Memorial website in the memory of your loved one

To all who visit this website,

Please take a moment to
light a candle for all children
who have died in treatment
facilities. (Memorial candles
on right.) Also, please
scroll down to view the
photo gallery.

Thank you,
Isabelle Zehnder
Founder and President
Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse (CAICA)

PLEASE NOTE: Because an individual was attempting to post derogatory comments against parents, I have changed the settings so I can moderate comments. I will receive an e-mail so that I can approve its content - the last thing we want on this site is to hurt parents who have suffered the deepest pain.


 In special memory of Brendan Blum.
We are sad to annouce that another child has died in residential care. Brendan Blum was under the care of Youth Care of Utah in Draper. The school is at risk of losing its license because, according to KSL News, it did not follow proper procedure the night Brendan died. He was left alone overnight after suffering from flu-like symptoms and was found dead by staff the following morning.

 In special memory of Caleb Jensen.
We are sad to announce that another child has died in residential care. This time Caleb Jensen, a 15-year old boy who was sent to a wilderness program in Colorado - Alternative Youth Adventures (AYA) - has died at the hands of those who were there to care for him. While he showed signs of illness and begged to go home, his pleas were ignored. Instead, he was allowed to suffer until he died. His mother and family are fighting for Justice for Caleb and hope to be a voice for Caleb, and other children, who no longer have a voice! To read more about what happened to Caleb, visit:

In special memory of Jonathan Carey.
We are sad to announce another child has died in restraints. On February 15, 2007, Jonathan Carey, an autistic boy who was a resident at the O.D. Heck Developmental Center, was restrained in a van while staff were running errands. He could not be revived. Jonathan was also abused in another facility in 2004. His parents have been fighting to have
his records unsealed so they can find out what happened to their son. 

 In special memory of Isaiah Simmons.
We had hoped 2007 would be a better year and that we would not see more needless restraint deaths of children but again, a child has died. Isaiah allegedly acted out in a dinner line and had to be restrained. The incident occurred during dinnertime around 5 p.m. and officials were not called until after 8 p.m., over three hours later. Officials have shown concern as to what happened during that window of time.

In special memory of Giovannni Aletriz who died nearly a year ago. Joey's mom has created a memorial website for her son. Please take a moment to visit and to light a candle for Joey. This has been an extremely painful year for her and she can use all the support she can get at this time. Also, here is a link to Joey's story:'m%20not%20going%20away,%20would%20you%2010-9-06.htm.

In special memory of Kerry Layne Brown, Jr. who is up in Heaven smiling because the man who abused him for nine months, Randall Hinton, was arrested and is facing felony child abuse charges. It is about time that someone be held accountable for the abuse they inflict on children. No child deserves what happened to Layne. This has also been an extremely painful year for Layne's mom. He died just last June. Here is a link to Layne's story:

In special memory of Angellika Arndt. Angie was a beautiful little girl who deserved a better life that she was given. She was tossed around the foster care system until she was five years old. She finally found home when she found the Pavlik's. Sadly, she was taken from them when a staff member in the Rice Day Treatment Center she attended restrained her until she died. It is our hope he will be held accountable for her death. To date, he was only charged with a misdemeanor and faces up to nine months in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. The organization that ran the facility was fined $100,000. They are still in operation today. Here is a link to Angie's story:

[Below is a list of children who have died in restraints - undoubtedly there are many more, these are just the ones CAICA has tracked.]

This memorial website was created in memory of all children who have died in treatment facilities and foster care. These children were children like all others. They loved kitties and puppies, playing, jumping, running, hugging, and just being kids.

Some had special needs, some did not. But they all had one need in common - the need to be loved. Their lives were taken from them in ways unimaginable to most. Many died at the hands of those who were there to help them. 

All children are special and need our protection. My very dear friend, Sally, shared a saying that is important for us all to remember: "It takes a village to raise a child." I understand that concept more each day. If a child is in trouble or needs help, help him. If a child needs compassion, give her your time. If a child needs love, give him a hug. If you know a child is being abused, don't be afraid to speak up and seek help. 

