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: 1998-01-01
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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DocumentDatesort icon
PrimeTime: A Tragic Case of Abuse2000-11-02
COMBS FACES PERJURY CHARGES IN BROTHER'S KIDNAP-RAPE TRIAL 2000-08-14
WOMAN BEGINS NEW LIFE AFTER 20 YEARS OF ABUSE 2000-08-12
Couple sentenced for abusing girl they took from orphanage 2000-04-25
Experts say Esther Combs child-abuse case is unusual2000-04-09
Couple convicted of abusing girl they took from orphanage 2000-03-24
MINISTER, WIFE ABUSED ORPHANED GIRL, JURY FINDS 2000-03-24
PASTOR, WIFE CLEARED OF 4 ABUSE CHARGES 2000-03-23
MINISTER'S TEARS FLOW IN DENIAL OF `DAUGHTER' ABUSE 2000-03-22
Trial of minister, wife continues 2000-03-21
CHILDREN TESTIFY TO SUPPORT PARENTS ACCUSED OF ABUSE 2000-03-18
SON SAYS PARENTS DID NOT ABUSE HIS `SISTER' 2000-03-17
JUDGE CALLS RECESS IN TENN. ABUSE TRIAL AGAINST MINISTER AND WIFE 2000-03-09
TESTIMONY BEGINS IN ABUSE TRIAL 2000-03-03
Former minister accused of kidnapping, rape back in jail 1999-07-14
JUDGE DELAYS KIDNAPPING, RAPE TRIAL AGAINST COUPLE 1999-05-12
COUPLE PLEAD INNOCENT TO 'SLAVE' CHARGES 1998-12-15
WOMAN SAYS SHE WAS A 'SLAVE' ABUSED BY EX-BAPTIST MINISTER 1998-11-30
MINISTERS SUPPORT COUPLE IN ALLEGED ABUSE CASE 1998-11-26
ADOPTIONS STILL OPEN TO ABUSE 1998-11-22
WOMAN FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST ADOPTION AGENCY 1998-11-17
POLICE SAY WOMAN BECAME 'FAMILY SLAVE' 1998-11-14
EX-PASTOR, WIFE SEEKING PRIVATE LEGAL COUNSEL; HEARING SET FOR NOV. 25 1998-11-14
TENNESSEE EX-PASTOR, WIFE TIED TO ABUSE, CHILD SLAVERY 1998-11-11
PASTOR, WIFE CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE 1998-11-08
The Preacher Combs Trial
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Pound Pup Legacy