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 Raymond and Lisa Sangraw

Eight year old boy was scalded in bathwater. His adoptive parents waited six weeks before seeking treatment for him.
Date: 2007-02-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Green Bay, Wisconsin
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl in foster care with Robert and Betty Clinton

3-year-old girl in foster care with Robert and Betty Clinton was sexually abused by her foster father, who took pictures of the assault. Robert Clinton was arrested for the possession of child pornography when the abuse was discovered.
Date: 2007-02-16
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Deltona, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children at Hamro Jivan orphanage

Henk Molhuysen, the Dutch national director of Hamro Jiven orphanage in Kathmandu was arrested when found having sex with 12 and 14 year old residents of the orphanage. He had been previous convicted of child rape in Spain.

Date: 2007-02-15
Placement type: Institution
Institution: Hamro Jivan orphanage
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Legal guardian

Location

Kathmandu, Bagmati
Nepal

Boy in foster care in Edmonton, Alberta

Three-year-old boy died of a massive brain injury caused when his skull hit a toilet bowl. Foster mother was convicted of manslaughter.
Date: 2007-01-26
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services

Location

Edmonton, Alberta
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Paul Salvetti

A 13 year old ethnic Roma boy adopted from Russia was confined to in his room and deprived of food and schooling by Paul and Debbie Salvetti, his adoptive father and stepmother, during a 3 month period in 2007. Earlier Debbie was alleged to have hit the boy with a frying pan and baseball bat. Debbie Sue Salvetti was charged with two counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. Paul Joseph Salvetti faced one charge. In 2009, Paul and Debbie took a joint Alford plea and were sentenced to 20 to 33 months in jail. Paul filed several appeals requesting to withdraw his Alford plea The boy is referred to as Pesha or TS in the pleadings.
There were 3 or 4 other children in the home, including the boy's sister, possibly adopted in Peru.
The boy was adopted as an infant or toddler by Paul Salvetti and the now deceased Leslie Salvetti, who passed away in 1998.
Date: 2007-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Other family member
Home schooling: yes

Location

Kernersville, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by James Spellman and Delois Spellman

Girl whose mother died of cancer was adopted by relatives James and Delois Spellman. James raped her for 3 years starting at age 10 before she was removed from the home due to physical abuse scars. He had previously raped his 3 step-daughters who are now adults. Delois Spellman is alleged to have physically abused all 4 girls with items such as electric cords and metal rulers.
Date: 2007-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

smithfield, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kyla Aranae Edwards



2-year-old girl in foster care was beaten to death by the fiancee of her foster mother.
Date: 2006-12-20
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Salisbury, Maryland
United States
See map: Google Maps

Robley Carr Jr.



15-year-old boy in foster care overdosed on methadone his foster parent kept in the house after having been abused for years.
Date: 2006-12-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Undetermined

Placement

Organizations: Washington Department of Social and Health Services

Location

Stevens County, Washington
United States
See map: Google Maps

Katherine Frances



6-year-old girl in foster care with Joyce Luvern Burks was body slammed to the floor by the 14-year old son of her foster mother, causing her to suffer skull fracture, brain damage, internal bleeding and bruising to her eye, hip and arms. Ms. Burks delayed helping Katherine while washing the blanket on which the girl had been beaten.

Later five-year-old Claire Fowler received Katherine's heart through transplantation.
Date: 2006-12-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother, Non-fostered sibling

Placement

Organizations: Mesa Family Services Inc. Mesa Family Services Inc.

Location

DeSoto, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by William and Samia Fam

Four boys and two girls, between the ages of 7 and 16 were being locked up in the basement of their house.
Date: 2006-11-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Colorado Springs, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps

Twin girls adopted by Tamika Williams

8-year-old twin girls adopted by Tamika Shuntell Williams, were being beaten, tied to a bedroom door, tied down to a bed, bathed in bleach, burned with cigarettes (AND the lighter), struck with a belt, bitten on the head, and threatened with decapitation if they told anybody about these crimes. they were adopted from foster care Spring 2005.
Date: 2006-11-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Warren, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Angelina Irene Espalin



4-year-old girl in foster care with Daniel and Dania Haros, was beaten to death.
Date: 2006-11-19
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Oceanside, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Andrew Richardson