It is time people take accountability for these needless and wreckless deaths of innocent children. Parents seeking help for their children should not have to worry that their child might be abused or neglected, or worse, that their child could die. 

If you would like to help CAICA fight against institutionalized child abuse, please take a moment to sign our International Petition to End Institutionalized Child Abuse. The children will thank you.

Do you know a child who died "in the name of treatment" or in state care that you do not see pictured here? Would you like their picture added to this memorial website? If so, please send a photo of the child to, along with his or her name and a short description of how he or she died. Also, if the child died as a result of the care he or she received in a treatment facility, please provide the name of the facility and its location. 

Let us be the voice of children who no longer have a voice. We will remember them forever. May they not have died in vain. 

Isabelle Zehnder
Founder and President
The Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse (CAICA)


CAICA has tracked deaths of children in residential facilities, including restraint deaths. Below is a list of 52 children who have died in restraints over the past ten years, undoubtedly there are more. (Click here for children who died in restraint deaths, click here for others who died in treatment.) 

In special memory of these, and all, children who have died "in the name of treatment":

On February 22, 1996, 16-year old Eric Roberts was wrapped in a plastic foam blanket with Velcro for one hour at Odyssey Harbor. According to the autopsy he stopped breathing due to pressure on his chest and died.

On August 16, 1996, 17-year old Bobby Sue Thomas was restrained, face-down at the Northwood Childrens’ Home. She died of acute cardiac arrhythmia.

On September 26, 1996, 17-year old Bobby Joe Randolph was taken to the floor and restrained by two aides at the Progressive Youth Center in Houston, Texas. She died of asphyxia due to pressure that was placed on her neck. Her death was ruled a homicide.

On April 21, 1997, 12-year old Robert Rollins was restrained for 10 minutes, face down on the floor, after a dispute over his teddy bear at the Devereaux School in Rutland, Massachusetts. Investigators found a significant delay in emergency response. The staffer who restrained the boy left him lying, unresponsive, on the floor. He later died, cause of death was asphyxiation. No criminal charges were filed.

On June 5, 1997, 12-year old Shinaul McGraw died of hyperthermia and extremely high body temperature after he was wrapped in a bed sheet with gauze over his mouth, restrained to a bed at New Directions 2nd Chance.

On June 10, 1997, 18-year old Sakena Dorsey was placed in a face-down prone restraint with a staff member lying across her back at the Foundation Behavior Health Center in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Sakena stopped breathing while she was being physically restrained and later died. No criminal charges were filed. She had a history of asthma and problems with swollen tonsils that hindered her breathing.
On July 15, 1997, 19-year old Michael Arnold tried to leave the Keystone City Residence day camp. He was held down in a restraint, pressure placed on torso. He died of asphyxiation due to chest compression.

On July 24, 1997, 19-year old Judith Young climbed out of a window at the Adult Family Home (a private group home in Washington). She became entangled in the straps that were used to restrain her. She had been dead six hours before workers noticed she was hanging from the window.

On August 18, 1997, 16-year old Rochelle Clayborne was pinned, face-down by aids at Laurel Ridge, and was given tranquilizers. She died from cardiac arrhythmia.

On September 20, 1997, 6-year old Jimmy Kanda was strapped to his wheelchair and left unattended at Crow’s Nest Family Care in San Martin, California. He became strangled and 911 talked staff through CPR, but Jimmy died of asphyxiation. The home was shut down as a result of his death.

On September 26, 1997, 17-year old Jeffery Demetrius died from strangulation while he was restrained at the Crockett (Texas) State School. Jeffery lost consciousness while being physically restrained by two staff members after assaulting staffers. It was the second time he was restrained that day. A grand jury did not issue any indictments.

On November 2, 1997, 13-year old Chris Campbell was restrained four times at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toleda, Iowa during the last 24-hours of his life. Cause of death undetermined. Chris, who had a pacemaker, had been transferred to four different facilities in the last five months of his life.

On February 2, 1998, 15-year old Edith Campos was looking at a family photograph when a male aide instructed her to hand over the “unauthorized” personal item. The dispute escalated into a face-down restraint at the Desert Hills Center for Youth and Families in Tuscon, Arizona. Edith died of asphyxia from the restraint. Charges against the aide were dismissed.

On March 1, 1998, 14-year old Dustin E. Phelps died when the owner of the Lancaster Foster Home in Ohio wrapped him in a blanket and a mattress, wrapping them together with straps. He was left on the mattress for four hours and later died as a result.

On March 4, 1998, 17-year old Kelly Young was restrained in a basket-hold restraint and taken to the ground by staff at the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center in Wall Township, New Jersey. She died as a result and the cause of death was positional asphyxiation. A grand jury convened but no indictments were issued.

On March 4, 1998, 16-year old Tristan Sovern died after he was restrained by workers face-down on the ground at the Charter Behavioral Health, Greensboro, Psychiatric Hospital in North Carolina. During the struggled staffers placed a towel over Tristan’s mouth and held a bed sheet around his head. No one checked his breathing or pulse during the restraint. One criminal indictment was issued against a staffer.

On March 22, 1998, 11-year old Andrew McClain was restrained face-down with his arms crossed over his chest during his stay at the Elmcrest Psychiatric Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. He died as a result, the cause of death was asphyxia and chest compression.

On April 29, 1998, 16-year old Mark Soares died from cardiac arrest after he was physically restrained by staff at Wayside Union Academy. Aides thought he was faking unconsciousness.

On October 15, 1998, 18-year old Brandon Hadden was restrained in a straitjacket and held facedown on a bed. He vomited and choked to death while two staff continued to hold him down at the Healthcare Rehabilitation Center in Austin, Texas.

In December 1998, 14-year old Mark Draheim was forcibly restrained by three staff members at KidsPeace. He died as a result of the restraint, cause of death was asphyxiation. In 2006 the case was settled. His family won $30K per year for 30 years.

On February 5, 1999, 16-year old Kristal Mayon-Ceniceros suffered respiratory arrest and died after being restrained face-down by four staff members at the New Alternatives Facility in Chula Vista, California.

On March 11, 1999, 9-year old Timothy Thomas died when he suffocated after being restrained by his teacher at the Grandfather Academy for Children, a home for abused children that had been the target of a number of complaints. He only weighed 53 pounds and was put into a basket hold by his teacher.

On November 2, 1999, 14-year old Jerry McLaurin died after he was restrained at the New Horizons Ranch.

On December 28, 1999, 17-year old Joshua Sharpe died after he was restrained at the Wisconsin Treatment Center.

On February 4, 2000, 9-year old Willie Wright, an autistic boy, died at Southwest Mental Health Center, a mental hospital in San Antonio, Texas, after he was restrained by hospital workers. After he was restrained on his side for fifteen minutes hospital workers noticed he was no longer breathing. They administered CPR, but neither the workers nor an emergency crew could revive him.

On February 5, 2000, 12-year old Michael Ibarra-Wiltsie was restrained, sat on by a 320-pound counselor at the Eckert Youth Alternatives program and died. Some time later his mom was found dead in her garage with her 7-year old son in an apparent murder-suicide. It is believed she took her life because she was distraught over the death of her son.

On February 6, 2000, 9-year old Randy Steele was restrained during a scuffle at Laurel Ridge facility. He vomited and stopped breathing. After reviving him he was transferred to a hospital where he died the next day. He had been restrained 25 times during the 28 days prior to his death.

On February 10, 2000, 15-year old Sabrina E. Day died after she was restrained at the North Carolina Group Home.

On April 18, 2000, 10-year old Candace Newmaker was held under a stack of pillows, wrapped in a blanket, during a “rebirthing” session at the Evergreen Attachment Center. She cried, screamed, and pleaded for help. She vomited and defecated on herself, yet they continued to restrain her. Finally, after she was quiet for some time they released her and saw she was no longer breathing. She died the next day of asphyxiation.

On September 18, 2000, 15-year old William “Eddie” Lee suffered an injury to his vertebral artery at the base of his skull after being restrained by counselors at the Obsidian Trails Wilderness Camp.

On February 9, 2001, 11-year old Tanner Wilson suffered from a heart attack and died while he was being physically restrained at the Gerard, Iowa facility.

