Rilya Wilson

Rilya Wilson missing in Florida
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.
Date: 2002-04-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Economic exploitation, Death by unknown cause
Abuser: Foster mother

Placement

Persons: Willie Harris

Post placement

Persons: Deborah Muskelly

Location

Kendall, Florida
United States
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Missing Fla. foster child's custodian feared worst2012-12-17
Legal guardian: Lover tied up Rilya, confined her to laundry room 2012-12-17
Mistrial denied in missing Fla. foster child case 2012-12-13
Prosecutors play 2002 ABC interview with woman in Rilya Wilson case 2012-12-12
Detective: no clues in national hunt for Fla. girl 2012-12-11
Rilya Wilson’s older sister attends Monday’s murder trial 2012-12-10
Missing child witness: defendant got aid falsely2012-12-10
Rilya Wilson did not die in vain [opinion]2012-12-07
Social worker who found Rilya Wilson was missing testifies2012-12-05
DCF caseworker takes stand in Rilya Wilson murder trial 2012-12-04
Friend testifies foster mom borrowed dog cage for Rilya 2012-11-29
Dog Cage Evidence In Rilya Wilson Murder Case2012-11-29
Judge in Rilya Wilson trial denies mistrial based on prosecutor’s standing with Florida Bar 2012-11-27
Lawyers offer opening statements in Rilya Wilson murder case 2012-11-26
Murder trial starts in Fla. foster child case2012-11-26
Rilya case prosecutor’s license revoked 2012-11-26
A decade after little girl vanished, Rilya Wilson’s foster mom faces trial 2012-11-24
Rilya Wilson case goes to trial Monday2012-11-04
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