Victims - 1990s

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Victim 1990's is a subpage of the main Victims page.

Disclaimer: The list is incomplete as research is not finished.

Deaths in programs during the 1990's

Name Age Program Date Cause of death (If investigated or published at all)
Diane Harris 17 (R) Sequin Community Living Center April 14, 1990 Restraint death[1] [2]
Michelle Lynn Sutton 15 (N) Summit Quest May 9, 1990 Negligence [3] [4]
Kristen Chase 16 (N) Challenger June 27, 1990 Negligence [5]
John Vincent Garrison 18 Vision Quest June, 1990 Unknown[6]
Anthony Green 15 (R) Brookhaven Youth Ranch May 12, 1991 Restraint [7]
Geoffrey Alan Vorhies 13 (S) Echo Glen Children's Center (Unknown Month/Day) 1992 Found hanging [8]
Paul Choy 16 (N) Rites of Passage (Nevada) February 4,1992 According to members of the staff he became violent and that he stopped breathing even though they followed carefully drawn rules on retraining residents [9]
Christy Scheck 13 (S) Southwood Psychiatric Hospital March 6, 1992 Found hanging [10].
Dawn Renay Perry 16 (R) Behavior Training Research April 10, 1993 Restraint [11]
Jason Tallman 12 (R) Kid's Peace May 12, 1993 Restraint [12]
Casey Collier 17 (R) Cleo Wallace Center December 1993 Restraint [13].
Aaron Wright Bacon 16 (N) Northstar Expeditions March 31, 1994 Neglected illness among more [14]
Thomas Mapes 17 (R) Youth Center of Topeka July 8, 1994 Restraint [15]
Jamar Griffiths 15 (R) Allen Residential Center October 18, 1994 Restraint [16] [17]
Shinaul McGraw 12 (R) New Directions 2nd Chance June 5, 1994 Restraint [18]
Lorenzo Johnson 17 (A) Arizona Boys Ranch June 27, 1994 Downing in a attempt to escape [19]
Carlos Ruiz 13 Vision Quest December 16, 1994 Unknown cause [20]
Jonathan Avila 16 (S) Rocky Mountain Academy July 25, 1994 Found hanging from a pipe [21]
Jeffrey Bogrett 9 (R) New England Center for Autism December 1, 1995 Restraint [22]
Earl Smith 9 (R) Children's Village January 11, 1995 Restraint [23]
Dawnne Takeuchi 18 (A) Vision Quest June 25, 1995 Fell of a wagon [24] [25]
Eric Roberts 16 (R) Odyssey Harbor February 22, 1996 Restraint [26]
Will Futrelle 15 (H) Mountain Park Baptist Academy March 25, 1996 Silenced - properly from other detainees [27]
Bobby Sue Thomas 17 (R) Northwood Children's Home August 16, 1996 Restraint [28]
Rochelle Clayborne 16 (R) Laurel Ridge August 18. 1997 Restraint [29]. An article tells of other deaths in relationship with this facility [30]
Melissa Neyman 19 (R) Private Group Home in WA July 24, 1997 Restraint [31] [32]
Jimmy Kanda 16 (R) Crow's Nest Family Care September 20, 1997 Restraint [33]
Chris Campbell 13 (R) Iowa Juvenile Home November 2, 1997 Restraint [34]
Robert Rollins 12 (R) Devereaux School April 21, 1997 Restraint [35]
Sakena Dorsey 19 (R) Foundation Behavioral June 10, 1997 Restraint [36]
Jeffrey Demetrius 17 (R) Crockett State School August 26, 1997 Restraint [37]
Kelly Young 17 (R) Brisbane Child Treatment January 5, 1998 Restraint [38]
Dustin E. Phelps 14 (R) Lancaster foster home (Ohio) March 1, 1998 Restraint [39]
Laura Hanson 17 (R) Unknown Facility November 19, 1998 Restraint [40]
Mark Draheim 14 (R) Kids Peace December 1998 Restraint 1 out of 3 children to die at this facility [41]
Nicholas Contreras 16 (N) Arizona Boys Ranch March 2, 1998 Restraint [42] [43]
Matt Toppi 17 (A) Robert Land Academy March 7, 1998 Run over by a train [44]
Chris Brown 16 (A) Robert Land Academy March 7, 1998 Run over by a train together with Matt Toppi. It was his second attempt at freedom [45]
Ashley Shaddox 14 (SH) Echo Glen Children's Center March 1, 1998 Found hanging [46]
Andrew McClain 11 (R) Elmcrest Psychiatric Hospital March 22, 1998 Restraint [47]
Tristan Sovern 16 (R) Charter Behavioral Healthcare March 4, 1998 Restraint [48] [49].
Mark Soares 16 (R) Wayside Union Academy April 29, 1998 Restraint - placed in headlock. [50]
Edith Campos 15 (R) Desert Hills February 4, 1998 Restraint - had a photo of her brother which was against the rules in the group home [51]
Chad Andrew Franza 16 Polk County Boot Camp August, 1998 Found hanging in his cell [52]
Kristal Mayon-Ceniceros 16 (R) New Alternatives February 5, 1999 Restraint [53] [54]
Jerry McLaurin 14 (R) New Horizons Ranch November 2, 1999 Restraint [55]
Joshua Sharpe 17 (R) Wisconsin Treatment Center December 28, 1999 Restraint [56]

