Invisible Children

Boy by Joel Love

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 boy was beaten by his relative, Joel Ronald Lawrence Love (pictured). The boy was homeschooled.

The boy was contacting his friends on social media. When Love discovered this, he “grabbed [the boy] by the throat, choked him, repeatedly hit his head against the floor, pushed him up against a fridge and hit him in the leg with a hammer.”

The abuse came to light when the boy contacted police to report the assault. Love was charged with aggravated child abuse.

Date: January 24, 2019
St. George, Utah


Documents: Date:
Police: St. George man charged with beating minor who used social media to contact friends 01-25-2019