Oregon Couple Charged with Abusing Adopted Children

Children allegedly endured three years of abuse.

Denalee Chapman December 27, 2014
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Thomas and Christa Phillips have been charged with abusing their adopted children. After leaving their home state, they made the decision to return the two children to their biological mother in Idaho. While the 11-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl were reuniting with their birth mother, they shared what life was like in the Phillips home in Oregon. Regular abuse, including being made to sleep on a garage shelf for the entire three years, being tied into sleeping bags with belts, being allowed only to use the port-a-potty in the garage, being denied regular bathing privileges, and being force-fed old food. Moving the abuse beyond the physical, Christa Phillips dubbed the bowl of old food the “bowl of choices.”

The daughter shared how Thomas Phillips molested her during her once-a-week bathing, which has led to the charges of sexual abuse against Phillips. Christa Phillips is charged with first-degree criminal mistreatment, according to Mail Tribune.

Trial date has yet to be set.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.


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