Children physically abused while in child placement



"Infant Charlie"

14-month-old boy about to be adopted by Richard and Ellen Pluckhorn, suffered a fractured skull, sprained elbow, fractured scapula and severed bowel. The injury to the bowel nearly killed him, and ultimately caused brain damage and blindness.
Date: 1983-01-01
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Huron County Department of Human Services

Location

Norwalk, Ohio
United States
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10 children adopted by Sharon and Reed Leonard

Sharon and Reed Leonard, adopted 10 children from Ethiopia and China, 4 through disruptions. At least 6 of the children are alleged to have been forced to sleep ouside in calf hutchs, and were beaten with paddles, plastic pipes or metal rods. The children were homeschooled. 4 sibs were adopted via AAI from Layla House. The family moved from Wisc to Missouri in Nov 2008.
Date: 2009-09-01
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Layla House
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Neosho, Missouri
United States
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13+ Children in care of Diana Lynn Groves

13 to 16 children, mainly internationally adopted, were neglected by Diana Lyn Groves (aka Diana L. Roll, Diana Graves, Diana Martin, Spike Martin) after she was granted custody of them though private arrangements with the adoptive parents. She bound children with duct tape, beat them with a tennis racket, and disciplined 1 girl by putting her in a clothes dryer.

The 13 children removed in November 2003 included her youngest 2 biological children (16 and 13 years), a 2 year old child adopted at 5 months in Texas, and 10 other children. Six of these children had guardianship papers, 1 did not, and 3 are unknown status. Their ages were: 13, 11, 9, unknown, 9, 9, 7, 6, 1, 4 months. The 7 year old was from Poland. Other children were reported to "look like" they were from Eastern Europe, Ethiopia and Asia. She was previously charged with felony theft in 1989, fraud in 1991 and a felony charge of failure to appear in court in 1992. She allegedly operated under names such as Adoptions By Granny and Loving Choices placement agency. Besides the 3 children in the home in November 2003, there were at least 3 other children placed in the home by guardianship.

It appears she pleaded guilt to felony neglect of a dependent for the 2003 issues. She was apparently released by 2006

In 2006 Ms. Groves took $14,000 from 7 people saying she operated an adoption agency. She was sentenced to 3 years.
Date: 2003-11-01
Placement type: Legal Guardianship
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Legal guardian
Disabilities: yes

Location

bloomington, Indiana
United States
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18 Children in care of Tom and Debra Schmitz

 

10 children adopted by/in legal custody of and 7 children illegally in the "care" of Tom and Debbie Schmitz were abused by their adopters (they also had 1 bio child). For years the Schmitzes took in disabled and otherwise troubled children in their home and were part of an under-ground network of people taking in children from disrupted adoptions. As adherents of Attachment Therapy, they beat their children, locked them up in cagelike bunk beds, forcing one child to eat his own vomit; holding another child's head underwater as punishment; sitting on a girl and urinating on her; and hurling a wheelchair-bound girl into a swimming pool; placing a hose in a girl's mouth and turning on the water, and lancing a boil on another child with a box cutter as she screamed in pain; forcing children to dig what they were told were their own graves.

Seven children in the "care" of Tom and Debra Schmitz were illegally placed. At least: 2 were from China, 2 from Russia, 1 from Vietnam and 1 from Mexico.

Debra pleaded no contest to 14 counts of child abuse and one count of trafficking. She was sentenced to six months in jail and probation. Tom Schmitz case has been expunged. The Schmitz are now divorced.
Date: 2004-06-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes

Location

Trenton, Tennessee
United States
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2 children adopted by Erin and Jennifer Pickel

A 15-year-old boy (adopted 2005) and a 13-year-old girl (adopted 2006) adopted by Erin and Jennifer Pickel were physically abused by their adopters and locked in a backyard playhouse for days at a time. Three other children (one over 18) in the home were apparently unharmed. Erin James Pickel is a US Air Force major stationed at Seymour Johnson Airbase, Goldsboro, NC.
Date: 2013-06-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Goldsboro, North Carolina
United States
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28 children adopted by Kathy and Dan Blackburn

28 children, many special needs, adopted by Kathy and Dan Blackburn while they were missionaries in Haiti. Parents divorced after 30 year marriage and both alleged the other parent was guilty of child abuse. Initially Dan was granted custody of the minor children, he lost it after the children were neglected.
Date: 1996-06-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

SHELBYVILLE, Indiana
United States
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3 children adopted by John and Sonja Kluth

A 15-year-old and a 11-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl, adopted by John Edward Kluth and Sonja Kay Kluth, were allegedly beaten, choked, whipped, and burned.  In addition, the adoptive parents allegedly forced the youngsters to eat pet food, kept both boys confined to the basement, and locked the oldest son in a dog crate for up to two months.

According to news reports, the adoptive father claimed he and his wife were going to be accused of child abuse, but the children came to them already damaged.

The Canadian County Sheriff says the couple was receiving $4,500 a month support money from the state of Wisconsin, where they adopted the children before moving to Oklahoma.


Date: 2011-02-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Yukon, Oklahoma
United States
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3 children adopted by Nicholas and Jill Newcombe

Three children adopted by Nicholas Newcombe and Dr Jill Newcombe-Buley were systematically abused by their adoptive mother over a ten-year period. Jill Newcombe-Buley was sent to prison for four years.
Date: 2009-09-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Stoke-on-Trent Social Services

Location

Prestbury, Cheshire
United Kingdom

4 Children adopted by Annissa Schoolfield

4 children aged 7 to 12 were allegedly beaten, cut and handcuffed by their adoptive mother Annissa D. Schoolfield. Children are now with their adoptive father,  Anissa's ex-husband Eugene Schoolfield was not charged.

Date: 2010-06-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Post placement

Organizations: Erie County Office of Children and Youth

Location

Millcreek, Pennsylvania
United States
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4 children adopted by Shanda Lou Yenglin

Shanda Lou Yenglin, a single mother, adopted four children (2 boys and 2 girls) from foster care.She had a history of substantiated abuse and neglect of her children dating to 2002, She hit one boy in the head with a wrench, other children were having their hair pulled, being hit with hangers, and being pushed against the walls.One boy was slammed onto the bathroom floor with enough force to crack his three front teeth. She did not seek dental repair until the following day, when she instructed the boy to tell the dentist he slipped and fell.

