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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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

Ryuya Yoshimura

5-year-old adopted son of Yuki Yoshimura, a 26-year-old housewife, abused Ryuya, damaging his liver and lungs the boy died from loss of blood.
Date: 2005-12-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Aichi
Japan

Tiffany Eilders

Three-and-a-half-month-old girl in foster care was beaten and shaken to death by John Burton, foster mother's boyfriend, who baby sat her.
Date: 2005-12-07
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other family member

Location

Montclaire, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Kaylie and Jordan Collins

Three-year-old twin in foster care with Gail and Marvin Thompson were were kept in cribs covered with chicken wire secured by duct tape in a darkened bedroom built in a garage.
Date: 2005-11-25
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Placement

Location

Gresham, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Boy in foster care in Alberta (infant)

13 month old special needs boy in foster care with 2 older siblings died of shaken baby syndrome in November 2005. The foster father pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Date: 2005-11-24
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Alberta
Canada
See map: Google Maps

Haut de la Garenne



Children's home on the island of Jersey where allegedly large scale child abuse took place. Investigation are still ongoing. United Kingdom MP John Hemming and Jersey Senator Stuart Syvret both believe Jersey authorities are involved in an effort to cover up. So far 160 people have come forward with claims of abuse.
Date: 2005-11-01
Placement type: Institution
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Undetermined

Location

Saint Martin, Jersey
United Kingdom

Kaitlyn Brosch

Four months after being adopted from China at 10 months old in June 2005, Kaitlyn nearly died of brain injuries and swelling consistent with being shaken and struck in the head. She is now partially paralyzed, deaf and blind. Mother Tracey Ann Brosch plead to a child abuse charge, father Jeffrey Brosch was not charged..
Date: 2005-10-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Rochester Hills, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl in care of David Kinghorn

David W Kinghorn was convicted of raping one of the girls in his home. David and Glenda Kinghorn had 2 bio children, adopted 4 children, then took custody of 8 or more children from disrupted adoptions, including Sasha Bignell from Ukraine. They moved from Minnesota to Arkansas when Minnesota CPS was investigating the situation. The 4 adopted children and possibly 3 more were originally from Louisiana.
Date: 2005-10-26
Placement type: Legal Guardianship
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Legal guardian
Home schooling: yes

Location

Mena, Arkansas
United States
See map: Google Maps

Emma Mei Alvey (Mei Fu Ping)

 

20 month girl Adopted from Huangmei, Hubei Province, China by Phillip and Jennifer Alvey, was shaken to death by her adoptive mother 8 months after the adoption. Emma had a skull fracture and died Oct 24, 2005. In September she got 13 stitches from a separate injury. Her mother pleaded guilty. Jennifer was sentenced to 1 year in prison,14 years probation.
Date: 2005-10-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Location

Spring Hill, Tennessee
United States
See map: Google Maps

Sarah Angelina Chavez



2-year-old girl in foster care with her uncle and aunt Armando and Frances Abundi, was beaten to death.
Date: 2005-10-11
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Alhambra, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Haleigh Poutre



On September 2005, Haleigh Poutre, was hospitalized with severe brain injuries after she was allegedly beaten into a coma by Jason Strickland and Holli Strickland, her step father and maternal aunt respectively, who had legally adopted her. Defying all odds, the brain-damaged girl who was days away from a state order to remove her from life support in 2006, started communicating about the horrific abuse that nearly killed her.
Date: 2005-09-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Other family member

Location

Westfield, Massachusetts
United States
See map: Google Maps

Amira Brown



12-year-old girl in foster care with Barbara Martin, was beaten 80 times with a broom stick by Rose M. Boyd-Tolver, a friend of the family, who baby sat. Subsequently Tolver, who weighed 262 pounds, sat on Amira, from which the girl died.
Date: 2005-09-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Reading, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

11 Children adopted by Michael and Sharen Gravelle

11 children adopted by Michel and Sharen Gravelle were found to be kept in cages.
Date: 2005-09-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Adopt America Network
Persons: Corie M Huxford, Collin Myers Ph.D., and Fairhaven Counseling of Cuyahoga Falls

Placement

Organizations: The Cradle , Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Illinois Department of Children's and Family Services, Huron County Department of Job and Family Services, Williams County, Stark County, Cuyahoga County, Chicago CPS, Hamilton County

