Tag Archives: 2010

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

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 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 »

3 Children in Liberty County, Texas

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An 8 year old boy was found locked inside an abandoned church, with only a paint can and a roll of toilet paper, after neighbors told Child Protective Services that the boy’s mother often left the child there. The mother, who told investigators that the boys were homeschooled, regularly isolated the boy and his brothers, aged 11 and 1, in… Read more »

Child of Jeremiah Lovato

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Jeremiah Lovato, a single father living in Colorado, pulled his 14 year old adopted son out of public school to homeschool him after suspicions arose that he was abusing the boy. Almost a year later Lovato’s brutal abuse came to light when his teenage son called the local sheriff’s office to report that he had been severely beaten by his… Read more »

Child of Scott and Andrea Bass

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A 14 year old homeschooled girl in Arizona was held captive for two months in a homemade dungeon by her father, Scott Bass, and stepmother, Andrea Bass, as punishment for stealing food. The dungeon was a bathroom without working plumbing, and the girl was fed sporadically and forced to exercise daily, under threat of being beaten with metal rods. The… Read more »

Lydia and Zariah Schatz

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Lydia Schatz, adopted from Liberia, was seven when she succumbed to liver failure after being whipped with plastic tubing for several straight hours, interspersed with prayer breaks by her parents. Her parents, Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz, said Lydia was being disciplined for mispronouncing a word. Lydia’s sister Zariah, 11, also adopted, was hospitalized with similar injuries but ultimately recovered. The… Read more »