Yenglin lost temporary custody of the four children in May 2010 amid an investigation by the state Department of Human Services, but was nevertheless allowed unsupervised visits. During the third visit, Yenglin gave the children drug-laced milkshakes and led them out to sleep in a minivan running inside a closed garage. Shanda Lou Yenglin managed to kill herself from carbon-monoxide poisoning. The four children survived.
Date: 2011-02-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Waterford, Michigan
United States
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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
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Adam Herrman (Irvin Groeninger III)

Adam Herrman  

Adam was last seen in 1999 at age 11 or 12. His adoptive parents, Doug and Valerie Herrman, did not report him missing for 10 years and continued to collect adoption subsidy payments until he would have turned 18. The Herrmans told their family that Adam had returned to state custody. They are telling the police that they think he ran away. Adam was adopted when he was 2 yrs old. Valerie Herrman allegedly mentally and physically abused the boy: punching, hair-pulling, spanking with a wooden spoon or belt, refusing to feed him, and making him sleep in the bathtub without a pillow or blankets. CPS investigated several times. The sheriff is investigating the case as a death. (Left age 11, middle photo is an age progression, right 2 years)
Date: 1999-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Undetermined
Home schooling: yes

Location

Towanda, Kansas
United States
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Adam Stein

Three-year-old boy, adopted from China, by Philip and Michele Stein, in November 2009, suffered severe head trauma, and ended up in a coma. Michele Stein was charged with abuse. In January, Adam had been hospitalized with burns on his hands.
Date: 2010-03-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Apex, North Carolina
United States
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Alexander Laws

Ten days after being removed from his parent's care, 2.5 year old Alexander Laws was hospitalized with injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Foster mother Kasondra Martinsen left Alexander and a 6 year old foster child with her friend 21 year old Osbaldo "Nanno" Sanchez while she worked. Osbaldo Sanchez was not an approved child care provider, and he did not seek medical care for the child after he injured him.
Date: 2012-11-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Other non-family member

Homestudy

Organizations: Nevada Department of Human Resources, (Clark County Department of Family Services)

Placement

Location

Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
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Alexei Nickavick Kelly

Adopted from Russia along with 2 bio brothers, Alexei Kelly (Alexei Nickolayevick?) was beaten by his adoptive father. Later, the family sold their farm and lived in a bus.
Date: 2012-02-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

North Island - location
New Zealand

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
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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
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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
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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
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Alloma Gilbert, Christopher Spry and Child A

 

3 children, 1 adopted and 2 fostered by Eunice Spry were abused over 20 years. The children were beaten, starved, forced to eat vomit, had sticks rammed down their throats, skin rubbed with sandpaper and were locked naked in their rooms for weeks. Spry was convicted in 2007.
Date: 2005-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Foster mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Gloucestershire social services

Location

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
United Kingdom

Alonso Richard Munson

13 to 15 year old boy adopted in Colombia by Howard and Marjorie Munson 1.5 years earlier, was punished by being placed in a cage for 6 weeks to 3 months.
Date: 1983-11-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Clayton, Missouri
United States
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Amber King

12 year old girl adopted by Sandra Parker was brutalized kept chained and starving in the basement. She was also abused by 2 older, also-adopted, siblings. All 3 were special needs children.
Date: 2002-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling

Location

Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Andrew Richardson

1-year old "Baby Andrew" was placed in foster care by James Ryan Hadlock. The boy suffered from fractured legs and ribs, plus bleeding of the brain. Hadlock was sentenced to 100 days imprisonment.
Date: 2006-11-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Utah Division of Child and Family Services

Location

Provo, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Andy Cannon

Adopted in 1997 at age 8 by David Cannon, Andy was sexually and physically abused until he was removed from the home in 2004 after many reports of abuse.
Date: 2004-08-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Other non-family member

Post placement

Organizations: Wakefield Council’s Family Services

Location

Wakefield, West Yorkshire
United Kingdom

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
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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
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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
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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
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Austin and Edward Bryant

  Austin (left) Edward (right)
Two brothers, adopted by Edward and Linda Bryant, both went missing. Edward (age 9 at the time) disappeared in 2001. Austin (age 7 at the time) disappeared in 2003. One of the boys was reportedly denied food, spanked, forced to run up and down stairs and rolled up tightly in blankets as punishment. Bryants reported they were advised to roll the children in blankets "like a burrito" by a Colorado therapist.

The Bryant's moved to Texas in 2005 and never declared the boys missing. They kept receiving adoption subsidies for the remainder of the decade, grossing in $175,000. They were arrested early 2011.
Date: 2011-01-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Monument, Colorado
United States
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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
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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
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Boy adopted by Alona and Rodger Hartwig

9-year-old boy, adopted by Alona and Rodger Hartwig was hospitalized for more than a month with burns and other severe injuries allegedly inflicted by his adoptive parents. H e was beaten, thrown into a creek, fed formula to keep off weight and often made to sleep without a blanket on a porch at the family’s Blachly home.
Date: 2010-06-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Blachly, Oregon
United States
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Boy adopted by Angel and Osanna Bravo

3-year-old boy, adopted by Osanna and Angel Bravo from foster care was found unconscious in a bathroom, requiring immediate surgery for a skull fracture and brain bleeding. The adoptive parents were arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of child abuse.
Date: 2011-04-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Scottdale, Arizona
United States
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Boy adopted by Brandon and Desiree Antle

3-year-old boy adopted by Brandon and Desiree Antle was physically abused by his adoptive father. The boy suffered a bump and laceration requiring stitches on the forehead in one incident and bruises on the face, neck, back and buttocks in the other.
Date: 2010-06-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Hutchinson, Kansas
United States
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Boy adopted by Christy Mae Pensinger

5-year-old boy adopted by Christy Mae Pensinger was allegedly pushed down a flight of stairs and depriving of food by his adoptive mother.
Date:
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Hollsopple, Pennsylvania
United States
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Boy adopted by couple from Colorado Springs

11-year-old boy, one of 5 adopted by a couple from Colorado Springs, was forced to spend days and nights in a small room beneath stairs with only a wool blanket and bucket in which to relieve himself.  When he wasn't confined to that space, he was forced to masturbate in front of siblings, do calisthenics in the nude, wear a dog shock collar, and he was forced to eat his meals on the floor while the rest of the family dined at the table.

On good days, the adopted boy lived in a sparse basement day room, kept separate from the rest of the family.

According to the adoptive mother, she followed suggested therapies for his attachment disorder, such as employing reverse psychology and making him earn his meals and play time through good behavior.

She said one unlicensed therapist, Deborah Hage of Silverthorne, told her to put the boy in the space beneath the stairs when he was bad.

Hage wouldn't comment on the case and said she was "never the family therapist."

Prosecutors didn't seek felony convictions in this case because they could not prove the child suffered serious physical injury.

