Tag Archives: Pennsylvania

3 Children of Joshua and Brandi Weyant

Three children (JTW, a 6-year-old boy; SRB, a 5-year-old girl; and HRW, a 4-year-old girl) were imprisoned, starved, and beaten by their adoptive parents, Joshua Ross Weyant and Brandi Jene Weyant. The children were homeschooled. Five other children who lived in the home, including a 17-year-old girl, were not reported to be abused. JTW and HRW are the biological children… Read more »

12 Children by Lee Kaplan

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 her nine younger sisters (born between 1999 and 2013) lived with Kaplan and Savilla Stoltzfus and were… Read more »

Antonio Rader

clmccracken   September 10, 2014   Comments Off on Antonio Rader

Antonio Rader, age 7, was beaten, starved, and tortured by his mother, Mary Rader (right), and her mother and stepfather, Deana (left) and Dennis Beighley. Antonio’s siblings, 11- and 4-year-old sisters and a 9-year-old brother, were not abused, although his brother was underweight. Antonio had attended public school until fall 2013, “at which time his mother enrolled him in a… 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 »

5 children of Sinhue Johnson and Louann Bowers

clmccracken   May 14, 2014   Comments Off on 5 children of Sinhue Johnson and Louann Bowers

In 1993, 16-year-old Louann Bowers ran away from home, allegedly to be with her uncle, Sinhue Johnson. Together they had five children who were hidden from the world and raised in squalid conditions without electricity or running water. The children, who included Sinhue Johnson Jr., 13, and Quatonnia “Nae” Johnson, 11, did not have birth certificates and never received medical… Read more »

Eric Cottam

christinachez   May 22, 2013   Comments Off on Eric Cottam

14 year old Eric Cottam died of starvation in January 1989. Eric’s parents, Jay and Leona Cottam, claimed that the Seventh-Day Adventist family of four had been fasting since the previous November, saving their money to be tithed. Four years previously, the Cottams had withdrawn their children from school. School board officials were so concerned about the children’s lack of… Read more »

3 Children of Mark and Susan Hooper

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Mark Hooper, 42, and his wife, Susan Hooper, 20, have been charged with starving their 9, 10, and 11 year old adopted children. Mark is the pastor of a local Baptist church and Susan homeschooled the children. In February of 2013 the 9 year old girl ran away to seek help. The girl was taken into protective custody and told… Read more »

Child of Robert Caravella and Carol Hann

At age 7, Robert Caravella and Carol Hann introduced their son to pornography. At age 8, his mother began raping him while his father watched. This became a regular occurrence. The sexual abuse came to light after the boy, then 13, was removed from his parents’ custody as a result of a County and Youth Services visit, which was prompted… Read more »

Dashawn Harris

Five year old Dashawn Harris was beaten to death by his mother, Lashay Patterson, 23, and her boyfriend, Christian Patrick, 25. Patrick became angry with the boy during a homeschooling session and beat the boy with a belt and hair dryer. Patterson said Patrick regularly beat the child during his kindergarten homeschooling lessons.  Date: November 30, 2012Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania