Invisible Children

4 Children of David and ReJeana Moss

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.

david and rejeana moss
Two girls, ages 11 and 13, and a mentally disabled 17-year-old boy were imprisoned, starved, and physically and sexually abused by their adoptive parents, David V. Moss and ReJeana Moss. The Mosses also had a 9-year-old adopted son. The children were homeschooled.

The children were adopted around 2004, but the abuse did not begin until 2011 shortly after the Mosses’ two biological sons, who also report being abused, left the home. The three older adopted children were kept locked in their rooms with a bucket for a bathroom. The windows were boarded up and they were not given enough to eat. They were beaten so frequently with a paddle that it had bloodstains on it. The two girls were also sexually abused by David Moss.

The abuse came to light in August 2013, when the two girls managed to escape from their room, took their parents’ car, and crashed it. They reported the abuse to the police during the investigation of the crash, and the four children were removed from the home in September 2013. The Mosses were indicted on several counts including kidnapping, assault, child endangerment, and sexual battery.

Date: August 26, 2013
Dorset Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio


Documents: Date:
Dorset couple indicted on kidnapping, assault and sexual battery charges 02-26-2015
Couple accused of holding three adopted children captive and abusing them 02-27-2015
Parents indicted for holding adopted children captive, abusing them for years 03-01-2015
Ohio couple arrested after 2 adopted girls crash van escaping from alleged beatings, sex abuse 03-04-2015
Couple plead not guilty to locking up kids 22 hours a day 03-04-2015