke Evans, adopted by Steven and Natalie Fabian Evans, died of massive head injuries, shaken baby syndrome, and poor nutrition. Natalie Fabian Evans, stated that she couldn't wake Luke one morning and so placed him in a tub of water to "stimulate him" where she says he may have bumped his head on the tub. The authorities took a year to investigate the case.  Luke was adopted from Inozemtsevo, Stavropol, Russia and had been in the US for 6 months prior to his death. Luke had a brother Alec 3, who was adopted at the same time as him.
On June 30, 2006 Natalie Fabian Evans was found not guilty.
Date: 2001-11-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Undetermined

Placement

Location

Lowell, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Lydia and Zariah Schatz



8-year-old Lydia and 11-year-old Zariah (or Zacharia) were adopted from Liberia along with a infant girl by Kevin P. and Elizabeth H. Schatz in 2007. Lydia had been beaten with a 15 inch tubing for hours for misspelling a word during a home schooling sessions, and died as a result. Zacharia was taken to the hospital in critical condition due to kidney failure, among other injuries. Both parents are charged with murder. They also were charged with cruelty due to bruises on their biological 10 yr old son The Schatz's had 6 biological children.

Kevin Schatz pled guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 22-to-life. Elizabeth Schatz pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 13 years.
Date: 2010-02-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Undetermined
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Placement

Post placement

Location

Paradise, California
United States
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Madoc Hyunsu O'Callaghan


3 year old Hyunsu (aka Hyeonsu or Hyun-su) was adopted from South Korea under the new laws by Brian and Jennifer O'Callaghan in October 2013. He had a diagnosis of hydrocephalus. He died less than 4 months after his arrival in his adoptive home with a skull fracture, bleeding in the brain, eye hemorrhaging, trauma to his scrotum, and other evidence of blunt force trauma. Jennifer was out of town for several days leaving Madoc with his father Brian Patrick O'Callaghan, a former marine. Brian O'Callaghan has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death.
Date: 2014-02-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Disabilities: yes

Placement

Location

Damascus, Maryland
United States
See map: Google Maps

Malachi Jermaine McBride-Roberts


Almost 2 year old Malachi died of massive brain injuries. His foster mother Linda Coleman was charged.
Date: 2007-06-30
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

San Diego, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Maria Anastasia Bennett (Anastasia Plotnikova)

  Maria Bennett
2-year old Maria Bennett, adopted by Susan Jane Bennett, died from shaken baby syndrome. Susan Jane Bennett, said that she had tripped while carrying Maria and had dropped her. Medical evidence proved otherwise. Susan Bennett pleaded no contest to 1 count of reckless homicide and was sentenced to 3 years in prison. Maria was adopted from Primorsky Krai, Russia 9 months prior to her death. Maria's older sister, also from Russia is cared for by Bennett family members
Date: 2002-10-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Focus on Children Utah

Location

Lancaster, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Maria Catherine Ostlund

Janet Ostlund was convicted of the second-degree murder of her 2 year old developmentally delayed adopted daughter, from El Salvador. Her now ex-husband David Ostlund was not charged, and has custody of Michael D. Ostund, a bio son born after Maria's death.
Date: 1986-07-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Robbinsdale, Minnesota
United States
See map: Google Maps

Maria Isabel Cervantes

4-year-old girl in foster care with her aunt Arcelia Chavez was beaten to death.

Chavez began hitting Maria Isabel after the child spit out food. The beating continued in the bathtub, where Chavez delivered “karate-like chops” to Maria Isabel’s small body, causing the child to repeatedly hit her head on the bathtub.

After the beating, Chavez built an altar in her bedroom, lighted candles, dressed the girl in a white dress and stockings and prayed.

