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    FL - Judith Leekin for abusing 9 disabled people, adoption fraud, Port St Lucie, 2007

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    PORT ST. LUCIE A 62-year-old woman who police say held four malnourished teenagers and five mentally-handicapped adults in her home, at times binding them in handcuffs and zip-ties, has turned herself into authorities.
    Judith Leekin of 114 S.W. Hawthorne Circle now faces five counts of aggravated child abuse, one count of tampering with a witness and one count of possession of a fictitious driver license. Leekin, who turned herself in Wednesday, is being held at the St. Lucie County Jail in lieu of $435,000 bail.Although police could not say how long the alleged abuse went on, records indicate that it may have stretched back at least eight years. In 1999, a similar Department of Children and Families investigation involving Leekin and the same four children was opened and then closed, after Leekin left the area to avoid investigators, police said.
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    Another abuser that's slipped through the cracks.
    This nonhuman should be hung by her toenails until death.
    She's permanently marred those left in her care. Sadly they won't be adopted because of their age.

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    If there's a special place in hell for child abusers/rapists/murderers, then there's got to be an even more special place in hell for those that abuse the handicapped.

    This news makes me so sick and angry at the same time. Let me at her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philamena View Post
    Another abuser that's slipped through the cracks.
    This nonhuman should be hung by her toenails until death.
    She's permanently marred those left in her care. Sadly they won't be adopted because of their age.
    I agree with you, philamena. Toenail by toenail.

    If I had the time and the money, I'd take these kids in so quick. I hope someone helps these extra special people out.

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    I feel the same way Taximom. The story brought tears to my eyes.

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    The authorities aren't even sure who this woman is or how the kids came to be in this witch's care. She must have been collecting checks on the 9 people and never taking proper care of them.

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    When they first found this woman and the teenagers why did they leave to go get someone to do medical exams on the kids? Didn't they have sense enough to know that if no one stayed there to watch them that she would grab them and run! And of course she did.

    She must have kicked the 18 yr old out because she had turned 18 and she would no longer receive money for her. If LE or CPS would run that woman's latest address through child welfare or Social Security they would probably find out who the kids and the adults are because you know she was getting money from someone for all of them. She didn't have them because she is a nice person. Maybe they don't know the names of the kids or adults but that address is in the system somewhere.

    That woman looks meaner than a snake. Glad that she turned herself in. Her attorney gave her some good advice.

    In my state there are laws against abusing the handicapped in any way.

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    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,291455,00.html
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — They were often handcuffed, tethered together with plastic ties and allowed to soil themselves, investigators say. They had scars on their wrists. Some had burns.
    None appeared to have more than a fourth-grade education, not even the adults in their 20s. All were starving.
    In all, nine teenagers and young adults were held like prisoners in Judith Leekin's home in what appeared to be a decades-long scheme to line her pockets with the government payments she received for adopting and raising them, police say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherri79 View Post
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,291455,00.html
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. They were often handcuffed, tethered together with plastic ties and allowed to soil themselves, investigators say. They had scars on their wrists. Some had burns.
    None appeared to have more than a fourth-grade education, not even the adults in their 20s. All were starving.
    In all, nine teenagers and young adults were held like prisoners in Judith Leekin's home in what appeared to be a decades-long scheme to line her pockets with the government payments she received for adopting and raising them, police say.
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    Hopefully this woman will suffer immeasurable suffering for eternity.
    May God watch over and protect those she harmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherri79 View Post
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,291455,00.html
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — They were often handcuffed, tethered together with plastic ties and allowed to soil themselves, investigators say. They had scars on their wrists. Some had burns.
    None appeared to have more than a fourth-grade education, not even the adults in their 20s. All were starving.
    In all, nine teenagers and young adults were held like prisoners in Judith Leekin's home in what appeared to be a decades-long scheme to line her pockets with the government payments she received for adopting and raising them, police say.
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    She would have been getting about 800$ per month each for the kids from the adoption subsidy and then checks for each handicapped adult. Nine checks coming in and not spending a dime on their care is alot of money. Disgusting.


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    The state allowed this monster to adopt those kids? Didn't anyone ever see the condition they were in all of that time? Does our system work....heck no!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    I agree with you, philamena. Toenail by toenail.

    If I had the time and the money, I'd take these kids in so quick. I hope someone helps these extra special people out.
    Excellent post Taximom and me too! I very much hope that the children and adults will be much better taken care of, such a shame, they could have been adopted earlier by people that really wanted them and would have loved them - so unfair! The article said she couldve been making 180,000 a year - and not spending a penny on the kids. Some of these kids have been with her and treated like this for years! I just cant fathom how anyone could do that, im not a violent person but this "woman" - i just want to beat the living daylights out of her!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacobean View Post
    Excellent post Taximom and me too! I very much hope that the children and adults will be much better taken care of, such a shame, they could have been adopted earlier by people that really wanted them and would have loved them - so unfair! The article said she couldve been making 180,000 a year - and not spending a penny on the kids. Some of these kids have been with her and treated like this for years! I just cant fathom how anyone could do that, im not a violent person but this "woman" - i just want to beat the living daylights out of her!

    Since none of the kids had over a fourth grade education, she probably took enough care of them at first and had them in elementary school until the adoptions went through, then moved to another place. Too bad the schools didn't cross check, follow up, and years of follow ups from social workers even if she did move to another state. I guess after she legally adopted, they were hers and no one checked up. Then when she was turned in for abuse once, she just moved elsewhere and they didn't trace her to the other state. Too bad that happened to the kids. They could have had happy lives with good decent people who really wanted to help and love children. My ex husband and his wife adopted one of their foster girls and she couldn't have a better dad and mom and grandmom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txsvicki View Post
    The authorities aren't even sure who this woman is or how the kids came to be in this witch's care. She must have been collecting checks on the 9 people and never taking proper care of them.
    This article says she may have been getting as much as $180,000 a year to care for them and that she adopted them out of the NY foster care system using 5 aliases over a number of years:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,291455,00.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by txsvicki View Post
    Since none of the kids had over a fourth grade education, she probably took enough care of them at first and had them in elementary school until the adoptions went through, then moved to another place. Too bad the schools didn't cross check, follow up, and years of follow ups from social workers even if she did move to another state. I guess after she legally adopted, they were hers and no one checked up. Then when she was turned in for abuse once, she just moved elsewhere and they didn't trace her to the other state. Too bad that happened to the kids. They could have had happy lives with good decent people who really wanted to help and love children. My ex husband and his wife adopted one of their foster girls and she couldn't have a better dad and mom and grandmom.

    The article I just linked said that none of them received a formal education after she had them. NY State has no requirement that children adopted out of their foster care system by NY residents....so no follow-up most likely. They were just glad to be rid of them.

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