Ex Foster Mom’s Parenting Skills Focus At Tot’s Trial in Fatal Beating

Ex-foster mom’s parenting skills focus at trial in tot’s fatal beating
June 4, 2007



A Wayne County Circuit Court jury today heard conflicting portrayals of the former Detroit foster mother charged in connection with the fatal beating and burning of 2-year-old Isaac Lethbridge, who was killed in her home on Aug. 16, 2006.

Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey said Charlsie Adams-Rogers, 60, failed to protect the boy and his 4-year-old sister, who was with him in foster care, from being abused in her home.

“Being a parent is more than a matter of simple biology,” Lindsey said. “If you do it right, the child will survive and thrive. If you do it wrong, the consequences could be fatal. Defendant Rogers did it wrong.”
But defense attorney Warren Harris said Adams-Rogers, who retired from Chrysler after 30 years, had been a model foster parent who cared for dozens of children who came into her home from sometimes-abusive circumstances since the mid-1990s.

“There’s a lot of love being passed around in that house,” Harris said.

Police still have not charged anyone with directly causing the boy’s death. Adams-Rogers is charged with involuntary manslaughter, accused of failing to protect the child while he was in her care. She also is charged with two child abuse counts involving the boy and his sister. If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and up to 4 years on the most serious child abuse count.

Adams-Rogers has blamed her then-12-year-old adopted daughter with causing the boy’s death, and Harris reiterated that claim today in court. No one else has been charged in the case.

Isaac and his sister were removed from their parents’ home in Westland on neglect charges in September 2005. According to a Free Press investigation published in January, the two children were placed in three troubled foster homes by the Lula Belle Stewart Center of Detroit. The state suspended the center’s foster care license after Isaac’s death.

Fourteen jurors, four men and 10 women, were seated from a pool of 48. Judge Vera Massey Jones is hearing the case.

Isaac’s parents, Matt and Jennifer Lethbridge, sat quietly in the courtroom today. All 10 of their children have been placed in foster care, including a baby born this spring.

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In memory of foster kids killed while in the sytem

THis Blog was post orginally on the site below. How many do we have to lose before we wake up and understand Child Protective Services is Broken.


This page is in memory of children who died after social service agencies removed them from the care of their parents, placing them with fosters, adopters, group homes, or psychiatric facilities.

Genesis Acosta-Garcia, Las Vegas Nevada, three months old, November 19, 2005, septic shock

Travis C Adams, Salem Oregon, August 8 2000, December 16 2002, wandered into creek

Kayla Y Allen, Richlands North Carolina, November 10 1995 – August 24 2003, poison

Martin Lee Anderson, Panama City Florida, fourteen years old, January 6 2006, beating/suffocation

Richard L (Ricky) Aragon, Albuquerque New Mexico, January 24 1991 – April 12 1993, battered

Shirley Arciszewski, Charlotte North Carolina, April 19 1992 – September 11 2004, restraint

Miguel Humberto Arias-Baca, Westminster Colorado, two years old, February 2 1999, battered

Angellika Nicole Arndt, Minneapolis Minnesota, seven years old, May 26 2006, restraint

Ian August, Sevier Desert Utah, June 21 1988 – July 13, 2002, exhaustion

Denzel Bailey, Los Angeles California, eleven months old, April 2001, malnutrition

Jeffrey Baldwin, Toronto Ontario, December 20 1996 – November 30 2002, malnutrition/pneumonia

Casey Paul Barrow, West Valley Utah, eighteen months old, October 22 2003, battered

Anthony Bars, Indiana, four years old, January 20 2004, starvation, battered

Shelly Bash, Midland Michigan, eight years old, March 2005, transplant rejection

Nadine Catherine Beaulieu, Dauphin Manitoba, twenty three months old, February 1996, battered

Teddy Bellingham, Smiths Falls Ontario, sixteen years old, August 1992, beaten

Jerome Bennett, Oshawa Ontario, fifteen years old, February 3 2006, homicide

Maria Bennett, Lancaster Ohio, two years old, October 23, 2002, battered

Modesto Blanco, Lubbock Texas, twenty two months old, March 2 2002, battered

Christian Blewitt né Osik, Halesowen England, three years old, December 2002, poison/battered

Deondre Bondieumaitre, Florida, sixteen months old, April 16 2003, battered

Timothy Boss, Remsen Iowa, ten years old, February 23 2000, battered

Alex Boucher, New Port Richey Florida, January 25 1997 – September 25 2000, asphyxiation

Ashley Boyd, LaFayette Georgia, twelve years old, December 13 2005, hit by car / suicide

Jason Bright, Las Vegas Nevada, fourteen years old, August 5 2006, gunshot / homicide

Kerry Brooks, Los Angeles California, nine years old, February 10 2001, suicide

Talitha Brooks, Colorado, one year old, July 1998, heatstroke

Amira Brown, Reading Pennsylvania, twelve years old, September 4 2005, battered / restraint

Diminiqua Bryant, Dothan Alabama, two years old, May 1999, battered

Scott Buckle, Swansea Wales, twelve years old, February 6 2005, hanging

Latasha Bush, Manvel Texas, January 2 1987 – February 28 2002, restraint

Michael Buxton, Miami Oklahoma, five years old, July 5 1998, battered

Everlyse Cabrera, Las Vegas Nevada, two years old, June 10 2006, lost

Eduardo Calzada, Bakersfield California, three months old, March 2004, battered

Chris Campbell, Toledo Iowa, thirteen years old, November 2, 1997, restraint

Gladys Campbell, Philadelphia/New Jersey, two years old, ca 1988

Edith Campos, Tucson Arizona, fifteen years old, February 4 1998, restraint

Brianna Canales, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, four years old, April 24 2006, dozen Zoloft pills

Latasha Cannon, Boston Massachusetts, seventeen years old, April 2001, slashed throat

Mario Cano, Chula Vista California, sixteen years old, April 27 1984, untreated blood clot

Joshua K Causey, Detroit Michigan, March 21 1998 – March 18 2003, battered

Jaime Ceballos, Salinas California, two years old, November 27 2005, infection and bleeding

baby boy Charles, Las Vegas Nevada, seven months old, August 4 2006, head injury

Sherry Charlie, British Columbia, nineteen months old, September 4 2002, battered

Sarah Angelina Chavez, Alhambra California, two years old, October 11 2005, battered

Felix Chen, Bloomington Indiana, August 27 1997 – April 1 2004, treatment withheld

Sky Colon Cherevez, Paterson New Jersey, three months old, August 6 1998, battered

Tiffany H Clair, Fort Worth Texas, September 6 1985 – May 4 2001, heroin

Brian Clark, New Jersey, three years old, January 2002, untreated pneumonia

Angelic Clary, Bakersfield California, three months old, September 14 2003

Roshelle Clayborn, San Antonio Texas, sixteen years old, August 18 1997, restraint

Casey Collier, Westminster Colorado, seventeen years old, December 21 1993, restraint

Desiree Collins, Los Angeles California, fourteen years old, February 10 2002, gunshot

Nicholas Contreras, Queen Creek Arizona, January 15 1982 – March 2 1998, untreated infection

Ashleigh Marie Copeland née Lethbridge, Michigan, twelve years old, February 23 2006, grand-mal

Adrianna Cram, Veracruz Mexico (US supervision), August 25 2000 – June 13 2005

Christopher Henry Cryderman, Springfield Missouri, July 27 2004 – November 22 2004, untreated infection