1-year old "Baby Andrew" was placed in foster care by James Ryan Hadlock. The boy suffered from fractured legs and ribs, plus bleeding of the brain. Hadlock was sentenced to 100 days imprisonment.
Date: 2006-11-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Placement

Organizations: Utah Division of Child and Family Services

Location

Provo, Utah
United States
See map: Google Maps

Andrew Burd

Andrew Burd  Andrew Axel Burd   

4-year-old boy, in foster to adoption placement with Larry and Hannah Overton, was forced to drink a mixture of water and Cajun spices as punishment. The Overtons waited nearly three hours before taking the boy to an urgent care clinic as he vomited and drifted in and out of consciousness. When they arrived, Andrew was no longer breathing. A day later he died -- 4 months after his placement with the Overtons. Andrew Axel Burd died of hypernatremia or salt poisoning. Andrew consumed the equivalent of 23 teaspoons of Zatarain's Creole Seasoning or 6 teaspoons of pure salt. He also had head trauma as well as bruises and scratches.

Hannah Overton (nee Saenz) was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life; Larry Overton pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and is on 5 years probation.

Mrs Overton and her church, Calvary Chapel of the Coastlands, continue to appeal her conviction in various ways. She maintains that Andrew ate the salt himself, however Andrew's former foster mother, who attended the same church testified she had not seen any pica or eating issues with Andrew during the 18 months he was in her home. (In an unusual coincidence, Hannah's father Bennie Saenz, a former Calvary Chapel pastor, was convicted of murder in 1985.) Overtons homeschooled their school age children. They had 4 bio children and Hannah was 6 months pregnant when Andrew died.
Date: 2006-10-02
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Foster mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Spaulding for Children

Post placement

Organizations: Spaulding for Children
Persons: Ana Billeaux

Location

Corpus Christi, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by John William and Connie Lucile Oliver

A 12-year-old girl who weighed 40 pounds and her 10-year-old brother, who weighed 45 pounds, were found unattended near a church playground in Union County, South Carolina. Both children were adopted from Estonia eight years before.
Date: 2006-09-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Jonesville, South Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Allison Newman



2-year-old girl in foster care with Carol Poole was beaten to death.
Date: 2006-09-22
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Location

Canton, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Nathaniel Saunsoci-Mitchell



20-month-old boy in foster care with Carlos and Tisha Vega suffered serious injuries -- a broken clavicle and dog bite on the face -- before he was hospitalized Sept. 22, 2006, with a fatal brain injury. He died two days later. The official cause of death was excess accumulation of water in the brain caused by non-accidental trauma.
Date: 2006-09-22
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

South Sioux City, South Dakota
United States
See map: Google Maps

Keyana Bravo-Hamilton and her sister Jasmine Hamilton



Siblings Keyana and Jasmine were abused by foster mother Dunia Soledad Moreno. When Keyana entered the hospital, large clumps of hair were missing and bruises covered her body. She had five cigar-sized burns. Three months after entering the home, Keyana died of blows to her stomach which ruptured her bowel. Jasmine was placed in a new home.
Dunia and foster father Armando Moreno-Garcia parents were convicted of neglect for not seeking medical care over the paninful days it took for Keyana to die. Armando was an uncle of Jasmine and the girls were to be adopted.
Date: 2006-09-04
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Undetermined

Location

Gresham, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by woman in Ontario, Canada

A girl, adopted from Romania, by a woman from Ontario, Canada, was sexually abused by convicted pedophile Randolph “Randie” Bartley. The adoptive mother enabled the abuse.
Date: 2006-08-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Other non-family member

Location

Paris, Ontario
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Isaac Lethbridge



2-year-old boy in foster care with Charlise Adams-Rogers, who beat him to death. Adams-Rogers was sentenced to 5  to 15 years July 3, 2007. Ms Rogers had 3 adopted children and four foster children in the home at the time
Date: 2006-08-16
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Lula Belle Stewart Center

Location

Detroit, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by James and Vonda Ferguson