Date: 2001-09-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Attachment Therapy

Persons: Deborah Hage

Location

Colorado Springs, Colorado
United States
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Boy adopted by couple in Manitoba

14-year-old boy, adopted by a couple from Manitoba, Canada, killed both his adoptive mother and his adoptive sister with a rifle. The boy claimed years of abuse prior to the shooting.
Date: 2007-08-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

St Lazara, Manitoba
Canada
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Boy adopted by Deidra Harris

4-year-old boy adopted from foster care by Deirdra Harris was beaten with a belt all over his body by his adoptive mother. Harris had been investigated twice for child abuse. 
Date: 2011-02-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Orlando, Florida
United States
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Boy adopted by Earl and Diane Fletcher

All four children of  Earl and  Diane Fletcher, of which one adopted, were physically abused.
Date: 2009-03-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Price Township, Pennsylvania
United States
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Boy adopted by Jane and Timothy Cochran (Kuzma)

4-year-old boy from Taganrog, Rostov, Russia, adopted by Jane and Timothy Cochran. The boy had severe bruising, cuts from head to toe. He'd been beaten by hand and with a wooden spoon and had been cut with scissors. Allegedly he was beaten because he couldn't say his prayers properly. Jane confessed her crimes to her Catholic priest prior to being arrested.
Date: 2006-02-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: an agency accredited by Russia

Location

Alfred, New York
United States
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Boy adopted by Jay Ram aka Gary Winnick aka Jay Mizraha

A boy adopted at age 10 from California in 1983 by Jay Ram (aka Gary Winnick) was later sexually, physically and psychologically abused while living on the Big Island. The boy was isolated on a farm and required to work. Ram had at least 6 boys (5 adopted and 1 foster) in 1993. He also had 3 adult sons, unclear of bio/adopted status.
Tehama County California had investigated physical abuse allegations in mid 1980's. A visiting boy reported sexual abuse in 1992.
Jay Ram worked for the Tropical Rural and Island/Atoll Development Experiment Station (TRIADES) and later Agrinom. He is believed to have moved to Saipan., and in 2013 is believed to be somewhere in Africa. He was located in Odessa Florida living under the name Jay Mizraha along with 3 boys or young men.
Date: 1985-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Hakalau, Hawaii
United States
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Boy adopted by Jennie Malak

18 month old boy, adopted from Guatemala, shaken 6 weeks after arriving in his new home by his mother Jennie D. Malak, an LPN. His adoptive father was not charged. The parents are estranged. The boy is now living at home with his adoptive father, where he is still recovering from various physical and neurological injuries.

Jennie or Jeannie Malak had been treated for psychiatric disorders for several years prior to the adoption. Malaks presented a forged letter from her doctor attesting that she was mentally fit to adopt the children.
Date: 2001-07-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Hyde Park, New York
United States
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Boy adopted by Jennifer Louise Barnes

10-year-old boy, adopted by Jennifer Louise Barnes was sexually tortured by his adoptive mother, burning his penis with a lighter and sodomizing him with a toothbrush, forcing dog feces into his mouth and taping it shut using duct tape.
Date: 2010-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Gilbert, Arizona
United States
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Boy adopted by Jeremiah Lovato

A 15-year-old boy adopted by single-father Jeremiah Lovato, was repeatedly beaten with a 2-by-2 piece of lumber and suffered long time physical abuse. After the boy's school suspected abuse, his father decided to "home school him".
Date: 2010-01-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Home schooling: yes

Location

Cimarron Hills, Colorado
United States
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Boy adopted by Kathlyn Anthony

6-year-old boy adopted from foster care by Kathlyn Anthony was forced to sleep in a plastic dog crate. Connecticut Department of Children and Families investigated previous allegations of abuse, but wasn't able to substantiate those.
Date: 2011-03-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Old Saybrook, Connecticut
United States
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Boy adopted by Lee M Rager and Diana J. Haley

A boy, adopted by Lee M Rager and  Diana J. Haley was allegedly tortured by his adoptive parents. He was kept locked in his room and tied up while being beaten. The boy was removed from school twice to prevent further investigations into child abuse.
Date: 2013-07-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Fort Wayne, Indiana
United States
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Boy adopted by Matthew and Amy Sweeney (Daniil Krichun)

8-year-old boy adopted from Tula, Russia in June 2006 at age 3 was systematically abused by his adoptive mother. His adoptive parents, Navy Lieutenant Commander Matthew Sweeney and Amy Sweeney, had 5 bio children and Daniel. All 6 children were homeschooled. Daniel Alexander was beaten with a belt and electric cord. According to Russian sources, prior to the adoption, Daniel lost an eye due to abuse while in his biological mother's home in Russia.

For ignoring the abuse, Matthew Sweeney pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and received a suspended sentence of 60 days. Amy Sweeney, pleaded guilty to felony abuse and neglect. Her sentencing will be in Dec 2013
Date: 2012-07-19
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Novomoskovsk Baby Home (Tula Oblast #3)
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: Child of the Heart

Location

Bristow, Virginia
United States
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Boy adopted by Michael and Pat Awada

15 year old boy adopted in Bulgaria, was taken to hospital after being hit with a chair for being out on his bicycle too long. Michael Esau Awada was charged. Patricia Anderson Awada was not charged. Charges were dropped in exchange for counseling.
Date: 2003-05-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Eagan, Minnesota
United States
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Boy adopted by Mona and Russell Hauer

8 year old boy adopted along with 2 siblings was beaten and fed a liquid only diet by Russell and Mona Hauer. He weighed 35 lbs, the size of a 4 year old. His bones were protruding and he had a swollen belly. Prior to adoption, the Hauers were advised he had suffered trauma and should be provided therapy. He was normal weight at that time. Less than 2 months outside the home, the boy had gained 15 lbs and 2 inches in height.
Date: 2012-11-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: likely Nicollet County Social Services or Le Sueur County Human Services

Location

North Mankato, Minnesota
United States
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Boy adopted by Paul Salvetti

A 13 year old ethnic Roma boy adopted from Russia was confined to in his room and deprived of food and schooling by Paul and Debbie Salvetti, his adoptive father and stepmother, during a 3 month period in 2007. Earlier Debbie was alleged to have hit the boy with a frying pan and baseball bat. Debbie Sue Salvetti was charged with two counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. Paul Joseph Salvetti faced one charge. In 2009, Paul and Debbie took a joint Alford plea and were sentenced to 20 to 33 months in jail. Paul filed several appeals requesting to withdraw his Alford plea The boy is referred to as Pesha or TS in the pleadings.
There were 3 or 4 other children in the home, including the boy's sister, possibly adopted in Peru.
The boy was adopted as an infant or toddler by Paul Salvetti and the now deceased Leslie Salvetti, who passed away in 1998.
Date: 2007-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Other family member
Home schooling: yes

Location

Kernersville, North Carolina
United States
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Boy adopted by Peter and Deedra Mitchell

6-year-old boy adopted by Peter and Deedra Mitchell was being starved, handcuffed and locked a basement.
Date: 2004-09-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Kansas City, Missouri
United States
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Boy adopted by Rachel Tipton and her husband

A 4 year old boy adopted from Ethiopia by Rachel Hatfield Tipton and Pediatrician Dr. Jimmy Tipton was beaten in the genitals with a wooden spoon by his adoptive mother. She has been charged with criminal abuse.
Date: 2013-07-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Jeffersontown (Louisville), Kentucky
United States
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Boy adopted by Randal and Christine Arnold

6-year-old boy adopted by Randal and Christine Arnold was beaten, pushed down the stairs,  and starved, to the point that the boy only weighed 30 pounds. At age three the boy had weighed 31 pounds. He had starvation induced lanugo hair growth. Upon examination doctors also found various straight line, u-shaped and horseshoe type markings across the boys body consistent with the buckle of a belt found at the house.

