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When Home Schooling Becomes Abuse

Posted by KindraLore on May 5, 2007

I have seen too many cases in which children turn up dead or severely abused (Rescued before they turn up dead) in which these abusers use Home Schooling as a tool for their abuse.

I have been involved in many discussions on this case and it does get heated, because those that are legitimately home schooling their children take offense to it. This has nothing to do with them.

What it has to do with is a parent or guardian that is abusing their child so severely that they need to be undetected. That these people cannot send their children to school without being found out. Unexplained bruises and burns. Food deprivation. Humiliation.

They cannot do these acts with a child in the public eye. Not without notice. So they pull these poor children out of the only outside hope they have of being able to escape.

Have you ever met an abuser? I mean a real one. I have. Part of their plan is isolation of the victim. They cannot allow their victim to be influenced by outside forces. Its all about control and when the victim is totally isolated, they are completely and unconditionally under the control of their abuser. There is no one there to save them. Most home school households are virtually unregulated and almost never inspected.

When Ricky Holland died, there was not one piece of homework, drawing or otherwise to prove that this child was ever home schooled. In fact, he was in school for a time. But when reports of Ricky being harnessed with a leash on the bus and in school when the adoptive mother took him there, food deprived, made to wear diapers to school; were revealed, Lisa Holland withdrew Ricky from the only normalcy he knew. Once that happened, abuse was more severe and common and ended in his death.

In this day and time I believe its imperative to keep an eye on all children. If they are not in the school system then there should be another way of tracking and moderating these children. I also believe that if you have ever had DHS or Children’s Services called out, you should not be able to home school or there should at least be intense monitoring of that child or children.

In a segment CBS did called “The Dark Side To Homeschooling”, it revealed a case of a 14 year old that killed his sister and brother, and then himself.

Sniped from the article:

It turned out the Warrens had home schooled before, in Arizona, where they were convicted of child abuse. An investigator there wrote: “The children are tortured physically and emotionally.” That’s information North Carolina school officials are not required to collect.

The article went on to say:

Since it became legal in North Carolina in 1985, the number of home school students has jumped from just a few hundred to more than 50,000. But there’s been no change in the number of state employees overseeing the program – just three for the entire state.

If you Google anything having to do with home schooling and abuse, its supporters are vigil and sometimes extreme. Why the defensiveness? If you are not abusing your child and you are truly home schooling them, then you have nothing to worry about.

In today’s society, we cannot take the word of a parent just because they are a parent -that these children’s needs are being met. We as a society have a duty to protect children and to make sure that if your child is not in the school system, they are still being schooled.

Face it people; Abusers use Home Schooling as a tool for abuse. It’s time to change that and make sure we as a society do the best possible to make sure we protect all of our children. It does take a village.


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After Two Long Years, Ricky Holland Will Finally Be Laid to Rest

Posted by KindraLore on April 17, 2007

I have followed this story from the beginning and blogged about it here, and it’s a gut wrenching tale of abuse, torture and neglect of this child . This little angel will remain forever in my heart. I am so glad that finally, not only has justice been served for Little Ricky Holland, but after two long years, he will finally be laid to rest.

Ricky Holland Finally Being Laid to Rest

Nearly two years after Ricky Holland’s death, the 7-year-old Williamston boy will finally be laid to rest. An Ingham County judge ordered quick action, giving the state 45 days to bury Ricky Holland.

It’s taken a long time to get to this point, but after a number of court delays, the state reached a compromise with the Holland families. There will be two separate memorials, one for Tim Holland’s family, one for Lisa Holland’s family. Both will be private, both will have fewer than 50 people and both must happen within 45 days.

While the families hold services, the court ordered that the state will keep control of Ricky’s remains just in case there are any legal appeals. It’s taken 560 days to get to this point, but a clear plan is taking shape.

Dr. Dean Sienko, Ingham County Medical Examiner: “I’m going to start working on this. I’m not going to say that it will be done in a week, but I’m not going to delay on it, and we will meet the conditions of this court.”

Annette Skinner, guardian for the Holland children: “There’s going to be a private memorial service. The age of the kids, the things they’ve been through, it’s important that we keep it small and try to control the environment at this point.”

So at this point, just two private memorials planned, but attorneys did leave open the possibility of a public service too. The judge signed off on a compromise, a deal that protects the state’s interests and the needs of the Holland family.

The Holland family attorney says they wanted to keep things private for Ricky’s siblings. The 7 year old will likely be buried above ground, just in case his remains are needed again.

Dr. Dean Sienko: “We will store them appropriately, so that in the event that the court would want the remains to further investigate, we’ll be able to do that.”

Both sides admit details of the court order still need to be worked out, but 560 days since Ricky’s murder, they call it a big step toward closure in the case. This was, of course, such a public case in the last two years, and while no public service is planned at this point, attorneys for the family still say a public memorial is still very possible.

