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2018 Aug 5

Lucas Call, a 2-year-old boy in foster care with Lisa Jo Vanderlinden was killed by his foster mother in August 2018. For that she received a one year sentence. In 2023 she was accused of physically abusing her 8-year-old adoptive son.

2018 Aug

Two boys, aged 14 and 15, adopted by Blaine and Donella Busker were sat upon as punishment. The boys were only allowed to wash their clothes once a week and allowed to shower only every other day. The parents padlocked the bathroom that contained the home’s only shower

2018 Aug

Three girls and a boy between the ages 5 and 12, adopted by Daryl Head and Laura Cheatham were kept inside boxes that were sealed shut with plywood and screws. Laura Cheatham, who was a former employee with the Missouri Department of Corrections, placed an order with Prison Industries Clothing Division for four kids’ size inmate uniforms.

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2018 Jun 23

18-year-old woman adopted by Neil and Janet Farrell was systematically abused by her adoptive parents. She was beaten with 10-inch industrial glue sticks, and locked her room for weeks and months at a time with limited food and only sometimes a bucket for a toilet.

2018 Mar 26

Six children adopted by Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart were abused by their adoptive parents and died in a murder-suicide when Jenifer Hart drove her SUV off a cliff with all children and her wife in the car.

2018 Mar

Five boys and a girl with ages between 12 and 16, adopted by Timothy and Barbara Krause were beaten, starved and imprisoned by their adoptive parents.

2018 Feb 17

Four children adopted by Benito and Carol Gutierrez where locked inside a room for a minimum of 12 hours at a time. The were being denied food and water and access to the bath room.

2018 Feb 12

Three children adopted by Donald and Sharon Windey were physically and sexually abused by their adoptive parents. The biological son of the adoptive parents was also involved in the abuse.

2018 Jan 30

A 10-year old girl and an 11-year old boy from Ghana, adopted by Kenny and Kelly Fry were starved by their adoptive parents. They also punished the two children with physical exercise, including squats and push-ups and locked them up in their bedrooms where they were forced to sleep on a small plastic mat with a blanket.

The Frys they were sentenced to two months of probation, 100 hours of community service and a fine of $12,500. Kenny Fry is the younger brother of Iowa State Rep. Joel Fry.

2018

12-year-old boy adopted by Jonathan James Hay and Debra Ann Hay was handcuffed to a bed in a locked bedroom or cuffed by his hands and feet to a milk crate in a bathtub. The Hays' also put tape over the boy's mouth, taped socks to his hands to prevent him from trying to pick the locks and often fed him only oats and collard greens. The Hays were sentenced to 13 years in prison.