Dirk D Dalton, Clarkston Washington, June 7 1989 – May 1 1994, battered

Arieale Daniels, Naples Florida, fifteen years old, 1999, car crash

Tajuana Davidson, Phoenix Arizona, three years old, November 3 1993, battered

China Marie Davis, Phoenix Arizona, March 23 1991 – October 31 1993, battered

Sabrina Elizabeth Day, Charlotte North Carolina, July 4 1984 – February 10 2000, restraint

Tyler Joseph DeLeon, Stevens County Washington, January 13 1998 – January 13 2005, dehydration

Kameron Justin Demery, Long Beach California, two years old, October 14 1996, battered

Connre Dixon, Ridgefield Township Ohio eleven years old, October 18 2004, stabbing

Mark Draheim, Orefield Pennsylvania, October 10 1984 – December 11 1998, restraint

Charmaria Drake, Cleveland Ohio, twenty months old, March 13 2003, battered

Stephanie Duffield, Manvel Texas, July 14 1984 – February 11 2001, restraint

Willie Lawrence Durden III, Citrus County Florida, seventeen years old, October 2005, unknown/died in cell

Brian Edgar, Overland Park Kansas, nine years old, December 30 2002, asphyxiation

William Edgar, Peterborough Ontario, thirteen years old, March 1999, restraint

Tiffany Eilders, Rancho Cucamonga California, fourteen weeks old, December 7 2005, battered

Ryan Ellison, Las Vegas Nevada, three months old, January 17 2006, prematurity concealed

Kayla Erlandson, King County Washington, two years old, April 1991, battered

Luke Evans, Lowell Indiana, sixteen months old, November 30 2001, malnutrition/battered

Roberta (Berta) Evers, Bayfield Colorado, six years old, June 13 1998, restraint

Sara Eyerman, California, twenty months old, ca 1986, untreated pneumonia

Sean Isaac Faith, Eagle Idaho, three years old, May 13 2006, drowning

Marcus Fiesel, Cincinnati Ohio, three years old, August 6 2006, locked in closet

Miranda Finn, Lake Butler Florida, nine years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Laura Fleming, Palmdale California, October 11 2004 – November 21 2004, cause unknown

Sarah Jane Forrester, Woodlawn Maryland, October 30 1985 – found May 13 1999, battered and stabbed

Rita Foster, Pasadena California, four years old, June 29 2006, run over by bus

Kameryn Fountain, Bibb County Georgia, two months old, November 20 2005, unknown cause

Henry Gallop, Boston Massachusetts, two years old, 1987, poison

Alexander Ganadonegro, Albuquerque New Mexico, March 10 1998 – February 4 1999, battered

Christening (Mikie) Garcia, Ingram Texas, twelve years old, December 4 2005, restraint

Camron P Gardner, Waupun Wisconsin, three years old, May 5 2006, battered

Dylan James George, Fremont California, April 16 2002 – October 4 2004, battered

Anthony Marino Gladue, Edmonton Alberta, seventeen years old, April 26 2006, hit by train

Corese Goldman, Chicago Illinois, two years old, 1995, drowning

Mollie Gonzales, Jefferson County Colorado, ten years old, November 18 2002, drug overdose

Julio Gonzalez, Glendale California, May 10 1995 – December 29 1996, battered

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Goodwin, Coeur d’Alene Idaho, March 22 1996 – October 22 2002, drowning

Anthony Green, Brownwood Texas, fifteen years old, May 12 1991, restraint

Sabrina Green, New York City, nine years old, November 8 1997, burned and battered

Lamar D Greene, Jacksonville Florida, sixteen years old, 2001, car crash

Corey Greer, Treasure Island Florida, four months old, ca 1985, dehydration

Gage Guillen, Boston Massachusetts, three years old, 1995, strangulation

Darvell Gulley, Lincoln Nebraska, thirteen years old, April 27 2002, restraint

Savannah Brianna Marie Hall, Prince George British Columbia, September 9 1997 – January 21 2001, malnutrition/restraint

Latiana Hamilton, Jacksonville Florida, seventeen months old, July 18 2001, drowning

Mykeeda Hampton, District of Columbia, two years old, August 1997, battered

Kelly M Hancock, Malden Massachusetts, November 6 1985 – July 18 2000, stabbed

Laura Hanson, West Palm Beach Florida, May 17 1981 – November 19 1998, restraint

Jerrell Hardiman, La Porte Indiana, four years old, October ca 1993, exposure

Alex Harris, Minden Louisiana, twelve years old, September 2005, forced running

Diane Harris, Seguin Texas, seventeen years old, April 11 1990, restraint

Jessica Albina Hagmann, Prince William County Virginia, two years old, August 11 2003, smothered

Letia Harrison, Akron Ohio, October 23 1999 – September 19 2002, baked in attic

Jordan Heikamp, Toronto Ontario, May 19 1997 – June 23 1997, starvation

Eric Hernandez, Cedar Hill Texas, January 6 1999 – March 7 1999, suffocation

Zachary Higier, né Nikita Khoryakov Braintree Massachusetts, May 24 2000 – August 15 2002, battered

Dwight Hill, Tucson Arizona, four months old, November 16 2005, battered

Nina Victoria Hilt née Vika Bazhenova, Manassas Virginia, thirty three months old, July 2 2005, battered

Steven A Hoffa, Des Moines Iowa, February 4 1993 – May 18 1996, battered

Richard (Ricky) Holland, Williamston Michigan, September 8 1997 – July 2005, battered

Michael Anthony Hughes, Choctaw Oklahoma, March 21 1988 – September 12 1994, kidnap/missing

Jarod (Jerry) Hulsey, Mesa Arizona, ten years old, April 3 2006, battered

Joseph (Joey) Huot, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, two years old, January 27 1988, battered

Dion Jack, Sproat Lake British Columbia, six years old, March 1 2006, untreated seizure

Walter Jackson, Chicago Illinois, ten months old, August 9 2005, battered

Dominic James, Springfield Missouri, June 4 2000 – August 21 2002, battered

Billie-Jo Jenkins, Hastings East Sussex England, thirteen years old, February 1997, battered

Demetrius Jeffries, Crockett Texas, seventeen years old, August 26 1997, strangulation

Dontel Jeffers, Boston Massachusetts, four years old, March 6 2005, battered

Ciara S Jobes, Baltimore Maryland, August 17 1987 – December 11 2002, starvation/beating

Stephanie Jobin, Brampton Ontario, thirteen years old, June 21 1998, restraint

Aaron Johnson, Boston Massachusetts, fifteen months old, 1987, poison

Anthony Johnson, Marshall Texas, four years old, July 11 2005, drowning

Elijah James Johnson, Los Angeles California, three years old, May 10 1999, scalded

Lorenzo Johnson, Queen Creek Arizona, 17 years old – June 27, 1994, drowned during escape

Quartrina K (Snappy) Johnson, Pikesville Maryland, December 25 1988 – July 20 2004, beaten and choked

Xolani Nkosi Johnson, Capetown South Africa, twelve years old, June 2 2001, AIDS

Christal Jones, New York City (Vermont ward), May 24 1984 – January 3 2001, suffocation

David L Jones, Chicago Illinois, April 15 1992 – March 7 1998, battered

Xavier Jones, East Orange New Jersey, twenty one months old, June 7 2006, methadone poisoning

Dennis Jurgens né Jerry Sherwood, White Bear Lake Minnesota, three years old, April 11 1965, battered

Marissa (Shorty) Karp, Pompano Beach Florida, December 6 1985 – August 19 2002, gunshot

David Ryan Keeley, New Haven Connecticut, six years old, August 12 1998, battered

Ashley Keen, Lake Butler Florida, thirteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Cassandra Killpack, Springville Utah, November 29 1997 – June 9 2002, water therapy

