Invisible Children

Children of Samuel Thomas Patrick and Debra Lynn Patrick

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.

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Samuel Thomas Patrick fathered 9 children with his sister, Debra Lynn Patrick (pictured), and 4 grandchildren with his adolescent daughters. All 13 children were homebirthed and homeschooled.

The abuse came to light when workers at the cemetery where Samuel and Debra’s 8-month-old son Joshua had been buried in 1990 discovered that his coffin had been replaced by an empty styrofoam container. Police found Joshua’s coffin in the Patricks’ house, where it had been for 12 years. Samuel Patrick was charged with one count of incest and the children were placed with child services

Date: February 26, 2002
Moore Haven, Florida


Documents: Date:
Glades sheriff: Sibling couple had son’s casket in home 02-27-2002
Siblings Raise Family As Husband, Wife 02-27-2002
Corpse leads police to incestuous family 02-28-2002
Coffin in Living Room Led to Florida Incest Arrest 02-28-2002
Custody denied in incest case 03-16-2002