Maria Isabel died sometime before midnight.
Date: 2001-09-27
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

North Hollywood, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Meghan Hawkins-Rusch

Thirteen month old Chinese girl adopted by Lisa Hawkins-Rusch and her husband, died of severe brain injury, inflicted by her adoptive mother. Meghan was adopted a three months earlier in China.
Date: 1992-09-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Geneva, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Melissa Wilkins

19 month old girl adopted by Melinda Ann Wilkins was physically abused. She never recovered from the injuries and lived in residential treatment centers until she died in June 2003.
Date: 1995-08-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Durham, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Melody Aranda Velasquez



Three year old adopted girl's death under investigation due to numerous injuries. She died from blunt force trauma 2 days after her injury. Her 2 father family consisted of Norberto Velasquez and Matthew Aranda and 3 other adopted children: two 5-year-olds boys and a 3-year-old boy. The other children are in state custody. Mr. Aranda has been charged with the death, and Mr. Velasquez with not seeking medical care sooner.
Date: 2009-01-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Bexar County, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Mia Depaillat

21-month-old girl, adopted from China at 9 months by french-born Christophe and Jill Ellen Depaillat, died of fatal injuries. Jill Ellen Depaillat was indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated battery. Jill said she dropped Mia and the toddler fell down the stairs.  Mia had injuries consistent with shaken baby, as well as damage to her intestines. A mistrial was declared in her case due to a hung jury, so guilt was never decided.

Mia was small (21 lbs) and developmentally delayed at her death. Depaillat had 2 school age sons and a 16 month old son who would have been 4 months old when Mia was adopted.
Date: 2004-04-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes

Location

Cumming, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Michael Tinning


Adopted by Marybeth Tinning, who by then had already killed five of her own children, was killed age two and a half. All 9 of Marybeth and Joe Tining's children died at early ages. Eight were alone with Marybeth when they died. Michael was the only adopted child.
Date: 1981-03-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Schenectady, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Miguel Humberto Arias-Baca

2-year-old boy in foster care with Ricky and Evon Haney, was beaten to death.
Date: 1999-02-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: All About Kids LLC.

Location

Westminster, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Millicent Ayala

6-year-old girl in foster care with her aunt Mary Ann Ayala, was beaten to death.
Date: 1992-02-15
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Bronx, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Mitchell Alexander Rivers

3-month-old boy was suffocated to death by his adoptive father, Mitchell Charles Rivers.

In 1997, South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) found Rivers responsible for the hospitalization of a 2-year-old son of a former girlfriend who sustained a severe concussion and a severed skull fracture.
Date: 2005-08-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Chesterfield county, South Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Modesto Blanco

22-month-old boy in foster care with Gilbert and Gracie Escobedo, was beaten to death by his uncle/foster father.
Date: 2002-03-02
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Lubbock, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Mollie Sliker aka Laurne Clark

A four month old baby girl died due to blunt force trauma allegedly by Jeffrey Sliker who was in the process of adopting her. Sliker failed to obtain medical help for the child. Sliker's wife called authorities saying the infant was unresponsive. When rescuers arrived the child was dead.

Date: 2011-03-23
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Watertown, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Monny Bolling

4-month-old girl was shaken to death by the 14-year-old son of a temporary foster mother.
Date: 1998-07-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Non-fostered sibling

Placement

Organizations: St. Joseph's Services for Children and Families

Location

New York, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Mykeeda Asheya Hampton

2-year-old girl in foster care with Geraldine Stevenson was beaten to death by her foster mother's 12-year-old son. She died of "blunt force injuries" to the head, stomach and back.
Date: 1987-08-00
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Non-fostered sibling

Location

Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Nadine Catherine Beaulieu

23-month-old girl in foster care with Clifford and Laura Richard. She died of a blow to her stomach while in a foster home in Winnipegosis, Manitoba in 1996.

Provincial Court Judge Roger Gregoire targeted Child and Family Services in his 200-page report into her death.

He says it handed over the toddler to foster parents who had criminal records and didn't monitor the home.

Nadine's foster parents were charged with manslaughter and failing to provide the necessities of life, but the case was thrown out due to RCMP mistakes in obtaining a statement from the accused.