Ahmad King né Rawls, Alma Georgia, three years old, January 24 2006, homicide

Heather Michell Kish, Berlin Township Michigan, September 15 1987 -found October 6 2002, murdered

Noah Knapp, Marysville Washington, six years old, May 30 2005, automobile collision

Alissa Kneen, Newport Minnesota, five years old, September 7 2001, house fire

Cordell Kneen, Newport Minnesota, twenty months old, September 7 2001, house fire

Zaire Knott, Newark New Jersey, September 16 2005 – October 20 2005, cause unknown

Anatoli Kolenda, Westfield Massachusetts, May 20 1991 – October 20 2002, stabbing

Yana Kolenda, Westfield Massachusetts, December 31 1990 – October 20 2002, stabbing

Anthony Lamb, Lake Butler Florida, twenty months old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Keisha Shardae Lane, Hagerstown Maryland, fifteen years old, August 17 2005, gunshot

Shawn Lawrence né Andy Mohler, Shelton Washington, ten years old, October 9 1999, drowning

Brittany Legler, Millcreek Pennsylvania, fifteen years old, May 9 2004, battered

Isaac Lethbridge, Detroit Michigan, two years old, August 16 2006, battered

Trenton Jared Lewis, Canyon County Idaho, three years old, July 8 2006, drowning

Jacob Lindorff, Franklin Township New Jersey, five years old, December 14 2001, battered

Christian Liz, New York City, three weeks old, November 29 2004, suffocation

James Lonnee, Guelph/Hamilton Ontario, sixteen years old, September 7 1996, beaten by cellmate

Gregory Love, Florida, twenty three months old, April 2005, head injury

Nikki Lutke, Cheyenne Wyoming, five years old, August 28 2003, drowning

Zachary James Lyons, Winston-Salem North Carolina, January 24 1992 – October 8 1996, battered

Shaquella Mance, Belton South Carolina, seven months old, March 27 2005, battered

Elizabeth Mann, Lake Butler Florida, fifteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Heaven Mann, Lake Butler Florida, three years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Johnny Mann, Lake Butler Florida, thirteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Cynthia Nicole (Nicki) Mann, Lake Butler Florida, fifteen years old, January 25 2006, traffic accident

Logan Marr, Chelsea Maine, October 14 1995 – January 31 2001, asphyxiation

Fernando Ibarra Martinez, Bakersfield California, nine months old, March 26 2006, battered

Stephanie Martinez, Pueblo Colorado, five years old, December 31 2001, untreated burns

Tiffany Laverne Mason, Folsom California, June 11 1986 – August 9 2001, battered

Viktor Alexander Matthey né V Sergeyevich Tulimov, Hunterdon County New Jersey, six years old, October 31 2000, hypothermia

Dominic Matz, Osawatomie Kansas, July 6 2002 – February 15 2004, treatment withheld

Jamie Mayne, Atascadero California, March 24 1995 – February 10 2000, battered

Kristal Mayon-Ceniceros, Chula Vista California, sixteen years old, February 5 1999, restraint

Emily Ann Mays, Tucson Arizona, sixteen months old, August 24 2005, battered

Andrew McClain, Bridgeport Connecticut, December 6 1986 – March 22 1998, restraint

Cory Bradley McLaughlin, North Carolina, four years old, July 4 1997, battered

Jerry McLaurin, Brownwood Texas, fourteen years old, November 2 1999, restraint

Maria Mendoza, Katy Texas, fourteen years old, October 12 2002, restraint

Caleb Jerome Merchant, Edmonton Alberta, thirteen months old, November 26, 2005, battered

Denis Merryman né Uritsky, Harford County Maryland, eight years old, January 2005, starvation

Devin Miller, Spokane Washington, twenty months old, August 6 2006, battered

Euryale Miller, Kansas City Missouri, one year old, April 1 2001, battered

Jacob Miller, Georgia, twenty two months old, November 20 1997, battered

Clayton Miracle, Georgia, three years old, August 11 1993, battered

Hanna Denise Montessori, Santa Ana California, March 16 1988 – January 19 2004, homicide/head-injury

Alfredo Montez, Auburndale Florida, two years old, July 1 2002, battered

Zachary Moran, Charlotte North Carolina, fourteen months old, August 8 2003, battered

Christina Morlan, Scott County Iowa, September 3 2003 – November 30 2003, unknown

Carlyle Mullins, Nashville Tennessee, five years old, May 27 2005, battered

Cedrick Napoleon, Killeen Texas, June 26 1987 – March 7 2002, restraint

Candace Newmaker née C Tiara Elmore, Colorado, Movember 19 1989 – April 19 2000, re-birth asphyxiation

Jonathan Nichol, Cook County Illinois, two years old, June 16 1995, drowning

Trevor Nolan, Mono County California, five years old, April 12 1997, treatment withheld

Sierra Odom, Arlington Texas, three years old, August 11 2005, battered

Lenny Ortega, Ingram Texas, twelve years old, May 30 2006, drowning

Keron Owens, Walterboro South Carolina, three years old, January 19 1992, battered

Sean Paddock né Ford, Johnston County North Carolina, four years old, February 26 2006, battered

Omar Paisley, Miami Florida, seventeen years old, June 2003, untreated appendicitis

Terrell Parker, Buffalo New York, two years old, 2003, battered

Travis Parker, Cleveland Georgia, thirteen years old, April 21 2005, restraint

Melva Dee Parrott, Hersey Michigan, May 4 1998 – June 29 2000, bronchitis

Alex Pavlis, né Geiko Schaumburg Illinois, six years old, December 19 2003, battered

Dillon Peak, Saint Petersburg Florida, fourteen years old, June 17 2006, undiagnosed illness

Dawn Renay Perry, Manvel Texas, sixteen years old, April 10 1993, restraint

Angellica Pesante, Seneca County New York, four years old, April 18 1997, battered

Terrell Peterson, Atlanta Georgia, five years old, January 16 1998, battered

Cynteria Phillips, Miami Florida, December 10 1986 – August 14 2000, rape/murder

Marguerite Pierre, West Orange New Jersey, five years old, December 2005, poison

Emporia Pirtle, Indiana, six years old, November 11 1996, battered

Jason Plischkowsky, Southampton England, May 25 1985 – December 19 1986, head injury

Huntly Tamati Pokaia, New Zealand, three years old

David Polreis, Greeley Colorado, two years old, February 6 1996, battered

Maryah Ponce, Rialto California, December 5 1997 – June 29 2001, baked in car

Constance S Porter, Kearney Missouri, July 20 1998 – February 12 2001, battered

Dakota Denzel Prince-Smith, Lancaster California, five years old, July 8 2003, baked in car

Nehamiah Nate Prince-Smith, Lancaster California, three years old, July 8 2003, baked in car

Karen Quill, St Louis Saskatchewan, twenty months old, September 13 1997, internal injuries

Rodrigo Armando Rameriez Jr, Victorville California, eighteen months old, July 6 2001, drowning

Stephanie Ramos, New York City, eight years old, July 9 2005, dumped in garbage can

Bobby Jo Randolph, Houston Texas, seventeen years old, September 26 1996, axphyxiation

Jacquelyn Reah, Grand Rapids Michigan, ten years old, November 27 2004, runaway / hit by car

Latayna Reese, Bradenton Florida, fifteen years old, April 1996

Caprice Reid, New York City, four years old, June 1997, starved and battered

Jonathan Reid, Gardena California, nine years old, June 9 1997, treatment withheld

