This is Just the Tip of the Ice Berg of Abuse and Murder of Children

This archive contains cases of abuse of children within the child placement system.

Some of the these children have been killed, other’s survived but suffered from:

Physical abuse
Sexual abuse
Neglect
Deprivation
In several cases the abuse was hidden from authorities under the pretext of homeschooling.

For an overview of abuse cases by location, see this map.

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“Infant Charlie”
14-month-old boy about to be adopted by Richard and Ellen Pluckhorn, suffered a fractured skull, sprained elbow, fractured scapula and severed bowel. The injury to the bowel nearly killed him, and ultimately caused brain damage and blindness.
Date: 1983-01-01
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Placement
Organizations: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Huron County Department of Human Services
Location
Norwalk, Ohio
United States
See map: Google Maps
abused adopteesOhioAdd new comment192 reads.”Rebecca” from Bulgaria
“Rebecca” was sexually abused in her birth home in Bulgaria. She spent 2 years recovering in the orphanage, only to be placed at age 7 in a US adoptive family where her father sexually abused her for 3 year before discovery.
Date:
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Location
United States
abused adopteesBulgariainternational adoptionUnited States of AmericaAdd new comment230 reads.11 Children adopted by Michael and Sharen Gravelle
11 children adopted by Michel and Sharen Gravelle were found to be kept in cages.
Date: 2005-09-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Homestudy
Organizations: Adopt America Network
Persons: Corie M Huxford
Placement
Organizations: The Cradle , Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Illinois Department of Children’s and Family Services, Huron County Department of Job and Family Services, Williams County, Stark County, Cuyahoga County, Chicago CPS, Hamilton County
Post placement
Organizations: Adopt America Network
Persons: Marty Russo, Robin Jacob
Location
Clarksfield, Ohio
United States
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abused adopteesattachment therapyElaine Thompsonfetal alcohol syndromehome schoolingOhiospecial needsAdd new comment1475 reads.2 girls in foster care with Mark and Annmarie Ashby
2 girls in foster care with Mark and Annmarie Ashby were allegedly sexually abused by their foster father.
Date:
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father
Placement
Organizations: Illinois Department of Children’s and Family Services
Location
Marion, Illinois
United States
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abuse in foster careIllinoisAdd new comment183 reads.21 Girls adopted by John and Marian DiMaria

Marian and John DiMarias, conservative evangelical Christians, adopted 21 girls from third-world countries. The adopted girls were all impaired; most were deaf. In February, 2003, the State of Vermont learned that John DiMaria had been sexually abusing the older girls for years. He was convicted and jailed by the State.

During 1999 – 2003 DiMaria and her husband, John DiMaria, lived in Jericho, VT and operated the Gypsy Grace Ranch, advertised as “North America’s Largest Breeder” of Gypsy horses, an expensive English draft horse. The DiMarias moved to Vermont from Kentucky, where they also operated a horse farm.

In 2002 and 2003, after the DiMarias had exhausted Marian DiMaria’s trust fund of over $7 million, they deceived the Mellon Bank in Pennsylvania, a trustee of the adopted girls’ trusts, into sending them $168,000 for fictitious expenses. Further investigation revealed that DiMaria had received and spent $96,000 from one adopted victim’s trust, and had defrauded the Social Security Administration of approximately $13,000, after she learned that her husband had been sexually abusing the children.

At least 2 girls were born in China, and Ukraine, at least one girl in India, Russia, Brazil, and Bolivia. (1996 they had 8 from: China, Russia, India, Brazil) – (Olivia, Hannah, Rikki, Tressah, Anya, Elizabeth, + 15 more)
Date: 2003-02-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes
Location
Jericho, Vermont
United States
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abused adopteesBoliviaBrazilChinadeaffundamental faithIndiainternational adoptionKentuckymega familiesPennsylvaniaRussiaspecial needsUkraineVermontAdd new comment910 reads.22 children adopted or fostered by Carl and Sherry Scott
10 foster, 12 adopted and 5 natural children removed from Sherry Scott’s home after Oregon Children’s Services Division alleges sanitation problems and sexual abuse between children. Carl had left the home the previous fall. Most of the children were physically or mentally disabled. Many of the children were in the home under private arrangements between parents. Sherry also provided temporary respite care.

