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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Child adopted by John Hintz

John Hintz was charged with felony child abuse for mistreating his seven year old son who he and his wife adopted in November 2010. According to reports the child was forced to do push-ups with closed fists on rocks while Hintz placed his foot on the child's back. That was after learning the boy had stolen a candy bar.

Authorities say when the child could no longer do push-ups, Hintz forced him to run laps until he had blisters on both feet.

The child told authorities he also was forced to eat all of his Valentine's Day candy and drink five glasses of soda in one sitting, causing him to vomit.

In a previous abuse and neglect report filed by Southern Elementary, it stated that on Feb. 10, both of the child’s adopted parents met with school personnel and told school officials they no longer wanted the child to have treats or rewards because they felt the sugar was affecting his behavior.
Date: 2011-03-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Home schooling: no

Location

Wymore, Nebraska
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boys adopted by William Fox

Three boys adopted by William Fox were sexually abused by their adoptive father. William Fox made headlines in 1981 when talking a teen boy out of committing suicide. Fox later adopted the boy and wrote a book about his experience. He also received the National Father of the Year Award. William Fox adopted 10 boys in total, three of whom filed complaints about sexual abuse.
Date: 2011-03-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Disabilities: yes

Location

Liberty Township, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kymell Oram

A 17 month old toddler in New York foster care was beaten by his foster mother's boyfriend after being left home alone with him. He suffered bruised ribs, a lacerated liver, bruised spleen, buttocks and torso among other wounds. He later died of lung and blunt force injuries.

Reports indicate his foster mother, Teyuanna Cummings, was in the process of adopting him. His placement was handled by Edwin Gould Services for Families.
Date: 2011-03-17
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member
Home schooling: no

Location

Brooklyn, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Kathlyn Anthony

6-year-old boy adopted from foster care by Kathlyn Anthony was forced to sleep in a plastic dog crate. Connecticut Department of Children and Families investigated previous allegations of abuse, but wasn't able to substantiate those.
Date: 2011-03-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Old Saybrook, Connecticut
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Kenneth H. Brandt

Three boys, 2 adopted and 1 pre-adoptive placement were raped by single father Kenneth H. Brandt. He allowed two other men to have sex with one of the boys. Brandt had adopted/gotten custody the 3 boys and a girl from Texas in 2011. The children briefly enrolled in public education, but were removed from school, to be home-schooled. Prior to the adoptive placements, Brandt had at least 6 foster children in his home.

Brandt pleaded guilty to 6 counts of rape and was sentenced to 60 years.
Date: 2011-03-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Foster father
Home schooling: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: ACTION Inc

Location

Troy, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Five children adopted by Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock

One boy and four girls between the age of 10 and 13, adopted by Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock, were systematically starved. The eldest child, a 13-year-old boy weighed just 49 pounds, fifty pounds below average. He gained 25 lbs in the first 2 months away and more than 60 pounds 7 inches in the 15 months after he was removed from the house.

The Trebilcocks, whose 4 biological children (3 adult, 1 minor) were fully nourished, had a custom made alarm system installed to prevent the adopted children from entering the kitchen. They ate a vegetarian or vegan diet, which is encouraged, though not required, by the Seventh Day Adventist church. Becky had had weight loss surgery in Mexico and Jeff was obese.

Two children, a boy and a girl, were adopted from the Washington foster care system in 2004. In 2008, after Trebilcocks had been turned down for more foster care adoptions due to house size, they adopted the 3 girls from Haiti. They had just received an approved homestudy for another private adoption, allegedly for a child from Africa.
Date: 2011-03-01
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

Placement

Organizations: Washington Department of Social and Health Services, unknown agency for Haiti adoptions

Location

West Longview, Washington
United States
See map: Google Maps

4 children adopted by Shanda Lou Yenglin

Shanda Lou Yenglin, a single mother, adopted four children (2 boys and 2 girls) from foster care.She had a history of substantiated abuse and neglect of her children dating to 2002, She hit one boy in the head with a wrench, other children were having their hair pulled, being hit with hangers, and being pushed against the walls.One boy was slammed onto the bathroom floor with enough force to crack his three front teeth. She did not seek dental repair until the following day, when she instructed the boy to tell the dentist he slipped and fell.

Yenglin lost temporary custody of the four children in May 2010 amid an investigation by the state Department of Human Services, but was nevertheless allowed unsupervised visits. During the third visit, Yenglin gave the children drug-laced milkshakes and led them out to sleep in a minivan running inside a closed garage. Shanda Lou Yenglin managed to kill herself from carbon-monoxide poisoning. The four children survived.
Date: 2011-02-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Waterford, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

3 children adopted by John and Sonja Kluth

A 15-year-old and a 11-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl, adopted by John Edward Kluth and Sonja Kay Kluth, were allegedly beaten, choked, whipped, and burned.  In addition, the adoptive parents allegedly forced the youngsters to eat pet food, kept both boys confined to the basement, and locked the oldest son in a dog crate for up to two months.

According to news reports, the adoptive father claimed he and his wife were going to be accused of child abuse, but the children came to them already damaged.

The Canadian County Sheriff says the couple was receiving $4,500 a month support money from the state of Wisconsin, where they adopted the children before moving to Oklahoma.


Date: 2011-02-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Yukon, Oklahoma
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Anne Marie Hinrichs

18-year-old girl, adopted in 1997, by Anne Marie Hinrich was physically abused and viciously mistreated by her adoptive mother.
Date: 2011-02-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Ogilvie, Minnesota
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Deidra Harris

4-year-old boy adopted from foster care by Deirdra Harris was beaten with a belt all over his body by his adoptive mother. Harris had been investigated twice for child abuse. 
Date: 2011-02-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Orlando, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Victor and Nubia Barahona (Doctor)



10-year-old twins adopted by Carmen and Jorge Barahona were physically abused. Florida Department of Children and Families investigated the family on several occasions. On February 14, 2011, Victor was found by the side of Interstate 95 doused in chemicals, his adoptive father had poured gasoline on himself and his adopted son, with the plan to set himself and the boy on fire. Police found the dead body of Nubia wrapped in plastic in the bed of the pickup.
There were 2 other adopted children in the home.
Date: 2011-02-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

West Palm Beach, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Amy Dye

9-year-old girl adopted by Kimberly Dye was murdered by her 18-year-old adoptive brother. Several reports about abuse had been ignored by Kentucky authorities.
Date: 2011-02-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Non-adopted sibling

Location

Trenton, Kentucky
United States
See map: Google Maps

Austin and Edward Bryant

  Austin (left) Edward (right)
Two brothers, adopted by Edward and Linda Bryant, both went missing. Edward (age 9 at the time) disappeared in 2001. Austin (age 7 at the time) disappeared in 2003. One of the boys was reportedly denied food, spanked, forced to run up and down stairs and rolled up tightly in blankets as punishment. Bryants reported they were advised to roll the children in blankets "like a burrito" by a Colorado therapist.

The Bryant's moved to Texas in 2005 and never declared the boys missing. They kept receiving adoption subsidies for the remainder of the decade, grossing in $175,000. They were arrested early 2011.
Date: 2011-01-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Monument, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girls adopted by Jason Hignight

Two girls ages 16 and 12, adopted by Jason Wesley Hignight and his wife Carly, were allegedly sexually abused by their adopted father. The girls were adopted from foster care three years before.
Date: 2011-01-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Lubbock, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted/fostered by Maurice Martinez

Oklahoma City police sergeant Maurice Martinez adopted 3 children and had 3 children in foster care (all boys), four of whom were allegedly sexually abused by their adoptive/foster father. Martinez also allegedly allowed his adopted children to physically abuse each other and never notified the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Police found photos and videos of his children being abused and homosexual pornography.

In addition, Martinez was also accused of intimidating witnesses from cooperating with police, conspired with a teenager to break into his home and steal evidence before police could seize it, and gave $400 to a victim to send him on a bus to Utah to obstruct the investigation.
Date: 2011-01-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Foster father, Adopted sibling, Foster sibling

Location

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
See map: Google Maps

Two girls adopted by John and Roseanne Kincheloe

John and Roseanne Kincheloe adopted two girls from foster care. John Kimcheloe allegedly forced one of the girls to perform oral sex on him, while Roseanne Kincheloe allegedly hit one of the girls with a broom and strangled her in the bathroom and asked her if she wanted to live or die.
Date: 2011-01-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Eleva, Wisconsin
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girls adopted by Henrique Cruz

Four girls adopted by Henrique Cruz, were sexually abused for more than six years by their adoptive father.
Date: 2010-12-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Lubbock, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Katya and Lisa adopted by Svetlana Oakley in Luhansk, Ukraine


Katya and Lisa, aged 4 and 5 were beaten to death in Krasnodon, Luhansk/Lugansk, Ukraine. The adoptive mother, Svetlana Oakley is charged. The girls were adopted along with their biological brother Vanya in December 2010 by Svetlana and Alexander, who had 7 children already. Vanya was also beaten.

In February 2011, 3 months after the adoption, the 4 year old was beaten to death, then burned to hide the crime.. In November 2011, the 3 year old was beaten to death and buried. Svetlana kidnapped a 3rd child in July 2012 to try pass as Lisa for an upcoming Social Worker visit. The child was found by the police during the search for the missing girl, which resulted in the discovery of the missing girls. The Mother had been lauded as a Heroine Mother due to her 7 prior biological children (8th child born after the adoption), so she was given a large apartment. Svetlana and the children had a singing group Rainbow and she wrote children's books or poetry.
Date: 2010-12-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Luhans'k social services

Location

Krasnodon, Luhans'k
Ukraine

Kristoff Beagley (Daniil Bukharov)

7-year-old boy from Magadan (Russia), adopted by Gary and Jessica Beagley, was forced to drink Tabasco sauce as a disciplinary measure. Beagley, a member of the LDS church, talked about her parenting style on the TV show "Dr Phil", November 17, 2010.
Date: 2010-11-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Location

Anchorage, Alaska
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Renee and Scott Dean

17-year-old girl adopted from Zacapa, Guatemala by Renee and Scott Dean was sexually abused by her adoptive father. She was adopted along with 4 siblings in 2008.
Date: 2010-10-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Harlem City, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children in foster care with Alberto Rodriguez

Over a 20-year time period Alberto Rodriguez, a pastor for children's ministry at Valley West Christian Center in Madera, CA, allegedly sexually abused children in foster care with him. At the time of his arrest he had 3 adopted and 7 foster children living in his home.
Date: 2010-10-18
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Valley Teen Ranch

Location

Madera, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl in foster care with David Richard Cosby and Terry Cosby

David Richard Cosby pled guilty to sexually abusing a 12 year old girl in his and Terry's foster home. David and his wife Terry were foster parents for special needs children for 15 years in California and Oregon. Terry Cosby was not involved in the abuse.
Date: 2010-10-06
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Rogue River, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Anya James

Six children adopted by Anya James were physically abused by their adoptive mother.The children were confined in small rooms with alarms on doors and windows to alert James if they tried to escape. They had to use kitty litter buckets as toilets. James homeschooled the children and allowed only minimal contact with the outside world.The children were malnourished because James severely restricted their diets, police say. Their growth was stunted to the extent they didn't go through puberty as teenagers, and some children had downy hair cover (Lanugo) due to starvation.

Between 2000 and 2010, James received $750,000 in adoption subsidies from the State of Alaska.
Date: 2010-10-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Anchorage, Alaska
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children in care of Sharon Wilkerson

An adopted girl and foster child in care of Sharon Wilkerson were beaten with various instruments, including an arrow, a plumbing supply line, a curtain rod and hangers.
Date: 2010-10-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Troy, Missouri
United States
See map: Google Maps

Jaclyn N.

Girl (age unknown) was sexually and physically abused by her adoptive father and his son. The adoptive mother, Glenda N., failed to protect the girl.

As a result Glenda N. informed authorities that she no longer wanted Jaclyn in her home due to the possible risk she believed Jaclyn posed to her younger sibling as well as Glenda's unborn child.
Date: 2010-09-20
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Non-adopted sibling

Location

California
United States
See map: Google Maps

4 girls adopted by Yang

Two 4 year old girls, nicknamed BaoBao and BeiBei were found chained to a water pipe. Their adoptive father returned once each day to feed them. Two more girls nicknamed Sisi and Lele, either both 6 or 3 & 6 yrs old were found at Yang's mother's house. Two the girls have been returned to their bio families, the other 2 are now in the Juijang SWI. All 4 were adopted as infants.

