Tag Archives: 2020

James Alex Hurley

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James Alex Hurley, age 12, who went by Alex, was tortured and murdered by his grandparents, James Sasser, Jr. and Patricia Batts, and their 14-year-old son, J.S. A family friend, Gage Roush, was also charged in connection with Alex’s death. Alex also lived with his 18-year-old aunt M.S. and his 6-year-old uncle H.S. Alex was homeschooled. Alex originally lived with… Read more »

Tazmir Ransom

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Tazmir Ransom, age 7, was murdered by his mother, Natasha Franks. Tazmir was not in school due to pandemic-related school closures. Tazmir had previously been in foster care and his father, Jaleel Ransom, was trying to get custody of him. His maternal aunt, Tanjala Pinckney, reported that the family knew Franks was abusing Tazmir for a few months prior to… Read more »

Alejandro Ripley

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Alejandro Ripley, age 9, was murdered by his mother, Patricia Ripley. Alejandro was being educated at home due to pandemic-related school closures. Prior to the pandemic, Alejandro, who was autistic, attended The Friendship Circle of Miami. On May 21, Ripley was caught on video pushing Alejandro into a canal. After neighbors heard his screams and rescued him, she took him… Read more »

Boy by Esmeralda Lira and Jose Balderas

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A 6-year-old boy, G., was starved and imprisoned by his grandmother, Esmeralda Lira, and her boyfriend Jose Balderas. Two other children who lived in the home, a 7-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, were not reported to be abused. G. was being educated at home due to pandemic-related school closures. G. told officials that the abuse began shortly after he… Read more »

Children of Michael and Shirley Gray

Two children–Heather “Sophie” Gray (b. 2006) and Jonathan Gray–died in the custody of their adoptive parents, Michael and Shirley Gray. Three other adopted children–M., a boy born in 2005; L., a girl born c. 2007; and T., a boy born in 2009–were imprisoned, starved, and abused by the Grays. The Grays’ adult children, Anthony “Bubba” and Carolyn Gray, lived with… Read more »

Son of Christopher and Nicole Crets

A 12-year-old boy, R., was starved, imprisoned, and tortured by his father, Christopher Crets, and his stepmother Nicole Crets. The boy was homeschooled. The other children who lived in the home were not reported to be abused. Christopher Crets had prior felony convictions for statutory rape and drug trafficking. R. was pulled from school to be homeschooled in early February… Read more »

4 Children of Patricia Hyler

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A 14-year-old boy, M., and his three adopted siblings, were abused by their adoptive mother, Patricia Hyler. The children’s adoptive father, Tommy Hyler, worked long hours outside the home and was not charged in connection with the abuse. The children were homeschooled. Hyler adopted M. around 2012. She worked as a teacher at a church daycare center and at a… Read more »

4 Children of Elizabet Estrada

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A 16-year-old boy, P., was starved and medically neglected by his mother, Elizabet Estrada. No charges were filed on behalf of Estrada’s other children, two of whom were 18 or older and one of whom was younger than P. All four children were homeschooled. P. was born in December 2002 and last saw a doctor at age three, when he… Read more »