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


United States
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DocumentDatesort icon
Daughter Confronts Ramon Salcido, Father Who Left Her for Dead2009-10-16
Salcido looks back on saga of survival2009-10-15
Conversations with Carmina2009-10-14
Carmina's next chapter2009-10-14
Excerpt: 'Not Lost Forever' by Carmina Salcido2009-10-13
Left for dead, Carmina Salcido is back2008-07-31
Murder Rampage Survivor Breaks Silence2005-11-03
Family Set To Adopt Tot Who Survived Massacre1990-04-08


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