Invisible Children

2 Children of David and Glenda Kinghorn

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.


David and Glenda Kinghorn had 2 biological children and four adopted children, and took in as many as 8 additional children from disrupted adoptions. David was charged and convicted of raping one of these children, a girl aged 13. There were also allegations that the Kinghorns punched a 10 year old boy, Sasha Bignell (one of the children obtained from a disrupted adoption), tied him to a pole, and scalded him with boiling water, though charges were not pressed and the allegations were made after the couple had given him up, stating that he was a troubled child, and they were unable to care for him. After the rape charges, Glenda, who had stayed home and homeschooled the children for years, divorced her husband so that she could retain custody.

Date: October 2005
Location: Mena, Arkansas

Documents: Date:
Adopting From Disruption
State lines stall interstate adoptions 2001-09-02
Santa and Mrs. Claus 2002-12-27
Alone again 2006-12-17
No place for Sasha (part 1) 2007-01-07
End of Sasha’s second chance (part 2) 2007-01-08
Timeline 2007-01-09