Invisible Children

5 Children of Betty Nicolicchia-Allen and Dennis Allen

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.

Dennis Allen and Betty Nicolicchia-Allen

Five children—G., a 14-year-old girl, and siblings ages 12, 9, 8, and 6—were abused and neglected by their parents, Dennis Allen and Betty Nicolicchia-Allen. The children were homeschooled.

G. reported that “she was being homeschooled but wasn’t taught anything.” Instead, while Allen and Nicolicchia-Allen worked full-time, they forced G. to be a full-time caregiver for her siblings, as well as for six animals in the home. They kept the home in “deplorable” conditions, with no running water, an overflowing toilet, rotting food, animal urine and feces, and insects. G. also reported that her mother physically and emotionally abused her.

The abuse came to light when G. called an abuse hotline to report that she was considering suicide. The hotline alerted authorities to the conditions in the home. Allen and Nicolicchia-Allen were charged with child neglect.

Date: October 31, 2019
Bunnell, Florida


Documents: Date:
Parents charged after teen calls abuse hotline contemplating suicide because of living conditions 11-04-2019
Parents charged with neglect after one of five kids calls abuse hotline 11-04-2019
‘Deplorable’ Conditions Found At Home After Teen Calls Hotline To Say She’s Considering Suicide, Authorities Say 11-04-2019
Teen Calls Hotline, Cops Find Home in ‘Complete Disarray’ 11-04-2019
Girl calls abuse hotline on Halloween over ‘deplorable’ conditions in Florida home 11-04-2019