Matthew Reid, Welland Ontario, three years old, December 15 2005, suffocation

Dustin Rhodes, Litchfield Park Arizona, nine years old, August 13 2003, battered

Alana Rickard-Cowell, Honolulu Hawaii, two months old, April 23 2006, unknown (broken bones)

Eric Roberts, Keene Texas, June 16 1979 – February 22 1996, restraint

Ana Rogers, Sparks Nevada, four months old, July 2005, pre-existing injury

Genevieve “Genny” Rojas, Chula Vista California, four years old, July 21 1995, starvation, scalded

Guadalupe Rosales III, San Antonio Texas, April 2005 – June 13 2006, battered

Paola Rosales, Milton Ontario, fourteen years old, July 3 2001, suicide

Kyle Anthony Ross, Massachusetts, September 7 1995 – June 9 2001, rottweiler

Marlon Santos, Worcester Massachusetts, five months old, November 5 1998, missing

Andres E Saragos, Warm Springs Oregon, August 5 1995 – July 13 2000, baked in car

Gina M Score, Plankinton South Dakota, May 7 1985 – July 21 1999, baked by boot camp

Caprice Scott, Florida, infant, 1999, mother in foster care

Ryan Scott, Sheffield Lake Ohio, two years old, March 27 1998, battered

Krystal Scurry, Aiken County South Carolina, February 1989 – November 2 1991, rape/murder

Andrew (Andy) Setzer, California, April 27 1995 – August 2 1999, battered

Joshua Sharp, Las Vegas Nevada, fifteen months old, August 15 2006, infection

Ariel Shaw, Bibb County Georgia, nineteen months old, January 26 2000, battered

Vivan Uk Sheppard, Jacksonville Florida, eight months old, May 15 1999, suffocation

Colby Shirley, Gallup New Mexico, eighteen months old, March 20 2006, battered

Joseph H Shriver, Pennsylvania, March 2 1997 – October 5 1997, battered

Quincey L Simmons, Omaha Nebraska, August 21 1997 – March 24 2001, battered

Christopher Simpson, Howell Michigan, seven years old, November 14 1998, fire

Jordan Simpson né Richard Morrison II, Howell Michigan, five years old, November 14 1998, fire

Nicole Simpson née Desira Morrison, Howell Michigan, seven years old, November 14 1998, fire

Devin A Slade, Milwaukee Wisconsin, October 23 2000 – June 19 2001, asphyxiation

John Smith, Fishersgate England, four years old, December 24 1999, battered and bitten

Mikinah Smith, Cincinnati Ohio, one year old, March 18 2003, battered

Tristan Sovern, Greensboro North Carolina, sixteen years old, March 4 1998, restraint

Jushai Spurgeon, North Las Vegas Nevada, fourteen months old, April 3 2005, scalding

LeRon St John, Detroit Michigan, fifteen years old, March 1 2003, untreated tuberculosis

Lloyd Stamp, Edmonton Alberta, seventeen years old, September 29, 2005, suicide

Tommy Stacey, Carmichael California, three months old, January 3 2005, SIDS

Elizabeth (Lisa) Steinberg née Launders, New York City, May 14 1981 – November 4 1987, battered

Chris Surbey, Winnipeg Manitoba, October 13 1987 – June 6 2005, stabbing

Yasmin Taylor, Paterson New Jersey, seven months old, May 8 1994, virus

Lakeysha Tharp, Irmo South Carolina, six months old, April 7 2004, asphyxiation

Adam Michael Thimyan, Riverview Florida, October 2 1986 – April 3 2004, gunshot

Timithy Thomas, Banner Elk North Carolina, nine years old, March 11 1999, restraint

Liam Thompson né Dmitry S Ishlankulov, Columbus Ohio, October 3 1999 – October 3 2002, scalding

Michael Tinning, Schenectady New York, two years old, March 2 1981, asphyxiation

Kelly Ann Tozer, Egg Harbor City New Jersey, eighteen months old, July 30 2005, drowning

Patrick Trauffler, Phoenix Arizona, six weeks old, February 18 2003, battered

Heaven Traverse, Winnipeg Manitoba, two years old, January 14 2005, battered

Demetrius Tyler, Johnson City Tennessee, six months old, November 10 2004, drowning

Tyler Vanpopering, Southgate Michigan, September 23 2003 – April 14 2004, battered

Jacqueline Venay, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, six years old, September 21 1998, battered

Reena Virk, Saanich British Columbia, fourteen years old, November 14 1997, teen swarming

George Walker III, DeKalb County Georgia, ten months old, November 7 2002, choking

Michelle Walton, Boston Massachusetts, October 6 1994, asphyxiation

Erickyzha Warner, Utica New York, July 19 2002 – May 31, 2004, untreated burns

Shane Devell Washington, Fresno California, fifteen months old, circa 1996, drowning

Evan Watkins, Las Vegas Nevada, twenty one months old, July 11 1996, battered

Omar Wellington, Toronto Ontario, seventeen years old, July 15 2006, stabbing

Devin Wilder, Cleveland Ohio, July 29 1998 – April 21 2001, battered

Dominic J Williams, Saint Louis Missouri, June 8 1987 – June 3 2004, strangulation

Andrew Wilson, Owensboro Kentucky, three years old, August 7 2005, drowning

Lorenzo J Wilson, Seattle Washington, January 29 2004 – October 22 2004, battered

Rilya Wilson, Florida, born September 29 1996, 2001, lost

Michael Spencer Wiltsie, Silver Springs Florida, September 18 1987 – February 5, 2000, restraint

Jimmy Allan Wood, Adams County Colorado, fourteen years old, November 13 2002, drug overdose

Jonnie Wood, Springdale Arkansas, eight years old, August 13 2005, drowning

Braxton D Wooden, Missouri, May 15 1997 – June 2 2005, gunshot

Donte L Woods, West Palm Beach Florida, February 25 1986 – May 27 2002, gunshot

Thomas (T J) Wright, Providence Rhode Island, three years old, October 31 2004, battered

Willie Wright, San Antonio Texas, fourteen years old, March 4 2000, restraint

Rufus Manzie Young Jr, Michigan, four years old, April 6 2003, battered

for the kids

Where is He? Florida Child Protective Services Lost Him While He Was In Their Custody

Why child agencies lose kids
Since case of missing Rilya Wilson, Florida can’t locate 3 percent of its foster children.

By Mark Sappenfield | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

Rilya Wilson’s story, everyone acknowledges, is appalling. It is the subject of astonishment from the street corners of Cuban barrios to Fort Lauderdale’s wholefoods markets: How could Florida simply lose one of its foster children?

The answer has come slowly, through sobering revelations – that Rilya’s caseworker made no home visits for more than a year, that she filed false reports of visits that never occurred, that the reports were never checked. It is, in many ways, a worst-case scenario of negligence and deceit. But it is not unheard of.

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Before Rilya, there was Terrell Peterson in Georgia and Elisa Izquierdo in New York – two youngsters with similar stories and fatal endings. And now comes the news that one month after Gov. Jeb Bush asked Florida’s Department of Children and Families to contact every foster child, 1,237 – or 3 percent – remain unaccounted for. Taken together, the tales point to a fundamental problem in foster care nationwide: accountability.

For two decades, tighter federal standards have pushed counties and states to ensure that child-welfare caseworkers and bureaucrats provide adequate care. Yet progress has been slow, leading experts to say that cases like Rilya’s could certainly happen elsewhere. Indeed, many paint a picture of a system in crisis, as caseloads increase and more children slip through the cracks.

Accountability is only one aspect, but the experiences of several cities suggest that it can be a significant part of the solution. Moved to major reforms by tragedy or lawsuit, the examples perhaps offer a glimpse at the road ahead for Florida and, more broadly, the United States.