Christine Arnold was found guilty and sentenced to 22 years. Randal Arnold was found guilty and sentenced to 18 years.
Date: 2010-09-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Jefferson County Children's Services

Location

Littleton, Colorado
United States
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Boy adopted by Ronald and Tammy White

16-year-old boy adopted by Ronald and Tammy White was forced by his adoptive father to drink a gallon of water, causing his organs to shut down. The boy was regularly beaten and locked in a room without access to a bathroom.
Date: 2011-07-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father
Disabilities: yes

Location

Spring Hill, Florida
United States
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Boy adopted by Ruben and Jacqueline Lerma

13 year old boy was beaten with a belt by his adoptive mother Jacqueline Anne Lerma. She was sentenced to four years imprisonment.
Date: 2008-07-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Victorville, California
United States
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Boy adopted by Scott and Catherine Kanani Nelson

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

Placement

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

Location

Roy, Utah
United States
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Boy adopted by Steven and Mikelann Renwick

6 year old boy only allowed in the house for meals, was beaten with switches, and had to sleep in the laundry room with the dogs. He was admitted to the hospital with severe injuries to his head, legs and body, after beng in the home about 1 1/2 years. Three other children in the home were adopted as infants. Mikelann Renwick is a Worship & Creative Arts Pastor of a Holiness church.
Date: 2010-08-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Tavares, Florida
United States
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Boy adopted by Tai-Ling Gigliotti

16 year old boy adopted at age 4 in Taiwan by his biological aunt Tai-Ling (Han) Gigliotti. She beat him for at least 3 years ending in 2009 when he escaped from the home after he was beat with a board and a hose. His arm was broken; he was covered with bruises and lacerations.
Date: 2009-02-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Spring Hill, Florida
United States
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Boy adopted by Tamara and Jeffrey LeFevre

17-year-old boy adopted by Jeffrey and Tamara LeFevre was made to live outside without adequate water and toilet facilities and being struck on the back, buttocks and/or legs with a belt, wooden spoon and/or spatula.
Date: 2008-01-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Eagar, Arizona
United States
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Boy adopted by Tammy Renea Andrews

10-year-old boy adopted by Tammy Renea Andrews was allegedly tortured by his adoptive mother. The boy was repeatedly hit with the fist, a small baseball bat and a hammer. He was hog tied, and his tongue was pinched with a staple puller.

Tammy Andrews took the boy out of school to homeschool him.
Date: 2010-02-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Safford, Arizona
United States
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Boy adopted by Walter and Beverly Watts

12-year-old boy, adopted three years before by Walter and Beverly Watts, was found wandering the streets in his pajamas with bruises on his abdomen, back and at the back of his legs. Allegedly his adoptive parents had beaten him frequently and had taped his mouth to prevent others from hearing his screams.
Date: 2010-06-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Port St. Lucie, Florida
United States
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Boy and girl adopted by Richard and Christine Dodson

4 year old girl and 5 year old girl adopted by Richard and Christine Dodson were abused by their adopters. The girl's leg and arms were broken and the boy was being starved and beaten. Both children were home-schooled.
Date: 1995-07-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services

Location

Round Rock, Texas
United States
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Boy fostered by couple in a Perth suburb, Australia

A 6 year-old boy was found by child protection officers bruised, huddled and clutching his knees to his chest in the cot that had been converted to a virtual cage in a darkened garage in November last year. The only light was sunlight coming under the garage door. He was malnourished and weighed just over 12kg. The boy was given one or two meals a day, water, a screwdriver and saucepan to bang together when he needed to toilet. His body mass was so low that two months after going in to new care he suffered mild cardiac failure and returned to hospital.

His foster mother, 34, was jailed on Nov 7th for two years and eight months for reckless neglect of the boy. The woman also has five biological children, aged up to 15. Her husband, 31, the father of three of the six children, received a maximum jail term of three years and two months for assaulting the boy.

All the five natural children of the woman were well cared. The judge  read from the woman's police statement, where she described resenting the boy because he was not one of her natural children. She made his bedroom in the shed so he was out of the way of the family, the court was told.
Date: 2008-11-07
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Perth, Western Australia
Australia

Boy in foster care in Alberta

A boy suffers severe brain damage while in foster care with his brother in June 2007. The foster mother has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the injuries.
Date: 2007-06-02
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
Canada
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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
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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
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Boy in foster care in Kotovo, Russia

6 year old boy in Kotovo, Volgograd Russia was severely beaten by his foster mother for taking a piece of candy.
Date: 2012-02-24
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Kotovo, Volgograd
Russia

Boy in foster care of Mary Enzenbacher

2 year old boy in foster care with Mary Enzenbacher was severely beaten by her live-in boyfriend Anthony Walton. Mary observed the beatings over a few days but refused to seek medical treatment.
Date: 2012-08-21
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Other non-family member

Placement

Organizations: Hamilton County Job and Family Services

Location

Cincinnati, Ohio
United States
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Boy in foster care of Sharanda Hammock

11 year old boy in foster care had burns on his legs and genitals and was dehydrated. His foster mother Sharanda Hammock and her girlfriend Cecily Sharp were charged with second-degree battery and permitting child abuse.
Date: 2012-11-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother, Other non-family member

Location

Fayetteville, Arkansas
United States
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Boy in foster care with Joycelyn Louis

9-year-old boy in foster care with 72-year-old Joycelyn Louis, was branded with a potato masher as a punishment.
Date: 2009-07-29
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Midwest City, Oklahoma
United States
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Boy in foster care with Lonnell and Joyce Sims

2-year-old boy in foster care with Lonnell Sims and Joyce Ann Savage Sims was taken into the hospital with of blunt-force trauma to the head. He will likely need care for the rest of his life
Date: 2009-05-11
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Undetermined

Location

Conecuh County, Alabama
United States
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Boy in foster care with Sharmon Evans

11-year-old boy was allegedly punched and slapped regularly, forced to wear a diaper, ingest his own feces, sleep on the floor and refused food.
Date: 2008-06-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Troy, New York
United States
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Boys adopted by Leslie Tiesler and Brad Thill

Three adopted boys were starved, shot with a BB gun, beaten with a spoon, and confined to a tool chest for days with only a pipe for fresh air. Thills adopted 4 boys in 2008, Leslie had a bio son. They divorced in 2010, but Leslie Tiesler continued to live in Brad Thill's house while he was overseas defense contractor. Tiesler, the non-adopted son and one of the adopted boys participated in the abuse. Tiesler claimed the boys were homeschooled. Forty-fve days after removal from the home, the 3 abused boys had gained 27, 20 and 10 pounds.
Date: 2012-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling, Non-adopted sibling, Undetermined
Home schooling: yes

Location

Cameron, North Carolina
United States
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Boys adopted by their aunt and uncle in Blackstock, Ontario

Two boys adopted by their aunt and uncle in Blackstock Ontario were found caged. One boy was found in a makeshift cage that was strapped to a wall and padlocked.

