12 Children by Lee Kaplan

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In 2012, a 14-year-old girl was sold to Lee Kaplan (pictured left) by her parents, Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus (pictured center and right), in exchange for financial assistance. Kaplan sexually abused the girl and she gave birth to two daughters. The girl and nine other girls lived with Kaplan and were apparently homeschooled; “musical instruments and homework were found in the basement.” It is unknown at this time whether the other nine girls were abused by Kaplan.

The Stoltzfuses were former members of the Amish community and claimed that the nine other girls were their daughters. The abuse came to light in 2016 when a neighbor called police about her concerns that the girls were rarely allowed outside. Kaplan was charged with sexual assault and Daniel Stoltzfus was charged with conspiracy. Both Stoltzfuses were charged with child endangerment.

Date: June 17, 2016
Location:
Feasterville, Pennsylvania Continue reading

Children of Lev Tahor

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Lev Tahor, a Jewish sect located in Quebec, Canada, came under scrutiny from child welfare officials in 2013 amid concerns of psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, improper education, medical neglect, and underage marriages. The sect’s children were homeschooled, and officials learned that girls were not receiving the same education as boys, that the children were only being taught Yiddish and Hebrew, and that the children were not being taught math, among other subjects.

The sect initially relocated to Ontario in November, 2013, to avoid the probe in Quebec and to avoid Quebec’s homeschooling laws, but began leaving Canada for Guatemala in March, 2014, creating a mess for immigration officials. They were ejected from Guatemala in August 2014. While some children were temporarily removed by child welfare officials in Canada, officials’ requests to remove all of the children en masse were denied.

Location: Quebec, Canada
Date: Investigation spanned 2013 to 2014

Documents: Date:
Jewish sect members told to return to Quebec after fleeing here during child protection probe 11-26-2013
Authorities Seize Two Children from Lev Tahor Sect 12-16-2013
Newly released documents detail Lev Tahor abuse allegations 12-23-2013
Police allege physical, mental abuse in Lev Tahor Sect 02-17-2014
Lev Tahor, ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect, quietly moves to Guatemala 08-23-2014
Orthodox Jewish Sect Kicked Out Of Guatemalan Village Over Religious, Cultural Disputes 08-31-2014
Dogged By Controversy, A Jewish Sect Is On The Move Again 09-10-2014

Girl by Timothy and Esten Ciboro

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A 13-year-old girl was starved and imprisoned by her stepfather, Timothy Ciboro, and his son, Esten Ciboro. The girl and her siblings, a 10-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, were homeschooled.

The girl and her siblings were placed with the Ciboros by child services after their mother moved away. Social workers examined the girl in 2014 after neighbors reported seeing her eating out of the trash, but she was not found to be malnourished. Sometime before May 2015, as punishment for bedwetting, the girl was chained by the ankle to a support beam in the Ciboros’ basement, where she was fed rotten food and forced to use a bucket for a toilet. Timothy Ciboro, a former firefighter, was reportedly religious and the family had strict rules against eating fast food.

The abuse came to light when the girl used a spare key she had hidden to escape while the Ciboros were out of the house. A neighbor spotted her as she was running away and called the police. The Ciboros were arrested shortly thereafter and charged with child endangerment, torture, and kidnapping.

Date: May 19, 2016
Location:
Toledo, Ohio Continue reading

Daughter of Julio Valladares and Linda Richmond

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A 9-year-old girl was beaten, starved, and tortured by her father, Julio Valladares, and his partner Linda Richmond. The girl was homeschooled.

Beginning in December 2013, Valladares and Richmond forced the girl to take repeated cold showers, beat her with a belt, starved her, made her sit on a chair for hours causing bedsores, made her lie in a soiled bed for extended periods, and forced her “to sit at a table and write ‘corrections’ for hours while claiming to be homeschooling her.” These punishments were reportedly for bedwetting. Richmond also had a son on whose behalf no charges were filed.

The abuse came to light in October 2014 when the girl went to the hospital and social services called the police. Valladares and Richmond were arrested the following day. Valladares pleaded guilty to abuse and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Richmond was tried and convicted of abuse with the jury recommending a 90-year sentence.

Date: October 17, 2014
Location:
Berea, Kentucky Continue reading

2 Children of Timothy Hogan and Patricia Haugstad-Hogan

Two girls, L.H. (age 17) and L.H. (age 16), were neglected by their parents, Timothy Hogan and Patricia Haugstad-Hogan. The girls were homeschooled.

The girls were forced to sleep on a mattress in the basement of their family home for five years, while their parents lived in a camper in the driveway. The house was filled with garbage, human waste, rotting food, and mold, and had had no heat, power, or water since May 2015. The girls “told police they hadn’t been to a doctor or dentist in years and had never been to public school. They also told authorities that any homeschooling they’d received had been sporadic.” The neglect came to light when the girls ran away from home on Christmas Eve, 2015, and walked five miles to Covenant House, a homeless shelter in downtown Anchorage.

Hogan and Haugstad-Hogan were charged with misdemeanor counts of child neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Date: December 24, 2015
Location:
Anchorage, Alaska Continue reading

10 Children of Odalis Sharp

Odalis Sharp and several of her children sing outside the federal courthouse Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. The Sharps were there to support Ammon Bundy and other defendants who have pleaded not guilty to a federal conspiracy charge related to the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
Caleb Vasquez (b. 1996) and seven of his nine younger half-siblings were starved and beaten by their mother, Odalis Sharp. All the children were homeschooled.

