Invisible Children

Girl by Dwight Bainbridge and Jessica Brambilla

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.

Jessica Brambilla and Dwight Bainbridge

A 16-year-old girl, H., was imprisoned, starved, and sexually abused by her father, Dwight Bainbridge; his girlfriend Jessica Brambilla; and her 20-year-old son William C. Land. H. was homeschooled. The other four children who lived in the home were not reported to be abused.

Bainbridge had spent time in and out of state prison over the previous two decades; he was arrested for sexual assault and strangulation in 2012. After his release around March 2018, Bainbridge and H. moved into the home with Brambilla and Land. Around that time, Bainbridge, Brambilla, and Land began to keep H. confined to a locked bedroom with limited bedding and a bucket for urine. She was let out twice a day to use the bathroom and eat. Her meals were limited to “plain oatmeal, two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, two cups of water, and multivitamins.” Bainbridge also began to sexually assault her at this time. While being confined, H. was homeschooled, but Bainbridge and Brambilla would punish her by discontinuing her schooling for up to four months at a time.

The abuse came to light when H. told officials at Booker High School about the abuse. It is unclear how she was able to gain access to them. Bainbridge was charged with sexual battery, molestation, and aggravated child abuse. Brambilla was charged with aggravated child abuse.

Date: September 19, 2019
Sarasota, Florida


Documents: Date:
Probable cause affidavit 09-20-2019
Sheriff: Sarasota teen confined to a room and abused for over a year 09-23-2019
Sarasota deputies search for man accused of sexually molesting, imprisoning teen girls 09-23-2019
Florida Couple Accused of Locking Teenage Girl in Her Bedroom for More Than a Year Because They Thought She Would Bring Boys Home 09-24-2019
Sarasota deputies capture man accused of molesting, locking up teenage girls 10-11-2019
Sarasota man who deputies say kept teen-aged girl locked in her bedroom for over a year captured 10-11-2019
Sarasota man, accused of trapping, assaulting a girl for 18 months, arrested in St. Petersburg 10-11-2019