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A Time For Justice – Jessica Lunsford

Posted by KindraLore on March 3, 2007

Update 3/8/07 9:47PM

The sex offender convicted of kidnapping, raping and then killing 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford by burying her alive behind his trailer could now face the death penalty.
Jurors deliberated for about four hours Wednesday before finding John Evander Couey guilty. They’ll return Tuesday to consider whether he should face life in prison or death.

“With capital cases, I’m all for the death penalty. It’s an eye for an eye,” the girl’s father, Mark Lunsford, said Thursday on CBS’ “The Early Show.”

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After two long years the trial against child killer John Couey got underway yesterday. John Couey is charged with the abduction, rape and murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford.

Little Jessie was abducted by John Couey from her home in Homosassa, Florida on February 23, 2005. After searching for Jessica for three weeks, John Couey was arrested in Savannah, Georgia on previous drug charges and was later charged with the terrible crimes against this child.

Couey lived about 100 yards from Jessica in a mobile home.Purportedly, after keeping Jessica in his trailer that he shared with his niece and sister for three days. (Supposedly they knew nothing of Jessica’s existence in the mobile home for those three days, yet bought Couey a bus ticket out of Florida when they felt the continuous presence of Law Enforcement). According to medical examiner reports, Couey buried little Jessie while still alive in a grave he dug behind his trailer.

Since Jessica’s death, her father – Mark Lunsford has become a renowned figure and advocate for children’s rights and fought and succeeded to get the Jessica Lunsford act passed which requires tighter restrictions on sex offenders (such as wearing electronic tracking devices) and increases prison sentences for some convicted sex offenders.

Also, Jessica’s Law was passed in Florida and has set precedence for other states in which among the key provisions of the law are a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison and lifetime electronic monitoring of adults convicted of lewd or lascivious acts against a victim less than twelve years of age. In Florida, sexual battery or rape of a child less than twelve years of age is a capital felony, punishable only by death or life imprisonment with no chance of parole.

Today was the second day of trial in this case and Mark Lunsford sat tall and proud and had to hear testimony that made jurors cry.

John Couey has been allowed to sit in court and color like a child, as according to his attorneys, he has been deemed retarded. I believe this is a ridiculous ploy to gain sympathy with the jury and promote the fact that this “poor man” was not responsible for his actions. Its pure BUNK and I believe the jury will see straight through this ploy.

Jurors cry while viewing crime scene photos of murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford

By Emanuella Grinberg
Court TV

MIAMI — Disturbing crime scene and autopsy photographs of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford brought several jurors to tears Friday in the murder trial of the convicted sex offender accused of killing the girl and burying her in his backyard.Citrus County Det. Daniel Holder testified that, during a five-hour excavation, a team of investigators discovered one black garbage bag wrapped around another behind the trailer where John Couey lived.

“When those two bags were removed, what was inside?” Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino asked the witness before an eerily quiet gallery in a Miami courtroom.

“The victim was discovered inside,” Holder said.

The images, along with video of the property and a bloody mattress from Couey’s room, provided the panel with its first window into the physical details of the murder.

Couey, 48, faces the death penalty if convicted of abducting, raping and murdering the third-grader, who was known to her family as Jessie.

A photograph of the bag in the hole provoked stifled tears from two female jurors, who reached for tissues after Magrino held up the picture. Another female juror brought her hand to her mouth as she viewed a picture of the girls’ bloated fingers poking through the plastic bags.

The jury also viewed an image of Jessica’s swollen, dirty hands, which were bound together at the wrists with speaker wire.

“Do you know if her body movement was restrained in any way?” Magrino asked, while Couey sat doodling in a notepad at the defense table.

“There was a stuffed purple dolphin that was in her arms,” Holder said, referring to the oversized plush toy that her father had won for her at the county fair three days before she disappeared.

Mark Lunsford, Jessica’s father, turned away as Magrino produced the dolphin for jurors to view.

The images from the excavation, which began March 18, 2005, and continued into the next day, were accompanied by a video of the property where Jessica was buried in a grave 4 feet deep.

Det. Brian Spiddle testified that he found a rake and a shovel near the grave, which was located next to the back porch of the home Couey shared with his sister and niece and their significant others.

Because of a previous court ruling, the panel did not learn that Couey told investigators where to find Jessica, who was abducted from her bed the night of Feb. 23, 2005. Before the trial, Judge Richard Howard granted a defense motion to suppress Couey’s alleged confession to kidnapping Jessica and burying her about 150 yards from home.

Lawyers for Couey claim he is mentally retarded and suggested in opening statements that he acted under duress when he buried the girl behind the trailer in Homosassa, Fla.

While the jury will not learn that Couey allegedly confessed to keeping Jessica in his room for several days, a detective testified Friday that he found her fingerprints in his bedroom closet, which was less than 2 feet deep and 4 feet wide.

Prosecutors brought in sections of the wall so that Det. Martin Cannaday could point out where he found Jessica’s palm- and fingerprints in the closet.

In another life-sized display of evidence, prosecutors introduced a bloodstained mattress that authorities seized from Couey’s bedroom.

In his opening statement Thursday, Assistant State Attorney Richard Ridgway told the jury that the stains were a mixture of Couey’s semen and Jessica’s blood.

The light-yellow mattress showed several smears. A DNA analyst is expected to testify later in the trial to identify the sources of the stains. The mattress was admitted into evidence against objections from Couey’s lawyers, who fought to prevent the panel from seeing the objects related to Jessica’s death.

Howard also let the panel see two garbage bags that were wrapped around each other and tied in knots at opposing ends.

The typically fidgety defendant appeared more attentive than usual during Friday’s testimony, often looking up from his doodling to squint at the evidence or consult with his attorneys.
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Justice for Little Ricky

Posted by KindraLore on October 28, 2006

I know that this blog is dedicated to Colton Clark, but today is in memory of Ricky Holland. Ricky’s case reminded me of Colt’s in a lot of ways. Both boys were adopted and home schooled. Both were reported as having run away.However, we know for sure that Ricky did not run away. In fact, Ricky died July 1, 2005 of head trauma from being hit in the head with a hammer a full week before. For that week, Ricky could not talk, nor walk, nor eat or drink. This child died a slow painful death. Autopsy results concluded that Ricky also had a broken nose, clavicle and jaw bone at the time of his death.

Ricky endured as a child what most of us couldn’t endure as adults. He was constantly humiliated and made to wear diapers to school, even though he was potty trained and 7 years old. Ricky was food deprived and the monster mother sent him carrot sandwiches to school and made him wear a harness.

This child was not shown any love and was constantly referred to as the little bastard and fuck nut. He was made to stand in one spot for hours at a time, sometimes naked, until he soiled himself.

Ricky’s adoptive father, Tim Holland pleaded guilty to the murder of Ricky Holland last month. Today the jury brought a guilty verdict of Murder in the First Degree and First Degree Child abuse to his Monster Mother, Lisa Holland – and brought some sort of justice to Ricky.

To this date this child has not been laid to rest and has been held as evidence in the case against Lisa. It’s time to lay this poor baby to rest.

Today there is Justice for Ricky.

May all the angels love you, hold you, kiss and hug you as much as you want little man. Rest in peace. Although you did not know love in life, may you know it now. You will never be forgotten.

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Jury finds Lisa Holland guilty of murder in son’s death

(AP) — An Ingham County jury found Lisa Holland guilty of first-degree felony murder Friday in the death of her 7-year-old adopted son.Felony murder requires a mandatory life sentence without parole.

Lisa Holland, who had shown little emotion throughout the six-week trial, cried quietly when the verdict was read.

The 33-year-old Williamston resident also was found guilty of first-degree child abuse. Sentencing was set for Nov. 28.

Prosecutors and detectives expressed relief, and hugged and shook hands after the verdict.

“The investigators’ feeling in this was everybody failed Ricky, and we couldn’t fail him,” said Ingham County sheriff’s Detective Brian Valentine.

The defense had been hoping for a not guilty verdict, or a less severe guilty verdict such as second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter or accessory after the fact.

“I’m crushed. There’s just no other way around it,” said Mike Nichols, one of Lisa Holland’s two defense attorneys.

The verdict ended a seven-week trial in which the prosecution’s witnesses portrayed Lisa Holland as a cruel mother who abused her son, Ricky, by hitting him with a wooden spoon, duct-taping him to the refrigerator and making him wear a harness on the school bus.

Lisa Holland’s husband, Tim Holland, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Ricky’s July 2005 death in exchange for testifying against his wife. He said she told him she hit Ricky in the head with a hammer.

The defense said Tim Holland couldn’t be trusted because he lied many times to police, the public and the media.

Tim Holland, 37, testified that he returned home from an errand July 1, 2005, to find Ricky dead in the boy’s bed and his wife screaming she “didn’t mean to do it.” The prosecution said Ricky likely suffered a brain injury a week or more before he died, and his parents declined to get him medical attention and let him die a slow death, even though the boy couldn’t talk, eat or drink.

When Ricky disappeared, Tim and Lisa Holland said he ran away, sparking an extensive nine-day search by 1,700 volunteers and hundreds of law enforcement.

Tim Holland led police to Ricky’s body in an Ingham County game area in January, nearly seven months after he went missing. Tim Holland admitted dumping his son’s remains.

He said his wife wanted to feed Ricky to alligators, one of many gruesome details about the boy’s tragic life.

Abuse may have marred Ricky’s years with the Hollands, who became his foster parents in 2000 and adopted him in 2003. But neglect marked his time with his birth parents, whose parental rights were terminated in 2002, according to court documents.

The Hollands lived in Jackson before moving to Williamston in May 2005.

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