Invisible Children

8 children of Jamie Marie Hicks and Vernon Courtney Lovell

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.

jamie hicks and vernon lovell
Twin 16-year-old boys were starved, beaten, and tortured by their mother, Jamie Marie Hicks. The abuse was discovered when two of Hicks’ children ran away from home and reported abuse to officials. The children’s stepfather of thirteen years, Vernon Courtney Lovell, knew about the abuse but did nothing to stop it. All the children were homeschooled, and Hicks often talked with her neighbors about her homeschooling practices.

Hicks was charged with aggravated child abuse and Lovell was charged with child neglect.

Date: March 27, 2014
Location: Tampa, Florida

Documents: Date:
Police: Tampa mom starved, tortured twin boys over eight years 03-28-2014
Florida mother, 43, ‘choked, tortured and starved her teenage children for more than 8 years’ 03-28-2014
Fla. couple charged with starving, torturing kids 03-29-2014
Fleeing one family, eight Tampa children discover a new one 06-13-2014