On February 11, 2001, 16-year old Stephanie Duffield died after she was restrained at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center.

On May 14, 2001, 17-year old Carlton Eugene Thomas suffered cardiac arrest and died when a staff member at the Edgemeade-Raymond A. Rogers Jr. School cut off his oxygen during a restraining hold.

On February 6, 2002, 14-year old Matthew Goodman, died after he was kept in mechanical restraints for 16 months at the Bancroft Institution in Haddenfield, New Jersey. He died from pneumonia, respiratory distress, and blood poisoning.
Latasha Bush 15 years old

On February 14, 2002, 15-year old Latasha Bush died from complications of mechanical restraint and asphyxia after being restrained at the Daystar Residential Treatment Center in Southeast Texas. A DPRS investigation concluded she died after being restrained. The medical examiner listed mechanical asphyxiation as the cause of death.

On March 7, 2002, 14-year old Cedric Napoleon died as a result of being restrained at the Manor Middle School in Killeen, Texas.

On October 14, 2002, Chase Moody, Jr., was laughing in his tent at the On Track Wilderness Therapy program operated by the Brown School (CEDU affiliated). Staff ordered him to get out of the tent when he continued laughing, threw him to the ground, and restrained him. Within ten minutes he stopped breathing and died as a result of the restraint.

On March 10, 2003, 15-year old Orlena Parker was pinned, face-down, by at least six, possibly seven, adult staff members at the Devereux Cleo Wallace facility in Colorado Springs. She died within 15 minutes.

On August 25, 2003, 15-year old Michael R. Lewis, III, an autistic child, was restrained on his stomach by six employees on his first day of school at Parchment High. He was dead within two hours.

On October 12, 2003, 14-year old Maria Mendoza was restrained at the Krause Children's Center, in Katy, Texas. The Department of Protective & Regulatory Services did an investigation and reported Maria died of "mechanical" or traumatic asphyxiation, meaning external pressure or the position of her body prevented her from breathing.

On December 23, 2004, 16-year old Garrett Halsey, an autistic and mentally retarded boy, was restrained by six people who sat on his back at the Grafton School, Inc., Grafton Group Home, causing his death. This occurred on his second day at the group home.

On April 21, 2005, 13-year old Travis Parker was restrained for an hour and a half and was denied his asthma medication when he attended the Appalachian Wilderness Camp in Georgia.

On September 11, 2005, 12-year old Shirley Arciszewski was restrained and died of asphyxia at the Charlotte Group Home in South Carolina.

On September 18, 2005, 14-year old Linda Harris was physically restrained by a male worker at the Chad Youth Enhancement Center. She stopped breathing and later died.

On December 5, 2005, 12-year old Michael “Mickey” Garcia was placed in a basket hold restraint by a staff member at Star Ranch facility in Texas. Mickey stopped breathing, could not be revived, and later died.

On January 6, 2006, 14-year old Martin Lee Anderson died at a Pensacola hospital one day after guards at the Bay County Sheriff's Office Boot Camp punched, kneed, and applied pressure to his head in an attempt to force him to continue running laps. An autopsy ordered by a special prosecutor concluded Martin died of asphyxia after guards covered his mouth and shoved ammonia capsules up his nose. A use-of-force report said the guards had thought Martin was malingering.

On February 4, 2006, 16-year old Giovanni “Joey” Aletriz died after being beaten and restrained at SummitQuest in Ephrata, PA. The contents of his stomach were in his nasal cavity. One side of his face was black and blue and the other side had a hemotoma from his temple to his jaw. His organs were damaged and he had bruising consistent with that of a slug or kick on different areas of his body.

On May 26, 2006, 7-year old Angellika Arndt lost her life at the Northwest Guidance and Counseling Center in Rice Lake, WI. Angie had been restrained nine times in the month she was there, each restraint lasting one to two hours, one time she was restrained for “gargling milk”. She was restrained again the next day, and the following she died as a result of the restraint.