Sherry admitted to neglect.
Date: 1991-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling, Foster sibling, Undetermined
Location
Cornelius, Oregon
United States
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abused adopteesabuse in foster careinformal foster caremega familiesOregonOregon CSDspecial needs3 comments358 reads.28 children adopted by Kathy and Dan Blackburn
28 children, many special needs, adopted by Kathy and Dan Blackburn while they were missionaries in Haiti. Parents divorced after 30 year marriage and both alleged the other parent was guilty of child abuse. Initially Dan was granted custody of the minor children, he lost it after the children were neglected.
Date: 1996-06-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Location
SHELBYVILLE, Indiana
United States
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abused adopteesHaitihome schoolingIndianainternational adoptionmega familiesspecial needsAdd new comment345 reads.3 girls adopted by Charles Sparks
Three girls adopted by Charles Sparks and his wife, were sexually abused by their adoptive father. Sparks was a former custodian at Parkview Middle School in Clark County.

In 2001, Child Protection Services investigated Sparks for sexual abuse, but against CPS’s recommendations and warnings, a judge allowed Sparks to keep the girls.

The adoptive mother knew what happened and didn’t do anything about it.
Date: 2008-04-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Location
Jeffersonville, Indiana
United States
See map: Google Maps
Add new comment132 reads.76+ Children adopted by Diane and Dennis Nason
From 1968 to 1990 the Nasons adopted between 76 and 84 children, most of them having special needs, to form their “Celebration Family” or “Nason Nation”. The also had 6 biological children. Eventually they formed their own school “Great Expectations”.

Allegations involve physical abuse, mental injury, neglect, sexual abuse among siblings, and sexual abuse by Dennis Nason. Three small children died neglected in their beds: Natasha (India or Bangladesh), an infant girl who allegedly died of malnutrition and starvation in March 1988, Jason about 2 and Jodi, about 4, who died of a form of dysentery called shigella in 1985, days apart.

Some of the 76 children they adopted have told of being beaten and being shocked with a cattle prod. At least one younger child, was allegedly caged in his beds. A 27-year-old woman adopted when she was 10 said that Dennis Nason, 49, molested her and attempted intercourse, and that she was forced to eat a bar of soap. She also said she had been hit with a belt during meals for eating too slowly and was hit again when the first beating caused her to urinate.

Diane and Dennis found new homes for at least 40 of the 54 children who lived in the Nason home between January and March of 1991 (Among the charges against them is that Dennis and Diane forged documents, medical histories, to get these children placed.)

The Nasons were acquitted of abuse charges, but convicted of racketeering and forgery.

The children were adopted from Vietnam, India, Korea, Mexico, El Salvador, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Israel, and the United States
Date: 1991-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Lethal neglect, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling, Other non-family member
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes
Location
Sisters, Oregon
United States
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abused adopteesBangladeshBrazilChileColombiaEl Salvadorfundamental faithIndiainternational adoptionIsraelmega familiesMexicoOregonOregon CSDPeruSouth Koreaspecial needsVietnamAdd new comment1006 reads.Adam Herrman (Irvin Groeninger III)

Adam was last seen in 1999 at age 11 or 12. His adoptive parents, Doug and Valerie Herrman, did not report him missing for 10 years and continued to collect adoption subsidy payments until he would have turned 18. The Herrmans told their family that Adam had returned to state custody. They are telling the police that they think he ran away. Adam was adopted when he was 2 yrs old. Valerie Herrman allegedly mentally and physically abused the boy: punching, hair-pulling, spanking with a wooden spoon or belt, refusing to feed him, and making him sleep in the bathtub without a pillow or blankets. CPS investigated several times. The sheriff is investigating the case as a death. (Left age 11, middle photo is an age progression, right 2 years)
Date: 1999-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation, Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Undetermined
Home schooling: yes
Placement
Organizations: Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services
Location
Towanda, Kansas
United States
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abused adopteeshome schoolingKansasKansas DSRmissing childrenAdd new comment262 reads.Adopted sibling of Kenneth Ray Knightingale
The girl was sexually abused by her older adopted brother since the age of seven,
Date: 2008-02-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling
Location
Livingston, California
United States
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abused adopteesCaliforniasibling abuseAdd new comment430 reads.Adrian Hines
12-month-old boy died in foster care. His death was ruled a homicide.
Date: 2008-10-02
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Undetermined
Placement
Organizations: New York State Office of Children & Family Services, Tompkins County CFS
Location
Dryden, New York
United States
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abuse in foster careNew YorkAdd new comment193 reads.Adrianna Maria Romero Cram