Three boys and two girls were beaten with sticks, belts, shoes, fists and hammers; burned with a clothes iron, the stove, and a curling iron; bitten; kicked; stabbed with knives, forks and sticks; urinated on; forced to eat their own excrement; forced to drink urine; fed rotting food as well as cat food; forced into the clothes dryer and the dryer turned on; beaten while naked; duct taped to a chair or their beds for days; strangled with a belt; held under water; held over a banister by their feet and dropped; made to drink hot sauce with red hot peppers; made to drink from the toilet; forced to go without food for days; forced to wear urine soaked clothing on their heads; and body slammed, along with other abuses.At least two of the victims also detailed sexual abuses and assaults using a toilet plunger.
James was a former lay minister and church trustee
Date: 2006-08-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Springfield, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boys in foster care of Dennis Scott McCurry and Molly McCurry (birth name West)

Three boys in permanent custody of their bio Aunt and her husband were found severely malnourished, a 5-year-old boy who weighed less than 20 pounds, an 8-year-old who weighed less than 40 pounds and a 7-year-old brother who weighed about 32 pounds when police found. The boys also were treated for bruises, scratches, burns and head lice. The boys told officers they were tied up to be kept from food in the mobile home. Mrs McCurry kept a prosethetic hand needed by one of the boys hidden.

Date: 2006-07-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: South Carolina DSS

Location

Lyman, South Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Eva Maria Hofer

14-year-old girl from Vietnam, adopted by Eva Maria Hofer, was beaten by her adoptive mother. At the time, Eva Maria Hofer was executive director of German adoption agency ICCO.
Date: 2006-07-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Hamburg, Hamburg
Germany (Deutschland)

Romanian boy adopted by Spanish couple

7-year-old boy, adopted by a Spanish couple in 2001, was so severely beaten by his adopters he ended up in a coma. The boy had been hospitalized before because of abuse.
Date: 2006-06-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Spain (Espana)

Monica Fabregas

13 year old girl adopted by Enrique Fabregas, a known drug abuser, who sexually abused her for years.  Enrique had been a boyfriend of Monica's bio mother at one time, but was not at the time of the adoption. Fabregas was also foster parent of Ruth and Estera Tamas. Despite numerous complaints over a ten year period no measures were taken. When finally Ruth and Estera filed complaints, they were taken out of the house, but it still took a year and a half before Monica was removed from Fabregas' house.
Date: 2006-06-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Redmond, Washington
United States
See map: Google Maps

Angellika Arndt



Angellika Arndt, died from asphyxiation a day after she was wrestled to the ground and held face first on the ground in a chokehold for over an hour by caregivers at Rice Lake Day Treatment Center. She was in Milwaukee County's foster care system at the time.
Date: 2006-05-26
Placement type: Foster care
Institution: Rice Lake Day Treatment Center
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Placement

Organizations: Milwaukee bureau of Child Welfare

Location

Rice Lake, Wisconsin
United States
See map: Google Maps

Camron Gardner and Ethan Schwartz

3-year-old Camron and 2-year-old Ethan were in foster care with Shane and Jessica Marquardt. The brothers both suffered blunt trauma to their abdomens causing Camron to die of internal bleeding several hours late. Shane Marquardt claimed he flew into a rage after finding vomit in Camron's bed. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison, plus 18 years of extended supervision.
Date: 2006-05-05
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Waupun, Wisconsin
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Ellery and Krisi James

Over a period of 2 years the girl was sexually abused by the couple. As age 14 she reported the abuse to Children Youth and Families officials.
Date: 2006-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Los Lunas, New Mexico
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl in foster care with Jeff Allen Woodring

16-year-old girl in foster care with Jeff Allen Woodring was allegedly sexually molested (case still pending).
Date: 2006-05-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Golden Gate, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Childern in legal guardianship of Rita Makekau

Five siblings aged 8, 11, 13, 14, and 15 placed in legal guardianship of their aunt Rita Makekau were repeatedly abused by her.Makekau used a hammer to break and chip their teeth when they misbehaved. She struck them on their heads with knives and metal spoons, causing bleeding and permanent scarring.The children sometimes went without food for a week, and one had been forced to sleep under the house with dogs and insects and without warm clothes or bedding as punishment for misbehavior.
Date: 2006-04-28
Placement type: Legal Guardianship
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Legal guardian

Placement

Organizations: Child Welfare Services Hawaii

Location

Waianae, Hawaii
United States
See map: Google Maps

Janie Tylski

6 year old adoptive daughter of former NFL player Rich Tylski and his wife Jane Tylski was brought to the hospital with a broken femur. Doctors concluded the girl was abused and the Tylski's admitted to spanking the girl with a belt, slamming her head on a table and other abuse that left the girl with broken bones in her hands and leg.
Date: 2006-04-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Bundles of Hope, Jacksonville, Fl

