Invisible Children

5 Children of Jessica Banks

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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Five girls, ages 4 to 11, were starved, beaten, and sexually abused by their adoptive mother, Jessica Banks. The girls were removed from public school in 2004 shortly after their adoption. Banks was the pastor of the Word of Life Apostolic Church, a “satanic cult” where the girls were homeschooled.

The children began living with Banks in 2000 after they were removed from their abusive birth family. Banks made them sleep in an unheated room in her garage and wear two layers of diapers under long black dresses. The girls were beaten daily with various objects, forced to eat spoiled food and clean Banks’ house. Banks drugged them with sleeping pills and raped two of them while the others watched.

Banks was arrested after one of the girls, age 6, was found emaciated and bruised on the pavement near the church. Banks was sentenced to life in prison.

Date: June 2005
Moreno Valley, California


Documents: Date:
Foster mom – loving caretaker to 5 sisters or cult-loving abuser? 2006-06-16
Hearing postponed in child-abuse case 2006-06-19
Jury to decide whether woman is fit for trial 2006-07-13
Sentencing today for Moreno Valley woman in ghastly abuse case involving her five adopted daughters 2009-09-17
SoCal pastor gets life term for abusing 5 girls 2009-09-18
Moreno Valley woman to serve two life terms in abuse case 2009-09-18
California Mother, Jessica Banks, Sentenced To Life For Sexually Abusing Adopted Daughters 09-18-2009
Woman pastor gets 2 life terms for ghastly abuse of 5 adopted daughters 09-19-2009
Girls adopted by Jessica Banks