Category Archives: Special Needs

Janiya Thomas

clmccracken   December 3, 2015   Comments Off on Janiya Thomas

Janiya Thomas, age 10, was imprisoned, starved, tortured, and murdered by her mother, Keishanna Thomas, in January or February 2015. Janiya last attended school in May 2013; Thomas subsequently pulled her out of school to homeschool her. When Janiya missed her yearly evaluation, Thomas told the school Janiya was staying with relatives out of state. Thomas’s other school-age children, ages… Read more »

4 Children of John Paul and Danielle Woolley

clmccracken   November 4, 2015   Comments Off on 4 Children of John Paul and Danielle Woolley

Four children, boys ages 8, 4, and 2, and a 5-year-old girl, were imprisoned, starved, and neglected by their parents, John Paul and Danielle Woolley, and their grandparents Gordon Mark and Barbara Jo Woolley. The children were homeschooled, but had never received any medical care or any kind of education. The children were kept in a locked room in a… Read more »

Victoria Evans, Alloma Gilbert, and Christopher Spry

clmccracken   April 6, 2015   Comments Off on Victoria Evans, Alloma Gilbert, and Christopher Spry

Victoria Evans (left, b. 1986), Alloma Gilbert (center, b. 1986), and Christopher Spry (right, b. 1989) were tortured, starved, and imprisoned by their adoptive mother, Eunice Spry. All three were homeschooled starting in 1994. Spry’s other children—two older biological daughters; two adopted daughters, Charlotte and Sarah; and others—were not abused. Spry took Victoria in as a baby, later officially adopting… Read more »

3 Children of Chianna and LaTrecia Hendrix

clmccracken   April 4, 2015   Comments Off on 3 Children of Chianna and LaTrecia Hendrix

A 10-year-old boy, D.E., was starved, imprisoned, physically abused, and deprived of medical care by his biological mother, Chianna Hendrix, and her wife LaTrecia L. Hendrix. LaTrecia Hendrix’s two biological children, girls ages 12 and 5, were not similarly abused. One of the boy’s relatives reported that he had “been in and out of different schools for various behavioral problems… Read more »

Cassandra and Moira B.

clmccracken   April 3, 2015   Comments Off on Cassandra and Moira B.

Cassandra B. (b. 1998) and Moira B. (b. 2008) were imprisoned and physically abused by their mother, Angel B., and their uncle. Cassandra was homeschooled. In May 2012, Angel punished 13-year-old Cassandra by forcing her “to sleep outside in a tent when the temperature was 55 degrees. When Cassandra attempted to reenter the house, she was forced back into the… Read more »

4 Children of David and ReJeana Moss

clmccracken   March 9, 2015   Comments Off on 4 Children of David and ReJeana Moss

Two girls, ages 11 and 13, and a mentally disabled 17-year-old boy were imprisoned, starved, and physically and sexually abused by their adoptive parents, David V. Moss and ReJeana Moss. Their 9-year-old adopted brother was not abused. The children were homeschooled. The children were adopted around 2004, but the abuse did not begin until 2011 shortly after the Mosses’ two… Read more »

Granddaughter of Steve and Joetta Sells

clmccracken   January 26, 2015   Comments Off on Granddaughter of Steve and Joetta Sells

A 15-year-old girl was beaten, imprisoned, and nearly starved to death by her grandfather, Steve Sells, his wife Joetta Sells, and Steve’s daughter Crystal Sells. The girl, who had special needs, was withdrawn from school in 2010 to be homeschooled. The girl’s 4-year-old sibling was not reported to be abused. Steve Sells got custody of the girl and her sibling… Read more »

Son of Charles Wingate and Sharon Starkey

clmccracken   January 26, 2015   Comments Off on Son of Charles Wingate and Sharon Starkey

A 13-year-old autistic boy was imprisoned in a filthy home by his parents, Charles E. Wingate and Sharon Starkey. Wingate was a former City Council member and Starkey was an employee at a United Methodist child care facility. The boy was homeschooled online and told police he did not remember ever going outside. The abuse came to light after a… Read more »

10 Children of Dave and Wonda Dixon

clmccracken   January 13, 2015   Comments Off on 10 Children of Dave and Wonda Dixon

Ten special-needs children—six boys ages 14, 14, 12, 8, 8 and 3; and four girls ages 12, 10, 5 and 5—were physically abused by their adoptive parents, Dave and Wonda Dixon. They were beaten with paddles, switches, and a water hose. The 12-year-old girl was singled out for abuse and was starved and deprived of medical care; her parents urged… Read more »

28 Children of Kathy and Dan Blackburn

clmccracken   November 28, 2014   Comments Off on 28 Children of Kathy and Dan Blackburn

Twenty-eight children adopted from Haiti (ranging in age from infant to 11 years when adopted in 1987), several with special needs, were neglected and physically abused by their parents, Kathy and Dan Blackburn. Several of the girls also reported being sexually abused by Dan Blackburn and, it is suggested, by their older brothers. The children were homeschooled. The Blackburns also… Read more »