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Most recent abuse cases

This archive contains cases of abuse of children within the child placement system.

Some of the these children have been killed, other’s survived but suffered from:

In several cases the abuse was hidden from authorities under the pretext of homeschooling.

For an overview of abuse cases by location, see this map.

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Girl adopted by Jerome Mitchell and Hermina Ibarra

4-year-old girl adopted by Jerome Mitchell and Hermina Ibarra was allegedly abused by the couple. There also appeared to be signs of sexual abuse.
Date: 2013-01-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Prescott, Arizona
United States

See map: Google Maps

Two children adopted by Ingrid Brewer

Palmdale resident Ingrid Brewer reported to the sheriff’s department that her two adoptive children were missing on January 15. Deputies searching for the children, an 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl, found them lying near a parked vehicle on a street near their residence hiding under a blanket. The children were not wearing warm clothing despite temperatures in the mid-20s.

The two children told deputies they ran away from Brewer because they were tired of being tied up and beaten by her. They told deputies that Brewer locked them up in separate bedrooms when she went to work every day, and that on numerous occasions she tied their wrists with zip-ties and beat them, sometimes with an electrical cord or a hammer. They were also reportedly deprived of food.

Both kids had injuries consistent with their descriptions of abuse, including wrist marks indicating zip-tie restraint.

Date: 2013-01-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: Aspiranet

Location

United States

Baby Girl in foster case with Wilson Lee Tubbs III

5 month old girl died after being abused by Wilson Lee Tubbs III, aka Josh Tubbs. She had 2 skull fractures and numerous bruises after being in the home about 5 weeks. Tubbs’ wife was related to the baby girl’s parents
Date: 2012-12-02
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Fort Bragg, California
United States

See map: Google Maps

Teenage foster girl in Newcastle NSW

A teen-aged girl in New South Wales Australia was sexually abuse by her 65 year old foster father.
Date: 2012-11-30
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Newcastle, New South Wales
Australia

Children adopted by Nikki and Larry Russell

At least 3 of 4 children adopted from foster care by Nikki and Larry Russell were beaten, duct taped to their beds and deprived food.The 93 lb 17 year old was not in school, IcyHot was applied to his genitals and in his rectum. Russells also had a 5th biological child in the home.
Date: 2012-11-27
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Terre Haute, Indiana
United States

See map: Google Maps

Primary school-aged foster girl in Newcastle, Australia

A primary school-aged foster girl is raped by an employee of Family and Community Services, whose job it was to protect her.
Date: 2012-11-23
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Other non-family member

Location

Newcastle, New South Wales
Australia

Girls adopted by Tiffany and Dennis Jack

2 girls adopted by Tiffany J Jack and Lt Col Dennis E Jack were hit with spatulas, tied to potty chairs and required to do extreme exercises with soiled diapers on their heads. At least 3 other children were in the home.
Date: 2012-11-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Niceville, Florida
United States

See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Silver Springs Shores couple

A girl adopted by her great aunt and her husband was sexually abuse from age 6 until age 16. The man was about 77 years old when the abuse started. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Date: 2012-11-15
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Silver Springs Shores, Florida
United States

See map: Google Maps

Alexander Laws

Ten days after being removed from his parent’s care, 2.5 year old Alexander Laws was hospitalized with injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Foster mother Kasondra Martinsen left Alexander and a 6 year old foster child with her friend 21 year old Osbaldo “Nanno” Sanchez while she worked. Osbaldo Sanchez was not an approved child care provider, and he did not seek medical care for the child after he injured him.
Date: 2012-11-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Other non-family member

Homestudy

Organizations: Nevada Department of Human Resources, (Clark County Department of Family Services)

Placement

Location

Las Vegas, Nevada
United States

See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Paul and JoAnn Drake

Paul Alan Drake and JoAnn Marie Drake are accused of locking their 13-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son in the basement for three to four weeks. The teens were fed by sliding a plate under the door and were allowed them out only to attend school. 3 other adopted children were not imprisoned.
Date: 2012-11-08
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Ankeny, Iowa
United States

See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Mona and Russell Hauer

8 year old boy adopted along with 2 siblings was beaten and fed a liquid only diet by Russell and Mona Hauer. He weighed 35 lbs, the size of a 4 year old. His bones were protruding and he had a swollen belly. Prior to adoption, the Hauers were advised he had suffered trauma and should be provided therapy. He was normal weight at that time. Less than 2 months outside the home, the boy had gained 15 lbs and 2 inches in height.
Date: 2012-11-06
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: likely Nicollet County Social Services or Le Sueur County Human Services

Location

North Mankato, Minnesota
United States

See map: Google Maps

Boy in foster care of Sharanda Hammock

11 year old boy in foster care had burns on his legs and genitals and was dehydrated. His foster mother Sharanda Hammock and her girlfriend Cecily Sharp were charged with second-degree battery and permitting child abuse.
Date: 2012-11-04
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother, Other non-family member

Location

Fayetteville, Arkansas
United States

See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Dorothea Vega

Girl was beaten, confined in a room and given large amounts of psychotropic drugs and prevented from bathing.
Date: 2012-11-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

Pensacola, Florida
United States

See map: Google Maps

Girls adopted by Flagstaff AZ man

12 and 15 year old girls allegedly molested by 51 year old adoptive father in Timberline subdivision of Flagstaff, Arizona.
Date: 2012-11-02
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

flagstaff, Arizona
United States

See map: Google Maps

Logan Garrett and his twin sister

Logan Garrett
22 month old boy Logan Edward Garrett was adopted along with his twin sister by Jacky Scott Garrett and Emily Garrett. Logan died of blunt force trauma to his abdomen, about 7 months after placement, 1 week after adoption. He had many prior injuries. His sister was underweight and removed from the home. Adoptive father Scott Garrett was charged with capital murder.
Date: 2012-10-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father

Placement

Organizations: a “private adoption arranged with the help of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Frisco”

Location

Frisco, Texas
United States

See map: Google Maps

Girls adopted by Hickory Hill couple

4 girls adopted by a Hickory Hill (Memphis) Tennessee family were raped by their adoptive father over 12 years. Their adoptive mother was aware of at least one incident and did nothing.The father is charged with 14 crimes including rape and rape of a child. The mother is charged with trying to obstruct the report.

Date: 2012-10-19
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Hickory Hill, Tennessee
United States

See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Gregory Bernard Lacy and LaQuron D. McLean Lacy

Seven children, under the age of 11, adopted by Gregory Bernard Lacy and LaQuron D. McLean Lacy were sexually and physically abused by their adoptive parents.The Lacy’s had an in-house strip club where parties were held in the children’s presence. The children were hit with fists, belts, hangers and metal objects and one of the girls was molested by her adoptive father.

Date: 2012-10-12
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Perris, California
United States

See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Rajesh Sengar and Bebi Sengar

5-year-old girl adopted by Rajesh Sengar and Bebi Sengar was killed by her adoptive parents. Post mortem reports revealed the girl was sexually assaulted too.
Date: 2012-09-28
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother

Location

Indore, Madhya Pradesh
India

Children adopted by Douglas and Kristen Barbour

 
A 6-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl, adopted from Ethiopia by Douglas and Kristen Barbour, were severely maltreated by their adoptive parents. The boy was malnourished and had skin lesions and the girl had signs of multiple skull fractures (abusive head trauma)  which caused her to be blind in one eye and partially paralyzed.
Date: 2012-09-14
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Homestudy

Placement

Location

Franklin Park, Pennsylvania
United States

See map: Google Maps

Kacper and Klaudia, foster children of Anna and Wieslaw Cz.


