Invisible Children

4 Children of John Paul and Danielle Woolley

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.

Four children, boys ages 8, 4, and 2, and a 5-year-old girl, were imprisoned, starved, and neglected by their parents, John Paul and Danielle Woolley, and their grandparents Gordon Mark and Barbara Jo Woolley. The children were homeschooled, but had never received any medical care or any kind of education.

The children were kept in a locked room in a house covered in feces. When they were found, all four were “non-verbal with poor hygiene and varying degrees of malnutrition and dehydration.” The children were not toilet trained and were unable to eat normal foods. The oldest boy was reportedly autistic.

The abuse was discovered after authorities received an anonymous tip and went to the home to investigate. The children were hospitalized and John Paul’s 29-year-old brother, who had special needs, was also taken into protective custody. Animal control removed a number of cats from the home. All four of the Woolleys were charged with felony neglect.

Date: October 19, 2015
Clinton, Indiana


Documents: Date:
Four Vermillion County family members arrested after children found living in squalid conditions 10-30-2015
Police charge 4 adults in Clinton child neglect case 10-30-2015
John Paul And Danielle Woolley Locked 4 Kids No One Knew Existed In Horror House, Police Charge 10-31-2015
“None of them had been outside in awhile.” Family members at center of child neglect case plead not guilty 11-02-2015