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


Towanda, Kansas
United States
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Prosecutor: parents are suspects in Adam Herrman case2008-01-17
Long-missing boy is subject of search2009-01-03
Search Starts for Kansas Boy Now Missing 10 Years2009-01-05
Butler County sheriff to search river area, a home in boy's disappearance 2009-01-07
Adoptive mother denies she abused missing boy2009-01-07
Relatives: Boy Missing for 10 Years Was Abused2009-01-07
Sister was one who called officials about Kansas boy missing since 19992009-01-08
Missing boy's uncle says he witnessed verbal and physical abuse 2009-01-10
A timeline for the Adam Herrman case2009-01-11
Prosecutor: parents are suspects in Adam Herrman case2009-01-17
The Adam Herrman Mystery 2009-01-24
Adam Herrman case moving 'behind closed doors,' sheriff says2009-02-22
[duplicate to delete] Judge blocks records' release for missing Kan. boy2009-03-06
Records in missing-boy case to stay closed2009-03-07
Judge blocks records' release for missing Kan. boy2009-03-07
Case of missing boy Adam Herrman not forgotten in Butler County Read more: 2010-01-03
Adam Herrman's Biological Father Speaks Out 2010-07-08
Adam's family happy with charges; wants more answers 2010-07-08
Herrman couple charged wth fraud2010-07-08
Couple accused of welfare theft; son missing since '992010-07-09
Adoptive parents of missing boy Adam Herrman to go to trial in theft case 2011-06-13
$50,000 reward yields no new clues in Adam Herrman disappearance, authorities say2014-01-06
Update on 1999 disappearance case of Kansas boy whose parents never reported him missing2014-06-26


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