3 year old boy and 5 year old girl beaten to death in separate incidents on July 3 and September 12, 2012. The family had 5 foster children, possibly all placed in their home since January 2012.
Date: 2012-09-12
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Location

Puck
Poland

Boy in foster care of Mary Enzenbacher

2 year old boy in foster care with Mary Enzenbacher was severely beaten by her live-in boyfriend Anthony Walton. Mary observed the beatings over a few days but refused to seek medical treatment.
Date: 2012-08-21
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal neglect
Abuser: Other non-family member

Placement

Organizations: Hamilton County Job and Family Services

Location

Cincinnati, Ohio
United States

See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Jonathan Outlaw

A girl was sexually abused by her adopted father over 5 years. Jonathan Brett Outlaw is charged with 2 counts of sexual battery by a parent or custodian.
Date: 2012-08-13
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

brooksville, Florida
United States

See map: Google Maps

Boy adopted by Matthew and Amy Sweeney (Daniil Kruchin)

8-year-old boy adopted from Tula, Russia in June 2006 by Matthew and Amy Sweeney was allegedly systematically abused by his adoptive parents.
Date: 2012-07-19
Placement type: Adoption
Institution: Novomoskovsk Baby Home (Tula Oblast #3)
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes

Placement

Organizations: Child of the Heart

Location

Bristow, Virginia
United States

See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Samuel and Diana Franklin

15 year old girl adopted by Diana and Samuel Franklin was confined in a chicken coop, required to wear a shock collar, and had food and water restricted.
Date: 2012-05-30
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Butler, Georgia
United States

See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Kelly Doreen Morris

4 biological siblings adopted by Kelly Morris are alleged to have been beaten and tortured.
Date: 2012-05-25
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

hanford, California
United States

See map: Google Maps

Children in foster care with Leeds man

A Leeds UK father and son sexually abused and took pornographic pictures of  two young children in foster care of the father.The father admitted a number of sex offences against children including four offences of rape of a child, two of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one of making indecent images of a child. He was jailed for 10 years and eight months. The son pleaded guilty to four offences of sexual activity with a child, five of sexual assault of a child and two of making indecent photographs of a child. The son was given an indeterminate prison after a report into his behaviour stated that he had “uncontrollable urges” towards children.

Date: 2012-05-15
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse, Sexual exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adopted sibling

Placement

Organizations: Leeds City Council Children’s Services

Location

Leeds, West Yorkshire
United Kingdom

Boys adopted by Leslie Tiesler and Brad Thill

Three adopted boys were starved, shot with a BB gun, beaten with a spoon, and confined to a tool chest for days with only a pipe for fresh air. Thills adopted 4 boys in 2008, Leslie had a bio son. They divorced in 2010, but Tiesler continued to live in Brad Thill’s house while he was overseas. Tiesler, the non-adopted son and one of the adopted boys participated in the abuse. Tiesler claimed the boys were homeschooled. Forty-fve days after removal from the home, the 3 abused boys had gained 27, 20 and 10 pounds.
Date: 2012-05-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse, Non-lethal deprivation
Abuser: Adoptive mother, Adopted sibling, Non-adopted sibling, Undetermined
Home schooling: yes

Location

Cameron, North Carolina
United States

See map: Google Maps

Bethany Loerke

Bethany Loerke was adopted from foster care at age 5 along with her younger bio sister. Sexual abuse by her adoptive father Dr. James Loerke began almost immediately and continued until Bethany told her adoptive mother when she was nearly 11.  James Loerke pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual molestation and was sentenced to 20 years, which was later reduced to 15 years.At 20 years old, Bethany chose to waive her anonymity to help other victims, and to help others understand the connection between childhood trauma and later juvenile delinquency.

Date: 2012-04-22
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Tulsa, Oklahoma
United States

See map: Google Maps

Benjamin Yhip

Benjamin Yhip - Taiwan2-year-old boy adopted from Taiwan along with his twin brother by Dr. James Peter Yhip and Edelyn Magakat Yhip was killed by blunt force trauma to his head. Previously the boy had been hospitalized for malnutrition and broken bones.  Their daughter was adopted from China.
Both parents were arrested on suspicion of murder with Edelyn believed to have caused the head trauma.

