Invisible Children

3 Children of Jessie Tribby and Anna Patterson

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.

Two girls, S.T. (born Jan. 2007) and a younger girl (born Dec. 2007), were beaten by their father, Jessie Tribby, and their stepmother Anna Mae Patterson. The girls were homeschooled. The couple’s biological child (born Jan. 2016) was not reported to be abused.

Tribby and Patterson married in July 2015. Between July and December, Patterson homeschooled the girls. During that time, their parents beat them with a wooden paddle as punishment. “Tribby told a social worker that he and Patterson are religious people, and the Bible says to spank with a rod and not their hand.” The girls were also forced to sit in hard chairs for long periods of time, which caused blisters from the beatings to break. When the girls urinated on themselves, they were forced to take cold showers as punishment.

The abuse came to light when the girls went to live with their biological mother Gina Tribby in December 2015. She noticed the bruises and blisters and reported the abuse to social services. She was granted full custody. Patterson and Jessie Tribby were charged with physical abuse.

Date: January 2016
Cheyenne, Wyoming


Documents: Date:
Cheyenne couple denies child abuse 02-22-2016
Judge Campbell acquits Cheyenne couple of child abuse 07-13-2016
Cheyenne couple acquitted of child abuse has again been charged 09-24-2016