Invisible Children

Aaron Norman

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.

Aaron Norman, age 10, died of untreated juvenile diabetes after a beating intended to heal him. His parents, Bobbie and Judith Norman, who were members of a new religious movement known as the No-Name Fellowship or Champaign-Urbana Ministries, believed in faith healing and failed to seek medical assistance for him. Aaron was homeschooled.

Bob Norman was convicted of first-degree manslaughter. Several other adults—including Douglas Kleber, founder of the Fellowship, and Jeffrey Siegel, the group’s former pastor—were convicted of criminal mistreatment in conjunction with the case.

Date: December 20, 1987
Mead, Washington


Documents: Date:
Faith Gone Awry 06-21-1988
Pathologist says boy bruised, emaciated 10-22-1988
Sect Leader Gets Three Years 10-28-1988
A Fundamental Education : To Shield Their Children From the Secular Ways of Public School, Parents of the Religious Right Are Turning to Teaching at Home 01-26-1992