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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Viktor Alexander Matthey (Viktor Sergievich Tulimov)


Viktor Matthey: age 6, of Hunterdon County, New Jersey died of cardiac arrest due to hypothermia after adoptive parents Robert and Brenda Matthey locked him overnight in a damp unheated pump room. Viktor was also severely beaten by his adoptive father. The Matthey's attended a Pentacostal (AG) church and homeschooled their children. Both parents are sentenced to 10 years for confining Viktor to a pump room, 10 years for excessive corporal punishment and 7 years for failing to provide medical care. The sentences run concurrently. Viktor, along with twin bio brothers,  was adopted from Blagoschevensk, Amur, Russia 10 months before his death. The twins are now adopted by Robert's mother who has disavowed her son. Both Mattheys were released from jail in Fall 2008.
Memorial site: http://www.viktorspromise.org/
Star Ledger Special Report series http://www.nj.com/specialprojects/index.ssf?/specialprojects/viktor/main...
Photos http://www.nj.com/photos/viktor/
Date: 2000-10-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect, Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Bethany Christian Services, , Hawthorne NJ

Facilitators

Organizations: AMREX

Placement

Organizations: Adoption Alliance (CO)

Post placement

Organizations: Bethany Christian Services, , Hawthorne NJ

Location

Union Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey
United States
See map: Google Maps

David and Samuel Briggs (David and Samuel Filipache)

In October 2000, less than four months after arriving in County Armagh, 14-month-old David died in the care of his adoptive parents Gwen and Geoffrey Briggs.

The Assistant State Pathologist for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael Curtis, failed to examine X-rays which showed multiple fractures on David's body when he carried out an initial post-mortem. Later his body was exhumed and a second post-mortem examination revealed 27 partially-healed fractures.

Two weeks after the death of David Briggs, his 14-month old twin brother Samuel was brought to hospital with a fractured skull. Geoffrey Briggs had punched the child for refusing to take some medicine. Unlike his brother Samuel survived the attack.

Geoffrey Briggs received one year imprisonment for the attack on Samuel and was released after six months when he was being attacked by fellow inmates, after which the couple fled to Scotland. For the death of  David no-one was ever charged. The Briggs were former overseas missionaries.

The boys were adopted from Romania, where there parents were unaware of their adoption.
Date: 2000-10-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Homestudy

Organizations: Craigavon and Banbridge HSS Trust

Placement

Location

Portadown, Armagh
United Kingdom

Alex Charles Boucher

 

3-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and other medical needs, in the custody of the CT Department of Children and Families was killed by his prospective adoptive father, James Curtis, in Florida as punishment for soiling himself. Mr Curtis wrapped Alex tightly in a blanket and left him for 30 minutes. Alex asphyxiated. Jennifer Curtis was not charged. The Curtis' were given custody of Alex even though their homestudy  and background checks were not complete and would have revealed past violence.
Date: 2000-09-25
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father

Homestudy

Location

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

Chelsea Mensinger

11 year old girl adopted by her grand parents Charles and  Rita Mensinger. After having shot her husband Mensinger fled, bringing Chelsea with her. She later shot Chelsea and herself. Charles Mensinger survived his wife's attack on him.
Date: 2000-09-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

DuPont, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Rachel Joy Thompson

5 year old girl adopted by Gerald and Angela Thompson. She was murdered by Angela Thompson who forced an older sibling to sit on her hunched back for more than three hours, squeezing the life out of her. She was convicted for the abuse of two other children she had adopted. In total the Thompsons adopted 11 children. Thompson told a co-worker "spare the rod, spoil the child". Siblings of Rachel later pressed charges against the adoption agency, which was placed on probation and its founder Audrey Foster has been permanently barred from serving as executive director at any of the agency's five branches around the state. The agency is now run by her daughter Alison Foster,
Date: 2000-09-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Family Connections Christian Adoptions

Location

Springfield, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Grace Lee Bogey (Gracielo Cano)

Grace Bogey, who was born with spina bifida and was paralyzed from the waist down, died on Sept. 2, 2000 at 3 years old. Autopsy results showed she died from head injuries resulting from abuse, 4 weeks after the adoption was complete. Her adoptive mother Veronica Bogey, and grandfather Terry/Teri Bogey were charged.

