Invisible Children

6 children of Lora and Aubrey Thomas

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.

laura and aubrey thomas
T.T. (a 15-year-old boy), G.T. (a 14-year-old girl), B.T. (a 14-year-old boy), and E.T. (a 13-year-old girl), were tortured, starved, and sexually abused by their adoptive parents, Lora (or Laura) and Aubrey Thomas, and their older brother Garrett, the Thomases’ biological son. The Thomases also had at least two other older biological children, who did not report being abused.

The Thomases became foster parents to six children in 2001. In 2003, two of the children were removed because they had been abused. The four remaining children were homeschooled.

The Thomases withheld food from the children as punishment. The children were fed bar soap and cayenne pepper and were forced to eat their own vomit if they got sick. They were forced to eat horse manure as punishment for failing to clean the horse pen. They were paddled regularly with a paddle called “Mr. Awesome” and then made to lie in an ice bath to reduce the swelling. They were forced to perform sex acts with Aubrey and perform oral sex on each other in exchange for food. The girls in particular were singled out for abuse and were punished for bed-wetting by having their soiled underwear stuffed into their mouths. Garrett Thomas also forced the children to touch his genitals.

The abuse came to light when one of the girls reported it to a counselor in a psychiatric facility where she had been placed. Lora was charged with four counts of felony child abuse and Aubrey was charged with three counts of felony child abuse and one count of enabling child abuse, also a felony. Garrett was charged with child abuse.

Date: October 14, 2011
Sperry, Oklahoma


Documents: Date:
Probable Cause Affidavit for Aubrey and Lora Thomas 03-02-2012
Probable Cause Affidavit for Garrett Thomas 03-08-2012
Oklahoma couple charged in child abuse ‘torture’ 03-14-2012
Affidavit: Osage County Couple Forced Children To Eat Vomit, Manure 03-14-2012
Osage County couple arrested for gruesome child abuse 03-15-2012
How Could You? Hall of Shame-Lora and Aubrey Thomas 03-15-2012
Sperry Couple Plead Not Guilty To Abusing Adopted Children 01-08-2013
Son Of Sperry Pair, Accused Of Abusing Adopted Kids, Charged With Sexual Abuse 01-02-2014