Invisible Children

Child of Andrew and Carolyn Mayer

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.

Andrew and Carolyn Mayer sent two of their children off to church alone one Sunday so that they could be alone with their 16 year old daughter. Carolyn watched as Andrew, the girl’s stepfather, raped the girl and successfully impregnated her. Carolyn, a mother of three, was unable to conceive and the couple devised a plan to use their daughter as a surrogate mother to bear them another child. They planned to put Carolyn’s name on the birth certificate and raise the children as siblings. The press reported that the couple were devout evangelical Christians who homeschooled their children and rarely let them out of the house, and also that Andrew had been sexually abusing the girl for the past five years. The abuse came to light when the girl spoke to an aunt about it.

Date: 2000
Location: Port Charlotte, Florida

Documents: Date:
Couple charged in sex case involving teen daughter 2000-11-03
Parents charged in battery of girl, 16 2000-11-03
Parents jailed in sex offense 2000-11-03