Grace's foster family had objected to the placement in part because "they thought Bogey was actually a man pretending to be a woman". Veronica's father, Terry/Teri  Bogey ("a self-described hermaphrodite who claims also to be Veronica Bogey's mother") moved in during the preadoption period.

Veronica Bogey was acquitted. Terry Bogey pleaded no contest in August 2003 to a minor charge of third-degree child abuse.
in a separate civil case adoptive mother Veronica Bogey was found to be responsible, and therefore subject to monetary penalties.
Date: 2000-09-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Other family member
Disabilities: yes

Location

roswell, New Mexico
United States
See map: Google Maps

Casey "C.J." Elgie

5 year old Vietnamese boy, adopted by Jessica Vitale-Elgie and William Elgie, died 10 hours after ingesting a detergent/bleach solution from a bucket soaking his recently soiled underclothes. CJ was developementally delayed and weighed 30lbs. Ms Vitale-Elgie admitted she was disciplining the boy and let him suffer for hours prior to taking him to the hospital.

The Elgie's had a 6 yr girl from Korea and twin infant bio sons at the time of CJ's death. Ms Elgie had sought various therapies including attachment therapy for CJ.

Vitale-Elgie pleaded guilty in December 2002 to negligent homicide but later withdrew the plea when faced with a state prison term. In 2004, she was convicted of misdemeanor child endangerment. William Elgie was never charged. Both he and his now ex-wife were ruled neglectful parents during Family Court proceedings.

At the time of the adoptive mother's conviction, she was on a paid leave from her job as a special-education teacher in the Buffalo (NY) school system.

Date: 2000-08-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Amherst, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Andrew Ibarra, Andrew Haley, Tyler Donovan, Kenneth Shoemaker, James S and Michael M.

23-month-old Andrew Ibarra was in foster care with Cynthia Jackson, who beat him to death. He had a brain hemorrhage, a broken rib and other injuries. Five other foster children, Andrew Haley, Tyler Donovan, Kenneth Shoemaker, James S and Michael M. were also abused. Most of those children had suffered broken bones. Children had been removed from the home due to suspected abuse prior to Andrew's death.
Date: 2000-07-19
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: California Department of Social Services , San Bernardino County social services

Post placement

Organizations: Riverside County

Location

Riverside, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

15 children adopted by Bill and Debbie Rettew

Fifteen special-needs children adopted by Bill and Debbie Rettew were physically abused, medically neglected, and denied food as punishment.

In February 2002, a deal was struck with the Rettews, in order for them to get some of their children back. The Rettews agreed to a court order that found that “they physically and educationally neglected their 15 children.”

The court ordered that most of the children be enrolled in public or private school, that they be allowed ample socialization time as decided by the in-home therapy team, and that they be provided with any medical care or therapy advised by social services.

At least three of the children asked that they not be returned to the Rettews; it is not clear how many eventually returned.
Date: 2000-06-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Greer, South Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Charles and Marjorie Moss

Eight children from foster care were abused by Marjorie; she punched children, hit them with a wooden paddle, locked them outside for hours with no food or water, held their heads under hot water, and threatened them with a gun.
Date: 2000-05-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Plant City, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Candace Newmaker (Candace Tiara Elmore)

Candace Elizabeth Newmaker (19 November 1989 — 18 April 2000) was a victim of child abuse, killed during a 70-minute treatment session supposedly to treat reactive attachment disorder. The form of diagnosis and the treatments used were unvalidated and non-mainstrean methods practised within the field of attachment therapy.

