Invisible Children

Boy by Jennifer Yanke and Stephan Alcox

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.

jennifer yanke and stephan alcox
A 13-year-old boy was neglected and deprived of food by his mother, Jennifer Yanke, and his stepfather Stephan Alcox. The boy had been pulled out of school and was reportedly homeschooling himself.

The boy was left alone in a feces-strewn vacant house for a month while his parents lived in a nearby hotel. The boy slept on an air mattress with only a space heater; he had no running water and little food. The abuse came to light when the boy’s grandmother called the police “after she learned that he was living alone, homeschooling himself and surviving on a diet of cereal and dry pasta.” Yanke and Alcox were both charged with abandoning and endangering a child.

Date: November 19, 2014
Dallas, Texas


Documents: Date:
Police say Dallas man left 13-year-old in vacant home for a month without heat, running water 11-21-2014
Mom Leaves 13-Year-Old Son In Feces-Infested Home For a Month 11-23-2014
Dallas boy who fended for himself in vacant home to live with grandmother in Amarillo 02-04-2015