“This is an issue in most systems, and a big issue in the worst systems,” says Marcia Robinson-Lowry of Children’s Rights in New York. “The way they can function so poorly is a lack of accountability.”

Unfulfilled promises of reform

Florida, ironically, recently had been among the most active in trying to reform its child-welfare system. Governor Bush campaigned that he would fix foster care four years ago, and has since doubled the budget for foster care and child welfare.

Yet Rilya’s case suggests that – at least in some respects – little has changed. The circumstances surrounding her disappearance, for example, are still something of a mystery. Rilya’s grandmother – who was caring for the child – claims that someone from the Department of Children and Families picked her up for tests more than a year ago, but the department has no record of such a visit.

Add to that a report in the Miami Herald that Rilya’s caseworker had a second job as a substitute teacher, instructing classes on the same days she was supposed to be visiting foster children and their families, and Florida’s foster-care system has come under severe criticism.

While experts say this case is extreme, it indicates the minimal oversight cases often receive.

“Quality assurance is the weakest part of the system,” says Carole Shauffer, executive director of the Youth Law Center in San Francisco. “It could happen here in California, too.”

File under ‘missing’

Part of the problem is simply a matter of accounting. In terms of collecting information about a family, storing it, and then tracking changes over time, many states and localities are still in the Stone Age. Computerization could allow any supervisor anywhere to pull up a file and review it, but it’s still in its infant stages in many places. Paper files are still common and can be easily misplaced.

One expert tells of a caseworker he knew who accidentally left five case files in his car, which was stolen – essentially erasing those children from public record. Then, last week, a reporter in Florida bought a box of old reports from the Department of Children and Families that was accidentally put up for auction.

“A certain amount of computerization has reduced the problem, but not eliminated it,” says Richard Gelles of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Part-time caseworkers

To others, however, the problems go much deeper. Some managers have become more lenient toward staff workers who can’t keep up with their scheduled visits and there are few consequences for missed appointments. After all, the number of children in states’ care nationwide has more than doubled to nearly 600,000 during the past seven years, and workers are being pushed to their limits.

“Sometimes supervisors, in an attempt to be supportive, will overlook things,” says Linda Spears of the Child Welfare League of America in Washington.

The federal government has tried to make states and counties more accountable by linking federal money to improvements in data collection and case reviews. But the changes have been incremental. The most sweeping reforms have come in places like New York and Kansas City, Mo., where governments have been moved by public outrage or the hand of the law.

Even there, though, the pace has not been brisk. A common thread has been patience and persistence. Jackson County, which includes Kansas City and its environs, has been striving to improve since 1978, when activists first filed a lawsuit against the county. After years of motions and decrees, a new and pioneering child-welfare system is taking shape.

The changes are simple, but in the largely unregulated world of foster care, they are substantial: Background checks of foster parents, expanded and more in-depth case reviews, a quality-assurance team that not only checks to see if workers did their jobs, but also evaluates how well they did them.

Some of the same reforms are at work in New York, which in many ways offers the closest parallel to what is happening in Florida. After the death of foster child Elisa Izquierdo seven years ago, the city essentially rebuilt its child-welfare system from scratch by paying more attention to foster children and putting more emphasis on holding workers and supervisors responsible.

“It was a series of very basic changes [such as data collection and training] that put them in a position to make dramatic changes,” says John Mattingly of the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. “It’s a good example. If you can do it in New York, you’ll be able to do it in a system that’s not as big and unwieldy.”

Georgia has begun to take some similar steps after Terrell Peterson was killed while under foster care two years ago, and a blue ribbon panel has suggested similar action for Florida. Whether the state acts on those recommendations is unclear, but it will have a hard time ignoring them.

“When there is a terrible story about a child, it brings the problem home in a way numbers do not,” says Ms. Lowry. “The fact that this is focusing attention on the system may be helpful in protecting other children.”

• Jennifer LeClaire contributed to this report from Miami.

Where is Jada?

Missing and Murdered ChildrenWell, I Left Her in the Car…
10.09: Trial Date Engelica Castillo – March 2010

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Original Post: June 17, 2009Last Updated: 10.26.2009View Sources

This story is eerily similar to the October 2008 disappearance of two-year-old Tangena Hussain in Michigan. She has never been found.

Last night Gary, Indiana police received a call about a missing two-year-old female. According to the babysitter, Angelica Castillo, 18, she left the toddler in her car while she ran into a the Glen Park Gas Station, at 1401 E. Ridge Rd. in Gary, Indiana to purchase a gallon of milk and cigarettes. According to the babysitter, when she returned to the vehicle the child was gone. She called police at 9:30p.m.

According to the child’s mother, the babysitter is her cousin and her daughter has been staying with the cousin for about eight days. She says the last time she spoke to her daughter it was either Thursday or Friday.

I don’t know. If I had left my two-year-old with relatives for a planned two-week summer stay I think I would be calling my child each night to say good-night and to see how she was adjusting to the visit. I watched the video of the interview with the mother and she seems sort of detached about the whole thing. I could not see if she was crying real tears or not because of the sunglasses she was wearing during the interview. The father seems more concerned and has made statement that he does not believe the babysitter’s account of what happened.

“I think it was more like, ‘I made a mistake, I did something,’” said Jada’s father Clarence Justice. “To me, that’s the vibes I got is like, ‘I did something.’ I don’t want to speak on it, I don’t want to speak on the worst.’”
“I don’t know. I don’t know what to feel. There are so many different speculations,” said Jada’s mother Melissa Swiontek. “I feel like I’m going to find her. I mean, I do feel like she can’t be gone, like it’s not even happening.”1

As in the Hussain disappearance, there is no video to show what went on at the vehicle.

However, in this disappearance witnesses have come forward stating they did not see a child in the car. The storekeeper stated the babysitter was only in the store a little over a minute and search dogs have not picked up Jada’s scent at the gas station. I don’t know how search dogs work but maybe they can’t pick up a scent because it was raining that night.

Other concerns involve fresh burns on the boyfriend’s arms and face for which he has not given a reasonable explanation. The boyfriend and babysitter are still being questioned by Gary, Indiana police.

Strangely enough as of this evening an AMBER Alert has not been issued for the this child. Michigan authorities issued an AMBER Alert for Tangena when she was reported missing under similar circumstances. I don’t suppose an AMBER Alert will help in this situation anyway. It didn’t help find Tangena.

If you know the whereabouts of Jada Justice or the circumstances surrounding her disappearance you are asked to call either the Hobart, Indiana Police Department at 1-219-942-1125 or the F.B.I. hotline at 317-639-3301.

Jada is a 2-year-old black female. She is 2′2″ tall and weighs 35lbs. Jada has brown eyes and black hair. Her date of birth is August 3, 2006. When last seen Jada was wearing an orange skirt and striped shirt.

The FBI has entered the case as of this evening. They are treating the case as a possible abduction. Law enforcement, the FBI, and family members converged on the convenience store property this evening. They were searching the area and handing out Jada’s picture.

Law enforcement are trying to put together a time line. They are asking people to come forward and tell them the last time they saw Jada, where she was, and who she was with at the time.

Police plan to charge the 18-year-old babysitter with felony child neglect for leaving Jada in the car unattended. Police also served a search warrant on the babysitter’s home. The took away some articles of clothing.

Trial Update

Sunday June 21, 2009

There really isn’t much to write about regarding Jada’s disappearance. By that I mean she is still ‘missing’. Police do not buy into the claim the babysitter, Angelica Castillo, of how Jada disappeared. The home the 18-year-old former gang member shares with her boyfriend was searched. Investigators did some digging in the backyard of the home; however, they determined the child was not buried there.