In a statement to police, 33-year-old Clifford Richard said he hit Nadine in the stomach with a backhanded swing of his arm because he was angry she kept trying to get some fried chicken.
Date: 1996-02-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Winnipegosis, Manitoba
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Nathaniel Jacob Allen

21-month old boy, adopted from Guatemala by Jeremy and Sarah Allen was shaken to death. Nathaniel had been in the USA 10 months, since April the previous year. Sarah Allen was convicted of manslaughter for shaking Nathaniel. Jeremy Allen was convicted of assult for beating Nathaniel with a wooden spoon two days earlier when he didn't pick up his toys. Allens were considering becoming foster parents for a 2nd child when Nathaniel was killed.
Date: 2002-02-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Lisbon Falls, Maine
United States
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Nathaniel Michael Craver - (Ivan Skorobogatov)



Seven-year-old boy, adopted from Russia by Michael and Nanette Craver, was beaten to death by his adoptive parents. Together with his twin sisters Elizabeth (Dasha), the boy was adopted from the Chelyabinsk region, in 2003. Both children were home schooled.

Nathaniel body had nearly 80 external injuries – 20 of them to his head. Cravers were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and conspiracy.
Date: 2009-08-19
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Dom Rebyenka #9, Troitsk, Chelyabinsk
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
United States
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Nathaniel Saunsoci-Mitchell



20-month-old boy in foster care with Carlos and Tisha Vega suffered serious injuries -- a broken clavicle and dog bite on the face -- before he was hospitalized Sept. 22, 2006, with a fatal brain injury. He died two days later. The official cause of death was excess accumulation of water in the brain caused by non-accidental trauma.
Date: 2006-09-22
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

South Sioux City, South Dakota
United States
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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

Location

Cleburne, Texas
United States
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Nicolai Emelyantsev


14-month-old Nikolai, who was adopted in February 08 from Moscow City, Russia by Fyodor and Kimberly Emelyantsev— died March 7 at Primary Children's Medical Center. An autopsy determined the child had died from a skull fracture that doctors said was the result of blunt-force trauma, police and court records show. The infant also had a bruised face, head, knee and anus. Nikolai, his adopted brother Luka (also from Russia), and one of the Emelyantsev's bio children had Down's Syndrome.
Date: 2008-03-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes

Placement

Location

tooele, Utah
United States
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Nilanthie Perera

13-year-old girl adopted from Sri Lanka by Samson and Dammika Perera, was murdered by her adoptive father. Parts of the Nilanthie's body were hidden under the floorboards; others were secreted in pot plants and a coffee jar. Samson Perera was given a life sentence, while Dammika Perera was jailed for helping him cover up the crime.
Date: 1985-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Wakefield, West Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Nina Hilt (Viktoria Valeryevna Bazhenova)



2-year-old girl adopted by Chris and Peggy Sue Hilt, died after suffering several blows to her abdomen. In March 2006, Peggy Hilt plead guilty to second degree murder to avoid a charge of first degree murder. She said that she was frustrated due to the lack of bonding between Nina and herself. May 25, 2006, Peggy Hilt was sentenced to 35 years in prison with 10 years suspended. Nina was adopted in January 2004 from Irkutsk, Russia. Nina had an older sister adopted in Ukraine.

Date: 2005-07-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Homestudy

Organizations: A Loving Family, Alexandria, Virginia

Post placement

Organizations: A Child's Hope, Raleigh, North Carolina

Location

Wake Forest, North Carolina
United States
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Passion Gardner

2-year-old girl in foster care with Nathaniel and Sonja Mitchell was shaken to death by her foster father.
Date: 2000-03-31
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Columbia, South Carolina
United States
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Queenie Baker

21-month-old girl in foster care with Edwin and Rosa Hall was beaten to death.
Date: 1995-05-24
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

New York, New York
United States
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Quintessa Murreld

3-year-old girl in foster care with her uncle, was beaten to death.
Date: 1991-02-00
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

New York, New York
United States
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Quyzir Davis

3-year-old boy in foster care with Alethia McKee was beaten to death.
Date: 2005-08-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
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