Adrianna Cram was born in Oregon, taken into state custody by Oregon at age 1, and sent to live in Mexico with her fathers relatives she’d never met when she was almost 4. She was to be adopted by her Aunt, Elizabeth Romero Marin and Uncle in Mexico. Her grandfather and teachers in Mexico repeatedly reported abuse to authorities in Mexico. Her Aunt was sentenced to 45 years.
Special Report
Date: 2005-06-13
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other family member
Placement
Organizations: Oregon Department of Human Services
Post placement
Organizations: Oregon Department of Human Services
Location
Omealca, Veracruz
Mexico
abuse in foster careMexicoOregonOregon DHSrelative foster careAdd new comment514 reads.Ahmad King (Rawls)

3 year old boy adopted by Tim and Mary Jane King, slain by his adoptive mother, who first claimed he had been kidnapped, later she confessed to killing him. Ahmad had been hit more than 50 times with the pipe and a belt buckle. Ahmad had been adopted just a month before his death. Mrs. King was also charged with abusing Ahmad’s foster sister. She was sentenced for life.
Date: 2006-01-23
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Location
Alma, Georgia
United States
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abused adopteesGeorgia (state)Add new comment376 reads.Albert Smith
5 year old developmentally delayed Albert Smith died after being hit in the head with a board for not saying his prayers correctly. Foster mother Rosa Lee Jones pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Foster father Nathaniel Jones was not charged.

Florida HRS expressed concerns about Mrs. Jones in 1979 when they first approved her as a foster mother because she was ”somewhat fanatical” in her religious beliefs. She was an associate pastor at a Holiness church. HRS had investigated reports of previous beatings and Albert had asked to be moved from the home prior to his death.
Date: 1988-01-01
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes
Placement
Organizations: Florida Department of Children & Families
Location
Clair-Mel City, Florida
United States
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abuse in foster careFloridaFlorida DHSfundamental faithAdd new comment208 reads.Alex Angulo
A 4 year old boy was mauled to death by his foster family’s Rottweiler dogs.
Date: 2008-01-11
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Undetermined
Placement
Organizations: Illinois Department of Children’s and Family Services
Location
Chicago, Illinois
United States
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abuse in foster careIllinoisIllinois DCFSAdd new comment153 reads.Alex Charles Boucher

3-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and other medical needs, in the custody of the CT Department of Children and Families was killed by his prospective adoptive father, James Curtis, in Florida as punishment for soiling himself. Mr Curtis wrapped Alex tightly in a blanket and left him for 30 minutes. Alex asphyxiated. Jennifer Curtis was not charged. The Curtis’ were given custody of Alex even though their homestudy and background checks were not complete and would have revealed past violence.
Date: 2000-09-25
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father
Homestudy
Organizations: Children’s Home Society of Florida
Placement
Organizations: Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Location
New Port Richey, Florida
United States
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abused adopteesabuse in foster careChildren’s Home Society of FloridaConnecticutConnecticut DCFFloridaMainespecial needsAdd new comment270 reads.Alex Pavlis (Alexei Vasilovich Geiko)

