Tag Archives: 2008

Khyra Ishaq

clmccracken   March 30, 2015   Comments Off on Khyra Ishaq

Khyra Ishaq, age 7, was starved to death by her mother, Angela Gordon, and stepfather Junaid Abuhamza. Khyra and her five siblings were homeschooled. The children were subjected to regular beatings with a cane and punished by being forced to stand outside in the cold. The kitchen was kept locked and the children were starved and forced to vomit. Khyra… Read more »

4 Children of Raymond and Ida Thurmond

clmccracken   January 26, 2015   Comments Off on 4 Children of Raymond and Ida Thurmond

Four children, ages 14, 13, 12, and 9, were beaten, imprisoned, starved, and medically neglected by their father, Raymond Daniel Thurmond, and their mother, Ida Thurmond. (The two oldest children were Raymond’s from a previous marriage; the 12-year-old was Ida’s from a previous marriage; and the youngest child was their biological child.) Though Ida claimed to be homeschooling the children,… Read more »

A.S. and L.S. by Wayne Bent

clmccracken   January 7, 2015   Comments Off on A.S. and L.S. by Wayne Bent

Two girls—A.S., age 16, and L.S., a.k.a. Healed Travesser (pictured), age 14—were sexually abused by Wayne Bent, a.k.a. Michael Travesser (pictured). The girls were the children of John and Elsa Sayer, who were members of the Lord Our Righteousness Church or Strong City, a new religious movement led by Bent, who claimed he was the Messiah. The girls were homeschooled…. Read more »

2 Children of Kimberly and John Quebe

clmccracken   December 7, 2014   Comments Off on 2 Children of Kimberly and John Quebe

Two children, a 15-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy, were imprisoned and physically abused by their parents, Kimberly Joy Quebe and John Herman Quebe. The Quebes claimed to be homeschooling, but they did not follow any of the requirements and the children were not at grade level. The children spent long periods of time with their wrists and ankles tied;… Read more »

11 Children of Jeremy and Christine Long

clmccracken   November 25, 2014   Comments Off on 11 Children of Jeremy and Christine Long

Six girls and five boys, ages 10 months to 18 years, were severely neglected by their parents, Jeremy and Christine Long. The children were second-generation homeschoolers—their father, Jeremy Long, had been homeschooled and wanted the same for his children. However, when the children were rescued, they were illiterate and “didn’t know the days of the week, their ABC’s, or even… Read more »

Katelyn Pendleton

clmccracken   November 15, 2014   Comments Off on Katelyn Pendleton

Jamie Leighanna Brooks, age 11 (who later changed her name to Katelyn Colbie Pendleton), was starved, beaten, and scalded by her caregivers, Kizza Monika Lopez and Melonea Feagin. Lopez had pulled Jamie out of school to homeschool her. It is unclear whether Lopez’s other children were abused. When she was 9, Jamie’s biological mother Velma Hare gave her to Lopez…. Read more »

Daughter of Arletha and Anthony Hopkins

clmccracken   September 4, 2014   Comments Off on Daughter of Arletha and Anthony Hopkins

The daughter of Arletha Hopkins was repeatedly raped by her stepfather Rev. Anthony Hopkins, a traveling evangelist, starting in 2001 when she was 11 and continuing until she ran away from home at age 19. When Arletha discovered the abuse, Anthony murdered her and forced her daughter to help him hide her body. Anthony continued to rape his stepdaughter and… Read more »

24 children of Paul and Paula Dunham

clmccracken   September 3, 2014   Comments Off on 24 children of Paul and Paula Dunham

Paul Dane Dunham and Paula Lee Dunham had 9 biological children and adopted 15 others, including 8 from the Philippines who were obtained through disrupted adoptions. The other 7 children were obtained from private adoption agencies—the Dunhams were not licensed foster parents in Stearns County where they resided. In 2002, 9 of the children were homeschooled. The 15 children who… Read more »

Helen Wells

clmccracken   September 1, 2014   Comments Off on Helen Wells

Helen Wells, born c. 1979, was sexually abused by her father, Robert George Wells, starting at age three and ending only when she left home at age 24. Her mother knew about the abuse and did nothing. Helen’s brothers were not abused. Helen was homeschooled and stated “I never went to school. I was homeschooled and I was kept out… 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 »