When you say deaths, does this include natural deaths (e.g. cancer, car wreck, etc)? Is this homicides, suicides, or some combination? The nature of what type of death is obviously of some importance...
This number is the deaths of homeschooled children who have died from child abuse, that are documented, but only back to 1989. In some cases, death resulted from physical discipline - specifically Pearl style discipline. In some cases, children were deprived of food, kept in cages, and many number of horrible conditions. The main argument for the "connection to homeschooling" is that, if the kids went to public school, there would be a much higher likelihood
of the abuse being found out. Yes, abuse happens in public schools and in homes of public schoolers, but some homeschoolers are completely isolated from the world and homeschooling is used as a tool to give abusers privacy. http://hsinvisiblechildren.org/
Here are three of the most high profile cases.
, the Williams
, and the Schatz
.http://hsinvisiblechildren.org/2013/09/ ... h-carroll/
On September 21, 1992, six year old Hannah Carroll died of severe bleach burns, which covered one third of her body and were left untreated for three days. Hannah, who had Down syndrome, was one of ten special needs children adopted by Kathleen and Timothy Carroll, a fundamentalist Christian homeschooling couple.http://hsinvisiblechildren.org/2013/09/ ... -corrigan/
On November 19, 1996, Marlene Corrigan called 911 to report that she could not wake her 13 year old daughter, Christina. Investigators found the girl dead, covered in bedsores, and surrounded by filthy conditions. In response to her daughter’s growing weight, Marlene had withdrawn her from school to homeschool her over a year earlier. Marlene had sought help for Christina when the girl was younger, but had not found an answer to controlling the girl’s weight gain. Christina eventually became so overweight that she lost the ability to stand and spent her days on the living room floor. Before her death, Christina had reached a weight of 680 pounds and become completely immobile, but her mother did not seek medical help. Christina died of heart failure. Marlene was sentenced to probation.http://hsinvisiblechildren.org/2013/09/ ... la-martin/
Police responding to a child abuse tip in early February 2013 found a mentally challenged 17 year old left emaciated, filthy, and chained to a pole in his family’s basement. The teen’s father, David Martin, had withdrawn him from school to homeschool him the previous September, and with the assistance of the boy’s stepmother, Pamela Martin, had locked him in the basement and systematically starved him. The teen was chained to the pole after making several attempts to break out of the basement to find food.http://hsinvisiblechildren.org/2013/09/ ... le-prince/
On June 22, 2012, child welfare workers responding to a child abuse tip found a child locked in a small closet. At ten years old the girl, called LP in court records and news reports, weighed only 32 pounds. While her younger sister attended school and was well fed, LP was kept home and spent her days in darkness. If she soiled herself, she was beaten by her mother or her mother’s boyfriend. Neighbors reported that they did not even know LP existed. In 2005 and 2006, state child welfare workers had been involved in the family as a result of Prince’s neglect of LP. At one point LP had been hospitalized for malnutrition, and she and her younger sister spent time in foster care. Prince took parenting classes, received her GED, and found new housing. She was determined competent and in March 2007 she was given custody of both girls. A month later LP stopped attending school and was removed from the school’s enrollment records. While news reports do not mention whether Prince told the school she would be homeschooling LP, the state’s homeschooling law is so lax that parents are not required to provide notification to a child’s school when withdrawing a child to homeschool.
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