Location

Jacksonville, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children in foster care with Stephan and Melody Erbacher

Five girls ages 13, 11, 10, 9 and 5, in foster care with Stepan and Melody Erbacher were allegedly sexually abused by their foster father. Stephan Erbacher committed suicide before he could be arrested. Justin Erbacher, the foster parents biological son was accused of sexual abuse too and was convicted in August 2008, five months the girls testified they had lied in court about the abuse at the hands of Justin.
Date: 2006-04-20
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Bakersfield, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boys adopted by John Krueger

John Krueger, a 53-year-old Bakersfield man is accused of molesting four young boys, all children adopted from an orphanage in Kherson, Ukraine. Three of the boys were his sons, the fourth, an acquaintance.
Date: 2006-04-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Facilitators

Organizations: Ukrainian Angels
Persons: Cathy Harris

Location

Bakersfield, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Jarod "Jerry" Hulsey (Jerry Gribbens)

10 year old boy adopted by Vicky Lynn Hulsey who beat him to death.
Date: 2006-04-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Mesa, Arizona
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girls in care of Mercedes Farquharson

3 girls in care of Mercedes Farquharson allegedly were kept at a North Carolina property and prevented  from going to school or even making friends. It's alleged that the girls were forced to clear up after dozens of animals including dogs, sheep and chickens and that they were forced to perform hard physical labour in harsh conditions. It's also alleged that one of the girls was as young as seven when the forced labour began. The youngest girl was adopted, the other two girls were taken from their real mother in Southall, west London in the 1990s as she was having problems at the time with a difficult marriage
Date: 2006-03-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Monroe, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Lazon Gulley



At the time 1-year-old boy in foster care with Marcus and Tenesia Brown was severely shaken by his foster mother. Lazon died 2-and-a-half year later as a result of the head injuries caused by the shaking on Novemer 28, 2008.
Date: 2006-03-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Sarasota Family YMCA

Location

St Petersburg, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Sean Paddock (Sean Ford)


Sean Paddock was suffocated by tightly wrapped blankets at age 4, by his adoptive mother Lynn Paddock, who had sought Christian discipline advice in the books of Michael and Debi Pearl. There were 5 other adopted children and 1 bio child in the home who testified that Lynn beat them frequently with flexible plastic rods, wooden spoons and other devices. Lynn Marie Paddock was convicted of first degree murder.

Adoptive father Johnny Paddock was not charged criminally, but a civil jury found he "aided and abetted" in Sean's death. The Paddock's left a Primitive Baptist Church to attend a "a smaller, fundamentalist church in Sanford that advocated wearing long dresses, avoiding TV and shutting out popular culture" (possibly a Pentecostal Church).
Date: 2006-02-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Persons: Deborah Artis

Location

Johnston County, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Jaaliyah Beecham-Davis

2-year-old girl in foster care with Shondreta Renee Thomas, was beaten to death.
Date: 2006-02-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Longview, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Rohit Chakravarthy

10 month old boy adopted by Smitha Chakravarthy and her husband. Allegedly the child was beaten to death and bite marks were found all over his body. The family was from India and was visiting in Texas when Rohit died.
Date: 2006-02-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Mission, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Nicholas Rhea Hoffert and Gary Hoffert (Twins); and Girl adopted by David and Lynn Giddens

Three-month-old boy about to be adopted with his twin brother by David Michael Giddens and his wife Latresa Lynette "Lynn" Giddens (aka Lynn Williams), died shortly after he was struck by his stay-at-home foster dad, David. Giddens had had Multiple Sclerosis and was the primary care-giver. David was sentenced to two life terms. NIcholas' twin brother Gary was also found to have seven fractured ribs, two fractured lower leg bones and a fractured upper leg bone.

