Invisible Children

2 daughters of Johann and Kimery Jorg

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.

Two girls, ages 13 and 11, were abused by their adoptive parents, Johann and Kimery Jorg. Both girls were made to sleep outside using a bucket for a bathroom, and they were not allowed to wear clothes. They were forced to run barefoot in the heat for hours and beaten with a wooden paddle as punishment for supposed “lying and stealing”. The older girl’s hair was also shaved off as punishment. They were systematically deprived of food; the older girl weighed only 60 lbs. when they were rescued and she had to be hospitalized. The children were homeschooled.

The abuse came to light when the Jorgs went to Southwest Behavioral Health Services to seek help with the oldest girl’s “deviant” behavior. They informed the workers of how they had been disciplining their daughters, and the workers called child protective services. The Jorgs maintained that the punishments were in the girls’ best interest and were intended to “train” them. The Jorgs were each charged with four counts of child abuse.

Date: May 30, 2014
Location: Peoria, Arizona

Documents: Date:
Peoria Parents Accused of Keeping Children in Home “Prison” 06-06-2014
Arizona couple ‘starved and beat their two adopted daughters and forced to sleep naked in a tent in the yard’ in a bid to make them ‘loving’ 06-06-2014
Peoria couple accused of abusing adopted daughters 06-06-2014
Alleged Peoria abuse victim likened to ‘concentration camp survivor’ 06-06-2014
Christian homeschoolers accused of running ‘concentration camp’ 06-07-2014