Invisible Children

Children of Peter Hansen

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.

peter hansen
A 13-year-old boy was starved and imprisoned in a bathroom by his father, Peter D. Hansen. The boy’s 11-year-old sister was also starved. Both were homeschooled.

After the Hansens were evicted from their home in 2009, they took up residence in their Seventh-Day Adventist church. Hansen kept his children on a strict vegetarian diet with two meals per day. As punishment for disobedience, the boy was repeatedly locked in a cold church bathroom with no light, sometimes for over a week at a time.

The abuse was discovered after a call to the child abuse hotline. The courts did not find enough evidence to convict Hansen for food deprivation, but he was convicted for the imprisonment. He was sentenced to three years in prison but only served 100 days. The children’s mother, who lived with them, was not charged.

Date: November 2009
Springfield, Missouri

Documents: Date:
State of Missouri vs. Peter D. Hansen 04-18-2014
High court to hear religious man’s child abuse case 09-28-2014
Missouri Supreme Court will hear Springfield child abuse case 09-29-2014
Mo. judges skeptical of child abuse appeal 10-01-2014
Judges skeptical of child-abuse appeal 10-02-2014