Category Archives: Disabilities

Olivia Farrell

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Olivia Farrell (pictured), b. around 2001, was beaten and imprisoned by her adoptive parents, Neil and Janet Farrell. Olivia was homeschooled. Olivia’s three older sisters, who were also adopted, were not reported to be abused. The Farrells began caring for Olivia when she was 5 months old. Janet Farrell had previously been a certified teacher and homeschooled Olivia K-12. The… Read more »

Mason Jordan

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Mason Jordan, age 7, was murdered by his mother, Tashina Jordan. Mason was homeschooled. Mason had multiple disabilities, including cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus. He used a wheelchair and a feeding tube and was partially blind and nonverbal. Mason was homeschooled after Jordan decided “that public elementary school wasn’t right for him and came up with elaborate lesson plans tailored to… Read more »

Charlie, and 1 sibling

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Charlie*, age 12, was neglected by his mother. Charlie was homeschooled. Charlie was born in 2003 to a white mother and a First Nations father. Charlie began showing signs of autism around age three, shortly before his parents separated, although he was not diagnosed until age six. Charlie and his older brother stayed with their mother after the separation. Child… Read more »

Son of David and Vanessa Hall

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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 »

5 Children of Travis and Amy Headrick

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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 »

5 Children of Yenier and Sarah Conde

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Five children–a girl b. 2007, a boy b. 2008, two children b. 2009 and 2011, and a boy b. 2012–were starved, imprisoned, tortured, and medically neglected by their parents, Yenier and Sarah Conde (pictured). Yenier also abused Sarah. The children were homeschooled. Sarah Conde ran an American Kennel Club breeding program in the home. The oldest boy was diagnosed with… Read more »

Jordan Burling, and 1 sibling

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Jordan Burling, age 18, died of bronchopneumonia as a result of medical neglect by his mother, Dawn Cranston, his sister Abigail Burling, and his grandmother Denise Cranston. Jordan was homeschooled. The body of Jordan’s infant brother was also found concealed in the home. When he attended the local elementary school, Jordan had head lice, dental decay, and couldn’t control his… Read more »

Matthew Tirado

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Matthew Tirado, age 17, was starved to death by his mother, Katiria Tirado. Matthew’s 9-year-old sister was also physically abused. Both children were homeschooled. Matthew was born in 1999 when Tirado was just 16; Matthew’s father, Pedro Gomez, was 34 years older than Tirado and did not live with the family. Matthew was autistic and intellectually disabled, and received special… Read more »

6 Children of Jennifer and Sarah Hart

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Six children–Markis, 19; Hannah, 16; Devonte, 15; Jeremiah, 14; Abigail, 14; and Ciera, 12–were starved and abused by their adoptive parents, Jennifer and Sarah Hart. The children were homeschooled. According to some reports, Devonte had disabilities. Siblings Markis, Hannah, and Abigail were adopted from Colorado County, Texas in September 2006, and went to live with the Harts in Alexandria, Minnesota…. Read more »

Children by John McCollum and associates

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At least 16 children, but probably many more, were subjected to slavery, educational neglect, and threats of physical violence and starvation by members of a new religious movement known as the McCollum Ranch group, run by minister John C. McCollum. The group claimed to be homeschooling the children, though no education was actually provided. McCollum has operated the group, previously… Read more »