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Girl by Kimberly Howell

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An 11-year-old girl, D., was singled out for starvation and torture by her foster mother, Kimberly Howell. D. was homeschooled. Her four siblings, who were also Howell’s foster children, attended school and were forced to participate in the abuse. D. was forced to provide childcare for her siblings, including a 1-year-old. She was forced to cook all the family’s meals,… Read more »

Children of Michael and Shirley Gray

Two children–Heather “Sophie” Gray (b. 2006) and Jonathan Gray–died in the custody of their adoptive parents, Michael and Shirley Gray. Three other adopted children–M., a boy born in 2005; L., a girl born c. 2007; and T., a boy born in 2009–were imprisoned, starved, and abused by the Grays. The Grays’ adult children, Anthony “Bubba” and Carolyn Gray, lived with… Read more »

Tylee Ryan and Joshua Vallow

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Two children—Tylee Ryan, age 17; and Joshua “J.J.” Vallow, age 7—died under suspicious circumstances while under the care of their mother, Lori Vallow. The children were homeschooled. Tylee was born around 2002. Lori later married Charles Vallow, and the Vallows adopted J.J., who was autistic. The family lived in Chandler, Arizona, where the children attended school. Around 2017, Lori Vallow… Read more »

Son of Christopher and Nicole Crets

A 12-year-old boy, R., was starved, imprisoned, and tortured by his father, Christopher Crets, and his stepmother Nicole Crets. The boy was homeschooled. The other children who lived in the home were not reported to be abused. Christopher Crets had prior felony convictions for statutory rape and drug trafficking. R. was pulled from school to be homeschooled in early February… Read more »

4 Children of Patricia Hyler

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A 14-year-old boy, M., and his three adopted siblings, were abused by their adoptive mother, Patricia Hyler. The children’s adoptive father, Tommy Hyler, worked long hours outside the home and was not charged in connection with the abuse. The children were homeschooled. Hyler adopted M. around 2012. She worked as a teacher at a church daycare center and at a… Read more »

Girl by Alisa Andrews

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A 17-year-old girl, R., was sexually assaulted by her homeschool teacher, Alisa Andrews, over the course of nine months. Andrews was employed as a homeschool teacher by the Northwest Arkansas Christian Homeschool Education Association. She taught a biology class at Rogers Christian Church; R. took the class in fall 2018. Andrews was also the director of a community theater program… Read more »

6 Children of Mary Rowles and Alice Jenkins

Six children—B. (b. 1988), Danny (b. 1990), Marissa (b. 1992), Tyler “Ty” (b. 1993), Jesse (b. 1995), and Caleb (b. 1996)—were imprisoned, starved, and tortured by their biological mother, Mary Rowles, and her partner Alice “Jamie” Jenkins. The children were homeschooled. Rowles gave birth to B. when she was in high school; B. and Danny were the only two of… Read more »

Adam Franklin

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Adam Douglas Franklin, age 7, was abused and murdered by his stepfather, Alan Suliber. Adam’s mother, Elizabeth “Katie” Franklin, knew about the abuse. Adam was homeschooled. Franklin and Adam moved to Wyoming in March 1991 and Franklin soon began dating Suliber. In July 1991, Suliber slapped Adam, who fell against the washing machine. Franklin reported the incident to authorities who… Read more »

Boy in Northamptonshire

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A boy between ages 9 and 17, identified by the media as Child AB, was starved, imprisoned, and abused by his Stepfather. The boy was homeschooled. The boy’s Mother knew about the abuse but did nothing to stop it. Child AB was the second-oldest child when Stepfather entered the family in 2012. Stepfather’s abuse of Child AB began immediately as… Read more »

Alek, Tyler, and Zoe Todt

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Aleksander “Alek” J. Todt (age 13), Tyler J. Todt (age 11), and Zoe Todt (age 4) were murdered by their father, Anthony Todt. Todt also killed his wife, Megan Todt, and the family dog Breezy. The children were homeschooled. The Todts lived in Colchester, Connecticut, where Anthony Todt maintained a successful physical therapy business and Megan Todt was an active… Read more »