They were often tied to their beds, sometimes handcuffed. At one time, one brother was forced to sleep in a bare dog cage.

They were kept in diapers because they couldn't get to the washroom, subjected to rectal examinations and often beaten with a variety of household implements.

They lived in such fear, court heard, they ate their own feces to hide evidence of accidents and, deprived of water, felt compelled to drink their own urine. ...

Date: 2004-07-20
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Blackstock, Ontario
Canada
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Boys in foster care of Dennis Scott McCurry and Molly McCurry (birth name West)

Three boys in permanent custody of their bio Aunt and her husband were found severely malnourished, a 5-year-old boy who weighed less than 20 pounds, an 8-year-old who weighed less than 40 pounds and a 7-year-old brother who weighed about 32 pounds when police found. The boys also were treated for bruises, scratches, burns and head lice. The boys told officers they were tied up to be kept from food in the mobile home. Mrs McCurry kept a prosethetic hand needed by one of the boys hidden.

Date: 2006-07-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: South Carolina DSS

Location

Lyman, South Carolina
United States
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Bruce, Michael, Tyrone and Keith Jackson

   

Four New Jersey boys who had been systematically starved by their adoptive parents, while state child welfare workers, in a bewildering series of errors, failed to make the most basic checks on the children over a dozen years. Bruce(19) was 45 lbs, Keith (14) was 41 lbs, Tyrone (10) was 28lbs,  Michael (9) was  23lbs. The boys were also beaten with brooms, rulers, sticks, shoes and belt buckles. Above is a family photo, a close up of Bruce and Bruce 27 months later.

Vanessa Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The boy's father died of a stroke before being convicted.
Date: 2003-10-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: DYFS' Southern Adoption Resource Center

Location

Collinswood, New Jersey
United States
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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
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Cameron VanHyning

Cameron was adopted from Aktobe, Kazakhstan in April 2001 by Michael & Jodene Van Hyning. Michael was the primary care-giver. One month home, Michael nearly beat 15 month old Cameron to death in several incidents over a two week period. VanHyning is serving a 28-year prison sentence for aggravated domestic battery.
Date: 2001-06-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: Main Street Adoption, , Martinez, CA / Lancaster, PA

Location

Clinton, Illinois
United States
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Carmina Salcido (Cecelia Swindell)

 

At age three, her father Ramon Salcido, embarked on a killing spree, murdering Carmina's mother, her two sisters, two aunts and her grand mother. Carmina's throat was slit, but she managed to survive the massacre.

She was subsequently adopted by Clyde and Betty Swindell from Missouri, members of the ultra-conservative Catholic group "Tradition, Family and Property" (TFP). This family was chosen by her maternal grandfather as he and his family belongs to the same sect. The Swindell family abused her for years, including spending her trust fund, until she left the house at age 17. Carmina's story is told in the book "Not Lost Forever".
Date: 1989-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Missouri
United States
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Child adopted by John Hintz

John Hintz was charged with felony child abuse for mistreating his seven year old son who he and his wife adopted in November 2010. According to reports the child was forced to do push-ups with closed fists on rocks while Hintz placed his foot on the child's back. That was after learning the boy had stolen a candy bar.

Authorities say when the child could no longer do push-ups, Hintz forced him to run laps until he had blisters on both feet.

The child told authorities he also was forced to eat all of his Valentine's Day candy and drink five glasses of soda in one sitting, causing him to vomit.

In a previous abuse and neglect report filed by Southern Elementary, it stated that on Feb. 10, both of the child’s adopted parents met with school personnel and told school officials they no longer wanted the child to have treats or rewards because they felt the sugar was affecting his behavior.
Date: 2011-03-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Home schooling: no

Location

Wymore, Nebraska
United States
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Child C

Police are investigating allegations a serious abuse against a five-year-old boy, known as "Child C", while he was in the care of Haringey.

Child C was snatched from his home in Africa and adopted as a "miracle baby" by a follower Gilbert Deya, the evangelist who has been at the centre of investigations into a "miracle baby" child-trafficking scandal, with infants allegedly stolen and passed to infertile women who were then convinced they had conceived through prayer.Once in the UK, the follower adopted the five-year-old, but he was seized by police in 2003 and taken into care where he has passed through six different sets of carers.

His sixth, and final, foster carer, who looked after him for 15 months, forged a strong bond with the child, but partly because her north African ethnic background was different to that of the boy, Haringey council opposed her application to adopt him. Instead, social workers fast-tracked his adoption by a black couple of Caribbean origin instead.  Since being placed with the adoptive parents allegations have surfaced that Child C was admitted to intensive care in a coma in 2006.

The authorities were alerted when concerns were raised by a consultant child psychiatrist after the boy was taken to hospital. The Guardian quoted a report which said that while in care of an adoptive couple, Child C had his head banged against a wall so hard that he needed hospital treatment. Anonymous complainants suggested that Child C was unhappy and would not eat properly. The adoptive mother complained that he was wrecking her marriage and left him with a social worker, it was claimed, only taking him back when the local authority agreed to pay £26,000 for looking after Child C.

 

Date: 2008-12-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Haringey Council

Location

Haringey
United Kingdom

Childern in legal guardianship of Rita Makekau

Five siblings aged 8, 11, 13, 14, and 15 placed in legal guardianship of their aunt Rita Makekau were repeatedly abused by her.Makekau used a hammer to break and chip their teeth when they misbehaved. She struck them on their heads with knives and metal spoons, causing bleeding and permanent scarring.The children sometimes went without food for a week, and one had been forced to sleep under the house with dogs and insects and without warm clothes or bedding as punishment for misbehavior.
Date: 2006-04-28
Placement type: Legal Guardianship
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Legal guardian

Placement

Organizations: Child Welfare Services Hawaii

Location

Waianae, Hawaii
United States
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Children adopted by a St Francis couple

5 developmentally disabled children removed from their adoptive home where they were locked in their barren rooms for 14 hours/day. Two young foster children were also removed.
Date: 2001-03-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

St Francis, Wisconsin
United States
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Children adopted by Anya James

Six children adopted by Anya James were physically abused by their adoptive mother.The children were confined in small rooms with alarms on doors and windows to alert James if they tried to escape. They had to use kitty litter buckets as toilets. James homeschooled the children and allowed only minimal contact with the outside world.The children were malnourished because James severely restricted their diets, police say. Their growth was stunted to the extent they didn't go through puberty as teenagers, and some children had downy hair cover (Lanugo) due to starvation.