Angelica Castillo was arrested on charges of felony child neglect, but the charges were later dropped.

Police believe there are witnesses out there who know what happened to Jada. They may have witnessed something that they don’t realize is important to the investigation. They are asking for the public’s help. They want to know the following information:

Police are looking for anyone who may have seen her (Angelica Castillo) or her boyfriend, Tim Tkachik, between Sunday June 14 and Tuesday June 16. They may have been driving either a 1991 maroon Cadillac Fleetwood or a 1999 Chevy Tahoe…
…”We believe there are individuals who have information important to this investigation who have not yet come forward because they did not feel their information was important, they thought someone else may have reported it, or they believe it was not relevant,” said Deputy Chief Jeff White, Hobart Police.2

(The bold text in the quote above was added by me for clarification purposes).

Police announced there would be no search conducted for Jada today. They did not give a reason for halting the search; however, they did say the search would resume tomorrow. I don’t know, maybe the search was put on hold because it is Father’s Day.

Jada’s mother, Melissa Swiontek, issued a plea in the media on Friday night.

“I have no idea. I just want her home. I have no idea. She just needs to come home. Somebody has an idea. Somebody knows something and they need to talk,” said Melissa Swiontek, Jada’s (sic) mothe.3

Rewards & Contacts

The family is offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to Jada’s recovery.

•FBI: 1-800-FBI
•Gary Police Commander Anthony Titus: (219) 881-1237, (219) 881-1229, (219) 881-1209 or (219) 881-1210.
The FBI is treating Jada’s disappearance as a possible abduction. Gary and Hobart Police contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to see if an AMBER Alert could now be issued for Jada. The answer was no, that Jada’s disappearance does not meet their criteria for an AMBER Alert. OK, I am scratching my head once again regarding the decision of who qualifies for an AMBER Alert.

Gary police contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, but learned the case involving Jada did not meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert because investigators do not have detailed information on a suspect.4

Toddler Dies While Foster Parents Party

Toddler drowned in pool as her foster parents partied

A toddler who had been taken into care died after being found floating in her foster parents’ swimming pool.
Anna Hider, 17 months, was discovered unconscious in the water by the couple at their home in Hampshire on Sunday evening.

She was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in nearby Portsmouth, but was pronounced dead an hour later.

Last night, Anna’s devastated parents blamed the decision to take their daughter into care for her death.

It is believed the foster family were entertaining guests at a party at the house when the tragedy unfolded.

The case again throws the spotlight on to the care system and the apparent ease with which children can be taken from their birth parents.

It is less than a week since a Daily Mail special report outlined how dozens of children are allegedly being taken from their parents to be placed for adoption, often on the back of the flimsiest of allegations and, at times, mere hearsay.

Anna, her seven-year-old sister, and her 13-year-old brother were taken into care last year. The girls had been placed with separate foster families while the boy has been living in a care home.

Last night, their mother, Emma Hider, told the Mail how she had been fighting for Anna’s return when she died.

Mrs Hider, 31, from Paulsgrove in Portsmouth, said: “I got a phone call last night saying that Anna was in hospital.

‘The next thing I knew, she was dead. They told me over the phone as I was on my way into the hospital.

“I’m angry and I want the truth. I want to know how my beloved daughter ended up face down in someone’s swimming pool. I just cannot understand how she is dead.”

Anna had been made the subject of an interim care order, which precedes a full care order and gives local authorities the power to share or take full parental responsibility for a child or children.

Mrs Hider, who is unemployed, said she was allowed to see Anna every weekday and spoke to her on the phone at weekends. She added that she never missed a visit.

She described how Anna “loved animals” and was “always laughing and interested in the world around her”.

Mrs Hider went on: “I want everyone to know what social services are like. If Anna was still in my care she would be alive now.”

She said social services had not allowed her to break the news to her other two children, who have different fathers.

Anna’s father, Clyde Massiah, 45, had split up with Mrs Hider and lives in Oswestry in Shropshire.

Mr Massiah, also unemployed, said he believed the foster family were entertaining guests at a party when Anna woke up and walked downstairs to the swimming room.

He added: “They [the foster parents] have got plenty of money – and caring is supposed to be their job.”

The couple refused to discuss the circumstances surrounding their children being taken into care.

But a neighbour told the Mail the children were taken away last summer, after concerns were raised at the school of one of the older children.

A spokesman for Portsmouth City Council, which is responsible for adoption in the city, refused to comment on Anna’s care history, or what led her to be taken from her mother.

But councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the leader of the council, offered “sincere condolences” to Anna’s family.

He added: “In Portsmouth, we make every effort to keep children with their natural parents-Care proceedings are taken only when there’s strong evidence that these are in the child’s best interests.”

The Mail has repeatedly highlighted the secrecy surrounding care and adoption proceedings. Parents have had their children taken away after being judged not “clever” enough to raise them, or even because of financial hardship.

This month the Mail also revealed how some councils are being offered bonuses worth as much as £2million over three years if they meet targets to raise the number of adoptions by 50 per cent.

Since the article around 100 readers have contacted us saying their children had been taken without good reason.

Labour’s adoption targets were intended to lift more older children out of care.

But critics say councils, encouraged by the promise of extra cash, have merely earmarked those children who were easiest to place in adoptive homes – babies and toddlers – while the older children remained in care. In the year to March 2006, there were 3,700 adoptions from care in England.

Across the UK, there are around 5,000 children waiting for adoption, and 80,000 in the care of local authorities – two thirds of whom will be placed with foster parents.

A spokesman for Hampshire Police said initial investigations into Anna’s death suggested a “tragic accident”.

A post-mortem will be conducted and an inquest has been opened and adjourned.

Child in foster care dies after being found in swimming pool

A 17-month-old girl has died after being found floating in a swimming pool while in the care of her foster parents. Anna Hider was found unconscious in the garden pool at their home in Havant, Hampshire, on Sunday evening.

A police spokeswoman said attempts were made to resuscitate the child after she was found shortly before 9pm. Paramedics took over when they arrived and she was taken to Queen Alexandra hospital, Portsmouth, where she died an hour later.Police said yesterday the death was being treated as an accident and there were no suspicious circumstances, but they were investigating the circumstances on behalf of the coroner. A postmortem examination will take place.

The child’s mother, Emma Hider, 31, said yesterday that she had been negotiating with Portsmouth social services for a year to regain custody of her daughter, who was placed in care last summer.

“I thought she was going to be safe and now I am going to have to bury my daughter. I am so angry and I want to know the truth,” she said. “I want to know how my beloved daughter ended up face down in someone’s swimming pool. I just cannot understand how she is dead.

“Anna should never have been taken off me. If she was still in my care she would still be alive.

“She was a beautiful little angel with a love for life. I just remember her with a big smile on her face – she was always laughing and loved animals.”

Ms Hider has two other children who are in foster care.

Anna’s father, Clyde Massiah, 45, said: “I want some answers about what happened to Anna. How she can be in care of social services and end up dying? I feel we have been let down by them.

“I have not even been spoken to by them and I am the father.”

Police have decided not to release the address where the child died.

“Due to the sensitive nature of this inquiry and the sensitive circumstances surrounding it we will not be releasing the address of where this occurred,” a police spokeswoman said. “It’s not in the public interest to release the information. It would do more harm than good.”

Portsmouth city council said the authority would carry out a review into what had happened.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the family of the child who tragically died yesterday,” council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said in a statement.

“The child was the subject of an interim care order. We are offering every support possible to all those who have been affected by this.

“We are liaising closely with the police, who are investigating the full circumstances of this tragic incident.