Date: 2000-04-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Attachment Therapy

Persons: Connell Watkins, Julie Ponder

Location

Durham, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Richard and Ann Stenfeldt

11 year old girl adopted at age 7 from Lithuania along with her 3 younger brothers in 1996 was allegedly repeatedly raped by her father. Outcome of the case is uncertain.
Date: 2000-04-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Location

Plainville, Massachusetts
United States
See map: Google Maps

Passion Gardner

2-year-old girl in foster care with Nathaniel and Sonja Mitchell was shaken to death by her foster father.
Date: 2000-03-31
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Columbia, South Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Joseph Beebe

Eight year old boy and one of six children adopted by Brian and Edith Beebe. All children were beaten with a rod, locked in a room without food or water and sometimes dragged by their hair. Joseph died, his body covered with bruises from beating with a bamboo rod. The Beebees were adoptive parents to 6 special needs children, Joseph was one of a set of triplets adopted.
Date: 2000-03-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Non-adopted sibling
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Depelchin Children's Center, Houston TX

Placement

Organizations: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Children's Protective Services in Harris County, (Joseph+3), Alternative Emotions, Humble TX (2 children)

Location

Tarkington Prairie, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Timothy Boss


10 year old adoptive son of Donald Boss jr. and Lisa Boss Green was killed by the couple and buried in the basement. Timothy was adopted in Michigan,  but the Boss's informed Michigan authorities that the child was living in Iowa in order to receive monthly subsidy checks from Michigan.
Date: 2000-02-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes

Location

Remsen, Iowa
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boys fostered by Brian John Bergthold

At least two boys placed by Brian John Bergthold were sexually abused by him while being filmed. Bergthold was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for sexual assault and for 70 years for child pornography charges.
Date: 2000-01-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Bella Vista, Arkansas
United States
See map: Google Maps

John Smith


John Smith, died with 54 bruises, including three adult bite marks, on his body. The boy, was seen with injuries in four of the six months he spent with his prospective adoptive parents Simon and Michelle McWilliam. His penis was cut, his face burnt and his body bruised from head to toe, injuries seen by social workers who never once sought medical help for him. 

John died on Christmas Eve 1999 from a severe brain haemorrhage, which experts testified was caused by blows normally seen on battered boxers.

Date: 1999-12-24
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Portslade, West Sussex
United Kingdom

Children adopted by Emily Miller

In November of 1999 the half-naked disabled adoptive son of Emily Miller was found tied to a plastic bucket partially filled with urine. During the examinations, it was revealed two children in the care of  Emily Miller had died earlier. First in January 1993, 4-month-old Ieisha Dyson died after being born with a significant birth defect and in April 1995 DuJuan Miller, Emily Miller's 2-year-old adopted son died, supposedly of sudden infant death syndrome.


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Date: 1999-11-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes

Location

Detroit, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boys adopted and fostered by Thomas Cusick

Tom Cusick adopted or fostered 28 children, 4 girls and 24 boys. Most of boys were 8 or 9 year old when placed with him. Cusick was unmarried, but had a live-in female companion. At least 5 of the boys accused him of sexually abusing them.

Cusick committed suicide 2 days before the trial was to begin. Cusick claimed to be a famous composer, but apparently his income was only from foster and adoption subsidies.
Date: 1999-10-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Location

Langhorne, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Shawn Lowrance (Andy Mohler)

   

Nine year old boy adopted by John and Melanie Lowrance, drowned with severe head injury, first ruled as an accident. Weeks later, police learned the adoptive parents took out $650,000 in life insurance policies on their new son. No charges were ever made. He was placed in the Lowrance's as a foster child in Jan 1998. His adoption was finalized Oct 1998
Date: 1999-10-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: Washington DSHS

Location

Brown Creek Campground area, Washington
United States
See map: Google Maps

Breianna Melendez

21-month-old girl adopted by Martha Yannette Melendez was beaten to death. During the trial Martha Melendez fled to Mexico and was extradited 5 years later
Date: 1999-10-05
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

El Paso, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Stephanie Collins

Paul Anthony Morris stomped his 7-year-old foster daughter to death. Mr. Morris hit the child with his fists and a belt, then stomped on her and jumped on her with both feet. His wife Sheree Morris was not charged
Date: 1999-09-01
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

RUTLEDGE, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Korvette Lynn Crier

two-and-a-half-year-old girl in foster care with Debbie Anne Kambeitz died of severe head injury.
Date: 1999-08-10
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Hobbema, Alberta
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Dominique Bryant

Murdered by her adoptive mother Patricia Blackmon.
Date: 1999-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Dothan, Alabama
United States
See map: Google Maps