In 2011, Caleb was removed from the home of Odalis Sharp and her husband Tim Sharp after Caleb ran away following a punishment where he was fed only bread and water for two weeks. In 2012 the couple divorced. In January 2016 Odalis drove seven of the children, whom she marketed as the Sharp Family Singers, to perform for and support the 41-day occupation by armed militants at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. They were met there by her 18-year-old daughter Victoria Sharp, who had recently left home, and who witnessed the death of one of the militants. Following these events, social services received three reports that the Sharp children left at home were being abused. In April 2016, five of the children hid Odalis’s guns and ran away from home, where they were met by a neighbor who drove them to the sheriff’s office. They reported emotional and physical abuse involving intense beatings with an implement that caused bruising and bleeding, as well as being forced to eat soap and called names. These five children, plus an infant and a 17-year-old girl who had recently left home to move in with her father, were taken into state custody. (Caleb, Victoria, and one other sibling were legal adults by this point.)

Odalis Sharp was arrested for assaulting an officer and is being held until further charges can be filed.

Date: April 29, 2016
Location:
Auburn, Kansas Continue reading

Colt Clark

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Colton Levi Clark, who went by “Colt”, was 9 years old when he went missing in April 2006. Officials believe he was murdered by his aunt and uncle, James “Rex” Clark and Rebecca Faith Clark. Colt and his older brother Austin “Homer” Clark were homeschooled.

Colt and Homer were taken in by the Clarks in 2003 after being abused by their biological parents, who had substance abuse problems. After the Clarks began fostering the boys, they pulled them out of school to homeschool them. The boys endured physical abuse from the Clarks, including having their genitals shocked with an electric cattle prod and being beaten with extension cords and broomsticks. In early March 2006, the Clarks accused Colt of stealing a ring and beat him for 45 minutes while Homer watched. Homer went to sleep, and when he woke up Colt was gone. The Clarks told Homer Colt’s biological father had come to pick him up and beat and threatened him when he asked questions.

The boys’ supervising social worker had made multiple attempts to see them but was repeatedly rebuffed by the Clarks. When DHS finally informed them that the social worker was coming to the house on April 20, 2006, Rebecca Clark called 911 and reported Colt missing, saying he had run away. Officials searched for Colt but could not find him. Homer was soon removed from the home, left the state, and changed his name.

The case was re-opened in September 2015. The Clarks were arrested April 8, 2016 and charged with murder, conspiracy, child abuse, and child neglect.

Date: April 20, 2006
Location:
Wewoka, Oklahoma Continue reading

3 Children of Echo Terry

Three girls–V.T. (b. 2004), J.T. (b. 2005), and M.T. (b. 2010)–were starved and imprisoned by their adoptive mother, Echo Marie Terry. Their infant sister, Ma.T., was not reported to be abused. The girls were homeschooled.

Terry became the foster mother of the three girls–biological sisters–in 2011 and formally adopted them in 2013. The abuse began shortly after their adoption, in August 2013, when Terry changed their names and withdrew them from school to homeschool them. Terry imprisoned the girls in their rooms and denied them food for long periods of time. She also forbade them from eating dairy, gluten, corn, or soy, despite the lack of a medical reason for doing so. When they were rescued, the girls were suffering from severe malnutrition and dehydration and had bruises and lacerations. The abuse came to light when V.T. escaped in September 2014 and reported it to authorities.

Terry was arrested April 12, 2016, after being indicted on charges of assault and child endangerment.

Date: September 2014
Location:
Anchorage, Alaska Continue reading

3 Children of Jim and Paige Nachtigal

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G.N. (a 15-year-old girl), C.N. (an 11-year-old boy), and E.N. (an 11-year-old girl) were beaten, starved, and tortured by their adoptive parents, Jim and Paige Nachtigal. The children were taken out of public school in 2014 to be homeschooled.

G.N. was adopted in 2011, and E.N. and C.N. were adopted in 2012 (the children were not biologically related). All were adopted from Peru, where the Nachtigals were missionaries. The Nachtigals were “active in business and ministry in the Newton community. Jim Nachtigal serve[d] as the CEO of Kansas Christian Home. Paige Nachtigal [was] a former employee of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce.” The children described being beaten by the Nachtigals using a board and a cane, and the two 11-year-olds were malnourished and had various broken bones. The children had only seen a doctor once or twice since coming to the United States, and C.N. had a serious heart condition for which he had not received treatment.

The abuse came to light after C.N. was reported missing February 6, 2016. When police found him walking barefoot outside, he reported that he was afraid to go home. A February 9 fundraising post on Paige’s blog announces the Nachtigals’ plan to move permanently to Peru as missionaries. The children were removed from the home February 11. The Nachtigals were arrested February 16 and charged with child abuse, child endangerment, and aggravated battery.

Date: February 8, 2016
Location:
North Newton, Kansas Continue reading

Dylan Seabridge, and 1 Sibling

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Dylan Mungo Seabridge, age 8, died of scurvy as a result of neglect by his parents, Glynn and Julie Seabridge (pictured). Dylan and his brother were homeschooled.

Dylan missed a developmental check in 2006; when officials tried to rearrange the visit, the Seabridges refused. Though Dylan was a registered patient at a local doctor and dentist, he was never seen. In 2010, officials became aware that Dylan and his brother were being homeschooled and tried to visit, but the Seabridges denied them access. In December 2011, Glynn Seabridge called the paramedics because Dylan had collapsed. Dylan had a heart attack and died on the way to the hospital. The medical examiner ruled that his cause of death was scurvy.

The Seabridges were charged with child neglect, but the case was not prosecuted because they were deemed too ill to stand trial.

Date: December 6, 2011
Location:
Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom Continue reading