Invisible Children

Child of Kathryn and Kenneth Kreier

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.

Kathryn Kreier punished her 14 year old adopted daughter by depriving her of food, forcing her to sleep outside naked, and fracturing her fingers. Her husband Kenneth Kreier, the girl’s biological father, did nothing to stop the abuse. The abuse took place between September 2007 and December 2008, during which the girl’s weight fell from 91 pounds to 70 pounds. Kathryn Kreier locked the refrigerator and cupboards to keep the girl from stealing food. Kathryn told school staff to not allow the girl to eat breakfast or lunch at the school, insisting that she had an eating disorder and was hoarding food, and after school staff fed her anyway (because of her starved appearance) Kathryn withdrew the girl from school to homeschool her. The abuse came to light in late 2008 after a woman who boarded with the family reported the couple. After a hospital stay, the girl was released to live with her grandparents, who she had lived before her stint living with her father and adoptive mother. Kathryn Kreier was charged with child abuse and Kenneth Kreier was charged with failing to prevent abuse. The family lived in Wisconsin.

Date: December 2008
Location: Juneau, Wisconsin

Documents: Date:
Child Allegedly Beaten, Starved 2010-01-22