Most recent abuse cases

This archive contains cases of abuse of children within the child placement system.

Some of the these children have been killed, other's survived but suffered from:

In several cases the abuse was hidden from authorities under the pretext of homeschooling.

For an overview of abuse cases by location, see this map.

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Boy adopted by Kimberly Durlin

14-year-old boy adopted by Kimberly Durlin was sexually abused by his adoptive mother. Durlin expressed that the sexual abuse started in an attempt to bond with her adopted son. According to news reports, when the detective contacted the boy's adopted father for a follow-up interview, the man allegedly told the officer that he didn't want to hear any more details about the case and said he planned on giving up his parental rights.
Date: 2015-04-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Rathdrum, Idaho
United States
See map: Google Maps

Three children adopted by Jacqueline Ferguson

Three children adopted by Jacqueline Ferguson, were systematically beaten by their adoptive mother. There were already signs of abuse prior to the adoption, but nothing was done.
Date: 2015-03-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Lonoke County, Arkansas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Eric and Angela Corcoran

16-year-old boy adopted by Eric and Angela Corcoran was kept locked in the basement
Date: 2015-03-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Deerfield, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Jenica Randazzo



9-year-old girl, adopted by her grand parents, Ernesto and Angela Rios, was beaten to death by her mentally ill uncle, Jason Rios, who lived at the same house.

State law prevented case workers to ask questions about Jason Rios' mental illness.
Date: 2015-02-05
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other family member

Placement

Organizations: Eckerd Community Alternatives

Location

New Port Richey, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Christine Evelyn Baughman

11-year-old boy, adopted from Ukraine in 2013, by Christine Evelyn Baughman, was allegedly physically abused by his adoptive mother.
Date: 2014-11-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Ringgold, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Timothy and Karen Sue Tolin



A 19-year-old boy, one of 13 children adopted by Timothy and Karen Sue Tolin, was found locked in a caged bed covered in urine and feces.

Court records indicate that the Department of Human Services has a history of involvement with the Tolin family.

In 2010, the Huron County Intermediate School District and Ubly Community Schools petitioned Huron County Circuit Court Family Division regarding a charge the Tolins educationally abused and neglected seven minor children. A hearing was canceled after the Home School Legal Defense Association got involved.

One of the children adopted by the Tolins was placed with Tom and Debra Schmitz.

Karen Sue Tolin on her now defunct website admits to being a long time sufferer of Anxiety and Depression.

Date: 2014-10-20
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes

Location

Ruth, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Richard and Rana Cooper

16-year-old girl adopted by Richard and Rana Cooper was systematically abused by her adoptive mother. Rana Cooper is accused of forcing the girl to eat used cat litter, attempting to gouge the girl’s eyes out and trying to sew her mouth shut. Allegedly she also forced the girl to run her finger along the rim of the toilet and eat what was on her finger.
Date: 2014-10-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Avella, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Two children adopted by Allison Fowler

Two children adopted by Allison Fowler were both physically and verbally abused by their adoptive mother.
Date: 2014-10-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Verbal abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Holly Hill, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Mark and Ruthann Gneiser

5-year-old boy with Down syndrome, adopted by Mark and Ruthann Gneiser, was allegedly beaten by his adoptive mother so badly that he defecated in his pants. She then made the boy sit in scalding hot bath water.
Date: 2014-09-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes

Location

Newton, Wisconsin
United States
See map: Google Maps

3 children Children adopted by David and Rejeana Moss

Two girls, age 11 and 13, and an adult male, adopted by David and Rejeana Moss, were being kept locked away and were physically abused by their adoptive parents. The two girls alleged sexual abuse by David Moss as well.
Date: 2014-09-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Location

Dorset Township, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Douglas and Kim Sherman

15-year-old girl, adopted by Douglas and Kim Sherman was forced to live in a shed at the rear of the house. She was also beaten regularly.
Date: 2014-09-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Bloom Township, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Three children adopted by Charles and Suzan Sealock

A nine-year-old girl, a seven-year-old boy and a six-year-old boy adopted by Charles and Suzan Sealock were physically abused by their adoptive parents. The seven-year-old boy was being locked in his room.

The Sealocks had a child of their own who showed no sign of abuse.
Date: 2014-09-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Dandridge, Tennessee
United States
See map: Google Maps

Seven children adopted by Owen Miller

Seven children adopted by Owen Miller and his wife (name unknown) were allegedly routinely locked in attics and basements and outdoors, left without food for days. Moreover Owen Miller is accused of sexually abusing one of his adopted daughters.