Date: 2012-04-18
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Chico, California
United States

See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Paul Lavoe

Teenaged girl from Ghana was adopted by her relative Paul Lavoe and his wife, Amanda. She, along with Lavoe’s biological daughter was beaten with electrical cords. The girls were homeschooled so that they could care for younger siblings.
Date: 2012-04-16
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Home schooling: yes

Location

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States

See map: Google Maps

Children adopted by Peter and Tamara Gable

Some of seven children, adopted from the foster care system by Peter and Tamara Gable, were physically abused by their adoptive parents. The abuse consisted largely of cruel and unusual punishment.
Date: 2012-04-01
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Middlefield, Connecticut
United States

See map: Google Maps

Girls in care of Don and Beverly Copley

3 sisters were placed in foster care or guardianship of Don Copley and Beverly K. Copley after the oldest sister was raped by the girls’ father Kenneth Copley. Don D. Copley is Kenneth’s brother and the girl’s uncle. The girls were aged 13, 7 and 6 when placed with the Copleys in 1991.Sexual abuse of the 3 girls began almost immediately and continued for many years. Foster mother Beverly Copley, aka Doris Copley, was aware of the abuse. Charges were brought in 2012 when it appears another family victim was being abused.Don Dallas Copley pleaded guilty to 15 counts of rape for the 3 sisters and was sentenced to 60 years. Beverly’s case is pending.

Date: 2012-02-28
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father, Foster mother

Placement

Organizations: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Lawrence County Children’s Services

Location

proctorville, Ohio
United States

See map: Google Maps

Boy in foster care in Kotovo, Russia

6 year old boy in Kotovo, Volgograd Russia was severely beaten by his foster mother for taking a piece of candy.
Date: 2012-02-24
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Non-lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Foster mother

Location

Kotovo, Volgograd
Russia

Joseph Maoping Adams

Boy born Oct 16, 2006 in Hangzhou, China and adopted to the US by Rick and Deah Adams. Died December 3. 2011 from ingesting a large amount of vinegar. His death was ruled a homicide by the county coroner. Deah Daniele Adams was charged with reckless homicide.
Date: 2012-02-10
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Disabilities: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes

Location

Lexington, Kentucky
United States

See map: Google Maps

Alexis Long

Alexis Nicole Long
Alexis Nicole Long, 19 month old girl died of blunt force trauma after apparently being thrown onto a changing table by her adoptive mother Jennifer Long. Mrs. Long was charged with murder. Father Timothy Long was charged with second degree cruelty to children.
Date: 2012-01-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive mother

Location

columbus, Georgia
United States

See map: Google Maps

Children in foster care with Mark O’Brien

At least 2 children in foster care with Mark Daniel O’Brien allege they were molested. O’Brien was charged with sodomy, molestation, and possession of child pornography.
Date: 2012-01-31
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster father

Location

Republic, Missouri
United States

See map: Google Maps

Girl adopted by Snohomish couple

A girl, removed from a polygamous clan in Utah, was placed for adoption with a couple who moved from Utah to Snohomish, WA. The girl was subsequently sexually abused by her adoptive father. A female Bothell, WA therapist had advised the adoptive couple to start sleeping with the girl.
Date: 2012-01-21
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father

Location

Everett, Washington
United States

See map: Google Maps

Boys in Foster care in Calgary, Canada

At least one and maybe 3 boys aged 2, 4, and 6 were sexually assaulted by a 13 year old foster brother “T”. All 4 children were in the same foster home in Calgary. The 13 year old said he got the idea from watching gay pornography available in the home.
Date: 2012-01-03
Placement type: Foster care
Type of abuse: Sexual abuse
Abuser: Foster sibling

Location

calgary, Alberta
Canada

See map: Google Maps

Recent Child Abuse Stories

Two recent, disturbing stories of child abuse are receiving a great deal of attention in national media; the international child pornography ring which was busted, and Warren Jeffs’ conviction on child sexual abuse charges.

