Invisible Children

Child of Lee Ann and Troy Miller

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.

On March 12, 2004, law enforcement found Lee Ann Miller’s 17-year-old daughter living in squalor in the basement of the family home. The girl had been withdrawn from public school 3 years prior, supposedly to begin homeschooling. Soon afterwards, Miller and her husband Troy moved the family—they had 3 children together; the abused girl was Lee Ann’s from a previous relationship—several counties away. The other children were enrolled in public school; the community had no idea the 17-year-old (known to the media as N.L.D.) existed. After N.L.D. was withdrawn from public school, and kept isolated within the family’s country home, the abuse she’d suffered the last 7 years severely escalated. N.L.D. was forced to wear a dog’s shock collar, which her mother would use to shock her until the batteries died; drink waste water as punishment; was beaten with sticks, plastic and metal pipes to the point that one of her thumbs was permanently disfigured, and had her teeth knocked out or severely damaged after being repeatedly struck by a hammer. All 4 children were removed from the home after the abuse was discovered. The Millers were charged with multiple counts of various forms of abuse. After an attempt to jump bail, they each pleaded guilty to multiple charges; Lee Ann was sentenced to 18 years in prison, and Troy to 32 years.

Date: March 2004
Location: Juneau County, Wisconsin

Documents: Date:
Wisconsin Teen Abuse Case Worst in Memory 2004-03-26
Parents ordered to stand trial 2004-04-17
Man charged with child abuse hurt after shooting at police 2004-12-12
Man who fired at deputies faces more charges 2004-12-14
Man accused of abuse faces more charges 2004-12-14
Prosecutors charge woman after shoot-out 2004-12-16
Couple in child abuse case planned to flee to Mexico 2004-12-24
Woman accused of child abuse pleads no contest 2004-12-30