Invisible Children

4 Children of Patricia Hyler

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.

Patricia Hyler
Patricia Hyler

A 14-year-old boy, M., and his three adopted siblings, were abused by their adoptive mother, Patricia Hyler. The children’s adoptive father, Tommy Hyler, worked long hours outside the home and was not charged in connection with the abuse. The children were homeschooled.

Hyler adopted M. around 2012. She worked as a teacher at a church daycare center and at a school for disabled children. In April 2018, she began abusing the children and shortly afterwards pulled all four out of school to homeschool them. She beat all four children with various implements. Hyler singled out M. for abuse, reportedly because she didn’t like redheads. She chipped his teeth with pliers, starved him so that his siblings had to sneak him food, strangled him, stabbed him with knives, forced him to sleep on a dirty concrete floor, and wouldn’t let him bathe but forced him to stand naked outside while she sprayed him with a hose. The abuse always took place after her husband had left for work, and Hyler threatened to hunt the children down and kill them if they ever told anyone, including the child services workers who conducted several welfare checks in the home. Two adults who had grown up as adoptees in Hyler’s home also reported similar abuse.

The abuse came to light when one of the other children texted a witness about it, and the witness reported it to the authorities. Hyler was charged with aggravated child abuse and the children were removed from the home.

Date: May 8, 2020
Pace, Florida


Documents: Date:
She abused her adopted children, cops say, and beat one with a dog chain and pliers 05-11-2020
EXCLUSIVE: Florida woman arrested for ‘beating adopted son with a dog chain and chipping his teeth’ was a teacher at church daycare center who abused the 14-year-old because she ‘didn’t like redheads’ 05-12-2020
Arrest report: Pace mother targeted adopted son with cruel acts of abuse for years 05-12-2020
‘They just all seemed normal’: Neighbors react to Pace woman arrested for alleged abuse 05-12-2020
Deputies: Florida woman hit, cut, starved adopted teen boy for 2 years 05-12-2020
‘As A Father, It Pisses Me Off’: Florida Foster Mom Allegedly Used Pliers And Dog Chain To Torture Teen 05-14-2020
Florida mom-of-four Patricia Hyler ‘beat adopted teenage son for two years with dog chain, chipped his teeth with pliers’ because she “didn’t like redheads”‘ 05-15-2020