Date: 2010-09-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Jiujiang, Jiangxi
China

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

Placement

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

Location

Littleton, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Dino Cardelli & Nancy Cardelli

Dino Cardelli, a pastor of a Calvary Chapel church is charged with repeatedly sexually molesting a 13, now 14 yo adopted daughter, as well as molesting a 2nd child, and beating 2 disabled children with a stick. In Jan 2010, his wife Nancy Cardelli learned of the sexual abuse of the 13 yo, confided in a friend, eventually separated from her husband and then commited suicide in March. She didn't report the abuse to the authorities.
Date: 2010-09-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

arcata, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Steven and Mikelann Renwick

6 year old boy only allowed in the house for meals, was beaten with switches, and had to sleep in the laundry room with the dogs. He was admitted to the hospital with severe injuries to his head, legs and body, after beng in the home about 1 1/2 years. Three other children in the home were adopted as infants. Mikelann Renwick is a Worship & Creative Arts Pastor of a Holiness church.
Date: 2010-08-18
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

Tavares, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Two girls adopted by English couple, "loaned" to pedophiles

Two girls were sexually abused by their adoptive father for 6 years. The girls were "loaned" to pedophiles Colin Molloy and Samuel Nelson with the adoptive mother's full knowledge.
Date: 2010-08-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Manchester Social Services

Location

Sale, Manchester
United Kingdom

Children adopted by Dwayne and Pamela Hardy

Two children, ages 6 and 9, adopted in February 2010, by Dwayne and Pamela Hardy, were locked in their rooms and not allowed to eat. If they were caught sneaking food from the garbage, they were paddled with wooden spoons or a belt, which was the "Christian thing to do".
Date: 2010-08-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Location

Altamonte Springs, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Jon Paul Reid

12-year-old girl adopted by Jon Paul Reid was sexually abused by her adoptive father. He also made her drink alcohol and smoke marijuana.

Reid was convicted to 52 years in prison.

Date: 2010-08-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Boone County, Missouri
United States
See map: Google Maps

Serenity Julia Gandara

  Serenity Gandara

3-year-old girl in the process of being adopted by her uncle Alberto Garcia and his wife Carla Garcia (aka Carla Mariela Garcia Torres), was found dead while her 4-year-old brother, Isaiah, was sleeping in another room. The Garcia's fled to Mexico with their three biological children. Serenity's cause of death was blunt force trauma to her abdomen; her liver and bowel were lacerated and her pancreas was torn in half. She also had a skull fracture and she had been hit repeatedly on the head with an object. Isaiah had bruises and scars, and reported both children were beaten with a belt and a stick.
Both foster parents are charged with first degree murder.
Date: 2010-07-17
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: California Department of Social Services , Kern County CPS

Post placement

Persons: Paul Bryan

Location

Bakersfield, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Larandon Nichols



3-year-old boy adopted by Alibra Nichols was beaten to death by his adoptive mother.
Date: 2010-07-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kairissa XingJing Mark


4-year-old girl from China, adopted by Steve and Deborah Mark, died July 1, 2010, after less than 3 months in country.

Deborah Mark was charged with first-degree murder, perpetration of aggravated child abuse, aggravated child abuse and four counts of child abuse. Steven Mark was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect, criminal responsibility for aggravated child abuse, aggravated assault by failure to protect, four counts of child abuse and accessory after the fact. Kairissa was a special needs placement.
Date: 2010-07-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Mount Juliet, Tennessee
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Walter and Beverly Watts

12-year-old boy, adopted three years before by Walter and Beverly Watts, was found wandering the streets in his pajamas with bruises on his abdomen, back and at the back of his legs. Allegedly his adoptive parents had beaten him frequently and had taped his mouth to prevent others from hearing his screams.
Date: 2010-06-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Port St. Lucie, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Brandon and Desiree Antle

Unpublished
3-year-old boy adopted by Brandon and Desiree Antle was physically abused by his adoptive father. The boy suffered a bump and laceration requiring stitches on the forehead in one incident and bruises on the face, neck, back and buttocks in the other.
Date: 2010-06-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Hutchinson, Kansas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Joy Yi

Joy Yi was murdered by her adoptive father Army Lt. Col. Kenston K. Yi. His wife Hyon "Hannah" Yi, was beaten to death immediately thereafter.
Date: 2010-06-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Lorton, Virginia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Collin Parker William Holdgrafer



4-year-old boy adopted by his uncle and aunt, Andrew and Danielle Holdgrafer, drowned in a bathtub. Danielle Holdgrafer was charged with murder while Andrew Holdgrafer was charged with felony child endangerment, accused of not doing anything to help the child.
Date: 2010-06-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Andrew, Iowa
United States
See map: Google Maps

4 Children adopted by Annissa Schoolfield

4 children aged 7 to 12 were allegedly beaten, cut and handcuffed by their adoptive mother Annissa D. Schoolfield. Children are now with their adoptive father,  Anissa's ex-husband Eugene Schoolfield was not charged.