Between 2000 and 2010, James received $750,000 in adoption subsidies from the State of Alaska.
Date: 2010-10-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Anchorage, Alaska
United States
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Children adopted by Brian Kloosterman and Stephanie Schreiner



Four children adopted from Guatemala, allegedly abused by their stay at home adoptive father who is the primary caregiver to five children, ages 5 months through 3 1/2 years. Brian was arrested on suspicion of child abuse. The family was also investigated in Aug. 2007 when their newly adopted 9 month baby girl was rushed to the hospital for a head injury just three weeks after being adopted from Guatemala. She had a 106.8-degree temperature and a urinary-tract infection. No charges have been filed in that case.
First two adoptions (Christopher and Benjamin) completed early 2006, 3rd adoption (girl) July 2007, 4th adoption (boy) completed in April 2008. Bio child born Dec 2007. (Their first bio child died 5 days after birth, prior to any adoptions.)
Date: 2008-05-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Persons: Sue Hedberg

Location

Orlando, Florida
United States
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Children adopted by Carol J. Schmidt

Three girls (age 15, 13 and 6) and two boys (age 7 and 9) adopted by Carol J. Schmidt, were physically abused by their adoptive mother. The abuse consisted mostly of cruel and unusual punishment.
Date: 2011-11-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Verden, Oklahoma
United States
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Children adopted by Charles and Marjorie Moss

Eight children from foster care were abused by Marjorie; she punched children, hit them with a wooden paddle, locked them outside for hours with no food or water, held their heads under hot water, and threatened them with a gun.
Date: 2000-05-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Plant City, Florida
United States
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Children adopted by couple from Los Angeles county

Four siblings, currently (as of June 2011) in the age between 11 and 14, were allegedly abused by their adoptive parents. Between 2002 and 2008, several referrals of physical and emotional abuse were made, but were regarded unfounded after the children retracted their allegations.

In June 2010, one of the children again made allegations of physical and emotional abuse of the adoptive parents, initially backed up by one of the siblings, who later retracted the support of the allegations.

The Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division Eight, believed the children were pressured by the adoptive parents to retract their allegations, threatening them with homelessness.

Date: 2011-06-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Verbal abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Los Angeles county, California
United States
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Children adopted by couple in Haute-Loire, France

A 4 year-old boy was brought to the hospital at Haute-Loire (France) by his adoptive parents for an injury resulting from falling; but the doctors realized quickly that the injuries were not consistent with a fall. The younger brother of the victim, 18 months-old, was also hospitalized since few days for an injury to his leg. The boys were adopted since May 1, 2008. After having denied any violence, the father admitted that sometime he strikes the children to correct them but he minimizes the brutality of his behaviour saying that it was his way of educating his adoptive son who only speaks an Ehtiopian dialect. The father is imprisoned for aggravated rape, sexual assault and violence on children. The man is known to be impulsive and violent with his wife. His wife is under investigation for "non-denunciation of ill-treatment".

Date: 2008-06-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: Tukul (based in Addis)

Location

Yssingeaux, Haute-Loire - Auvergne
France

Children adopted by couple in Quebec, Canada

Three children were abused for six years by their adoptive parents, in Becancour Quebec. They have been beaten with fists, feet and with sticks. The children were also subjected to backbreaking works for their age. Parents were sentenced to community service.
Date: 2007-02-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Becancour, Quebec
Canada
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Children adopted by Damien and Allonna Stovall

Two children (aged 6 and 7), adopted by  Damien and Allonna Stovall were allegedly beaten with a belt and wooden spoon. In September 2012, the Stovalls were named "Angels in Adoption" upon recommendation of Sen. Chuck Grassley. The charges of abuse were dismissed without prejudice.
Date: 2013-03-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Des Moines, Iowa
United States
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Children adopted by Dave and Wonda Dixon

A 12-year-old girl, adopted by Dave and Wonda Dixon, was allegedly sexually and physically abused. She was also deprived of food. The Dixon's had adopted a total of 10 children.
Date: 2013-08-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Lubbock, Texas
United States
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Children adopted by Donald and Linda Hannah

A girl and a boy adopted by Donald and Linda Hannah were physically abused by their adoptive parents. The girl was also sexually abused by her adoptive father. When the girl reported the sexual abuse to her adoptive mother, she was accused of lying. The girl was also made to sleep outside as punishment.
Date: 2013-02-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Crum, West Virginia
United States
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Children adopted by Douglas and Kristen Barbour


A 6-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl, adopted from Ethiopia by Douglas and Kristen Barbour, were severely maltreated by their adoptive parents. The boy was malnourished and had skin lesions and the girl had signs of multiple skull fractures (abusive head trauma)  which caused her to be blind in one eye and partially paralyzed.
Date: 2012-09-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Location

Franklin Park, Pennsylvania
United States
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Children adopted by Dwayne and Pamela Hardy

Two children, ages 6 and 9, adopted in February 2010, by Dwayne and Pamela Hardy, were locked in their rooms and not allowed to eat. If they were caught sneaking food from the garbage, they were paddled with wooden spoons or a belt, which was the "Christian thing to do".
Date: 2010-08-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Location

Altamonte Springs, Florida
United States
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Children adopted by Earnest and Windie Perry

Earnest and Windie Perry, adopted six children in total. Five of them were removed from the house after the couple was charged with eight count of aggravated child abuse. Their eldest, Elizabeth Perry, together with her adoptive mother Windie, was also charged with two counts of rape of a child and two counts of aggravated rape.

Earnest was acquitted. Windie and Elizabeth were convicted of  facilitation of rape of a child, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and more involving 2 of the girls.
Date: 2008-07-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Clarksville, Tennessee
United States
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Children adopted by Elisha and Cheryl Christopher

Children adopted by Elisha and Cheryl Christopher were allegedly suffocated and forced to jump off a roof. One of the children was allegedly locked into a dog cage.
Date: 2011-07-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Lexington, Kentucky
United States
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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
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Children adopted by Gregory Bernard Lacy and LaQuron D. McLean Lacy

Seven children, under the age of 11, adopted by Gregory Bernard Lacy and LaQuron D. McLean Lacy were sexually and physically abused by their adoptive parents.

