Invisible Children

Grayson Bell

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.

grayson bellernest bell and kristen downs
Grayson Bell, age 11, who went by ‘Blayne’, was physically abused by his father, Ernest W. Bell III, and his stepmother Kristen M. Downs. Blayne had been removed from school in 2012 to be homeschooled, although Bell and Downs “never followed the appropriate program nor registered the home schooling with the state for approval.”

The abuse came to light when the boy ran away from home and was reported missing. When he was found, authorities noticed bruises and interviewed the boy. Bell and Downs were charged with physical child abuse and neglect.

Date: October 14, 2014
Plain Dealing, Louisiana


Documents: Date:
Missing 11-year-old Bossier Parish runaway found safe 10-15-2014
Parents of 11-year-old runaway facing abuse, neglect charges 10-16-2014
Missing Bossier Parish Boy, Grayson Bell Is Found Safe 10-16-2014
Parents of runaway boy arrested on abuse, drug charges 10-16-2014