Invisible Children

Son of David and Vanessa Hall

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.

A 17-year-old boy was starved and medically neglected by his parents, David and Vanessa Hall (pictured). The boy was homeschooled.

The boy was blind and autistic. He attended special education at age 5 when the family lived in Georgia, but was then pulled from school to be homeschooled. After the family moved to Colorado around 2008, the boy did not receive any medical or dental care. He was fed only soda and crackers and forced to use a jug next to his bed as a toilet. He was rarely allowed outside. When he was rescued, the boy weighed 88 lbs. and had “severe malnutrition, hypovolemic shock, a stage 3 sacral pressure sore and kidney failure…He lacked seven basic vitamins and minerals” and had scurvy.

The abuse came to light when the Halls brought the boy to the hospital after he passed out in the shower. The Halls pleaded guilty to child abuse and were sentenced to 10 years in prison due to their continued emotional abuse of the boy after his removal despite a no-contact order.

Date: August 2016
Longmont, Colorado


Documents: Date:
Couple arrested for abusing, starving autistic son 09-07-2016
Longmont parents arrested after malnourished 17-year-old hospitalized at 88 pounds 09-07-2016
Couple accused of abusing emaciated, blind, autistic son 09-08-2016
Longmont parents sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing blind, autistic son 06-27-2017
For some, home schooling is not about learning. It’s about hiding child abuse. 10-08-2018