Invisible Children

Sabrina Ray, and 4 siblings

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.

Sabrina Ray, age 16, is believed to have died due to abuse by her adoptive parents, Marc and Misty Ray. Sabrina and her four siblings were homeschooled.

The Rays ran a state-licensed daycare which had been under investigation for inadequate nutrition and corporal punishment since 2013. According to Sabrina’s foster brother Marco Mendez, Sabrina “endured intense physical abuse” and starvation by her parents; she was so hungry she sometimes ate food from the garbage. Her siblings were also reportedly starved. Reports indicate that Sabrina had a disability.

The abuse came to light when Sabrina’s body was discovered in the Rays’ basement. An investigation is ongoing.

Date: May 12, 2017
Perry, Iowa


Documents: Date:
EXCLUSIVE: Dead Perry 16-year-old was adopted and home-schooled 05-16-2017
Teen who lived with Sabrina Ray details horrific abuse 05-17-2017