The Lacy's had an in-house strip club where parties were held in the children's presence. The children were hit with fists, belts, hangers and metal objects and one of the girls was molested by her adoptive father.
Date: 2012-10-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Perris, California
United States
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Children adopted by Harold Johnson and Sherry Johnson

4 children aged 8 to 13, adopted by Harold and Sherry Johnson were beaten and starved. The Johnsons pleaded no contest to aggravated child abuse and malicious punishment
Date: 1988-10-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Florida HRS

Location

Pensacola, Florida
United States
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Children adopted by Heidi L. Robinson

A boy and a girl, adopted by Heidi L. Robinson, were choked to the point where he couldn’t breathe.
Date: 2011-07-05
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Lehi, Utah
United States
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Children adopted by James and Vonda Ferguson

Three boys and two girls were beaten with sticks, belts, shoes, fists and hammers; burned with a clothes iron, the stove, and a curling iron; bitten; kicked; stabbed with knives, forks and sticks; urinated on; forced to eat their own excrement; forced to drink urine; fed rotting food as well as cat food; forced into the clothes dryer and the dryer turned on; beaten while naked; duct taped to a chair or their beds for days; strangled with a belt; held under water; held over a banister by their feet and dropped; made to drink hot sauce with red hot peppers; made to drink from the toilet; forced to go without food for days; forced to wear urine soaked clothing on their heads; and body slammed, along with other abuses.At least two of the victims also detailed sexual abuses and assaults using a toilet plunger.
James was a former lay minister and church trustee
Date: 2006-08-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Springfield, Ohio
United States
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Children adopted by Janelle Gertsch

Two children adopted by Janelle Gertsch were systematically abused by their adoptive mother and her live-in boy friend Larry Einspahr Jr.
Date: 2013-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Other non-family member

Location

Creston, Nebraska
United States
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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
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Children adopted by John and Linda Dollar

Five children adopted by the Dollars who starved them, shocked them with electricity, pulled out their toenails with pliers, bound them with chains and strips of plastic and struck their feet with hammers. Twin boys, age 14, weighed 36 and 38 pounds when taken from the home.

The family included three girls, ages 12, 13 and 17; three 14-year-old boys (two of them twins) and a 16-year-old boy. One 14 yr old and the 17 year old were favorites and not abused. Dollar's also had an adult daughter, adopted as an infant, who had moved out of the home.
Date: 2005-02-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Hillsborough County DCF (3 children in 1995)

Location

Beverly Hills, Florida
United States
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Children adopted by Juan and Myra Rodriguez

Three children adopted a year before, had allegedly been abused and tortured by their adopters.
Date: 2008-06-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

LaRue County, Kentucky
United States
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Children adopted by Judith Leekin


Eleven teenagers and young adults were held like prisoners in Trinidad native Judith Leekin's home in what appeared to be a decades-long scheme to line her pockets with the government payments she received for adopting and raising them. She adopted at least 11 children and fostered at least 22 children. One of the children an 18-year-old boy named Shane Graham, aka Moo, with autism, Down syndrome and needing round the clock care, is missing, and presumed dead. An infant placed with Ms. Leekin died in 1988 of "crib death".

The children did not attend school. The police and CPS investigated Leekin for abuse in 1999.
Date: 2007-07-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Economic exploitation, Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: Four separate NYC agencies: HeartShare Human Service, St. Joseph’s Children’s Services, SCO Family of Services, and New York City Administration for Children’s Services

Location

Port St Lucie, Florida
United States
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Children adopted by Kekoa and Kaylynn Gaunavinaka

Three siblings adopted in 2003 by Kekoa and Kaylynn Gaunavinaka were systematically beaten by their adoptive father, allegedly the adoptive mother stood by and did nothing. The eldest, a 13 year old girl was also sexually abused by her adoptive father.

Kekoa Glenn Gaunavinaka is serving a life sentence for sexual abuse of his daughter and physical abuse of his sons. Kaylynn divorced Kekoa in 2010 and served 6 months in jail for covering up the abuse. She is barred from seeing the children as a condition of her probation.
Date: 2009-08-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Caldwell, Idaho
United States
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Children adopted by Kelly Doreen Morris

4 biological siblings adopted by Kelly Morris are alleged to have been beaten and tortured.
Date: 2012-05-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

hanford, California
United States
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Children adopted by Kodzo Dobosu (aka Kojo Odo)



At least three out of thirty-five children adopted by "father of the year" Kodzo Dobosu were sexually abused by him. Another child was sentenced for beating a sibling. He was accused of beating children with a board and pouring hot sauce and hot tea on the genitals of some children. He pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of three children and to petty larceny, in a deal which included no prison time.

Dobosu was born John Love, then legally changed his name to Kojo-Mbogba Odo and later Kodzo Dobosu. Children came from foster care in many states. The family was filmed for a PBS Frontline documentary called "Children of Pride".
Date: 1991-10-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adopted sibling
Disabilities: yes

Location

New York, New York
United States
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Children adopted by Matthew and Melissa Dumont

3 children internationally adopted by Melissa and Matthew Dumont were allegedly physically, emotionally, and sexually abused. The children are now aged 17 (girl from China), 14 (boy from Thailand), and 13 (girl from China) and were adopted separately. The older 2 have autism and other special needs.
Date: 2013-07-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Wide Horizons for Children (WHFC), and ?

Location

Manchester, New Hampshire
United States
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Children adopted by Mechelle and Bessie Saffold

Former foster parents of the year Bessie and Mechelle Saffold, neglected and battered five children they adopted.
Date: 2007-02-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
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Children adopted by Nellie Jasper Johnson

20 children adopted by Gainesville, Fl woman were beaten with sticks, pipes, belts, extension cords and paddles during more than 10 years of abuse.
Date: 2001-09-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Shepherd's Care Ministries

Location

Gainesville, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Nikki and Larry Russell

At least 3 of 4 children adopted from foster care by Nikki and Larry Russell were beaten, duct taped to their beds and deprived food.The 93 lb 17 year old was not in school, IcyHot was applied to his genitals and in his rectum. Russells also had a 5th biological child in the home.
Date: 2012-11-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Terre Haute, Indiana
United States
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Children adopted by Patrick and Sherry Kelley

In 2004, the Kelleys were accused of burning, beating, and slapping their five adopted children, 10 to 15 years old. Later investigation cast doubt on whether the evidence would hold up in court, according to prosecutors. In January 2007, Superior Court Judge Mike Wolverton accepted no-contest pleas to greatly reduced charges and released the Kelleys, who had served about 17 months in jail.

George and Shirley Long were accused of standing by while their adopted grandchildren were abused for years.

George Long, the adoptive grandfather, is found guilty of chaining his 10-year-old adopted grandson to a dog run.
Date: 2004-07-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Other family member
Home schooling: yes

Location

Wasilla, Alaska
United States
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Children adopted by Peter and Tamara Gable

Some of seven children, adopted from the foster care system by Peter and Tamara Gable, were physically abused by their adoptive parents. The abuse consisted largely of cruel and unusual punishment.
Date: 2012-04-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Middlefield, Connecticut
United States
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Children adopted by Roberto Acosta and Shirley Carroll Acosta

Four children between 3 and 9 being beaten with boards, locked in a basement without food and doused with cold water as punishment.
Date: 1999-03-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Arapahoe County Department of Social Services

Location

Brush, Colorado
United States
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Children adopted by Shelley Blair

A 12 year-old boy and a 13 year-old girl, the adopted children of Shelley Blair, were found wandering a busy road. The children were bruised and malnourished. Shelley Blair is now under investigation.