The 9 year old adopted daughter of David & Lynn reported sexual abuse while she was in temporary foster care. The daughter has special needs, and was expected to be placed with an aunt until Lynn was cleared of any wrongdoing. Latresa/Lynn filed for divorce after Nicholas death.
Date: 2006-02-10
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Cleburne, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Keri Ponce

Between the ages of 6 months and 6 years old she was sexually abused by her adoptive father Luis Ponce, Jr, who filmed the abuse. Almost two decades later, after he was convicted of 16 counts of molestation for abusing two girls under the age of 3, Keri Ponce filed a civil suit against him, which she won. Ponce and his first wife, (Keri's mother), ran a foster-care facility. The mother was not charged.
Date: 2006-02-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Berkeley, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Jane and Timothy Cochran (Kuzma)

4-year-old boy from Taganrog, Rostov, Russia, adopted by Jane and Timothy Cochran. The boy had severe bruising, cuts from head to toe. He'd been beaten by hand and with a wooden spoon and had been cut with scissors. Allegedly he was beaten because he couldn't say his prayers properly. Jane confessed her crimes to her Catholic priest prior to being arrested.
Date: 2006-02-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: an agency accredited by Russia

Location

Alfred, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Ahmad King (Rawls)

  

3 year old boy adopted by Tim and Mary Jane King, slain by his adoptive mother, who first claimed he had been kidnapped, later she confessed to killing him. Ahmad had been hit more than 50 times with the pipe and a belt buckle. Ahmad had been adopted just a month before his death. Mrs. King was also charged with abusing Ahmad's foster sister. She was sentenced for life.
Date: 2006-01-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Alma, Georgia
United States
See map: Google Maps

Tammy Herman

21-month-old Tammy Herman was brought into the clinic by her adoptive parents, Donovan and Zaibunisa Herman, after she vomited excessively. There was severe bruising on her body, and closer examination revealed that the child had 12 broken ribs and severe injuries to her brain and liver. Three days later she died.
Date: 2006-01-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Johannesburg Child Welfare

Location

Johannesburg
South Africa

Freddi Bergquist, (Erik Ilesov) Adopted Czech boy in Sweden


Seven months after adoption by Swedish citizens, four year old Freddi Bergquist, from Czech Republic died of untreated pneumonia and blood poisoning. His body was covered with bruises and festering wounds.
Date: 2006-01-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Jönköping
Sweden

Children adopted by Sylvia Jovanna Vasquez

Three children, a 13-year-old boy, a 9-year-old and a 6-year-old girl, adopted by Sylvia Jovanna Vasquez were being locked up in cages and were found to be malnourished and and were wearing clothes soiled with urine and feces. A 12-year-old girl, also adopted, was being injected with a puberty-blocking drug, Lupron.

In 1982 Sylvia Jovanna Vasquez had kidnapped a girl from Mexico and using Child Protective Services stationary she removed three children from a Mexican orphanage in 1986. In 1990 she applied for a foster care permit, which was refused, because of her previous conduct. Despite being aware of this past Judy Taege of California state adoption agency allowed Vasquez to adopt four children.
Date: 2006-01-05
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: California state adoption agency

Location

Santa Barbara, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Edward Walter Smith

Quickly after she was adopted the sexual abuse started. She was 13 years old at the time. A year later she got pregnant and had a baby in 2000. In 2005 she made a report about the sexual abuse she had endured. Smith was arrested in Transylvania County in 2006 and later indicted. In 2008 he got a 124 year sentence.
Date: 2006-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Steven Lynn Mouton

A Chinese girl was adopted for the purpose of sexual abuse and the production of child pornography by Steven Lynn Mouton.

Mouton was convicted for sexual abuse in 2006, later probation officers found pornographic images of the abuse during a home visit in 2007.

October 7, 2009, Steven Lynn Mouton was found guilty over the production of child pornography. Local press reporting the case didn't mention the adopted status of the girl involved. Mouton is believed to have been married at one time.
Date: 2006-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Boerne, Texas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Douglas Allen Houtz and Beth Marie Houtz

14-year-old girl adopted by Douglas Allen Houtz and Beth Marie Houtz, was physically abused by her adoptive mother, she was being held  under water, beaten her with hangers and kitchen utensils, and was restraint while being punched in the face.

In December 2007, Marie Houtz accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors. She pleaded no contest in exchange for a two-year suspended prison sentence.

Charges were dismissed against her husband.
Date: 2005-12-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Stroud, Oklahoma
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girls in foster care with Brian and Antonia Starmer

Three girls, aged  12, 11 and 8, in foster care with Brian and Antonia Starmer, were sexually abused by their foster father.
Date: 2005-12-22
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Oldsmar, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

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