The alleged crimes took place in Missouri, a state the Millers left when they moved to Alaska.
Date: 2014-08-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Viburnum, Missouri
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by couple from La Salle, Manitoba

A 10-week-old girl adopted by a male couple, was physically abused by one of her adoptive father.
Date: 2014-08-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

La Salle, Manitoba
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Melvin and Kenya Bloomingburg

8-year-old boy adopted by Melvin and Kenya Bloomingburg was found chained up in a backyard shed.
Date: 2014-07-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Memphis, Tennessee
United States
See map: Google Maps

Koystya Thyssen

Koystya Thyssen, a 22-year-old man adopted from Kazakhstan at the age of 11 by Dane and Jenifer Thyssen, was locked up in a garage for four years.
Date: 2014-06-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Dripping Springs, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Two girls adopted by Johann and Kimery Jorg

Two girls, aged 11 and 13, adopted five years prior by  Johann and Kimery Jorg were systematically abused by their adoptive parents. Both girls were made to sleep outside using a bucket for a bathroom, and they were not allowed to wear clothes. They were forced to run barefoot in the heat for hours and beaten with a wooden paddle as punishment for supposed “lying and stealing”. The older girl’s hair was also shaved off as punishment. They were systematically deprived of food.
Date: 2014-05-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Peoria, Arizona
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Justin and Marsha Harris

6-year-old girl adopted by Justin and Marsha Harris was re-homed, together with her 3-year-old sister, six months after the adoption was finalized. She came to live with Eric Cameron Francis, a former employee of Rep. Justin Harris. Cameron sexually abused the girl.
Date: 2014-04-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Bella Vista, Arkansas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Roberta and Joseph Shane

9-year-old girl, adopted by Roberta and Joseph Shane, was locked into a garage for extended periods of time.
Date: 2014-04-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Casper, Wyoming
United States
See map: Google Maps

Two children adopted by Kate Parker

Two girls, aged 4 and 5, adopted from Ukraine by Kate Parker were medically abused by their adoptive mother. The two girls as well as one of Parker's biological children, underwent numerous medical procedures based false accounts by their adoptive mother.

Parker also sought and received donations based on made up stories.

One of the adopted girls was re-homed.
Date: 2014-04-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Medical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: Reece's Rainbow

Location

Grant Pass, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by couple from Sedgwick County, Kansas

A 14-year-old girl adopted by a couple from Sedgwick County, Kansas, was tortured by her adoptive parents, locked in the basement and withheld food.

Kansas Department for Children and Families had received concerns about the girl’s treatment nine time in a little more than five years, but found there was not “clear and convincing” evidence that abuse had occurred.
Date: 2014-03-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Sedgwick County, Kansas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Hannah Hoag

18-months old girl adopted by Rebecca Cotes died as the result of medical neglect.
Date: 2014-03-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Wyoming, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy and girl adopted by Eraca Dawn Craig and Christian Jessica Deanda

An 8-year old girl and a 5-year-old boy adopted by Eraca Dawn Craig and Christian Jessica Deanda were starved, chained and abused by their adoptive parent. A 3-year-old boy, who was the biological child of one of the two women received similar treatment.
Date: 2014-03-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Salinas, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Madoc Hyunsu O'Callaghan


3 year old Hyunsu (aka Hyeonsu or Hyun-su) was adopted from South Korea under the new laws by Brian and Jennifer O'Callaghan in October 2013. He had a diagnosis of hydrocephalus. He died less than 4 months after his arrival in his adoptive home with a skull fracture, bleeding in the brain, eye hemorrhaging, trauma to his scrotum, and other evidence of blunt force trauma. Jennifer was out of town for several days leaving Madoc with his father Brian Patrick O'Callaghan, a former marine. Brian O'Callaghan has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death.
Date: 2014-02-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Disabilities: yes

Placement

Location

Damascus, Maryland
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Travis and Stacy Yates

Two girls, out of six children adopted by Travis and Stacy Yates, were sexually abused by their adoptive father. The abuser confessed to the abuse in 2014, but was allowed to live with his wife and four of the adopted children, until being sentenced to 37 years in prison a year later.
Date: 2014-02-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Home schooling: yes

Location

Nixon, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by couple from Jackson County, Michigan

5-year-old girl adopted by a couple from Jackson county, Michigan, was sexually abused by her adoptive father.
Date: 2014-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Jackson County, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by John A. Kelley