At age 6, Alex Pavlis of Illinois, was beaten to death by his U.S. adopted mother, Irma, 6 weeks after his Novemeber adoption from Yeysk, Krasnodar, Russia. Adoptive father was Dino Pavlis. Alex, who was adopted along with his 5 yr old bio sister, was found to have 32 bruises, scars, and cuts. Irma had a difficult time with Alex. He banged his head on the walls, floors, and defecated and urinated on himself. Reports indicate that his injuries could have been self-inflicted. The children were temporarily homeschooled until a school would be chosen. Irma, a Mexican immigrant, was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Date: 2003-12-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Homestudy
Organizations: Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services
Facilitators
Persons: Vladimir Jerdev
Placement
Organizations: Yunona USA
Persons: Ivan Jerdev
Location
Schaumburg, Illinois
United States
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abused adopteesIllinoisinternational adoptionRussiaYunonaAdd new comment629 reads.Alexander Ganadonegro
4-year-old boy in foster care with Jon and Williette Ulmer died of blunt trauma to the abdomen resulting in a ruptured stomach. Initially Williette Ulmer was arrested for child abuse, but charges were dropped later.
Date: 1998-03-10
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother
Location
Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States
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abuse in foster careNew MexicoAdd new comment121 reads.Alexis ‘Lexie’ Glover

13-year-old girl adopted by Alfreedia Gregg-Glover, disappeared on January 7, 2009. Her dead body was found two weeks later in a Woodbridge, Va, creek. Freedia Glover was later arrested for killing Alexis.
Date: 2009-01-07
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Location
Manassas, Virginia
United States
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abused adopteesVirginiaAdd new comment606 reads.Alexis Keintz
21 days old premature infant shaken to death by adoptive father Bruce Keintz. Alexis was only 5lbs 13 oz and was brought home 2 weeks earlier by Bruce and his wife. Bruce was convicted of reckless conduct. Alexis was one of twins, the other twin is in AZ with the birthfamily. Keintz’ also had a 3 yo adopted child.
Date: 2001-02-17
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Location
Lombard, Illinois
United States
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abused adopteesArizonaIllinoisshaken baby syndromeAdd new comment405 reads.Allena Varela
4 year old girl admitted to the hospital with fractures to both legs and her right arm and severe bruising on her legs, arms, upper and lower back, abdomen and head. Her parents Raul and Tricia Varela held her the potty for 3 hours and then beat her with a shoe and spatulas, in a potty training battle. The family has 2 biological sons, ages 7 and 9; and four adopted daughters, ages 2 to 8.
[Spelling of Allena is guessed based on video Ah-len-ah]
Date: 2009-04-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Location
Goodyear, Arizona
United States
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abused adopteesArizonaAdd new comment396 reads.Allison Newman

2-year-old girl in foster care with Carol Poole was beaten to death.
Date: 2006-09-22
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother
Placement
Organizations: Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
Location
Canton, Michigan
United States
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abuse in foster careMichiganAdd new comment265 reads.Alloma Gilbert, Christopher Spry and Child A
3 children, 1 adopted and 2 fostered by Eunice Spry were abused over 20 years. The children were beaten, starved, forced to eat vomit, had sticks rammed down their throats, skin rubbed with sandpaper and were locked naked in their rooms for weeks. Spry was convicted in 2007.
Date: 2005-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Foster mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes
Placement
Organizations: Gloucestershire social services
Location
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
United Kingdom
abused adopteesabuse in foster carehome schoolingJehovah’s Witnesssingle-mothersUnited KingdomAdd new comment2908 reads.Alonso Richard Munson
13 to 15 year old boy adopted in Colombia by Howard and Marjorie Munson 1.5 years earlier, was punished by being placed in a cage for 6 weeks to 3 months.
Date: 1983-11-00
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Location
Clayton, Missouri
United States
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abused adopteesColombiainternational adoptionMissouriAdd new comment190 reads.Amber King
12 year old girl adopted by Sandra Parker was brutalized kept chained and starving in the basement. She was also abused by 2 older, also-adopted, siblings. All 3 were special needs children.
Date: 2002-01-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling
Location
Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States
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abused adopteesMichiganMichigan DHSspecial needsAdd new comment436 reads.Amira Brown