Date: 2010-06-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Post placement

Organizations: Erie County Office of Children and Youth

Location

Millcreek, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Alona and Rodger Hartwig

9-year-old boy, adopted by Alona and Rodger Hartwig was hospitalized for more than a month with burns and other severe injuries allegedly inflicted by his adoptive parents. H e was beaten, thrown into a creek, fed formula to keep off weight and often made to sleep without a blanket on a porch at the family’s Blachly home.
Date: 2010-06-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Blachly, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted and fostered by Jonathan and Jaime Swim

Oldest son sexually abused younger children in the Swim home. Parents were charged with one felony count for permitting child sexual abuse after they reported the abuse to DHS
Date: 2010-05-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling

Location

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Jennifer Louise Barnes

10-year-old boy, adopted by Jennifer Louise Barnes was sexually tortured by his adoptive mother, burning his penis with a lighter and sodomizing him with a toothbrush, forcing dog feces into his mouth and taping it shut using duct tape.
Date: 2010-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Gilbert, Arizona
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by John and Carolyn Jackson

Three children adopted from foster care by John and Carolyn Jackson were allegedly assaulted with various objects by the adopters. The children allegedly sustained fractured bones, which no medical attention was sought for. Furthermore, the children were allegedly withheld food and water and were forced to to consume food that caused them pain and suffering, such as red pepper flakes, hot sauce, and/or raw onion.

One of the three children adopted by John and Carolyn Jackson died May 8, 2008.

John and Carolyn Jackson home schooled their children and claim the Department of Youth and Family Services persecute them for their religious beliefs. John E. Jackson is a Major in the U.S. Army.
Date: 2010-04-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Mount Holly, New Jersey
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children placed with Todd and Lisa Mortensen

12-year-old girl placed with Todd and Lisa Mortensen was sexually abused by her "foster father". The placement was a private arrangement with the adoptive family of the girl.

In 2004, Todd Mortensen was charged with 65 counts of criminal sexual penetration and 20 counts of criminal sexual contact against another girl placed with his family. All 85 counts were dismissed by the prosecutor in 2005 because the girl was deemed mentally unstable to testify.
Date: 2010-04-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father
Home schooling: yes

Location

Farmington, New Mexico
United States
See map: Google Maps

Denis Khokhryakov aka Diego

Dennis was born Russia and adopted by Russian citizens in 2003. In 2004 he was left by his adoptive parents in the Dominican Republic with an unrelated man. Denis ended up in a Orphanage in DR until he was returned to Russia in 2010
Date: 2010-04-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Dominican Republic

Tristan Dosdall

3-year-old boy adopted by Michelle Dosdall, died of died of blunt-force trauma to the head. His adoptive mother was charged with murder.
Date: 2010-03-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Peyton, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girls adopted by Lon and DeAnna Kennard

2 (or more) girls from Ethiopia, adopted by Lon and DeAnna Kennard in the 1994 and 1995, were sexually abused by their adoptive father. Kennards adopted 4 girls and 2 boys from Ethiopia and had 5 older living bio children. Lon also sexually abused at least one of his bio daughters.

The Kennards were founders of the charity/adoption facilitator Village of Hope. At the time the abuse started Lon Harvey Kennard, Sr was Bishop of the LDS Church.
DeAnna B Kennard filed for divorce three days after Lon Harvey Kennard, Sr. was charged. Lon plead guilty to aggravated sex abuse of a child.
Date: 2010-03-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Heber City, Utah
United States
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Girl adopted by Gary and Leslie Erickson

5-year-old girl adopted by Gary and Leslie Erickson was taken into the hospital with blunt force head trauma. Leslie Erickson was arrested on suspicion of abuse.
Date: 2010-03-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Eagle Mountain, Utah
United States
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Adam Stein

Three-year-old boy, adopted from China, by Philip and Michele Stein, in November 2009, suffered severe head trauma, and ended up in a coma. Michele Stein was charged with abuse. In January, Adam had been hospitalized with burns on his hands.
Date: 2010-03-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Apex, North Carolina
United States
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