Category Archives: Imprisonment

Calista Springer

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Calista Springer was sixteen when she died when a fire swept through her family’s Michigan house and she was unable to free herself from her collar. Removed from school to be homeschooled three years earlier after teachers had become to make child abuse reports, Calista, who was adopted, spent her days chained to her bed by a dog collar while… Read more »

3 Children of John and Sonja Kluth

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John Edward Kluth and Sonja Kay Kluth beat, choked, whipped, and burned their three adopted children, two boys aged 15 and 11, and a 9 year old girl. The Kluths also forced the children to eat pet food, kept the boys padlocked in a storm shelter with a bucket to urinate in each night for months, and locked the oldest… Read more »

11 Children of Michael and Sharon Gravelle

Michael and Sharon Gravelle forced their eleven adopted special needs children to sleep in stacked cages rigged with alarms. At night, the children were so afraid of setting off the alarms that they would urinate in their clothes rather than leave their cages to go to the bathroom. The children were also emotionally abused, spanked with boards, and sometimes had… Read more »

Christian Choate

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After abuse concerns were raised at his school, Christian Choate’s parents removed him from school and told neighbors that they were homeschooling him. He was kept inside a locked dog cage and was routinely kicked and beaten by his parents. Sometimes Christian’s parents chained his hands to the top of his cage. As his health deteriorated, he lost control of… Read more »

Chandler Grafner

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Seven year old Chandler Grafner¬†starved to death at the hands of his guardian, Jon Phillips. In a case described as “horrific,” Phillips locked Chandler in a dark linen closet where he died of starvation and dehydration, surrounded by his own excrement and screaming for something to eat and drink. Phillips, the father of Chandler’s half brother, Dominic, had developed an… Read more »

Tyler Gene McMillan

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Thirteen year old Tyler Gene McMillan died after spending two nights tied to a tree in oppressively hot summer weather in North Carolina. The boy was homeschooled by his parents, Brice Bryan McMillan, 41, and Sandra Elizabeth McMillan, 36. Neighbors said the family kept to itself. The couple’s remaining two children, aged seven and nine, were taken into protective custody…. Read more »