Post placement

Organizations: Adopt America Network

Location

Clarksfield, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Quyzir Davis

3-year-old boy in foster care with Alethia McKee was beaten to death.
Date: 2005-08-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps

Isaac Jonathan Dykstra (Ilya Kargyntsev)



21-month-old boy, adopted by Brian Dale Dykstra and Lisa Dykstra, died of head injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome, as well as bruising on his torso and legs. Isaac was adopted from Krasnoyarsk, Russia and had lived with the Dykstra's for three months. On August 7, 2008 Brian Dale Dykstra, 31,was charged with 2nd degree murder.
On November 3, 2011 Brian Dykstra was found not guilty.
Date: 2005-08-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Iowa City, Iowa
United States
See map: Google Maps

Mitchell Alexander Rivers

3-month-old boy was suffocated to death by his adoptive father, Mitchell Charles Rivers.

In 1997, South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) found Rivers responsible for the hospitalization of a 2-year-old son of a former girlfriend who sustained a severe concussion and a severed skull fracture.
Date: 2005-08-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Chesterfield county, South Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps

Martha in custody of Milwaukee couple

Two-year-old Martha, adopted in Guatemala was sent back and forth from her adoptive family in Pennsylvania and a foster/potential adoptive family in Wisconsin when her adoptive parents were contemplating a disruption. The adoptive family committed to terminate the adoption, and the foster family agreed to adopt her, but neither had completed the paperwork when she was removed from the foster home due to a skull fracture, wrist fracture and other injuries.
Date: 2005-08-07
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Undetermined
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Organizations: Evangelical Child and Family Agency (WI), Approved the foster family

Placement

Organizations: unknown agency for international, adoptive parents picked foster home

Location

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
See map: Google Maps

Walter Jackson

10-month-old boy in foster care was beaten to death by Michael Thorpe, the boy's foster mother's boyfriend who baby sat him.
Date: 2005-08-07
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Placement

Post placement

Location

Chicago, Illinois
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by William J. Every and Sharon Every

2 of 14 special needs children adopted by Sharon and Bill Every were sexually abused by Mr. Every.
Date: 2005-08-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Henrietta, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps

Yuri Pintus Fiori (Kirill Pushkin)

Almost 7 year old newly adopted Yuri was detained in Moscow after flight attendant reported abuse on flight from Barnaul (Altai Krai) to Moscow. Eventually acquitted of the charges, adoptive parents Giovanna Pintus and Giovanni Fiori took custody of Yuri and traveled to Italy.
Date: 2005-07-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Placement

Organizations: Associazione Chiara

Location

Sassari, Sassari
Italy

Nina Hilt (Viktoria Valeryevna Bazhenova)



2-year-old girl adopted by Chris and Peggy Sue Hilt, died after suffering several blows to her abdomen. In March 2006, Peggy Hilt plead guilty to second degree murder to avoid a charge of first degree murder. She said that she was frustrated due to the lack of bonding between Nina and herself. May 25, 2006, Peggy Hilt was sentenced to 35 years in prison with 10 years suspended. Nina was adopted in January 2004 from Irkutsk, Russia. Nina had an older sister adopted in Ukraine.

Date: 2005-07-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Homestudy

Organizations: A Loving Family, Alexandria, Virginia

Post placement

Organizations: A Child's Hope, Raleigh, North Carolina

Location

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

Ricky Holland (Ricky Gann)


For years Ricky had been maltreated and abused by his adopters Tim and Lisa Holland. In July 2005 he was killed by the couple parents and dumped in a swamp, claiming he had disappeared. Eventually Tim Holland led the police to the body on Jan. 27, 2006. Hours later, authorities picked up in connection with Ricky's death. Lisa and Tim Holland are in prison -- she for life and he for 30 to 60 years. 
Date: 2005-07-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: Family Services & Children's Aid in Jackson

Location

Summit Township, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Adrianna Maria Romero Cram


Adrianna Cram was born in Oregon, taken into state custody by Oregon at age 1, and sent to live in Mexico with her fathers relatives she'd never met when she was almost 4. She was to be adopted by her Aunt, Elizabeth Romero Marin and Uncle in Mexico. Her grandfather and teachers in Mexico repeatedly reported abuse to authorities in Mexico. Her Aunt was sentenced to 45 years.
Special Report
Date: 2005-06-13
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other family member