Cause of death

  • (H) Homicide
  • (S) Suicide
  • (R) Restraint
  • (N) Negligence
  • (NC) Natural Causes
  • (A) Accident
  • (M) Medical
  • (B) Beating
  • (BA) Boating Accident (drowning)
  • (UI) Under Investigation
  • (UK) Unknown
  • (OD) Overdose

Missing in action

Youth who have dissapeared from a program. Whether they are dead or living under a different identity is not known. Dates of dissapearces is not acurate as most programs won't report escaped because they wan't to avoid bad press. They settle in private with the parents instead.

Name Age Program Date Status
Blake Wade Pursley 14 (1994) CEDU Around June 1994 No positive sighting. Family believe that he was abducted off campus [57]

External Links

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Message boards


  2. Deaths of mentally retarded while bound cause concern, By Karisa King, San Antonio Express-News: Metro and State, October 21 2000 (Reprint from COALITION AGAINST INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILD ABUSE - CAICA)
  3. Michelle Sutton Memorial
  4. Michelle Sutton blog
  5. TEEN'S FATHER ASSAILS CHALLENGER PROGRAM, By Brent Israelsen, Deseret News, July 14 1990
  6. VisionQuest Deaths, a thread on Fornits webforum
  7. A Texas toll: deaths attributed to restraints, AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF, Sunday, May 18 2003
  8. News Clips— Changes due at Echo Glen?, By Rick Anderson, The Seattle Times, June 6 2001 (Reprint from Teen Advocate USA)
  9. Hard Work For Youths At Camp, By Rick DelVecchio and Ken Hoover, Chronicle Staff Writers, San Francisco Chronicle, February 18 1992 (Reprint from project Nospank)
  10. A Wrongful Death: One Child's Fatal Encounter with Public Health and Private Greed. - book reviews, by Charles Slack, Washington Monthly, Oct, 1997
  11. When discipline turns fatal, By Jonathan Osborne and Mike Ward, American Statesman, May 18 2003
  12. Can KidsPeace 'withstand' award to boy's mother?, by Paul Carpenter, The Morning Call, July 25 2006 (Reprint from COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR THE ETHICAL TREATMENT OF YOUTH (CAFETY))
  13. Pinned Down, By KATHRYN EASTBURN, Colorado Springs Independent, July 24 2003 (article mentions the death)
  14. Loving Them to Death, Outside Magazine, October 1995
  15. THE SILENT DEATH OF AMERICA’S CHILDREN, Citizens Commission on Human Rights
  16. Protected to Death, One voice/One Sound
  17. Children that died after being removed from parents, a thread on the Blue Ribbon Posse message board
  18. State's First Juvenile Boot Camp Can't Get Its Footing -- `Nobody Wants It Near Them,' Organizers Say Of Search For Site, by Susan Byrnes, Seattle Times Staff Reporter, August 16 1996 (article mentions the death)
  19. Teen dies after restraint at Arizona Boys Ranch, By Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic, March 28, 1998 (Reprint from Project Nospank)
  20. VisionQuest Deaths, a thread on Fornits webforum
  21. BOY HANGS HIMSELF IN DORMITORY, by Kevin Keating, Spokemans Review, July 19 1994 (Re-print from Teen Liberty)
  22. Murder of Autistics, This way of Life
  24. Tough love proves too tough, by Christopher Smith, HIGH COUNTRY NEWS, June 10 1996 (Re-print on Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth - CAFETY)
  25. Age of responsibility, a thread on the message board
  26. THE SILENT DEATH OF AMERICA’S CHILDREN, Citizens Commission on Human Rights
