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


bloomington, Indiana
United States
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DocumentDatesort icon
Diana Lynn Groves v. State of Indiana (appeal)2008-10-16
Underground network moves children from home to home2006-01-18
Adopting against the odds2004-03-04
Neglect suspect was some parents' last hope; Bloomington woman assumed guardianship of troubled kids when families couldn't cope2004-02-15
Suspect got custody in local court 2004-02-13
Child abuse suspect surrenders 2004-02-04
Mother surrenders on neglect charges2004-02-03

It is rediculous that a

It is rediculous that a respectable couple couldn't raise these children with love and a safe home. All the children needed was a healthy place to grow and learn. If you can't provide these simple things then never offer to take children into your home in the first place.


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