Hoa Nguyen, aka Christopher Royce Shepherd

6 year old boy was admittedly shaken by mother Royce Elaine Clark. The next day he was unresponsive and taken to a hospital where he died. Murder and child abuse charges were filed, but later dismissed when prosecutors felt they couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Clark caused the fatal injuries.
Date: 1999-04-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Aurora, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Roberto Acosta and Shirley Carroll Acosta

Four children between 3 and 9 being beaten with boards, locked in a basement without food and doused with cold water as punishment.
Date: 1999-03-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Arapahoe County Department of Social Services

Location

Brush, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by David Karl and Jennifer Danser

Nine-year-old girl was sexually abused by her adoptive father David Karl Danser. He took sexually explicit photographs of her which he shared with a ring of child pornographers in the Bloomington, Indiana area, further consisting of Pirie Scott Cleveland, Charles Poole and Bill Platz. The arrest of these four eventually lead to the arrest of Eric Franklin Rosser, who became one of ten America's most wanted fugitive criminals.

David Karl Danser was convicted and sentenced to 370 months imprisonment and was ordered to pay his adoptive daughter restitution in the amount of $309,549.36. He currently stays at the Federal Correctional Institute in Petersburg, Virginia and is scheduled for release in 2025.
Date: 1999-03-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Bloomington, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Miguel Humberto Arias-Baca

2-year-old boy in foster care with Ricky and Evon Haney, was beaten to death.
Date: 1999-02-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: All About Kids LLC.

Location

Westminster, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Adam Herrman (Irvin Groeninger III)

Adam Herrman  

Adam was last seen in 1999 at age 11 or 12. His adoptive parents, Doug and Valerie Herrman, did not report him missing for 10 years and continued to collect adoption subsidy payments until he would have turned 18. The Herrmans told their family that Adam had returned to state custody. They are telling the police that they think he ran away. Adam was adopted when he was 2 yrs old. Valerie Herrman allegedly mentally and physically abused the boy: punching, hair-pulling, spanking with a wooden spoon or belt, refusing to feed him, and making him sleep in the bathtub without a pillow or blankets. CPS investigated several times. The sheriff is investigating the case as a death. (Left age 11, middle photo is an age progression, right 2 years)
Date: 1999-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Undetermined
Home schooling: yes

Location

Towanda, Kansas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Milena Slatten



Milena Slatten adopted from Republic of Georgia suffered abuse by both adoptive parents Christopher Slatten and Elizabeth "Beth" (Slatten) Plumley. Christopher Slatten was charged and acquitted.
Date: 1999-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by George Alex Allen

16-year-old boy adopted by a former supervisor for the Administration for Children's Services and his wife, was sexually abused by his adoptive father.
Date: 1998-11-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Brooklyn, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Logan Higginbotham (Anne Pochetnoy)

Logan Higginbotham of Shelburne, Vermont died of massive head injuries. Adoptive mother Laura Higginbotham, stated that Logan fell and hit her head on the floor of an upstairs bedroom. It took 3 years for the medical examiner to determine whether the case was accidental or homicide. In 2004, Laura Higginbotham pled no contest to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 1 year in prison.  Logan was adopted from Smolensk, Russia  in May 1998 and had been in the US for 7 months. Logan's younger sister Layne was adopted at the same time.
Date: 1998-11-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Shelburne, Vermont
United States
See map: Google Maps

Monny Bolling

4-month-old girl was shaken to death by the 14-year-old son of a temporary foster mother.
Date: 1998-07-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Non-fostered sibling

Placement

Organizations: St. Joseph's Services for Children and Families

Location

New York, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Roberta Evers

Berta, right front on Denis' lap.
6-year-old Roberta "Berta" Evers, sexually abused as a preschooler, adopted by Dennis and Sandy Evers, was restrained in her bed, covered with bruises, when found dead from choking on her own vomit. She was adopted after her 2 bio brothers were adopted by Evers.
Date: 1998-06-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Bayfield, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Earl "Butch" Kimmerling and Saundra Kimmerling

After having fought a gay couple from adopting a girl, Earl Kimmerling was later found to have sexually molested her. Kimmerlings were the girls' foster parents who had 50 or more foster children before. Kimmerlings separated after the charges were filed, and the girl remains with Sandi Kimmerling. Kimmerlings attended Center of Faith Church (now Greenbriar Community Church) a pentacostal church.
Date: 1998-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Indiana Department of Child Services, Madison County's Division of Family and Children
Persons: Bruce Stansberry

