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


Organizations: Michigan Department of Human Services, Family Independence Agency (renamed DHS in 2005)


Trenton, Utah
United States
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Mom who abused girl ordered to stand trial in 1995 death1999-09-04
Mother is charged in '95 death Michigan murder trial a result of Utah abuse case1999-07-29
Utah mom charged in daughter's death1999-04-07
Christopher Tucker sentenced1998-05-15
Foster parents sentenced to maximum prison terms for child's torture 1998-05-15
Mom gets prison for child abuse 1998-05-14
Story of Danielle and Brittany Tucker1998-05-00
Confession in tot's death sends Tuckers back to jail1998-04-30
Abusive Mother Admits Pushing Adopted Girl Down Stairs1998-04-29
Abuse admissions leave feelings mixed in town1998-03-09
Parents Who Locked Starving Girl in Basement Plead Guilty; Parents Plead Guilty to Abusing Girl1998-03-05
Parents plead guilty to abusing girl1998-03-05
Body of abused girl's sister pulled from Michigan grave1998-01-24
No charges in death of foster child1997-12-18
Cache couple will be tried in S.L. on neglect charges1997-12-02
Witnesses Call Abuse Suspects Good Parents1997-11-26
Parents can visit kids despite abuse charges 1997-11-24
Grandparents of Utah girl didn't want to give her up1997-11-23
Trenton Couple Still Can Visit Daughters1997-11-22
Was Pair in Abuse Case Subsidized?; Cache Deputies Ask If Child Payments Went to Pets, Fax 1997-11-21
Will Utah child-abuse case reopen 1995 Michigan case?1997-11-20
Was Disabled Girl's Fatal Fall an Accident?; Michigan Child Was Half-Sister To One Found Locked in Basement 1997-11-20
Guardians of 31-pound 6-year-old are charged 1997-11-18
Parents of Emaciated Girl Charged With Child Abuse1997-11-18
Officials seize items from home where 2 adoptees were removed 1997-11-17
Cache Home Searched; Deputies Look for Evidence Family Abused Two Girls1997-11-15


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