Entries in adopted children (2)


Washington Firefighter's Wife Denies Link to Child Sex Abuse

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(EATONVILLE, Wash.) -- The mother of four Eatonville, Washington adopted daughters pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that she physically abused the girls and also turned a blind eye to the alleged sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of her now-deceased husband.

Drew Anne Hamrick, 48, was arrested Wednesday.  Her late husband, Lt. Scott Hamrick, 49, a veteran firefighter, killed himself on June 30 after learning that police were investigating allegations he had molested the four foster daughters that the couple later adopted.

"The entire department and particularly his co-workers are shocked, in disbelief and angry to learn that he had been under investigation for crimes against children," Fire Chief Doug Willis wrote in a statement.

The mayor's office and police department have not responded to ABC News' requests for comment.

Hamrick abruptly resigned June 23 after 27 years as a firefighter, writing in a letter shared by Willis that "personal issues" were the reason for his resignation, KIRO 7 TV reported.

The couple had five adopted daughters and two adult sons together, along with a son Drew Anne Hamrick had from a previous relationship.  Four of the daughters said they were abused.

The couple was reportedly licensed as foster parents between October 1997 and September 2004.

Drew Anne Hamrick's attorney told ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle that his client had no prior knowledge of the alleged repeated molestation and kicked her husband out of the house when she learned of it.

But Scott Hamrick's actions were only the beginning of the pain the girls allegedly suffered at the hands of their parents, authorities say.

One daughter, whom court documents called K.H. in order to protect her identity, was allegedly locked in a room for up to a week at times, without food, water, a bed and a bathroom.

A third daughter, who is now 21, told police of one incident in which her mother slashed her with scissors and used tape to close her wound.  Another time she threw a hot curling iron on the girl's arm, leaving burns, she alleged.  The mother also allegedly hit the 12-year-old with a metal spatula.

Not only was Drew Anne Hamrick allegedly abusive, but she also allegedly was aware and continued to allow her husband to sexually abuse their daughters, something one daughter told police had happened "ever since I can remember."

Drew Anne Hamrick faces two counts of tampering with a witness, unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree criminal mistreatment.

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Police Search for Missing Adopted Children

ABC News(EL PASO, Texas) -- Investigators in Colorado and Texas are trying to find out what happened to two adopted boys who haven't been seen in years -- and the authorities are trying to determine why their adoptive parents allegedly continued to take money to care for them.

Sheriff's officials in El Paso County near Colorado Springs say that in January they received a report about the disappearance of Austin Bryant. Investigators discovered the boy was last seen sometime between 2003 and 2005.

They also found out that a second boy, Edward Bryant, hadn't been seen since 2001. It's not clear if the boys are related or who originally called police to report Austin missing.

Austin would have been 7 years old when he disappeared and Edward would have been 9.

Lt. Lari Sevene with the El Paso County Sheriff's Department said investigators are working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to digitally age the boys' photos to try and get an idea of what they might look like today.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Department says no missing persons report was ever filed for the boys.

Austin and Edward's adoptive parents, Edward and Linda Bryant, lived in Colorado from 1999 to 2005 before moving to Texas. The couple was arrested in Texas and both have now been extradited back to Colorado where they are being held on $1 million bail each.

The Bryant's each face multiple counts of felony theft, conspiracy, attempting to influence a public official, forgery, and charges that the couple continued to collect money from the El Paso County Department of Human Services despite the fact that Austin and Edward were not living with them.

The couple has not been charged in connection with the boys' disappearance. Police are canvassing the region where the family lived for anyone who might provide clues or insight into the boys disappearance.

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