12-year-old girl in foster care with Barbara Martin, was beaten 80 times with a broom stick by Rose M. Boyd-Tolver, a friend of the family, who baby sat. Subsequently Tolver, who weighed 262 pounds, sat on Amira, from which the girl died.
Date: 2005-09-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member
Location
Reading, Pennsylvania
United States
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abuse in foster carePennsylvaniaAdd new comment154 reads.Andrea Swenson
Sent by her adoptive mother to the Attachment Center at Evergreen (ACE), Andrea was put through the usual “two-week intensive,” but then diagnosed as so “damaged” that she had to stay on for periodic treatments at ACE, and live with AT-trained therapeutic foster parents (TFPs), at a cost to the family’s insurance company of $3,500 a week. Supposedly, Andrea made slow progress in the arrangement, until the insurance payments ran out. Whereupon, Watkins and the TFPs began pressuring the adoptive family to allow the TFPs to adopt her — and thereby get new insurance coverage.

One day in November 1990, Andrea returned to her foster home from school and reported to the TFPs that she had been sexually molested at school, which they regarded as typical “Attachment Disorder” behavior — false, manipulative, and attention-getting.

The next day, Andrea took an overdose of aspirin. She was in convulsions and delirious the next morning, but the TFPs did not attend her, and instead went bowling that afternoon. While they were gone, a relative visited the house and found Andrea dead in a hallway.

Date: 1990-11-09
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Other non-family member
Location
Tulsa, Oklahoma
United States
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abused adopteesattachment therapyAttachment Center at EvergreenAustriaColoradointernational adoptionOklahomaAdd new comment474 reads.Andrew Burd

4-year-old boy, about to be adopted by Larry and Hannah Overton, was forced to drink a mixture of water and Cajun spices as punishment. The Overtons waited nearly three hours before taking the boy to a medical clinic, vomited and drifted in and out of consciousness. He was no longer breathing when he finally arrived there. A day later he died. Mrs. Overton was sentences to life; Mr. Overton is on probation.
Date: 2006-10-02
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Placement
Organizations: Spaulding for Children
Location
Corpus Christi, Texas
United States
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abused adopteesfundamental faithhome schoolingSpaulding for ChildrenTexasAdd new comment900 reads.Andrew Ibarra, Andrew Haley, Tyler Donovan, Kenneth Shoemaker, James S and Michael M.
23-month-old Andrew Ibarra was in foster care with Cynthia Jackson, who beat him to death. He had a brain hemorrhage, a broken rib and other injuries. Five other foster children, Andrew Haley, Tyler Donovan, Kenneth Shoemaker, James S and Michael M. were also abused. Most of those children had suffered broken bones. Children had been removed from the home due to suspected abuse prior to Andrew’s death.
Date: 2000-07-19
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother
Placement
Organizations: California Department of Social Services , San Bernardino County social services
Post placement
Organizations: Riverside County
Location
Riverside, California
United States
See map: Google Maps
abuse in foster careCaliforniaAdd new comment234 reads.Andrew Richardson
1-year old “Baby Andrew” was placed in foster care by James Ryan Hadlock. The boy suffered from fractured legs and ribs, plus bleeding of the brain. Hadlock was sentenced to 100 days imprisonment.
Date: 2006-11-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father
Placement
Organizations: Utah Division of Child and Family Services
Location
Provo, Utah
United States
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abuse in foster careUtahUtah DCFSAdd new comment416 reads.Angel Martin
4-year-old girl adopted by Mary Perkins was allegedly beaten to death by her adoptive mother. There were also signs Angel had been sexually abused.
Date: 1997-11-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Placement
Organizations: Illinois Department of Children’s and Family Services
Location
Chicago, Illinois
United States
See map: Google Maps
abused adopteesfoster care adoptionIllinoisAdd new comment355 reads.Angelic Rose Clary
3-month-old girl in foster care with Sabrina Stafford died of neglect. Her twin sister Tiffany had barbiturates in her system. Angelic’s death was called accidental, although there had been previous complaints against Sabrina Stafford.

