Mary Ellen Wilson (1864–1956) or sometimes Mary Ellen McCormack was an American whose case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. As an eight-year old, she was severely abused by her foster parents, Francis and Mary Connolly.
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A 150-year-old photo found in a North Carolina attic shows a young African American slave child named John with another unidentified child sitting on a barrel.The photo was found at a moving sale in Charlotte, accompanied by a document detailing the sale of John for $1,500. in 1854.
The Killing of Lisa Steinberg - In 1987, New York City police were called to a posh Greenwich Village address. They came upon a 16-month-old boy sitting in his own waste, tethered to a playpen. His sister Lisa lay naked and unconscious. Signs of physical abuse were clear. Lisa died three days later. Her adoptive parents, Hedda Nussbaum and Joel Steinberg were charged with second degree murder. It was soon discovered that Hedda Nussbaum was also a victim of abuse.