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Nicole and Calvin Eason, an Illinois couple in their 30s, saw the ad and a picture of the smiling 16-year-old.
They were eager to take Quita, even though the ad warned that she had been diagnosed with severe health and behavioral problems.
After a sheriff's deputy helped remove the Easons' second child, a newborn baby boy, the deputy wrote in his report that the "parents have severe psychiatric problems as well with violent tendencies." • The Easons each had been accused by children they were babysitting of sexual abuse, police reports show.
They say they did nothing wrong, and neither was charged.
When she called the school that Quita was supposed to attend, an administrator told Puchalla that the teenager had never shown up. The Easons had packed up their purple Chevy truck and driven off with her, leaving behind a pile of trash, a pair of blue mattresses and two puppies chained in their yard, authorities later found.
"People that are around me think I am awesome with kids," Eason wrote. 4, 2008, the Puchallas drove six hours from their Wisconsin home to Westville, Illinois.
Another re-homed child, a Russian girl, recounted how a boy in one house urinated on her after the two had sex; she was 13 at the time and was re-homed three times in six months.
"This is a group of children who are not being raised by biological parents, who have been relocated from a foreign country" and who sometimes don't even speak English, says Michael Seto, an expert on the sexual abuse of children at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group in Canada.
A Facebook spokeswoman says the page shows "that the Internet is a reflection of society, and people are using it for all kinds of communications and to tackle all sorts of problems, including very complicated issues such as this one." The Reuters investigation found that some children who were adopted and later re-homed have endured severe abuse.
Speaking publicly about her experience for the first time, one girl adopted from China and later sent to a second home said she was made to dig her own grave.