15-year-old Erica Parson was taken in by Casey and Sandy Parsons two weeks after her birth, and adopted two years later. In November 2011 she went missing, however the adoptive parents never reported this to authorities. Upon investigation allegations of continuous abuse were made.
Note: Given the preliminary state of this case, the abuse has been labeled "non-lethal neglect" (for the failure to report Erica Parson's disappearance).
3 children adopted from Ukraine by Ukrainian natives Lev Dzyuba and his late wife Larisa Dzyuba were allegedly locked in their rooms for several months after Larisa's death from cancer. Lev's 2 sisters helped with the children, who were homeschooled, after Larisa's death.
A boy and girl adopted from Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan by Linda and Joseph Mayotte in 2004 were raped, the girl by her father, the boy by his mother. Sexual abuse began in 2005 when the children were 8 and 13. Linda Mayotte gave birth to a child fathered by the boy. Both parents were found guilty of multiple counts of abuse.
A 13 year old ethnic Roma boy adopted from Russia was confined to in his room and deprived of food and schooling by Paul and Debbie Salvetti, his adoptive father and stepmother, during a 3 month period in 2007. Earlier Debbie was alleged to have hit the boy with a frying pan and baseball bat. Debbie Sue Salvetti was charged with two counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. Paul Joseph Salvetti faced one charge. In 2009, Paul and Debbie took a joint Alford plea and were sentenced to 20 to 33 months in jail. Paul filed several appeals requesting to withdraw his Alford plea The boy is referred to as Pesha or TS in the pleadings.
There were 3 or 4 other children in the home, including the boy's sister, possibly adopted in Peru.
The boy was adopted as an infant or toddler by Paul Salvetti and the now deceased Leslie Salvetti, who passed away in 1998.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
2 adopted children and one step child were allegedly sexually abused by their father, Jean Paul Kruse, a Major in the Ohio National Guard. There were 5 bio/step children in the home and 6 adopted children. Three of the children were adopted in Liberia in 2008 and one in Vietnam in 2007. The final 2 children were adopted from disrupted international adoptions.
Jean Paul Kruse was charged with 17 felony counts of rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, and intimidation.
Emily Kruse was charged with intimidation and obstruction of justice. Five of the children have been returned to her care.
2 girls aged 3 and 4, adopted as infants in Nigeria by Onyeka Lucy Asonye, (a US citizen born in Nigeria) were beaten with sticks and other items. Both girls had bruises and internal injuries (blunt abdominal injury).
3 children internationally adopted by Melissa and Matthew Dumont were allegedly physically, emotionally, and sexually abused. The children are now aged 17 (girl from China), 14 (boy from Thailand), and 13 (girl from China) and were adopted separately. The older 2 have autism and other special needs.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Boy purchased from a Russian woman at 5 days old in 2005 by an Australian gay couple (Mark J. Newton and Peter Truong) was sexually abused by them, by other men, and used in pornography before he was 2 years old until he was removed from their care in 2011 at age 6. He was abused in numerous countries including Australia, USA, Germany and France. When originally arrested in California by the FBI, the men claimed they were being targeted because they were homosexual.
It is not clear how long the men were in the US before the child was removed from their care. The boy was originally claimed to be the biological son of Newton conceived by surrogacy in Russia. He may have been adopted by one of the men while they were in California using fake paperwork.
Mark J. Newton (Australian-USA dual citizen), 42, was sentenced to 40 years in prison and $400,000 in restitution to the child. His boyfriend, Peter Truong (Australian), 36, pleaded guilty but has not yet been sentenced.
16 month old Serena died of blunt force trauma to her head in 2003. Adoptive mother Tonya Grizzard Cate was charged with capital murder in 2005. The father was not charged. The case has not gone to trial yet.
A 15-year-old boy (adopted 2005) and a 13-year-old girl (adopted 2006) adopted by Erin and Jennifer Pickel were physically abused by their adopters and locked in a backyard playhouse for days at a time. Three other children (one over 18) in the home were apparently unharmed. Erin James Pickel is a US Air Force major stationed at Seymour Johnson Airbase, Goldsboro, NC.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Five year old boy Faisal died six months after leaving the orphanage in the guardianship of a 33 year old married Saudi Man. The boy was beaten and burned due to incontinence issues. Within a week of placement, Faisal came back to the orphanage and begged to be allowed to return.
He died in the hospital from a brain hemorrhage shortly after being admitted with head trauma, internal injuries and burns. This is a probably kafalah guardianship - the articles list both adoption and fostering.
Placement type: Legal Guardianship
Institution: Dar Al Diafa orphanage, government run
Two children (aged 6 and 7), adopted by Damien and Allonna Stovall were allegedly beaten with a belt and wooden spoon. In September 2012, the Stovalls were named "Angels in Adoption" upon recommendation of Sen. Chuck Grassley. The charges of abuse were dismissed without prejudice.
16-year-old girl in the United Kingdom was forced by adoptive mother to get pregnant through artificial insemination. The divorced adoptive mother wanted to adopt another (4th) child, but wasn't approved. She then resorted to forcing her adopted daughter to get pregnant. The exploitation started when the girl was 14. The older 2 girls were adopted from country x by the US born woman (but permanent UK resident) and her Irish husband. The third girl was adopted after the divorce from 'country y' later identified as Kazakhstan.
Four-year-old boy adopted by David and Angel Cook, died of starvation. The boy had been adopted nine months prior after allegedly having been sexually abused by his biological mother and several men. Buddy Cook died of dehydration and malnutrition. David and Angel Cook were charged with felony injury.