U.S. authorities said Wednesday they have pulled apart a worldwide child pornography operation that traded images and video of the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, some as young as infants. Investigators describe this as the largest prosecution ever of an online child pornography operation. An estimated 600 people used a private, members-only Internet bulletin board called Dreamboard to access the graphic images.

To maintain membership status, participants were required to continually upload images of child sexual abuse. Those who created new images of child sexual abuse were placed in a special category that gave them access to the bulletin board’s complete quantity of child porn. The massive collection was estimated to include tens of thousands of images of child abuse, or enough to fill 16,000 DVDs. Members hid their activities using sophisticated encryption.

Federal prosecutors filed charges against 72 people. “These were some of the most disturbing images, I think, you will ever see. It’s hard to imagine a penalty severe enough,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.

This week, Warren Jeffs, ecclesiastical head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting an underage girl he had taken as a “spiritual” bride. He was sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison for the sexual assault of another of his “spiritual” wives, a 15-year-old.

One piece of evidence was an audiotape of what prosecutors said was Jeffs sexually assaulting one of his victims when she was 12 years old. A nephew of Jeffs, now 28, testified that his uncle raped him when he was 5, telling him that “this is God’s work.” A niece, also now 28, alleged that Jeffs sexually abused her at the age of 7.For every story of child abuse and exploitation we see in the news, there are thousands of other stories, just as real, just as horrifying, that receive no media coverage at all. Hopefully, these children have the attention of concerned, caring citizens who recognize what’s happening to them and reach out to help.

When we see terrible stories of child abuse in the news, it’s easy to think this is happening somewhere far away, to people we don’t know. But how many of us know someone who has been impacted personally by child abuse? How many of us have been directly impacted in some way? How many of us talk about it?Maybe someone you care about has told you of childhood events that they’d like to forget. Or maybe you have your own very personal experience.It might surprise you to learn that the odds are actually quite high that each one of us knows several people who have been affected personally by child abuse. It could be a neighbor, a friend, or a co-worker. It could be the nurse who took care of a loved one in the hospital, someone we worship with, or someone who teaches or coaches our children. In fact, it might be all of these people. All around us there are people who suffered from abuse or neglect, people who live with the lasting impact on their emotional and physical health. And there are children suffering today.Why do we tolerate this? Why do we let it go on?

Every one of us can do something about it. Find out what’s happening in your community to protect children from abuse and neglect. Ask about child protection policies at your place of worship, and in sports organizations for kids. Volunteer your time and share your resources with programs that are working to protect children. Encourage people you know to do something about it. Use the power of your voice. Talk about it. Share this article with your friends. Use Facebook and Twitter to tell people that we can all do something about child abuse. We are. You can.

Chris Newlin is Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He is active in spreading awareness of child abuse issues across the United States and internationally. He urges every member of every community to get involved in child abuse prevention and response, and take action to protect children and secure our future.
For more information, visit  www.nationalcac.org


WARNING

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS A GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF THE LIFE AND THE INJURIES SUSTAINED BY THESE CHILDREN.  

THIS INFORMATION IS FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF HIGHLIGHTING THE VERY SAD, REAL AND SHOCKING VIOLENCE THAT EXISTS WITHIN OUR SOCIETY.

THE MAGNITUDE OF CRUELTY THAT MOST OF US CAN ONLY PRAY WE WILL NEVER SEE.

           

Meet CHANDLER A. GRAFNER

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CHANDLER’S STORY

Phillips, 27, looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as he has during the rest of the two-week trial. He made no statement before he was sentenced.

Chandler’s family members whispered an emphatic “Yes!” and held onto one another as they heard Phillips convicted on all counts.

“It would be an understatement to tell you this case was horrific,” prosecutor Verna Carpenter told the judge before Phillips was sentenced, struggling to control her emotions.

