Invisible Children

Joseph Beebe

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.

Joseph Beebe

8 year old Joseph Beebe was beaten to death with a bamboo rod by his adoptive mother, Edith Beebe. Joseph was one of six disabled children adopted by Edith and her husband Brian; all were homeschooled. The Beebes were deeply religious and believed that they must discipline their children with what they called a “holy rod.” All of the children were beaten with the rod, and were on occasion locked in a room without food or water and dragged about by their hair. When Joseph died, his body was covered with severe bruises. Edith Beebe was convicted and sentenced to 75 years in prison.

Date: March 17, 2000
Location: Tarkington Prairie, Texas

Documents: Date:
Couple investigated in death of son, 8 2000-03-21
Mother admits using `holy rod’ on kids 2000-04-05
Mother admits using `holy rod’ on kids / Death of 8-year-old under investigation 2000-04-05
Disabled boy’s death ruled homicide / `Holy rod’ used for discipline 2000-04-14
Couple Charged With Child’s Death 2000-05-10
Cleveland couple lose parental rights to five Authorities move disabled children after 6th one dies 2001-03-03
WHO’S TO BLAME FOR Joseph’s DEATH? 2001-11-11
An angel will mark the spot 2001-11-17
Adoption system under fire in child’s death 2003-01-26
Mother Sentenced For Killing Child 2003-01-30
Mother To Be Sentenced For Killing Child 2003-01-30
Nigeria case furthers scrutiny of Texas’ Child Protective Services 2004-08-29
Obituary for Stephen Ryan Peterson (possibly aka Jared Beebe) [private note] 2010-11-18