Invisible Children

Son of Christopher and Nicole Crets

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.

Christopher Crets and Nicole Crets

A 12-year-old boy, R., was starved, imprisoned, and tortured by his father, Christopher Crets, and his stepmother Nicole Crets. The boy was homeschooled. The other children who lived in the home were not reported to be abused.

Christopher Crets had prior felony convictions for statutory rape and drug trafficking. R. was pulled from school to be homeschooled in early February 2020. The Cretses beat him and kept him handcuffed to a bed at night. They also starved him; he lost approximately 40 lbs. over the course of a few months’ imprisonment, and he suffered from refeeding syndrome after he was rescued.

The abuse came to light when the Cretses forgot to handcuff R. to the bed one night; he escaped and was found by authorities to whom he reported the abuse. The Cretses were charged with child abuse and kidnapping.

Date: May 2, 2020
Warren County, Missouri


Documents: Date:
Police: Child was beaten, starved 05-07-2020
12-year-old boy escapes abusive home when parents forget to handcuff him to bed [Cops] 05-15-2020
Boy escapes abusive home after parents forget to handcuff him to his bed, police say 05-15-2020
Boy escapes from abusive home when parents forget to handcuff him to his bed, police say 05-16-2020