  27. Schools for Troubled Spring Up Around U.S. - They Vary from 'Lifesavers' to 'Dismal Failures', By Susan C. Thomson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 1 1996 (Re-print from the Rick A. Ross Institute of New Jersey)
  28. State by State Listing of Locations that Have Allegedly Engaged in Restraint, Seclusion, or Abuse, blog of The Coalition for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
  29. Interim Report on Restraint Deaths in Psychiatric Institutions A Culture of Violence & Terrorism, Citizens Commision on Human Rights
  30. Police, state investigate after death of psychiatric patient, by Kelly Shannon, The Associated Press, February 9 2000
  31. Testimony of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman on Deaths and Injuries to Mental Health Patients Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
  32. The 38 Cases Of September 1997, The Seattle Times, December 12 1999
  33. DESTROYING LIVES - The Assault on Children
  34. Educate me.. What makes a good program?, a thread on message board of The Pueblo Chieftain
  35. Another youth dead following 'restraint', By Doris Sue Wong and Daniel Vasquez, Boston Globe, May 1 1998 (Re-print from Project Nospank)
  37. Holy the Children, Teen Advocate USA
  38. The Brisbane Report, Nancy D. Feldman, J.D. for New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc.
  39. Deadly restraints - Day One: A Nationwide Pattern of Death, webpage mentions the death
  40. "How Many More Must Die," NAMI Asks Congress, press release from National Alliance on Mental Illness
  42. Teen dies after restraint at Arizona Boys Ranch, By Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic, March 28, 1998 (Reprint from Project Nospank)
  43. DEAD TEEN'S CASE CLOSED: Involved adults walk, every one Correspondence concerning the death of Nicholaus Contreraz at Arizona Boys Ranch from Candice Takeuchi, September 9, 2000 (Letter from Candice Takeuchi published on project Nospank)
  44. Police regret jumping to conclusions about deaths,, November 13 1998
  45. Teen cadet fled before Police returned him, By Dan Nolan, The Spectator, March 12 1998 (Re-print from project Nospank)
  46. A teen dies while in state custody at Echo Glen Children's Center, By Rick Anderson, The Seattle Times, April 34 2001 (Reprint from Teen Advocate USA)
  47. Andrew McClain, website of Deborah Clark Ebel , R.N (Psychiatric Nurse. Child Advocate. Author.)
  48. OUT OF TRAGEDY, A CRUSADE FIGHTING IN THE NAME OF THEIR SON, Hartford Courant, October 15 1998 (Re-print from the Dr. Henry Harbin - New Freedom Initiative Commission - webpage
  49. A mother's anguish - and a President's profits, The Observer, Sunday 17 December 2000
  50. Interim Report on Restraints, p. 2, Citizen Commision on Human Rights
  51. Edith Campos - 1998, Find a grave website
  52. Teen assigned to juvenile boot camp found in apparent suicide, Associated Press, August 20, 1998 (reprint from project Nospank)
  53. CRIES OF ANGUISH - A Summary of Reports of Restraints & Seclusion Abuse Received Since the October 1998 Investigation by The Hartford Courant, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  54. Girl, 16, Dies at Psychiatric Hospital, LA Times, February 9 1999
  55. A Texas toll: deaths attributed to restraints, AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF, Sunday, May 18 2003
  56. `Restraining' hold may be factor in boy's coma, center concedes Maneuver is nationally accepted, treatment facility spokesman says, by Lisa Sink and Linda Spice, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 31 1999 (Re-print from Highbeam)
  57. The Charley Project - Blake Wade Pursley