Invisible Children

Jeanette Marie Maples

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.


Jeannette Marie Maples was 16 when paramedics arrived at her home to find her dead. A Department of Human Services worker described the girl’s death as “horrific” and her mother, Angela Darlene McAnulty, and stepfather, Richard Anthony, were both subsequently charged with aggravated murder. Jeannette had attended school until she graduated from 8th grade in June 2008. Her teachers had been concerned by her thin and withdrawn appearance, and had reported their suspicions to child protective services, who visited the family but were convinced by Angela that all was fine. After Jeannette finished 8th grade, Angela opted to homeschool her in order to limit her contact with those outside the home. Court documents said the girl’s death was caused by “neglect and maltreatment” and occurred “in the course of, or as a result of, intentional maiming and torture.” The family lived in Oregon.

Date: December 9, 2009
Location: Lane County, Oregon

Documents: Date:
Grandmother of slain teen says she repeatedly called the state child abuse hotline 2009-12-10
‘Torture’ in teen’s death 2009-12-12
Oregon DHS repeatedly failed to help abused girl, report finds 2010-01-27
Oregon Department of Human Services recommends more visits to isolated children in abuse investigations 2010-04-20
Eugene woman pleads guilty to aggravated murder in torture death of 15-year-old daughter Jeanette Maples 2011-02-01
Child killer gets death 2011-02-25
Jeanette Maples, Angela McAnulty Sentenced To Death For The Slaughter Of Her Daughter 2011-03-05
Angela McAnulty, Eugene woman who killed 15-year-old daughter, lands on new death row 2011-03-15
Oregon agrees to pay $1.5 million to settle wrongful death lawsuit filed by estate of Jeanette Maples 2012-02-29
Convicted of torture death, Angela McAnulty, husband give up custody of 8-year-old son 2012-03-22
Convicted murderers yield parental rights to son 2012-03-22
Richard McAnulty gets prison for torture-murder of Jeanette Maples, his teen stepdaughter 2011-04-05
States don’t often share child-abuse records. And sometimes kids like Jeanette Maples die. 2012-10-27