Invisible Children

Son of David and Pamela Martin

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.

david and pamela martin
A 17-year-old boy was imprisoned in a basement and starved by his father, David L. Martin, and his stepmother, Pamela S. Martin. The boy had lived in the basement since September 2012, when his father pulled him out of school to reportedly homeschool him.

The Martins claimed to have imprisoned the boy for safety reasons when Pamela’s son and grandson moved into the home. According to his parents, the boy had bipolar disorder and ADHD and they were unable to afford his medication. When he was found handcuffed to a pole in a cold basement, the boy weighed only 103 lbs. The abuse was discovered when a neighbor called the child abuse hotline.

The Martins were charged with felonious restraint and child abuse.

Date: February 4, 2013
Location: Kansas City, Missouri

Documents: Date:
Mentally-challenged teen found handcuffed to pole in father’s basement 02-07-2013
Charges shine more light on teen handcuffed case 02-12-2013
David And Pamela Martin Charged With Child Abuse For Allegedly Handcuffing Teen To Pole 02-12-2013
Charges filed in Kansas City handcuffed teen case 02-12-2013
Not-guilty pleas entered for Northland couple accused of keeping teen handcuffed 02-13-2013