Placement

Post placement

Location

Omealca, Veracruz
Mexico

Rashid, boy adopted by Robert and Tracy Lynn Beatty

A three year old boy from Surgut in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug was allegedly grabbed by the throat to keep him quiet and mistreated by his newly adoptive mother in a Moscow Hotel. The American couple had adopted Rashid a few days before and were still in Russia at the time of the event.
Date: 2005-06-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Moscow
Russia

Girl adopted by Anna T Rufo

13-year-old girl adopted from China at age 6 by Anna T Rufo was beaten with a baseball bat by her adoptive mother.
Date: 2005-05-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

McMinneville, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girls adopted by Jessica Banks

Five girls adopted by Jessica Banks were beaten daily, fed spoiled food and hidden in a garage. Banks, a pastor of the Word of Life Apostolic Church, was sentenced to life in prison.
Date: 2005-05-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Organizations: Children's Way, San Bernadino

Location

Moreno Valley, California
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girls adopted by Gary McCoy

Three girl adopted from foster care by Gary Patrick McCoy were sexually abused by him. McCoy had adopted seven children. McCoy received three sentences between 17 year and 5 and months and 35 years and is currently incarcerated at Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility. McCoy had once received the foster parent of the year award.
Date: 2005-04-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Garden City, Michigan
United States
See map: Google Maps

Tyler Sullivan

17-year-old boy adopted by Wilson and Brenda Sullivan, was found caged in a crib and weighing 49 pounds by the Ohio state Department of Children and Families . Wilson Sullivan died in the middle of the trial. Brenda Sullivan got 20 years imprisonment.
Date: 2005-03-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: Stark County Children Services

Location

Jacksonville, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dontel Jeffers



4-year-old boy if foster care with Corinne N. Stephen was beaten to death. He had been dead for as long as three hours when his foster mother drove him to a hospital emergency room. He had bruises under his left eye, adult scratch marks on his forehead, ligature marks around his wrists and one ankle from a telephone cord, bruises inside his throat consistent with someone trying to cut off his breath and a ruptured intestine that was leaking human waste into his abdomen, causing a treatable but extremely painful infection.
Date: 2005-03-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Massachusetts Mentor

Location

Boston, Massachusetts
United States
See map: Google Maps

Dennis Gene Merryman (Denis Uritsky)

   
8 year old boy adopted by Samuel and Donna Merryman. Died after suffering cardiac arrest brought on by starvation. He weighed 37 pounds, 2 lbs less than his weight at adoption. Both adoptive parents were arrested and charged with manslaughter and first degree child abuse resulting in death and reckless endangerment. He was adopted along with his older brother and 2 older sisters from Ochyor, Perm region, Russia almost 5 years before.
Date: 2005-01-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Placement

Location

Whiteford, Harford County, Maryland
United States
See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by David and Karen Gilmore

9-year-old girl adopted by David Charles Gilmore and his wife Karen, was sexually abused by her adoptive father. The Gilmore's had four biological children under the age of 10 and three children adopted from Russia. Gilmore was a music teacher and a former Friends (Quaker) youth pastor. Gilmore is serving 30 years.
Date: 2005-01-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

St Paul, Oregon
United States
See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by John and Linda Dollar

Five children adopted by the Dollars who starved them, shocked them with electricity, pulled out their toenails with pliers, bound them with chains and strips of plastic and struck their feet with hammers. Twin boys, age 14, weighed 36 and 38 pounds when taken from the home.

The family included three girls, ages 12, 13 and 17; three 14-year-old boys (two of them twins) and a 16-year-old boy. One 14 yr old and the 17 year old were favorites and not abused. Dollar's also had an adult daughter, adopted as an infant, who had moved out of the home.
Date: 2005-01-21
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

Organizations: Hillsborough County DCF (3 children in 1995)

Location

Beverly Hills, Florida
United States
See map: Google Maps

Tyler DeLeon

  

7-year-old boy adopted by Carole Ann DeLeon was severely dehydrated and weight only 28 pounds at the time of his death. Official cause of death was dehydration. While living in Wyoming, Carol Ann DeLeon had already had three children removed from her home because of child abuse. Tyler and his foster brother told teachers they were abused by DeLeon and her adult daughter Christina Burns-DeLeon. The school called CPS several times.
Date: 2005-01-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Deer Park, Washington
United States
See map: Google Maps

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