In 2003, Blair pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse.
Date: 2008-10-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: DCS Tennesee

Location

Spring Hill, Tennessee
United States
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Children adopted by Shirley Allen

Three teen-age children adopted from the foster care system were refused food, beaten and made to stand on a milk crate for hours by their adoptive mother. Shirley Allen received, in addition to her $600/mo. disability income, $1,500 per month in compensation for each of the three fostered/adopted children
Date: 2008-05-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Loganville, Georgia
United States
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Children adopted by Sylvia and Michael Wenger

Date: 2001-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Chewelah, Washington
United States
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Children adopted by Teresa and Jay Moody

Teresa and Jay Moody were accused of abusing their adopted children nearly three years ago. A 11-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were removed from their home in December 2005 and placed in foster care.
The couple avoided any jail time, however under the terms of a plea agreement, they were prohibited
from being foster parents or providing services to children under 18.

Date: 2005-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Greentown, Indiana
United States
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Children adopted by Theresa and Reed Hansen

Theresa and Reed Hansen, of Saratoga Springs, Utah had been accused of felony and misdemeanor charges for withholding food, sometimes for days at a time, from two of their three children adopted from Russia, who were of pre-school age at the time. The abused boy and girl were bio siblings adopted 2 years after the first. All three adoptees were removed from the home in 2002 and have reportedly thrived since in new adoptive homes.
Date: 2002-10-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Saratoga Spring, Utah
United States
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Children at Kerelaw Residential School



Residential school in Scotland where "common assaults", "emotional abuse", neglect and poor practice were daily routine.
Date: 2004-06-18
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Kerelaw Residential School
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Stevenston, North Ayrshire
United Kingdom

Children in care at the Christian Brothers at Bindoon

For decades migrant children from England were sent to Bindoon, Australia, where the were both physically and sexually abused by the Christian Brothers, running the orphanage.
Date:
Placement type: Institution
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Bindoon, Western Australia
Australia

Children in care of Lottie Beasley

At least 3 of 4 children in care of Lottie R. Beasley and her husband were beaten with broomsticks, extension cords and plastic tubing. Boys ages 11 and 10, girls aged 6 and 3. One of the children was adopted, and 3 were in foster care with the Beasleys. Mrs. Beasley, the foster or adoptive mother was sentenced to 2.5 years in jail after pleading to third degree assault. The father was not charged.
Date: 2001-06-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Foster mother

Location

North Pole, Alaska
United States
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Children in care of the Sisters of Nazareth

For decades the Sisters of Nazareth ran institutions in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Australia. Abuse in these facilities was endemic.
Date:
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Sisters of Nazareth
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

United Kingdom

Children in foster care of Florence Marie Shipp and her husband

19-month-old boy and a 3-year-old girl were beaten, burned, and malnourished while in foster care of Florence Marie Shipp and her husband. A psychiatrist indicated Mrs. Shipp was borderline mentally retarded. She was convicted of abuse and sentenced to 5 years.
Date: 1987-01-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother
Disabilities: yes

Placement

Organizations: Florida Department of Children & Families, Florida DHRS

Location

Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
United States
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Children in foster care with Jose and Juanita Miranda

3 boys and 2 girls were routinely beaten, drugged and sexually abused in the foster home of Juanita and Jose Miranda. The 6th child mentioned is a bio child. The children were forced to perform sexual acts with Jose and each other in a  padlocked room in the basement. Juanita had been arrested numerous times, jailed and had lost custody of her 2 bio children to California CPS prior to getting her Washington foster care license. At least 35 complaints over 7 years were submitted to Wash DSHS.

Foster father Jose Miranda confessed and was convicted of three counts of first-degree child rape, two counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of third-degree assault of a child. He died in jail. Foster mother Juanita Miranda was never charged and died of a drug overdose.
Date: 2011-08-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Tacoma, Washington
United States
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Children in foster care with Mary Heath

An 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl in foster care with their aunt Mary Heath and her boyfriend Sekoa Aiono were being locked up half naked in separate bathrooms, where they received little food. The children were regularly beaten and sexually abused.
Date: 2008-10-14
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Eagle Mountain, Utah
United States
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Children in Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children



children in orphanage were sexually abused for years by employees
Date: 2010-02-12
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada
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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
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Christian Blewitt



Three year old Christian was placed with along with his 2 younger siblings with inexperienced parents Angela and Ian Gay in Nov 2002. Six weeks after placement, Christian was admitted to a hospital then died. He had head injuries and a significant amount of salt in his bloodstream. The initial autopsy listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma.

Gays were initially found guilty of manslaughter. This verdict was overturned based on new medical evidence. At the second trial, they were found not guilty.

News reports of the second trial mention hydrocephalus and "salt diabetes" (Diabetes insipidus). Christian was alleged to have been diagnosed with hydrocephalus at 7 months. The condition was not monitored or disclosed to the Gays or the prior foster parents.

It is unclear if a medical condition, forced salt ingestion, physical abuse, or some combination of the three caused his death.
Date: 2002-12-07
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Undetermined

Placement

Organizations: Sandwell Social Services

Location

Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
United Kingdom

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Danielle Ellington

17-year-old girl adopted by Linda Ellington and her husband was tried to be set on fire by her adopted mother. The Ellington's had four more adopted children, including Danielle's brother.
Date: 2009-06-05
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Louisville, Kentucky
United States
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Elena Varela

4 year old girl admitted to the hospital with fractures to both legs and her right arm and severe bruising on her legs, arms, upper and lower back, abdomen and head. Her parents Raul and Tricia Varela held her the potty for 3 hours and then beat her with a shoe and spatulas, in a potty training battle. The family has 2 biological sons, ages 7 and 9; and four adopted daughters, ages 2 to 8. The girls were apparently adopted after Oct 2006
Date: 2009-04-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Goodyear, Arizona
United States
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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
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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
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Elsa Garcia aka Esther Alice Combs

 

Elsa Garcia was taken from Baptist Children's Home in Valparaiso, IN by Baptist Minister Joseph and Evangeline Combs in 1978 at 4 months old. Raised as Esther Combs, she was never adopted, although believed she had been. She was sexually abused by Joseph  Combs and beaten by Evangeline. Mrs. Combs beat her with a baseball bat, burned her with a curling iron and pulled out chunks of her flesh with pliers, causing more than 400 scars on her body. She was beaten with a hose. She was treated as a family servant and did not attend school or homeschool.

The Combs were arrested in 1998. Joseph Combs was sentenced to 114 years in prison for kidnapping, rape, assault and perjury. Evangeline Combs was sentenced to 65 years for kidnapping and child abuse.

Date: 1978-01-01
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Location

bristol, Tennessee
United States
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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
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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
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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
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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

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