“We understand that there will be an inquest and the city council will also carry out our own review of the circumstances.”

Lee Glendinning
Tuesday July 31, 2007
The Guardian

Mother may sue over baby who drowned in foster care
The mother of a toddler who drowned in a swimming pool while in foster care may take legal action over the tragedy.

Anna Hider, 17 months, was found unconscious in her foster parents’ pool at their home in Hampshire on Sunday evening during a ‘family get-together’.

She was taken to Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital, but died an hour later. Police are investigating the circumstances of the death.

Anna’s biological mother, Emma Hider, 31, said yesterday she was consulting lawyers, explaining: “I feel really angry. I want justice done. I want to know what, where, why and how.”

Speaking at her flat in Havant, Miss Hider said she had been ‘very close’ to getting Anna back from Portsmouth Council’s social services department, whom she accused of “mucking her around”.

Of Anna’s foster mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, Miss Hider said: “I’m not trying to say she’s a bad foster carer. I want her to go to the funeral because if she doesn’t, it’s just going to eat her up.

“She brought my daughter up for the last year. She was getting her dressed, putting her to bed.

“In a way I hate her but in a way she still needs to say goodbye.

“She has a heart of gold. She must be going through hell at the moment just like I am. But why wasn’t that pool covered? Why wasn’t she being supervised?

“When you’re a foster parent you have to have eyes in the back of your head.

“They’ve got to take even more special care. They get paid loads a week to look after that child.”

Anna’s biological father, fairground worker Clyde Massiah, 45, said: “All we have is memories now until we lay her to rest. Emma went straight away to see about getting a tattoo done in memory of the little one.”

Of her plans for the “perfect funeral”, Miss Hider – whose other children, aged seven and 13, are also in care – said: “I want a glass coach and horses. I want everyone to wear bright colours.

“Anna never wore black so why should anyone else?”

They Erred on the Side of The Child and wound up killing them

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Opponents of family preservation have a lot of great applause lines. They are for “child protection,” they say. They are for “children’s rights,” they say. They are for “putting children first instead of families first,” they say. And over and over again, they tell us they are just “erring on the side of the child.”

But in the name of “child protection” children have been beaten. In the name of “children’s rights” children have been raped. And in the name of “erring on the side of the child,” children have been murdered. These are the stories of some of those children:


When Sara Eyerman of northern California was nineteen-months-old, child protective services was concerned that she wasn’t growing fast enough. So they “erred on the side of the child” and placed Sara in a “specialized” foster home.

About six weeks later, Sara began running a 105 degree fever. But the “specialists” in the specialized foster home decided it was o.k. to wait two days before taking her to a doctor. On the way to the doctor’s office, Sara Eyerman died of viral pneumonia.

“She should have been in the hospital two days earlier when she had a 104.8 [degree] temperature,” said Sara’s mother, Angie. “When she was home, she went to the emergency room if her temperature got over 101. I didn’t care if they laughed at me when I got there or not. One time I took her when she was cutting a tooth … I kept her alive for a year and seven months. They had her for six weeks and three days and she died.”[1]


Authorities in New York City thought Caprice Reid wasn’t being properly supervised by her mother. So they decided to “put the child first” and put the child in foster care. They made a “child focused” decision. They “erred on the side of the child.” Eleven months after placement in her third foster home, Caprice Reid, then age four, was dead.

Death did not come quickly. She was starved. She was dehydrated. And her body was covered with bruises. Police say she was tied to a chair and beaten with a stick for four days until she could no longer walk.

The foster home was licensed by one of the scores of private agencies that handle foster care for the city in the midst of a sudden shortage of foster home beds caused by the city’s decision to effectively abandon family preservation. The home was licensed even though another agency had found the home unfit just a few months earlier.

About a week before she died, Caprice Reid’s mother saw her daughter for the last time. The little girl clung to her mother’s neck and said “Don’t go, Mommy. I love you.”[2]


China Marie Davis was placed in foster care in Arizona when she was a little over a year old. Someone decided to “put the child first” and take her from her parents. They made a “child focused” decision. They “erred on the side of the child.”

Ten months later, China Marie Davis’ autopsy revealed two broken collarbones, a broken left arm, a broken right rib, two fractures of the left upper arm, a fracture of the right upper arm, broken left wrist, a broken left hand, a broken left forearm, a broken right wrist, a broken right forearm, fractures of both thigh bones and a compression fracture of the spine.

No one suspected anything because her foster mother always dressed her in such pretty outfits.[3]


Somebody “erred on the side of the child” and placed Corey Greer of Treasure Island, Florida, in a foster home that would later be described by police as “filthy and overcrowded.” The home was licensed for four children. By the time Corey Greer died in his crib of dehydration, 12 were living there. The foster mother was convicted of manslaughter and third degree murder.

Corey Greer might have survived the overcrowding, if only he had been white. According to a witness at the foster mother’s trial, the foster mother said that touching black children “just gives me the willies.” According to the witness, the foster mother referred to Corey Greer as “a big black blob.”[4]


Tina Ponce thought she was doing the right thing. She was suffering from bipolar disorder and couldn’t take care of her children. She also was too poor to get the help that a middle class family can count on. So she did the only thing she could think of: She asked the State of California to keep her children in foster care until she got better. Rather than provide Ponce with mental health services, the state “put the children first.” They made a “child-focused decision.” They “erred on the side of the child,” and gladly threw the children into foster care. “I had five kids, I was alone, I didn’t have any money, Ponce said. “I thought it would be a temporary thing. I didn’t think they would be in the system that long or it would be that hard to get them back.”

But when Ponce was better, she found it was much harder to get her children back than to get the state to take them. One day, while Ponce still was jumping through hoop after hoop in order to get her children back, she saw a television news story about a little girl who died after being left in her foster mother’s car in 100 degree heat.

It was her three-year-old daughter, Maryah.

“Even in my confusion, I never jeopardized my children’s safety or health,” Ponce said. “If I had them, this wouldn’t have happened. I thought I was doing the right thing by putting them in foster care.” [5]


When child protective services took four-year-old Jamie Mayne from his father, they never bothered to tell his mother, Marie Panos, who was not living with the man. The mother was never accused of abusing or neglecting the boy. But after she found out about the removal two days later and offered to care for him, authorities in California refused. They decided to make a “child focused” decision, to “put the child first,” to “err on the side of the child” by placing Jamie with a stranger.

“I went up to them to get my children, and they said they’re in the system now and I had to do a case plan in order to get my kids back,” Panos said.

But a jury in Visalia, California found that while Panos was working on her “case plan,” Jamie was being tortured and murdered by his foster mother. He died of a collapsed heart, a ruptured small bowel and an abdominal hemorrhage. There were more than 40 bruises on his body. “It’s hard because I can’t pick him up and kiss him,” Panos said at the foster mother’s trial. “All I have is a headstone to look at instead of his beautiful face.”[6]


Authorities in Massachusetts decided to “put the child first” and take seven-year-old Michelle Walton away from her parents. They made a “child focused” decision. They “erred on the side of the child.”

Three years later, the body of Michelle Walton was found in the dirty hallway of her foster home, under 380 pounds of Sheetrock. Her foster mother says it was an accident. But a judge found that it was murder. And he found that Michelle was chronically sexually abused during her time in “care.”

No one has been charged. According to the Boston Globe, Michelle’s mother “heads to work every day with a worn Peanuts knapsack on her back crammed with her daughter’s autopsy report and assorted other documents that chronicle her death and proffers them to most anyone interested. Not many are.

