Abuse in child placement abuse cases



Madoc Hyunsu O'Callaghan


3 year old Hyunsu (aka Hyeonsu or Hyun-su) was adopted from South Korea under the new laws by Brian and Jennifer O'Callaghan in October 2013. He had a diagnosis of hydrocephalus. He died less than 4 months after his arrival in his adoptive home with a skull fracture, bleeding in the brain, eye hemorrhaging, trauma to his scrotum, and other evidence of blunt force trauma. Jennifer was out of town for several days leaving Madoc with his father Brian Patrick O'Callaghan, a former marine. Brian O'Callaghan has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death.
Date: 2014-02-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Disabilities: yes

Placement

Location

Damascus, Maryland
United States
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Girl adopted by Zhuzhou couple

3 year old girl was beaten to death by her adoptive mother surnamed Yi. Father's surname not released. The family had been reported for abuse previously. This was a domestic adoption in China.
Date: 2013-12-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Lusong District Zhuzhou, Hunan
China

Ten year old girl in Newcastle

A ten year old girl in foster care in Newcastle NSW reported she was indecently assaulted by her 57 year old foster father. He was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Date: 2013-11-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Newcastle, New South Wales
Australia

Girl adopted by a Malaysian couple

Girl adopted at age 4 was beaten into a coma and subsequently died. Both adoptive parents have been arrested.
Date: 2013-11-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

ALOR SETAR, Kedah, xx
Malaysia

Boy adopted by a British Columbia man

A boy was sexually abused by his adoptive father, a 43 year old Lower Mainland area man. The man had previously helped build an orphanage in Mexico and mentored vulnerable children through Big Brothers. The man had extensive child pornography in his home and the abuse was discovered as a result of the Project Spade international porn bust.
Date: 2013-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Lower Mainland area, British Columbia
Canada
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Boy adopted by Rachel Tipton and her husband

A 4 year old boy adopted from Ethiopia by Rachel Hatfield Tipton and Pediatrician Dr. Jimmy Tipton was beaten in the genitals with a wooden spoon by his adoptive mother. She has been charged with criminal abuse.
Date: 2013-07-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Jeffersontown (Louisville), Kentucky
United States
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Lita Morgan

Adopted at age two, by Christine Morgan and her now deceased husband, Lita Morgan was systematically abused at the hands of her adoptive mother. She was forced to drink bleach from a cloth used to clean toilets and her head was held under the bath water until she couldn’t breathe. Christine Morgan also threatened to kill her adopted daughter, hit her on a regular basis, kept the girl locked in her room and dressed her in dirty clothes.
Date: 2012-10-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Romsey, Hampshire
United Kingdom

Joy Yi

Joy Yi was murdered by her adoptive father Army Lt. Col. Kenston K. Yi. His wife Hyon "Hannah" Yi, was beaten to death immediately thereafter.
Date: 2010-06-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Lorton, Virginia
United States
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Five children adopted Bernie and Melissa Harmon

Five children were adopted by Bernie and Melissa Harmon, in 2008. The couple confined the children in an attic, barely fed them, hit them with a whip and kept them out of school. Bernie Harmon is also accused of child molestation.
Date:
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Location

Taswell, Indiana
United States
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Three children adopted by Phillip and Kimberly Loesch

Three children adopted by Phillip and Kimberly Loesch in 2008 were deprived of food and were harshly disciplined. Physical beatings consisted of strikes to the hands, head and buttocks with leather "spanking sticks" to the extent the children's hands were swollen and not able to be closed, the affidavit alleges.

The chidlren were also required to put their hands in cold buckets of water as punishment too, or to limit the swelling from the assaults. Using the bathroom was allegedly allowed only with the parents' permission, which sometimes forced the children to have to relieve themselves in their rooms.

One boy was allegedly required to wear a cardboard box on his head to limit his looking around as a punishment to keep him from socializing. The children also slept on the floor for several months with no mattress, pillows, sheets or covers, according to the court records.
Date: 2013-07-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Readmond Township, Michigan
United States
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Children adopted by Dave and Wonda Dixon

A 12-year-old girl, adopted by Dave and Wonda Dixon, was allegedly sexually and physically abused. She was also deprived of food. The Dixon's had adopted a total of 10 children.
Date: 2013-08-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Lubbock, Texas
United States
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Girl adopted by woman in Ontario, Canada

A girl, adopted from Romania, by a woman from Ontario, Canada, was sexually abused by convicted pedophile Randolph “Randie” Bartley. The adoptive mother enabled the abuse.
Date: 2006-08-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Other non-family member

Location

Paris, Ontario
Canada
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Dylan Farrow

Adopted by Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, Dylan was allegedly sexually abused at the hands of her adoptive father. Charges were eventually dropped to spare Dylan (at the time 7 years old) to testify in court. Woody Allen later started a relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, another adopted child of Mia Farrow.
Date: 1992-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

New York, New York
United States
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Girls adopted by a Devon couple

Two girls adopted by a couple in the foothills of Dartmoor were sexually abused by their adoptive father. He was sentenced for 16 years.
Date: 2013-04-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

near Dartmoor, Devon
United Kingdom

Two childen adopted by woman from Mendon, Utah

Two out of nine children adopted by a woman from Mendon, Utah, used an electric dog collar as a means to discipline the children in her care.
Date: 2013-09-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes

Location

Mendon, Utah
United States
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