Invisible Children

Kaya Centeno, and 4 siblings

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.

Kaya Centeno

Kaya Centeno (b. 2002) disappeared while being homeschooled. Her sister S. (b. 2003) and brother B. (b. 2005) were physically, emotionally, and sexually abused by the children’s adoptive parents, Gina and Jose Centeno. The children had twin adoptive siblings, P. and Q.

The Centenos adopted Kaya, S., and B., who were all biological siblings, in 2008. Kaya was enrolled in John Reed Elementary School in Rohnert Park, California, in 2010-2011 for second grade, but she was withdrawn from school to be homeschooled. She was last seen between 2010 and 2012. Around the time of Kaya’s disappearance, the Centenos began abusing the other children. Jose Centeno repeatedly sexually abused S., and both Centenos physically abused S. and B. At some point, the Centenos adopted twins P. and Q. In early 2019, the now separated Centenos sent S. and B. to live with their relatives in Mexico, while P. and Q. continued to live in California with Gina Centeno. This arrangement was reportedly part of a fraudulent scheme “to access adoption assistance funding.”

The abuse came to light in summer 2020 when S. and B. reported it to Mexican authorities. They were returned to the United States and the Centenos were arrested on several counts of kidnapping, torture, and sexual abuse.

Date: August 19, 2020
Rohnert Park, California


Documents: Date:
Rohnert Park Child Missing for 8 Years 08-21-2020
Rohnert Park teen last seen a decade ago, adoptive parents charged with abuse 09-01-2020
Calif. Parents Are Accused of Abuse — Then Police Realize Other Daughter Hasn’t Been Seen in Years 09-14-2020
10 Years ago Kaya Centeno Mysteriously Vanished, No One Knew Until Now 09-16-2020
Where is Kaya Centeno? California Child Abuse Investigation Reveals Another Sibling Disappeared Years Ago 09-16-2020