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
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Documentsort iconDate
Abused children's biological brother wants to adopt them2012-08-10
Adopted children seized from Longview couple led 'very isolated' lives2011-06-01
Adopted son takes stand on Day 1 of Trebilcock trial2012-07-16
Child abuse expert testifies at Trebilcock trial2012-07-20
Children taken from adoptive parents to attend private school2011-09-07
Closing arguments wrap up in Longview child mistreatment trial2012-07-26
Couple accused of neglecting kids appear in court2011-05-20
Couple accused of starving 5 children released from jail2011-05-20
Couple face charges of starving adopted children so badly that 13-year-old boy weighed 49lb and was forced to steal dog food2011-05-24
Dad testifies in Washington child abuse trial, denies he withheld food, neglected adopted son2012-07-26
Defense's expert witness has different take on Trebilcocks' son2012-07-24
Expert testimony sheds light on condition of Trebilcocks' adopted son2012-07-21
Father testifies that malnourished boy could eat all he wanted2012-07-25
Longview couple accused of abusing adopted children post bail2011-05-20
Longview parents post bail after appearing in court on criminal mistreatment charges2011-05-20
Mother takes the stand as abuse trial testimony concludes2012-07-26
Oldest son takes stand in Trebilcock trial2012-07-18
Parents found guilty in Longview starving kids case2012-07-31
Pediatrician dismisses fetal alcohol syndrome theory during abuse trial2012-07-23
Report links rash of abuse, state adoption policy flaws2012-10-20
State officials investigating several cases of abuse of adopted children2012-01-14
Trebilcocks deny mistreating adopted children2012-01-14
Trebilcocks found guilty on 2 counts 2012-07-31
Trebilcocks sentenced to prison for mistreating children2012-08-23
Trebilcocks' adopted children will stay in foster care2012-09-24
Trebilcocks' daughter tells of escape attempt2012-07-17
Washington Couple Accused of Starving Five Children2011-05-25
Washington couple held without bail for allegedly neglecting adopted children2011-05-19
West Longview couple accused of neglecting, abusing 5 adopted children2011-05-19
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