Invisible Children

11 Children of Alejandro Aleman and Kristen Meyer-Aleman

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.

Eleven children (b. 2002-2016) were starved and neglected by their parents, Alejandro Aleman and Kristen Meyer-Aleman. The children were homeschooled.

Child services had been aware of the family since 2013. During visits, only the oldest child, a 14-year-old boy, could speak comprehensibly; the other children spoke in grunts and gestures. Neighbors reported seeing the children scavenging in trash cans. When they were rescued, several of the children had scabies and their home was covered with feces. A dog was also found caged and covered in feces.

The abuse came to light in April 2016 when the Alemans’ then-youngest child Tayla (b. 2015) stopped breathing and Meyer-Aleman called paramedics. Tayla died on the way to the hospital due to malnutrition; authorities believe her parents deliberately starved her to death. When she died, Tayla weighed 7 lbs. and had sores, a black eye, influenza, pneumonia, and E. coli. The Alemans were charged with murder and child abuse.

Date: April 1, 2016
Loxahatchee, Florida


Documents: Date:
Palm Beach County couple charged in child’s death 09-30-2016
DCF records show baby’s death; parents face murder, abuse charges 10-19-2016
DCF: We left Aleman children in ‘vulnerable state’ before tot’s death 10-20-2016
Report: Girl had flu, e. Coli, pneumonia, skin infection when she died 10-23-2016
Indictment 02-13-2017