Girl adopted by Richard Cook

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


Ruby, Alaska
United States
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