Author Archives: rachel

Shane Alan Coffman and 5 Siblings

rachel   January 16, 2015   Comments Off on Shane Alan Coffman and 5 Siblings

The body of eight-year-old Shane Alan Coffman was discovered in a freezer in a trailer home in February 1996. His five siblings, ages seven to twelve, were taken into productive custody. All of the children had been abused, and two were so malnourished they had to be hospitalized. Authorities believe Shane died due to excessive discipline at the hands of… Read more »

Boy by Michael Krause

rachel   November 8, 2014   Comments Off on Boy by Michael Krause

C.H., a 12-year-old boy, was groomed and forced to appear in pornography by Michael Alvin Krause, his homeschool teacher. Krause befriended the boy’s mother, Misty Hebert, and grandmother Nancy Hunt, claiming that he had been “a Pentecostal preacher and had helped ‘problem teens’ by home-schooling them.” Hebert pulled C.H. from school after he experienced problems and engaged Krause to be… Read more »

Child of August and Jeanine Halbesleben

rachel   September 5, 2014   Comments Off on Child of August and Jeanine Halbesleben

Tommy Halbesleben, age 10, was starved by his father, August James Halbesleben, and his stepmother Jeanine Marie Halbesleben, from the summer of 1999—when the Halbeslebens began homeschooling him due to “conflicts with his second grade teacher and school officials”—until February 2000. Jeanine had been convicted in 1999 of misdemeanor injury to a child after she hit Tommy’s older brother and… Read more »

Georgia and Patterson Inman

rachel   September 1, 2014   Comments Off on Georgia and Patterson Inman

Twins Georgia Noel Lahi Inman and Walker Patterson Inman III (called ‘Patterson’), born in 1997 to Walker Patterson Inman Jr.—the heir to the Doris Duke fortune—and his fourth wife Daisha Inman (nee Aunday), were starved, imprisoned, and physically abused by their father and stepmother Daralee Inman (nee Steinhausen), as well as by several other caregivers. Walker Inman was awarded custody… Read more »

2 Children by Barbara Dean Baldwin and Tommy Lee Baldwin

rachel   September 1, 2014   Comments Off on 2 Children by Barbara Dean Baldwin and Tommy Lee Baldwin

Two boys, ages 10 and 9, were imprisoned and starved by their great-aunt Barbara Dean Baldwin and her husband Tommy Lee Baldwin. The boys were forced to live in a hot, windowless garage and were not allowed into the house to use the toilet or bathe. They were punished for making errors in their school work “by being denied food,… Read more »

4 Daughters of Kenneth Yaw and Rita Starceski

rachel   August 31, 2014   Comments Off on 4 Daughters of Kenneth Yaw and Rita Starceski

Four girls—15-year-old twins Kelly and Colleen, Michaela (age 13), and Bridget (age 11)—were imprisoned and deprived of food by their father, Dr. Kenneth Yaw. The girls’ stepmother Rita Starceski knew about the abuse and did nothing to stop it. The girls were homeschooled. Yaw and his first wife, Maureen, had 10 children, including one other girl (Kate, age 26) and… Read more »

Children of Samuel Thomas Patrick and Debra Lynn Patrick

rachel   August 30, 2014   Comments Off on Children of Samuel Thomas Patrick and Debra Lynn Patrick

Samuel Thomas Patrick fathered 9 children with his sister, Debra Lynn Patrick (pictured), and 4 grandchildren with his adolescent daughters. All 13 children were homebirthed and homeschooled. The abuse came to light when workers at the cemetery where Samuel and Debra’s 8-month-old son Joshua had been buried in 1990 discovered that his coffin had been replaced by an empty styrofoam… Read more »

Brandon Clutter

rachel   August 29, 2014   Comments Off on Brandon Clutter

Homeschooling mother Jaime Clutter was suffering from postpartum depression when she took her two children, Brandon, 10, and Katelyn, 6 months, outside on foot one morning in March, underdressed for the cold weather. All three were found drowned in a nearby creek, suffering from hypothermia. Investigators found no signs of a struggle and ruled the deaths were an accident. Date: March 13,… Read more »

Donovan McKee

rachel   August 29, 2014   Comments Off on Donovan McKee

11-year-old Donovan McKee was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend, Anthony Lee Bush, over a period of nine hours while his mother, Cynthia McKee, was at work. Bush began beating Donovan because the boy refused to vacuum the floor. Bush was charged with homicide and child endangerment. Donovan’s body showed evidence of injuries from previous abuse. Bush had also previously physically… Read more »

Four Children of M.A.H. and R.J.H.

rachel   August 28, 2014   Comments Off on Four Children of M.A.H. and R.J.H.

M.A.H. and R.J.H. were the biological parents of A.J.H., age 10, and the adoptive parents of P.P.H., T.S.H., and N.M.H., ages 8, 7, and 5. They homeschooled all four children. In October 2012, M.A.H. took P.P.H. to the emergency room, concerned that he had vomited blood. Even though he was 8 years old, P.P.H. weighed only 34 pounds, only five pounds more… Read more »