Invisible Children

Samuel Hudson, and 5 Siblings

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Samuel Hudson

Samuel Hudson was thirteen years old when he died at the hands of Cynthia Hudson, his adoptive mother. Adoptive father William Hudson was charged with tampering with the evidence. Samuel was beaten to death with a broom handle, rake, computer cord, and baseball bat. Samuel and his siblings, all of whom were homeschooled, were frequently punished with brutal beatings and were sometimes confined to a prayer room. The family lived in Texas. After his death, Samuel’s five siblings, all also adopted, were taken into protective custody.

Date: December 3, 2008
Location: Queen City, Texas

Documents: Date:
Woman accused of killing adopted teenage son 2008-12-09
Cass County adoptive mom charged with capital murder after son’s death 2008-12-10
Adoptive father now charged in abuse case 2008-12-11
New Arrest in Queen City Homicide 2008-12-11
Adopted father of deceased Cass County teen arrested 2008-12-11
Cass County woman charged in son’s death 2008-12-12
House of horrors 2008-12-12
Birth mother of murdered Cass County teen speaks out 2008-12-13
Details released in boy’s slaying Adoptive mom allegedly beat, restrained child, 13, repeatedly 2008-12-16
More details emerge in Hudson case 2008-12-18
Court hears appeal of woman convicted in son’s death 2012-02-17