9-year old boy adopted by John A. Kelley and his wife, was beaten with a belt and paddle.
Date: 2013-12-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Batavia Township, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Zhuzhou couple

3 year old girl was beaten to death by her adoptive mother surnamed Yi. Father's surname not released. The family had been reported for abuse previously. This was a domestic adoption in China.
Date: 2013-12-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Lusong District Zhuzhou, Hunan
China

Ten year old girl in Newcastle

Unpublished
A ten year old girl in foster care in Newcastle NSW reported she was indecently assaulted by her 57 year old foster father. He was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Date: 2013-11-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Newcastle, New South Wales
Australia

Girl adopted by a Malaysian couple

Girl adopted at age 4 was beaten into a coma and subsequently died. Both adoptive parents have been arrested.
Date: 2013-11-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

ALOR SETAR, Kedah
Malaysia

Children in care of Wanda Sue Larson and Dorian Harper

An 11-year-old boy in foster care with Wanda Sue Larson and Dorian Harper was found on the porch in his underwear, handcuffed and a dead chicken tied around his neck. Wanda Sue Larson and Dorian Harper also had four adopted children which were underfed, and regularly chained to pieces of rail road. Larson was a supervisor for the Union County Department of Social Services, North Carolina.
Date: 2013-11-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Monroe, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Asunta Yong Fang Basterra Porto



Asunta Yong Fang Basterra Porto, a 12 year old girl adopted from China as an infant, was found dead shortly after she was reported missing by her parents. Her divorced parents, Rosario Porto and Alfonso Basterra, have both been arrested.  According to reports, the motive could be economic; researchers are trying to determine if the girl was the recipient of an inheritance left by the maternal grandparents.
Date: 2013-09-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Undetermined

Location

Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), A Coruna
Spain (Espana)

Two childen adopted by woman from Mendon, Utah

Two out of nine children adopted by a woman from Mendon, Utah, used an electric dog collar as a means to discipline the children in her care.
Date: 2013-09-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes

Location

Mendon, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

10 children adopted by Dave and Wonda Dixon

A 12-year-old girl, adopted by Dave and Wonda Dixon, was allegedly sexually and physically abused. She was also deprived of food. The Dixon's had adopted a total of 10 children.
Date: 2013-08-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Lubbock, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Lev Dzyuba and his wife

3 children adopted from Ukraine by Ukrainian natives Lev Dzyuba and his late wife Larisa Dzyuba were allegedly locked in their rooms for several months after Larisa's death from cancer. Lev's 2 sisters helped with the children, who were homeschooled, after Larisa's death.
Date: 2013-08-15
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Моя семья My Family, near Kiev
Type of abuse: Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Other family member
Home schooling: yes

Facilitators

Organizations: Natalia Koval

Location

Conyers, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Five children adopted Bernie and Melissa Harmon

Five children were adopted by Bernie and Melissa Harmon, in 2008. The couple confined the children in an attic, barely fed them, hit them with a whip and kept them out of school. Bernie Harmon is also accused of child molestation.
Date: 2013-08-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Taswell, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Erica Parson



15-year-old Erica Parson was taken in by Casey and Sandy Parsons two weeks after her birth, and adopted two years later. In November 2011 she went missing, however the adoptive parents never reported this to authorities. Upon investigation allegations of continuous abuse were made.

Erica was abused and maltreated by her adoptive parents, who encouraged their other children to abuse the girl.

Note: Given the preliminary state of this case, the abuse has been labeled "non-lethal neglect" (for the failure to report Erica Parson's disappearance).
Date: 2013-07-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Salisbury, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Lee M Rager and Diana J. Haley

A boy, adopted by Lee M Rager and  Diana J. Haley was allegedly tortured by his adoptive parents. He was kept locked in his room and tied up while being beaten. The boy was removed from school twice to prevent further investigations into child abuse.
Date: 2013-07-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Fort Wayne, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Three children adopted by Phillip and Kimberly Loesch

Three children adopted by Phillip and Kimberly Loesch in 2008 were deprived of food and were harshly disciplined. Physical beatings consisted of strikes to the hands, head and buttocks with leather "spanking sticks" to the extent the children's hands were swollen and not able to be closed, the affidavit alleges.

The chidlren were also required to put their hands in cold buckets of water as punishment too, or to limit the swelling from the assaults. Using the bathroom was allegedly allowed only with the parents' permission, which sometimes forced the children to have to relieve themselves in their rooms.

