Joshua and Luke Laney

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Joshua and Luke Laney were eight and six when their mother smashed in their skulls with rocks. Deanna Laney, 39, believed God had called her to stone her sons. Laney was described by neighbors as a loving and devout homeschool mother, and was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Joshua and Luke’s younger brother Aaron suffered brain damage but… Read more »

Budde Lee Clark

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6 year old Budde Lee Clark was brutally beaten to death by his stepmother, Robin Gosnell. Gosnell lived in North Carolina and homeschooled the 6 year old and her 13 year old son, although she apparently did not actually educate either child. Officials said she had homeschooled—carefully following registration requirements—in order to hide the children away and control them. Date:… Read more »

Child of Mona and Russell Hauer

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Mona and Russell Hauer starved their 8 year old adopted son, leaving him barely alive. The boy was the size of a 4 year old, his bones protruding and his abdomen distended. His parents routinely beat him with a broom handle and forced him to sleep in an unfinished basement with a bucket to urinate in and an alarm on… Read more »

Child of Chad Chritton and Melinda Drabek-Chritton

A  severely malnourished 15 year old girl was found wandering barefoot on the side of a road in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, crying, after escaping the basement dungeon where she had been confined for the past six years by her father, Chad Chritton, and stepmother, Melinda Drabek-Chritton. The girl had been pulled from school to be homeschooled after… 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 »

Khalil Wimes

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Six year old Khalil Wimes was savagely beaten, tortured, and starved to death by his parents, Tina Cuffie and Floyd Wimes. The child slept on a soiled mattress in a room devoid of toys, and in the end his body was entirely covered with injuries. Khalil parents claimed they were homeschooling him, but appear to have not filed the necessary… Read more »

Dashawn Harris

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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

5 Children of Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock

Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock systematically starved their five adopted children, one boy and four girls, all between the ages of 10 and 13. The abuse came to light when the boy, 13, was admitted to the emergency room too weak to stand. After years of malnutrition and food deprivation, he was the size of a seven year old. The couple’s four biological… Read more »

Hillary Adams

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[cnnvideo url=’http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2011/11/03/pkg-tx-daughter-beating.cnn’ inline=’true’] In 2004, 16 year old Hillary Adams, who has cerebral palsy, was violently beaten by her homeschooling father as a punishment for downloading music online. Hillary secretly videotaped the beating but did not release the video until eight years later, when she felt compelled to do so because of her father’s role as a Texas family court… Read more »