Boy adopted by Randal and Christine Arnold

6-year-old boy adopted by Randal and Christine Arnold was beaten, pushed down the stairs,  and starved, to the point that the boy only weighed 30 pounds. At age three the boy had weighed 31 pounds. He had starvation induced lanugo hair growth. Upon examination doctors also found various straight line, u-shaped and horseshoe type markings across the boys body consistent with the buckle of a belt found at the house.

Christine Arnold was found guilty and sentenced to 22 years. Randal Arnold was found guilty and sentenced to 18 years.
Date: 2010-09-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother


Organizations: Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Jefferson County Children's Services


Littleton, Colorado
United States
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