“‘I carry ’em because it makes it easier for my sanity … It helps me from going insane. Or maybe it just keeps her alive a little bit longer.”[7]


Of course most foster parents don’t harm the children in their care — but most birth parents don’t either. The case against family preservation has been fueled by “horror stories.” It’s important to remember that there are horror stories in foster care — and family preservation has the better track record.

More examples of the harm of “erring on the side of the child” can be found in Issue Paper 6.


1. Kent Pollock, “The Child Protectors: Innocent Suffer in War to Protect,” Sacramento Bee, August 3, 1986, p.1 Back to Text.

2. Rachel Swarns, “Agency Was Warned About Foster Mother Charged in Girl’s Death,” The New York Times, July 2, 1997, p.B3; Michelle McPhee et. al., “Two Charged in Foster Death” New York Daily News, July 2, 1997, p.17 Back to Text.

3. Clint Williams and Norm Parish, “Few Grown-Ups Wanted to Bother With China Marie Davis,” The Arizona Republic, April 9, 1994, p.A1 Back to Text.

4. Diana Smith, “Foster Baby’s Death Spurs Corrective Action by State,” Associated Press Dec. 8, 1985, “Race Issue Raised in Baby’s Death,” United Press International, Oct. 22, 1986,” Woman Faces Seven Years in Foster Child’s Death,” Associated Press, June 13, 1988. Back to Text.

5. Rachel Tuinstra, “Tot’s Family Still Dazed,” The (Riverside, CA) Press Enterprise, July 6, 2001, p.B1 Back to Text.

6. Jennifer M. Fitzenberger, “Visalia woman gets life for death of 4-year-old foster son,” Fresno Bee, Sept. 12, 2001, p.B1; Jennifer M. Fitzenberger,” Convicted foster mom’s ‘a good mother,’” Fresno Bee, May 24, 2001, p.A1 Back to Text.

7. Sally Jacobs, “Who Killed Michelle Walton?” The Boston Globe, December 10, 1995, p.1. Back to Text.

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
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.

To make this list as complete as possible we can use your help. If you know of cases not covered, or know of articles not listed with the cases, please subscribe to this group and help maintain this section of the website or send links and articles to this mail address.

“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
Organizations: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Huron County Department of Human Services
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.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
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
Organizations: Adopt America Network
Persons: Corie M Huxford
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
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.
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father
Organizations: Illinois Department of Children’s and Family Services
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
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
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
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
Jeffersonville, Indiana
United States
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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
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
Organizations: Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services
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
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
Organizations: New York State Office of Children & Family Services, Tompkins County CFS
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
Organizations: Oregon Department of Human Services
Post placement
Organizations: Oregon Department of Human Services
Omealca, Veracruz
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
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
Organizations: Florida Department of Children & Families
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
Organizations: Illinois Department of Children’s and Family Services
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
Organizations: Children’s Home Society of Florida
Organizations: Connecticut Department of Children and Families
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
Organizations: Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services
Persons: Vladimir Jerdev
Organizations: Yunona USA
Persons: Ivan Jerdev
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
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
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
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
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
Organizations: Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
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
Organizations: Gloucestershire social services
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
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
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
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
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
Organizations: Spaulding for Children
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
Organizations: California Department of Social Services , San Bernardino County social services
Post placement
Organizations: Riverside County
Riverside, California
United States
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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
Organizations: Utah Division of Child and Family Services
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
Organizations: Illinois Department of Children’s and Family Services
Chicago, Illinois
United States
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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
Organizations: California Department of Social Services , Kern County Child Protective Services
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
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
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
Organizations: Indiana Department of Child Services, Indiana Family and Social Services (Denise Moore)
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
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
Organizations: Mississippi DHS
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
Colorado Springs, Colorado
United States
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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
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
Price Township, Pennsylvania
United States
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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
Durham, North Carolina
United States
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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
Brooklyn, New York
United States
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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
Attleboro, Massachusetts
United States
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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
Alfred, New York
United States
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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
Hampton, Minnesota
United States
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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
Eagan, Minnesota
United States
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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.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Kansas City, Missouri
United States
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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
Green Bay, Wisconsin
United States
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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
Victorville, California
United States

These Kids Were Not Protected in Foster Care

Court Rules In Favor Of Children Sexually Abused In Foster Care

POSTED: Monday, February 2, 2009

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. — A settlement has been reached in the case of three foster children suing the state after they were sexually abused in a local foster home.

The children’s attorney, Brian Cabrey, claimed that child welfare workers knowingly placed the youngsters in a home with other young people who had a history of sexual aggression.

Cabrey said the former Department of Children and Families employees violated his clients’ 14th Amendment right when they failed to prevent the children from being sexually abused while in foster care.

The courts agreed, saying the employees failed to protect the kids.

The federal case made it all the way to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. There, the court ruled in favor of the children, giving them the right to sue for the abuse they experienced.

“This should never have happened to these kids. You can’t pick your parents, and the state had a role to play in these kids’ lives and should have saved them and protected them,” Cabrey said.

According to court documents, the abuse took place between 1999 and 2000, and at the time, the three children were all under the age of eight and placed in the same foster home with two teenage boys who were known to be sexual predators. One of the teens had previously been sexually abused by an adult male caretaker.

Cabrey said while the foster parents went to work, the younger kids were sexually assaulted.

“They were beaten up. They were raped, repeatedly. No child deserves to be abused, period,” Cabrey said.

He said the former DCF workers knew the kids were at risk when they were placed in that particular foster home and that risk was ignored.

“The state should have done a better job placing these kids when the state knew who they were placing these kids with. They certainly should have taken steps to protect these kids or prevent what happened from happening,” Cabrey said.

Shortly after the ruling in Atlanta, the state settled for nearly $3 million.

Cabry said the case now sets precedence and gives other victims a chance.

“Hopefully, fairer treatment, better results and a better time getting the help they need,” Cabrey said.

In a statement from DCF, the department said:
“This was a very tragic case of harm to children in a foster home. We wish it had never happened. We are glad that all parties have agreed to a settlement that can take care of the children’s future needs, and we hope they will recover.”

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This Child Died While in Foster Care. The Foster Mother Forgot She Was In The Car

This child’s birth mother was sick and asked DFCS of Jackson County Georgia for help. The help they chose to give her was to take her child away from her and put her in Foster Care. The child was left in a hot car by the foster mother and died. This is not the first time Jackson County has done something this stupid.

JESSICA SCOVILFoster mom indicted in baby’s death
Posted by Mike Buffingtonin News, Top Stories
Wednesday, November 26. 2008
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Wendy Osborne, 29, Nicholson, was indicted Monday by a Jackson County Grand Jury on two counts related to the Sept. 2 death of 9-month-old Jessica Scovil.

Osborne was indicted for involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct in the death of Scovil, who was in foster care at the Osborne home at the time of the incident. Scovil died of heat stroke after having been left in Osborne’s van at their home on Hwy. 334 in Nicholson. Officials said they are working through Osborne’s attorney for booking her next week.

Osborne had returned home around 2 p.m. on Sept. 2 and taken two 3-year-old children into the house, laving Scovil in the closed van. Around 5 p.m., Osborne awoke from a nap and realized the baby was still in the vehicle. She found the baby unresponsive and called 911, according to authorities.

The child’s body temperature was above 108 degrees when tested at BJC Medical Center later that day. Two other foster children in the home, both teenagers, were taken by DFACS to another location after the incident.

Osborne had been active in foster care in the county and had helped with training new foster parents.

Scovil had been temporarily removed from the care of her birth mother and the family had been working to regain custody at the time of the incident.

A drug test on Osborne came back negative in October. The foster parent said she had been sick with strep throat at the time of the incident and was taking medication.