4 year old girl in foster care with Pamela Graham and her partner Geralyn Graham, disappeared from the home in December 2000. Due to falsified reports, Florida DCF did not notice she was gone until April 2002. At that point, Geralyn claimed a state worker had taken Rilya for testing and never returned. Geralyn had a criminal record, including fraud and grand theft, which was not discovered by DCF when they approved the foster home. She used many aliases and claimed at times that she was Rilya's Grandmother and/or that Pamela was her sister. After Rilya disappeared, Geralyn applied for food stamps based on having Rilya in her home. Eleven people were fired by DCF when Rilya's disappearance became known.
Prior to Rilya's disappearance, Geralyn Graham beat her with a switch, tied her to her bed by her wrists, glued a Halloween mask to her face, and confined her to a dog crate.
Though Rilya's body has not been found, Geralyn Graham was sentenced to 55 years for child abuse and kidnapping after she confessed to murder to a jail cellmate. The jury was deadlocked on the murder charge.
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Economic exploitation, Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Foster mother
Organizations: Florida Department of Children & Families
Persons: Willie Harris
Persons: Deborah Muskelly
See map: Google Maps