One boy was allegedly required to wear a cardboard box on his head to limit his looking around as a punishment to keep him from socializing. The children also slept on the floor for several months with no mattress, pillows, sheets or covers, according to the court records.
Date: 2013-07-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Readmond Township, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Rachel Tipton and her husband

A 4 year old boy adopted from Ethiopia by Rachel Hatfield Tipton and Pediatrician Dr. Jimmy Tipton was allegedly beaten in the genitals with a wooden spoon by his adoptive mother. She has been charged with criminal abuse.

In March 2015, Rachel Tipton was cleared of all charges.
Date: 2013-07-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Jeffersontown (Louisville), Kentucky
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Matthew and Melissa Dumont

3 children internationally adopted by Melissa and Matthew Dumont were allegedly physically, emotionally, and sexually abused. The children are now aged 17 (girl from China), 14 (boy from Thailand), and 13 (girl from China) and were adopted separately. The older 2 have autism and other special needs.
Date: 2013-07-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Wide Horizons for Children (WHFC), and ?

Location

Manchester, New Hampshire
United States
See map: Google Maps

Faisal, 5 year old in guardianship with a Saudi man

Five year old boy Faisal died six months after leaving the orphanage in the guardianship of a 33 year old married Saudi Man. The boy was beaten and burned due to incontinence issues. Within a week of placement, Faisal came back to the orphanage and begged to be allowed to return.
He died in the hospital from a brain hemorrhage shortly after being admitted with head trauma, internal injuries and burns. This is a probably kafalah guardianship - the articles list both adoption and fostering.
Date: 2013-06-21
Placement type: Legal Guardianship
Institution: Dar Al Diafa orphanage, government run
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Legal guardian

Location

Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

2 children adopted by Erin and Jennifer Pickel

A 15-year-old boy (adopted 2005) and a 13-year-old girl (adopted 2006) adopted by Erin and Jennifer Pickel were physically abused by their adopters and locked in a backyard playhouse for days at a time. Three other children (one over 18) in the home were apparently unharmed. Erin James Pickel is a US Air Force major stationed at Seymour Johnson Airbase, Goldsboro, NC.
Date: 2013-06-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Goldsboro, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Janelle Gertsch

Two children adopted by Janelle Gertsch were systematically abused by their adoptive mother and her live-in boy friend Larry Einspahr Jr.
Date: 2013-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Other non-family member

Location

Creston, Nebraska
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl in UK, forced to become pregnant

16-year-old girl in the United Kingdom was forced by adoptive mother to get pregnant through artificial insemination. The divorced adoptive mother wanted to adopt another (4th) child, but wasn't approved. She then resorted to forcing her adopted daughter to get pregnant. The exploitation started when the girl was 14. The older 2 girls were adopted from country x by the US born woman (but permanent UK resident) and her Irish husband. The third girl was adopted after the divorce from 'country y' later identified as Kazakhstan.
Date: 2013-04-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

United Kingdom

Girls adopted by Onyeka Lucy Asonye

2 girls aged 3 and 4, adopted as infants in Nigeria by Onyeka Lucy Asonye, (a US citizen born in Nigeria) were beaten with sticks and other items. Both girls had bruises and internal injuries (blunt abdominal injury).
Date: 2013-04-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Houston, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girls adopted by a Devon couple

Two girls adopted by a couple in the foothills of Dartmoor were sexually abused by their adoptive father. He was sentenced for 16 years.
Date: 2013-04-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

near Dartmoor, Devon
United Kingdom

Girl adopted by Terri and Pamela Dennis

7-year-old girl adopted by Terri and Pamela Dennis died after having been unresponsive for over eight hours. Her death was caused by blunt force trauma.

The girl had been adopted 5 months prior to her death.
Date: 2013-04-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes

Location

Newport News, Virginia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Buddy Cook

Unpublished


Four-year-old boy adopted by David and Angel Cook, died of starvation. The boy had been adopted nine months prior after allegedly having been sexually abused by his biological mother and several men. Buddy Cook died of dehydration and malnutrition. David and Angel Cook were charged with felony injury, but were cleared in September 2014.
Date: 2013-03-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Cleburne, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Damien and Allonna Stovall

Two children (aged 6 and 7), adopted by  Damien and Allonna Stovall were allegedly beaten with a belt and wooden spoon. In September 2012, the Stovalls were named "Angels in Adoption" upon recommendation of Sen. Chuck Grassley. The charges of abuse were dismissed without prejudice.
Date: 2013-03-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Des Moines, Iowa
United States
See map: Google Maps

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