Location

Anderson, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Richard Cook

14 year old girl adopted by Baptist minister Richard Cook and his wife Mary Cook was sexually abused by her adoptive father. There were 9 foster or adoptive children in the family who were originally from South Dakota and 1 bio child. More of the girls may have been abused. Cooks also used a wooden paddle to beat the children. Cooks  were missionaries in remote Ruby Alaska and the abuse was discovered after Cooks came to Fairbanks to get help for the girl who had attempted suicide.
Date: 1998-04-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Ruby, Alaska
United States
See map: Google Maps

Shamir Hudson, born Shamir Goslee

Eight year old boy, adopted with his siblings Sharnea and Shamale, by Catherine Marie Hudson. Even before their adoption in 1996, when the three children were in Hudson's foster care abuse had been reported.

From April 18, 1996, through November 13, 1997, eleven different witnesses filed twenty-six child-abuse reports in writing to the Worcester County Department of Social Services (WCDSS) and to the state's attorney in Worcester County concerning the Hudson children. Reports were filed by schoolteachers, the school nurse, the school therapist, the vice principal, several teacher's aides, and a few summer program workers.

All reports were unsubstantiated except two, which "alleged that the previous foster parent and her son were responsible for injuries to the children" (even though the children had already been living with Hudson for two years)

In December 1996, WCDSS child protection staff met with the school staff "regarding the numerous reports of suspected abuse already filed with [the WCDSS] from the Buckingham Elementary School.

WCDSS officials told the school staff that they "were overreacting and that [the WCDSS] had seen worse."

The staff was intimidated by orders from the WCDSS not to send children to the nurse or counselor unless treatment was needed, "not to do extensive questioning or investigating," "not to question caseworkers as to when they are coming to the school," and "not to make follow-up calls to workers."

The WCDSS called the Board of Education, complaining that the school staff was harassing them. The school was "told that burns, cuts, bruises, and open wounds were not enough" to substantiate child abuse.

In January 1998, the WCDSS closed the case. On March 24, 1998, Shamir died "in the Hudson household, a sanctuary arranged, approved and supervised by the state, a place that produced no fewer than two dozen reports of suspected abuse in the past two years."
Date: 1998-03-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Worcester County Department of Social Services

Location

Berlin, Maryland
United States
See map: Google Maps

Alexander Ganadonegro

4-year-old boy in foster care with Jon and Williette Ulmer died of blunt trauma to the abdomen resulting in a ruptured stomach. Initially Williette Ulmer was arrested for child abuse, but charges were dropped later.
Date: 1998-03-10
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boys in care of David Christie

David Christy, a British man who ran the Jari Children's Village from 1994 to 1997, as an employee of Swiss-based aid agency Terre des Hommes, sexually abused dozens of boys over the years and allowed known paedophiles to come to his Addis house and the village to abuse children.
Date: 1998-01-01
Placement type: Institution
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Ambasel Awraja, Amhara
Ethiopia

Girls adopted by Michael A. Paulin and wife

2 Marshall Island girls, 12 and 8, adopted by the Paulins were alleged sexually abused by Mr. Paulin. Outcome of the case is unknown
Date: 1998-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Greenwood, South Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Melissa Crossland

Girl adopted by Gary Keith Vaughan was sexually abused by her adoptive father from age 10 until just before her 19th birthday. In 1998, Vaughan was convicted to two life terms, but was granted a new trial because of an incompetent lawyer, and eventually spent about 20 months in custody.

In June 2011, Vaughan was found guilty sexually molesting three of his step children while living in Hawaii.
Date: 1998-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Booneville, Arkansas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Janessa Aguirre

2-year-old girl in foster care with Michael and Marcias Reinhold, was beaten to death by her foster mother.
Date: 1997-12-12
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Anchorage, Alaska
United States
See map: Google Maps

Angel Martin

4-year-old girl adopted by Mary Perkins was allegedly beaten to death by her adoptive mother. There were also signs Angel had been sexually abused.
Date: 1997-11-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Chicago, Illinois
United States
See map: Google Maps

Danielle and Brittany Tucker (Dornan)

Christopher Allen Tucker and Rebecca Lynn Tucker first adopted Danielle, who at the age of four was pushed down the stairs by her adoptive mother, in their house in Coldwater, Michigan in December 8, 1995. At the time it was ruled an accident. Danielle was born with spina bifida and Down's Syndrome. Despite what had happened, the Tuckers were allowed to adopt two of Danielle's sisters a month after her death.

