Another Brittany Williams or Adam Herrman…

The police are searching for the body of Shane Graham, a ten-year-old child who’s been missing since 1999 or 2000. He was adopted, along with ten other special needs children, by a woman named Judith Leekin. Leekin abused, neglected and starved all the adopted children while collecting over a million dollars for their care.

Leekin’s been sentenced to twenty years in prison, but Shane is still missing and she won’t say where he’s at. He’s got to be dead. He was severely handicapped with Downs Syndrome, sickle-cell anemia and severe autism. He certainly couldn’t take care of himself.

This is the first I’ve heard of this. I can’t seem to find any pictures of Shane. I hope I’m able to locate one so I can put him on Charley, but there’s a good chance that photos simply don’t exist. That poor boy. He was born with a lottery’s worth of conditions and then they gave him a monster for a mother.

Other articles:

WPBF West Palm Beach
USA Today

3 thoughts on “Another Brittany Williams or Adam Herrman…

  1. Emily February 27, 2009 / 1:15 am

    Oh, what a sickening story. I wish it would get the press that Adam Herrman’s tale has gotten.

  2. maureen March 3, 2009 / 12:33 am

    You’re doing good work with your site; not the least of its benefits is that their names are not forgotten. Whether they ran away, or were taken, or were neglected or tormented to death, they are remembered, and perhaps justice can eventually be done for them.

    By the way, the sad face of little Joseph Rodriguez seems to say “I was not loved.”

  3. Emily March 3, 2009 / 11:36 pm

    Oh, I don’t know, Maureen. I think it was because of the long exposure necessary for photo film at the time that we don’t see many smiling photos. Joseph’s case doesn’t seem to have gotten much press, and we don’t know much about his family, but we can’t draw conclusions about how happy he was at home. I think we know so little, and the media and police seem to have cared so little, because little Joseph was Hispanic. It’s a damn shame that he didn’t get the attention some of his missing contemporaries did, like the Sodder children of 1945, or Judge Crater, who disappeared with his mistress in 1930.

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