Category Archives: Food Deprivation

4 Children of Vanessa and Ray Jackson

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Vanessa and Ray Jackson systematically starved their four adopted sons, beat them with brooms, rulers, sticks, shoes, and belt buckles, and choked them. When they were found, Bruce, 19, weighed 45 pounds; Keith, 14, weighed 41 pounds; Tyrone, 10, weighed 28 pounds; and Michael, 9, weighed 23 pounds. Vanessa kept the kitchen locked up and the boys were so hungry… Read more »

Child of Rebecca Long and Jon Pomeroy

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Rebecca Long, 44, and Jon Pomeroy, 43, have been charged with first-degree and second-degree criminal mistreatment in what the local sheriff’s investigators called “the worst case of child abuse they had ever seen.” A 14 year old girl, Pomeroy’s biological daughter and Long’s stepdaughter, was deprived of food and water for years, and weighed less than 40 pounds, her growth… Read more »

Marcus Holloway

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10 year old Marcus Holloway died of severe malnutrition after his mother, Candice Holloway, and her boyfriend, Private Connell C. Williams, 32, fed him only water and rice cakes over the course of several months as a punishment for eating too many sweets. During this time, Marcus was locked in a room described as being like a “dungeon.” A physician… Read more »

Child of Roberto Fortin II

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A 7-year-old boy, son of Roberto Fortin II, was brought to the hospital severely malnourished, in diapers, and covered with infected wounds. His stepmother said the boy was being homeschooled. The family lived in Florida. Date: August 2010 Location: Miami, Florida

Child of Paul and Debbie Salvetti

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Paul and Debbie Salvetti’s 13 year old adopted son escaped imprisonment in a room of their home by kicking through a wall into another bedroom. He went to his former public school the next day to notify a staff member there about the abuse. He weighed 87 pounds at the time of his escape, two pounds less than he had… Read more »

6 Children of Maj. John and Carolyn Jackson

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John and Carolyn Jackson homeschooled their three biological children and their three foster or adopted children through their local church. One foster or adopted daughter died in 2008. The Jacksons are not being charged in that death. The five living Jackson children were removed from the home in 2010 after one child was hospitalized with high levels of sodium in… Read more »

Child of Ernest and Cynthia Davison

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Officials responding to a child neglect tip found a 5 year old adopted girl weighing only 21 pounds. Her body showed signs of having been restrained for long periods of time. She and her three siblings, all of whom were adopted and had special needs, were removed from their adoptive parents home and placed in protective custody. The girl in… Read more »

Child of Sabrina Smith and Amanda Wills

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A 6 year old girl was hospitalized weighing only 18 pounds. She was unresponsive at the time. She had been systematically starved by her mother, Sabrina Smith, 41, and her guardian, Amanda Wills, 30. While she was initially in critical condition, the girl ultimately recovered. In addition to being severely malnourished, her body was covered with bruises and other injuries…. 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 »