Soon afterwards, the Tuckers moved to Trenton, Utah after complaints had been made about abuse the of Brittany, one of Danielle's sisters.

In November 1997 authorities found Brittany, 6-year-old at the time, starving in a locked basement room. The basement room was furnished only with bare metal bedsprings, a wooden spool, and a metal tub containing dirty brown water, which the girl drank from and bathed in. She had been in there for at least 5 months.

Rebecca Tucker received a sentence of 5 year imprisonment for the abuse of Brittany and 8 to 15 years for the killing of Danielle. She is currently imprisoned Michigan. Chris Tucker received a sentence of 1 to 15 year imprisonment.

All 3 girls suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome. Two biological boys and the 3rd girl where apparently unhurt.
Date: 1997-11-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Family Independence Agency

Location

Trenton, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Christine Montalbano

Three year old girl from Tegucigalpa Honduras, adopted by Nancy Jane Montalbano on Oct. 28, 1996. Almost a year later she was beaten to death by Nancy after she knocked over the potty. Christine has 28 blunt force injuries including a lacerated liver and brain hemorrhage. Nancy also had a 4 year old son, Richard, adopted previously from Honduras.
At the time of the girl's death, Nancy was living with a common-law husband, who was not charged in the case.
Date: 1997-10-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania
United States
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Cory Bradley McLaughlin

July 4, 1997, paramedics went to the North Carolina home of 45 year-old Eddiesenior Jones McLaughlin and found 4-year-old, adoptee, Cory Bradley McLaughlin, severely beaten. He was pronounced brain-dead at the hospital not long before he was taken off life support. Both of his little hands and one foot were burned. There were bruises on his back, stomach, legs, and a lump on his forehead. Mrs. McLaughlin's husband was deployed by the military at the time.

Date: 1997-07-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Fayetteville, North Carolina
United States
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Girls adopted by Karen and Richard Thorne

Adoptive parents were found guilty of abusing 2 Russian children they adopted in Voronezh, Russia, on the plane ride on the way home from Moscow. The girls were returned to live with Karen and Richard Thorne of Phoenix. The Queens Family Court Judge ordered that the Thornes would be subject to unannounced visits by Arizona Child Welfare authorities and undergo psychological evaluation as a condition of regaining custody.
Date: 1997-07-03
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Voronezh Regional Baby Home
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Phoenix, Arizona
United States
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Crosby Justin White

2-and-a-half-year old boy adopted by Sharonda Renita White and Roshied White, was beaten to death by his adoptive mother, who was also his half-sister.
Date: 1996-07-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Okinawa, Okinawa
Japan

28 children adopted by Kathy and Dan Blackburn

28 children, many special needs, adopted by Kathy and Dan Blackburn while they were missionaries in Haiti. Parents divorced after 30 year marriage and both alleged the other parent was guilty of child abuse. Initially Dan was granted custody of the minor children, he lost it after the children were neglected.
Date: 1996-06-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

SHELBYVILLE, Indiana
United States
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Nadine Catherine Beaulieu

23-month-old girl in foster care with Clifford and Laura Richard. She died of a blow to her stomach while in a foster home in Winnipegosis, Manitoba in 1996.

Provincial Court Judge Roger Gregoire targeted Child and Family Services in his 200-page report into her death.

He says it handed over the toddler to foster parents who had criminal records and didn't monitor the home.

Nadine's foster parents were charged with manslaughter and failing to provide the necessities of life, but the case was thrown out due to RCMP mistakes in obtaining a statement from the accused.

In a statement to police, 33-year-old Clifford Richard said he hit Nadine in the stomach with a backhanded swing of his arm because he was angry she kept trying to get some fried chicken.
Date: 1996-02-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Winnipegosis, Manitoba
Canada
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