Several year later Sabrina Stafford, then going by the name Sabrina Banks, would adopt Lavender Banks, who died from asphyxia and several blunt force injuries. Sabrina Banks was arrested for murder August 5, 2009.

Date: 2003-09-14
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Foster mother
Placement
Organizations: California Department of Social Services , Kern County Child Protective Services
Location
Bakersfield, California
United States
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abuse in foster careCaliforniaAdd new comment314 reads.Angelina Irene Espalin

4-year-old girl in foster care with Daniel and Dania Haros, was beaten to death.

Date: 2006-11-19
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother
Location
Oceanside, California
United States
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abuse in foster careCaliforniaAdd new comment202 reads.Angellika Arndt

Angellika Arndt, died from asphyxiation a day after she was wrestled to the ground and held face first on the ground in a chokehold for over an hour by caregivers at Rice Lake Day Treatment Center. She was in Milwaukee County’s foster care system at the time.
Date: 2006-05-26
Placement type: Foster care
Institution: Rice Lake Day Treatment Center
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Undetermined
Location
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
United States
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abuse in foster careRice Lake Day Treatment CenterWisconsinAdd new comment161 reads.Anthony Bars

4-year old boy adopted by L.B. and Latricia Bars, died of dehydration. He was also starved and had a head injury and a broken collar bone.
Date: 2002-01-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Placement
Organizations: Indiana Department of Child Services, Indiana Family and Social Services (Denise Moore)
Location
Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
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abused adopteesIndianaAdd new comment229 reads.Ariel Ariza (aka Ariel James Mitchell), and L.M. in care of Rev. James Mitchell
At least 2 teen-aged boys brought to Vancouver, WA, from Colombia by Catholic priest James Mitchell. He promised them U.S. citizenship via adoption and then subjected them to years of sexual abuse. At least 4 boys lived with Mitchell over the years. Ariel and L.M. have alleged sexual abuse. Ariel was told he was adopted by Mitchell, but was only granted US visa. It is unclear if the boys were ever legally adopted.
Date: 1982-01-01
Placement type: To be adopted
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Location
Vancouver, Washington
United States
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abused adopteesCatholic ChurchColombiainformal adoptioninternational adoptionsingle-fathersWashingtonAdd new comment241 reads.Austin James Watkins
Almost 5 year old boy starved to death while he and his 2 sibs were in foster care with his grandmother, Janice Mowdy, and aunt, Stephanie Bell. Austin Watkins was only 19 lbs when he died, and had not eaten in 2 weeks. The 3 other children in the home (sibs 9 & 6, 2 yr cousin Bell) were given adequate nutrition.
Date: 2008-11-09
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal neglect, Lethal deprivation
Abuser: Other family member
Placement
Organizations: Mississippi DHS
Location
lena, Mississippi
United States
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abuse in foster careMississippiMississippi DHSrelative foster careAdd new comment253 reads.Boy adopted by couple from Colorado Springs
11-year-old boy, one of 5 adopted by a couple from Colorado Springs, was forced to spend days and nights in a small room beneath stairs with only a wool blanket and bucket in which to relieve himself. His parents at one point forced him to wear a dog collar with an electric shock that they would activate.
Date: 2001-09-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Location
Colorado Springs, Colorado
United States
See map: Google Maps
abused adopteesattachment therapyColoradoAdd new comment346 reads.Boy adopted by Donald Shissler
14-year-old boy was adopted from foster care by Donald Shissler with the intent to sexually abuse him. At least two other boys were also abused by Shissler, who made sexual explicit photos and videos of the boys while engaging in sexual activity. Shissler was a former Episcopalian priest, high school teacher, and foster parent.
Date: 2002-05-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father
Location
Denver, Colorado
United States
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abused adopteesColoradopornographysexual exploitationsingle-fathersAdd new comment492 reads.Boy adopted by Earl and Diane Fletcher
All four children of Earl and Diane Fletcher, of which one adopted, were physically abused.
Date: 2009-03-04
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Location
Price Township, Pennsylvania
