Scalding abuse cases



Boy adopted by Mark and Ruthann Gneiser

5-year-old boy with Down syndrome, adopted by Mark and Ruthann Gneiser, was allegedly beaten by his adoptive mother so badly that he defecated in his pants. She then made the boy sit in scalding hot bath water.
Date: 2014-09-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes

Location

Newton, Wisconsin
United States
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Girls adopted by Dwight and Janet Solander

3 girls adopted by Dwight and Janet Solander were abused by their adoptive parents.

The abuse was first discovered by a nanny, who reported the case with the Nevada, authorities. The children were subsequently sent off to a boarding school in Florida.
Date: 2013-02-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
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Lilly Manning

At the time 15-year-old girl adopted by her great-aunt Lillian Manning, escaped from a closet she had been locked into. Prior to that she had been tortured by her adoptive mother and her adoptive mother's husband.
Date: 2007-10-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Other non-family member

Location

Sacramento, California
United States
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Girl adopted by Theresa McNulty

4-year-old girl (Dasha), adopted from Russia by Theresa M. McNulty allegedly suffered bruises, welts, cuts and burns to her face and upper body from scalding hot bath water.
Date: 2010-02-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Ambler, Pennsylvania
United States
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Boy adopted by Raymond and Lisa Sangraw

Eight year old boy was scalded in bathwater. His adoptive parents waited six weeks before seeking treatment for him.
Date: 2007-02-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Green Bay, Wisconsin
United States
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Jada Chatmon

As the youngest of two children adopted by Audrey Chatmon, Jada D. was repeatedly submerged in scalding water, causing second- and third-degree burns. She was also hit with a belt, pulled her hair, hit in the face and body, scratched and burned her with fire. Her older sister was Faith D.

Audrey Chatmon was arrested in 2004, convicted of child abuse and sentenced to 15 years in state prison.
Date: 2004-02-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Homestudy

Organizations: Department of Children and Family California

Placement

Organizations: Penny Lane Centers

Location

Los Angeles County, California
United States
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Cory Bradley McLauchlin

July 4, 1997, paramedics went to the North Carolina home of 45 year-old Eddiesenior Jones McLauchlin and found 4-year-old, adoptee, Cory Bradley McLauchlin, severely beaten. He was pronounced brain-dead at the hospital not long before he was taken off life support. Both of his hands and one foot were burned. There were bruises on his back, stomach, legs, and a lump on his forehead. Mrs. McLauchlin's husband was deployed by the military at the time.

Date: 1997-07-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Fayetteville, North Carolina
United States
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James W. Bader (Jimmy Jones)

In August of 1974 Sparks Police were called to Saint Mary’s Hospital on a report of a 3 year old dying from injuries sustained during a fall. An investigation at the time concluded that there was no foul play involving the death of the child, James "J.W." Bader.

31-years later Sparks Police Detectives received a phone call from J.W.'s older sister, Julie Dunn, saying he had been abused by his adoptive mother Catherine Bader. Father Larry Bader (dec'd) was not implicated or charged. Dunn, who was a teen at the time, said she witnessed her mother repeatedly kick and punch the developmentally disabled boy in the stomach, including the day he died, that she slammed toilet seats on his genitals, held his hands in boiling water, held his head underwater in the bathtub and rammed his head into a backyard post. The 1974 case was reopened in 2006 and investigated by detectives. Through forensic evidence it was determined that James Bader had been beaten until his intestines burst.

Catherine was remarried and known as Catherine Wyman or Catherine Bader-Wyman


Date: 1974-08-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Sparks, Nevada
United States
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Liam Thompson (Dmitry Sergeyvich Islankulov)


Liam Thompson: age 36 months, of Columbus, Ohio, died from scalding and neglect. His adoptive father, Gary, placed him in a tub of 140 degree water. He recieved 2nd and 3rd degree burns. His LPN adoptive mother, Amy, neglected treatment for 2 days, then treated him with Tylenol and Vaseline. She took Liam to the hospital only after he went into respitory failure. Amy was sentence to 15 years for child endangering and involuntary manslaughter. Gary received 15-life for murder.
Liam was adopted from Blagoveshensk, Amur, Russia 5 months prior  to his death along with his older bio sister. His sister has a new adoptive home and is doing well. Thompson's also had a 3.5 yr old bio son and a 15 yr old bio daughter of Amy.
Date: 2003-10-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Facilitators

Organizations: AMREX

Placement

Organizations: Tree of Life

Location

Columbus, Ohio
United States
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Primary links

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