Children by Jeremy Costley

An unknown number of children were sexually abused by Jeremy Costley (pictured). Some of the children were homeschooled. Costley was a “sovereign citizen” and “self-proclaimed common-law marshal” who lived with his family—a woman and several children—in a remote off-the-grid “ramshackle shack” in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Reports indicate that the abuse may have come to light when… Read more »

Children of Thomas and Denise Atkocaitis

A 15-year-old girl, O., was imprisoned by her adoptive parents, Thomas and Denise Atkocaitis (pictured). O. was homeschooled. The police had contact with the Atkocaitises twice before: in 2010, when Denise Atkocaitis was accused of abusing one child, and in 2017 when she was arrested for assaulting a different child. Around early July 2018, the Atkocaitises imprisoned O. in an… Read more »

3 Children of Arthur and Jenny Peterman

Three children—a 19-year-old girl, A.; a 9-year-old girl, B.; and a 7-year-old boy, C.*—were physically and sexually abused by their parents, Arthur and Jenny Peterman. The two youngest children were homeschooled. Arthur Peterman began sexually abusing A. daily when she was four years old. He also regularly sexually abused B., who told police “it happened because he thought she was… Read more »

Vincent Nicolai

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Vincent Salem Nicolai, age 7, was killed by his mother, Stephanie Adams, in a murder-suicide. Vincent was homeschooled. Adams and her husband, Dr. Charles Nicolai, married in 2009 and filed at least ten domestic incident reports over the course of their marriage. Until 2017, Vincent attended local public schools, where Adams was a “present and involved parent.” In 2017, Vincent… Read more »

4 Children of Cynthia Collier

Four children—Kaileigh Lin (age 17), Lia Lin (age 15), Meigan Lin (age 14), and Bo Li (age 14) were killed by their adoptive mother, Cynthia Collier, in a murder-suicide. The children were homeschooled. Cynthia and Randall Collier, Sr. were married in Virginia in 1982 and had three biological children, two boys and a girl. Around 2000, the family moved to… Read more »

Son of David and Vanessa Hall

A 17-year-old boy was starved and medically neglected by his parents, David and Vanessa Hall (pictured). The boy was homeschooled. The boy was blind and autistic. He attended special education at age 5 when the family lived in Georgia, but was then pulled from school to be homeschooled. After the family moved to Colorado around 2008, the boy did not… Read more »

3 Children of Dannielle and Joshua Martin

A 13-year-old boy was starved and imprisoned by his mother, Dannielle Martin (left), his stepfather, Joshua Martin (right), and his grandmother, Vickie Higginbotham (center). The boy’s half-siblings—a 12-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy—were not reported to be abused. The children were homeschooled and had little contact with mandated reporters. The abuse began at least as early as 2016, when Higginbotham… Read more »

5 Children of Travis and Amy Headrick

Three children—a 12-year-old girl, and two boys ages 11 and 10—were imprisoned by their adoptive parents, Travis and Amy Headrick. The household also consisted of a fourth adopted child; the Headricks’ biological daughter; and a disabled adult. The adopted children, several of whom had disabilities, were neglected, starved, and tortured. They were homeschooled while the Headricks’ biological daughter attended school…. Read more »

Children of Swansea man

A 57-year-old man, A.*, from west Wales, sexually abused one of his daughters, B., for two years. After separating from the girl’s mother, C., he met a 16-year-old girl, D., in a pub in England and began grooming and sexually abusing her. D. became pregnant within a few months and gave birth to a daughter, E. At some point, A…. Read more »

Boy by Jennifer Franklin and Randell Howell

An 11-year-old boy was beaten, tortured, and sexually assaulted by his mother, Jennifer Renee Franklin, and her boyfriend, Randell Howell (pictured). The boy was homeschooled. The boy previously lived with Franklin and his biological father; Howell began living with them after the death of the boy’s father. Howell regularly beat the boy, leaving him covered with bruises, while Franklin laughed…. Read more »