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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 »

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 »

Alek, Tyler, and Zoe Todt

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Aleksander “Alek” J. Todt (age 13), Tyler J. Todt (age 11), and Zoe Todt (age 4) were murdered by their father, Anthony Todt. Todt also killed his wife, Megan Todt, and the family dog Breezy. The children were homeschooled. The Todts lived in Colchester, Connecticut, where Anthony Todt maintained a successful physical therapy business and Megan Todt was an active… Read more »

4 Children by Ryan and Sheila O’Leary

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Four children—M., an 11-year-old girl; J., age 5; C., age 3; and K., an 18-month-old boy—were starved by their parents, Ryan Patrick O’Leary and Sheila O’Leary. K. died from complications of malnutrition. The children were homeschooled. M. was Sheila’s child from a previous relationship. She was removed from Sheila’s care as a baby in Virginia in 2009 due to failure… Read more »

5 Children of Betty Nicolicchia-Allen and Dennis Allen

Five children—G., a 14-year-old girl, and siblings ages 12, 9, 8, and 6—were abused and neglected by their parents, Dennis Allen and Betty Nicolicchia-Allen. The children were homeschooled. G. reported that “she was being homeschooled but wasn’t taught anything.” Instead, while Allen and Nicolicchia-Allen worked full-time, they forced G. to be a full-time caregiver for her siblings, as well as… Read more »

3 Children by Greg Nelson, Susan Nelson, and Melissa Hamilton

Three girls, ages 10, 9, and 8, were abused by their parents: Greg Nelson, his wife Susan Nelson, and his girlfriend Melissa Hamilton, who lived with them. The girls were homeschooled. The family lived with 245 animals in “deplorable” conditions, with rotting food and animal urine and feces throughout the house. The police were called to the home four times… Read more »

Girl by Dwight Bainbridge and Jessica Brambilla

A 16-year-old girl, H., was imprisoned, starved, and sexually abused by her father, Dwight Bainbridge; his girlfriend Jessica Brambilla; and her 20-year-old son William C. Land. H. was homeschooled. The other four children who lived in the home were not reported to be abused. Bainbridge had spent time in and out of state prison over the previous two decades; he… Read more »

2 Children by Samuel and Brandi Hollie

A boy and girl, ages 8 and 10, were starved and tortured by their adoptive parents, Samuel Earl Hollie II and Brandi Rae Hollie (both pictured). The children were homeschooled and “isolated from others”. Their younger sibling, the Hollies’ biological child, was not reported to be abused. The children were in foster care before they were adopted by the Hollies… Read more »

Eduardo Posso

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Eduardo Posso (pictured), age 12, was starved to death by his father, Luis Posso, Jr., and his stepmother Dayana Medina Flores. Eduardo’s 9-year-old sister and his brothers aged 5 and 2 were not reported to be abused. Eduardo was homeschooled. Eduardo’s family lived in Myakka City, Florida. His mother, Aurea Esmeralda Garcia, did not have custody and last saw him… Read more »

Boy by Jennifer Franklin and Randell Howell

An 11-year-old boy was beaten, tortured, and sexually assaulted by his mother, Jennifer Renee Franklin, and her boyfriend, Randell Howell (pictured). The boy was homeschooled. The boy previously lived with Franklin and his biological father; Howell began living with them after the death of the boy’s father. Howell regularly beat the boy, leaving him covered with bruises, while Franklin laughed…. Read more »