Invisible Children

Child of Ernest and Cynthia Davison

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.

Officials responding to a child neglect tip found a 5 year old adopted girl weighing only 21 pounds. Her body showed signs of having been restrained for long periods of time. She and her three siblings, all of whom were adopted and had special needs, were removed from their adoptive parents home and placed in protective custody. The girl in question had Down syndrome. Ernest Richard Davison and Cynthia Joan Davison, the parents, were charged and convicted to 3 and 4 years in jail, respectively. Cynthia had been homeschooling all four of the children.

Location: Beachwood, New Jersey
Date: December 2004

Documents: Date:
Cops: Girl, 5, starved in foster care The girl weighed 21 pounds and showed signs of having been restrained, officials said. Her 2004-12-31
Couple Is Charged With Abuse of an Adopted 5-Year-Old Girl 2005-01-01
Restraints on girl, 5, needed to avert harm Pastor relays parents’ account 2005-01-01
Couple say restraints were used for safety of girl, 5 2005-01-02
State to probe starvation allegations 2005-01-02
Foster parents charged with abuse; Indictment says child malnourished 2005-10-12
“Inexplicable” act sends foster parents to jail 2006-07-21
Shocked judge sentences pair to prison for disabled girl’s nightmare foster care 2006-07-21
Judge won’t reduce sentence 2006-10-27