On July 19, 2006, 21-year old Raymond Lee Mitchell, an autistic young man, threw a temper tantrum. His mother called the police who she believes escalated, rather than de-escalated the situation. Ultimately, she saw 6 grown men on top of her son as they restrained him. He died as a result of the restraint.

On August 4, 2006, 14-year old Danieal Kelly died during a heat wave. She was bedridden, infested with maggots, and nearly paralyzed with cerebral palsy. She died in extreme heat, dehydrated, weighing just 46 pounds when she died. She wasted away in bed with bedsores, under the nose of the city's social service agency. According to an October 25, 2006, MSNBC article, she died of dehydration and workers failed to notice neglect.

In August 2006 (exact date unknown), 3-year old Marcus Fiesel died after he was wrapped in a blanket then taped to a high chair and left alone for two days while his foster family went out of town. When they returned, he was dead. They burned his body.

On January 5, 2007, 18-year old Kevin Colindres, an autistic boy, died at home. Kevin was restrained by police after they were called to his home for a family disturbance. Kevin had been abusive to his mother so she called the police for help. Instead, they took Kevin to the ground, restrained him, and left him in a coma. He died several weeks later. 

On January 23, 2007, 17-year old Isaiah Simmons, III, allegedly acted out in a dinner line and had to be restrained. The incident occurred during dinnertime around 5 p.m. and officials were not called until after 8 p.m., over three hours later. Officials have shown concern as to what happened during that window of time. 

On February 15, 2007, 13-year old Jonathan Carey, died in restraints. Jonathan was a non-verbal autistic boy who was a resident at the O.D. Heck Developmental Center, was restrained in a van while staff were running errands. He could not be revived. Jonathan was also abused in another facility in 2004. His parents have been fighting to have his records unsealed so they can find out what happened to their son. 

List CAICA has compiled of children who have died in treatment:

Tributes and Condolences
In Loving Memory of Stephen Kominos   / Martha And Stuart Cray (Our children were group home mates )
Oh Sweet  Stephen, You are so missed and loved  by all, we miss you and your incredable smile,  that smile holds in our memory forever.  You now are in Gods arms, and you are safe from harm.  Dear Heavenly Father, Pl...  Continue >>
How blessed am i...   / Nita Booth
I am a 47 year old mom of 3 lovely children aged 28, 20 and 11years, how lucky i am, I will count my blessings every day and hug my children extra hard in memory of all of the beautiful children who have been taken from their loving families. God Ble...  Continue >>
My heart is bleeding for you   / Deb Butler (Im a mummy )
I awoke this morning to find my youngest child, who is a 19 month old (and has an identical twin) had a blood nose during the night and wow what a mess.
Continue >>
Love & peace In Troubled Times.   / Denise (NON)
Hi My Name is Denise,I am 47 yrs of age in June ~ I live in Perth Australia.I am the proud Mother of two beautiful young men aged 24yrs & 26 yrs.Both boys are hard working . The youngest was diagnosed with a mental illness at the age of 21yr...  Continue >>
Another life lost   / Isabelle Zehnder (Advocate)
I am sorry to announce another child has died in treatment. This time it was 14-year old Brendan Blum. Brendan attended Youth Care of Utah in Draper, Utah. He complained of flu-like symptoms, was left alone overnight on his own mattress, and was foun...  Continue >>
Caleb / Isabelle Zehnder (Advocate)    Read >>
Tribute Parker  / Charles Hudson     Read >>
Life isn't always fair - but we won't give up  / Isabelle Zehnder (Her Voice )    Read >>
MY TWO ANGELS  / Peg Miller (aunt---mom-mom)    Read >>
My daughters shattered life  / Donna Mother Of Christina Valle     Read >>
SHATTERED LIVES , SHATTERED DREAMS...  / Jimmy Craven (None)    Read >>
SHATTERED LIVES , SHATTERED DREAMS...  / Jimmy Craven (None)    Read >>
Taking children from the wrong homes  / Melissa Lester (sad on looker )    Read >>
Sorry for everyones loss  / Donna Pavlik (Angie Arndt's mom )    Read >>
Memory of Our Precious Children all over the world and Home (USA)  / Myrna Ulrich (Grandma)    Read >>
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