Phillips was convicted of causing Chandler to die of starvation and dehydration while keeping him locked in a dark linen closet, surrounded by his excrement, while crying and screaming for something to eat or drink.

Autopsy photos showed him so emaciated that his eye sockets and most bones in his body stuck out. The little hair that hadn’t fallen out from malnutrition was still standing up in the spikes that the little boy favored.

Carpenter said she has her own 7-year-old, blond, blue-eyed son, and then broke off, choking back tears that she had held at bay during the weeks of trial. Prosecutor David Lamb came to stand beside her.

“There is not a sentence long enough for Jon Phillips,” she said. “He deserves the maximum you can give him. That’s what justice requires.”

“This case has taken an emotional toll on everyone,” Judge John Madden said as he imposed the sentence.

Phillips’ mother sobbed into the chest of public defender Darren Cantor after her son was led from the courtroom by deputies. Cantor hugged her and whispered, “Sorry.”

Phillips’ parents left the courthouse, going down a side stairway to avoid reporters.

‘Justice was done’
Chandler’s grandmother, Sandra Younger, said, “We really feel that justice was done here. We are thankful.”

She said she is glad that Phillips will be behind bars for the rest of his life. “I think he’s a sociopath without a conscience.”

Younger told the judge before sentencing, “I hope every day he suffers the way my baby did. I want him to live in the terror Chandler must have lived in. He is a monster.”

Chandler’s mother, Christina Grafner, wasn’t present for the verdict. Younger said she was in the hospital.

Chandler’s aunt, Stefanie Evilsizer, told the judge before sentencing that her nephew’s “beautiful spirit was broken down by the monster sitting before us. He tore our entire world apart.”

As he left the courtroom where he has sat for much of the trial, Chandler’s biological father, Josh Norris said, “I’ve gotten a lot of closure today.”

Norris and Christina Younger also issued a joint statement through an attorney thanking the Denver District Attorney’s Office for “its hard work” in winning the convictions and the community for “its support and continued prayers.”

“We continue to grieve the loss of our little boy. Chandler will never be forgotten.”

Jurors, who sat in the back of the courtroom for the sentencing hearing, declined to talk to reporters but clearly rejected the defense contention that Chandler died from undiagnosed diabetes.

Phillip’s girlfriend, Sarah Berry, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder, sparing her a possible life sentence for a first-degree murder conviction.

Younger said she supported the plea bargain because Berry had “manned up, she took responsibility and admitted what she did.”

Defense attorneys and one expert pathologist contended that Chandler died of undiagnosed diabetes that caused his body to feed on itself.

However, the bulk of medical experts who testified said there was no sign of diabetes in Chandler’s body. Phillips and Berry had not sought medical care for Chandler in the weeks before he died, while he was wasting away.

Boy fell through cracks
Among the damning evidence was a cell-phone call in which Berry asked Phillips what to do after Chandler became so desperate for water that he threatened to escape from the closet, get a knife and kill them if they didn’t give him a drink. That call was made nine days before he died.

During the two-week trial, jurors were given a grim description of Chandler’s final days. A mortuary worker who weighed him when he delivered his body to the coroner said he weighed 31 pounds.

Doctors said it would have taken a week or two for Chandler to reach the level of starvation and dehydration he had when paramedics were summoned May 6, 2007, to find he was already dead.

Prosecutors contended that Phillips and Berry waited several hours to call 911 while they ripped up and disposed of the feces-encrusted carpet from the linen closet.

In the spring of 2007, Chandler had attracted the attention of teachers, social workers and police, after he came to school with his ear black. He told teachers “my daddy clobbered me” but later changed his story to say he had slipped in the shower.

Chandler fell through the social services cracks and was returned to Phillips and Berry with no follow-up.

His death prompted major efforts to examine what went wrong with his case.

Lamb asked the jury for a first-degree murder conviction during his closing argument, saying, “Anything less than that is a gift of mercy to a man who showed none.”

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