Invisible Children

Christi and Bobby Baskin

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.

christie and bobby baskin
Katharine Christine “Christi” Baskin (b. 1980) and Robert Maple “Bobby” Baskin (b. 1981) were abducted from their Murfreesboro, Tennessee home by their grandparents, Marvin L. Maple and Sandra K. Maple, on March 1, 1989. The Maples had been granted temporary custody of the children by Tennessee officials while charges of Satanic ritual abuse against their parents, Mark and Debbie Baskin, were investigated. After the charges were determined to be unfounded, the Maples refused to return the children and escaped to California, where they homeschooled the children to avoid detection. The Maples, who went by the aliases of John and Frances Bunting, also changed the children’s names to Jennifer and Jonathan Bunting.

The children were discovered twenty years later after Marvin Maple, unhappy with how he was represented in a newspaper article commemorating the kidnapping, confessed to a friend, who reported him to the police. Maple was originally charged with kidnapping but arranged a plea deal to plead to custodial interference and receive only four years of probation. Sandra Maple had died in March 2006.

Date: February 2, 2009
San Jose, California


Documents: Date:
Tips sought in old Tennessee kidnapping case 01-12-2009
Baskin children discovered alive and well 02-03-2009
Police: San Jose man kidnapped grandchildren 20 years ago in Tenn. 02-04-2009
Man charged over 1989 kidnap of grandchildren 02-06-2009
Their 20-year wait to see abducted kids isn’t over yet 02-09-2009
Father: “Remember the Good Times With Us” 02-10-2009
Man accused of kidnapping grandchildren avoids prison 05-27-2009
Whatever Happened To The Baskins? 02-03-2011