Invisible Children

2 children by Albert and Nancy Cusson

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.

A 13-year-old boy was tortured, beaten, and starved by his grandfather, Albert Cusson, and Cusson’s wife Nancy. A 9-year-old girl who lived with the family was also tortured.

The boy was homeschooled. As punishment for poor performance on his schoolwork, he was forced to kneel in a stress position for 10 days straight and was beaten if he moved. The Cussons made him sleep in a bathtub and fed him only protein shakes. The girl had also received this punishment.

The abuse came to light when the boy ran away and reported it to a neighbor. The Cussons were charged with aggravated child abuse.

Date: March 7, 2012
Lakeland, Florida


Documents: Date:
Detectives: Polk couple made 13-year-old boy kneel for 10 days straight, sleep in tub 03-08-2012
Deputies arrest couple for child abuse, say they forced boy to kneel for days 03-08-2012
Cops: Boy flees after couple forces him to kneel 9 hours a day for 10 days 03-09-2012