United States
See map: Google Maps
Add new comment144 reads.Boy adopted by Frank M. Lombard and Kenneth Shipp
5-year-old boy, adopted by Frank M. Lobard and his partner Kenneth Shipp was allegedly sexually abused by his adoptive father. In a sting operation by Washington DC, Metropolitan Police Department, Lombard was arrested offering his adopted son for sexual exploitation over the internet.
Date: 2009-06-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father
Location
Durham, North Carolina
United States
See map: Google Maps
sexual abuseabused adopteesNorth Carolinasexual exploitation13 comments2733 reads.Boy adopted by George Alex Allen
16-year-old boy adopted by a former supervisor for the Administration for Children’s Services and his wife, was sexually abused by his adoptive father.
Date: 1998-11-26
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Location
Brooklyn, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps
abused adopteesNew YorkAdd new comment313 reads.Boy adopted by James and Linda Ramaglia
19-year-old mentally disabled boy adopted by James and Linda Ramaglia was sexually abused by his adoptive father, who was a convicted sex offender and who had served four-and-a-half years in prison for molesting two of his other children.
Date: 2009-08-24
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Location
Attleboro, Massachusetts
United States
See map: Google Maps
Add new comment169 reads.Boy adopted by Jane and Timothy Cochran (Kuzma ?)
4-year-old boy from Taganrog, Rostov, Russia, adopted by Jane and Timothy Cochran. The boy had severe bruising, cuts from head to toe. He’d been beaten by hand and with a wooden spoon and had been cut with scissors. Allegedly he was beaten because he couldn’t say his prayers properly. Jane confessed her crimes to her Catholic priest prior to being arrested.
Date: 2006-02-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Location
Alfred, New York
United States
See map: Google Maps
abused adopteesinternational adoptionNew YorkRussiaAdd new comment503 reads.Boy adopted by Mary Lou and Bernard Bauer
A boy adopted from Vietnam was sexually abused by his adopted sister from India. The girl had been sexually abused prior to her adoption. The Bauers had 14 internationally adopted children.
Date: 1985-00-00
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adopted sibling
Location
Hampton, Minnesota
United States
See map: Google Maps
abused adopteesIndiainternational adoptionmega familiesMinnesotaVietnamsibling abuseAdd new comment251 reads.Boy adopted by Michael and Pat Awada
15 year old boy adopted in Bulgaria, was taken to hospital after being hit with a chair for being out on his bicycle too long. Michael Esau Awada was charged. Patricia Anderson Awada was not charged. Charges were dropped in exchange for counseling.
Date: 2003-05-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Location
Eagan, Minnesota
United States
See map: Google Maps
abused adopteesBulgariainternational adoptionMinnesotaAdd new comment256 reads.Boy adopted by Peter and Deedra Mitchell
6-year-old boy adopted by Peter and Deedra Mitchell was being starved, handcuffed and locked a basemen.
Date:
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Location
Kansas City, Missouri
United States
See map: Google Maps
abused adopteesMissouriAdd new comment179 reads.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: Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive father
Location
Green Bay, Wisconsin
United States
See map: Google Maps
abused adopteesWisconsinAdd new comment515 reads.Boy adopted by Ruben and Jacqueline Lerma
13 year old boy was beaten with a belt by his adoptive mother Jacqueline Anne Lerma. She was sentenced to four years imprisonment.
Date: 2008-07-11
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Location
Victorville, California
United States

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  1. Hello,I am writing you from Canada. Do you know of a
    Canadian address of an organisation like yours, which is looking into child abuse cases? The Ministry of Children and Familiy Development here in Canada is taking children into care, which have been abused by their birth parents and in that moment they become a
    “ward” from the Canadian government. Due to my inquiry process I made in regards to what happen to this dropped off children to that Ministry, I suspect serious child abuse done through either/and the Ministry self and/or the contrators and wish an investigator to look into it. According to internet information 66 thousand children are still with the Ministry as a ward and have not been forwarded into foster care or to adoptive parents and only 8 % got approved last year to be released to a foster home or to adoptive parents. Do you know of any Canadian “trouble shooter” place which looks into child abuse done by the Ministry? Please let me know.


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