Couple Charged with Child Abuse

Couple Charged with Child Abuse

There are 140 comments on the WXIA Atlanta story from Aug 10, 2007, titled Couple Charged with Child Abuse. In it, WXIA Atlanta reports that:

Authorities have arrested a man and his wife on charges of abusing their two adopted children.

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sad

Royston, GA

#133 Aug 27, 2008
When is Earl's trial? I heard today, but then I read Sept. 22nd.
Katie

Madison, GA

#134 Sep 16, 2008
She should have notified someone. I don't care what happens, if someone sits at the table and tells me that they are making their kids run laps and go without eating and drinking anything until they are finished, I am telling someone for sure! These kids were home schooled, there was no one to see. They had no one to talk to. And Debbie also pulled them out of church. She made sure that they had no one to run to at all. If there was an inkling of suspicion, she should have notified the authorities. End of story. She will never forgive herself for that and I can't even believe that she had the nerve to write that in! I would be totally embarrassed! Humiliated if I were her.
Tony wrote:
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And who are YOU to second guess? Accusing someone of child abuse is serious. Even the DA won't arrest someone without solid proof. You can't make a case or an arrest on "gut instinct." Who knows, if the cops had been called before the little girl was ready to come forward these two freaks MIGHT have intimidated the little girl to keep her mouth shut until something bad really did happen to her and/or her brother. If you weren't there keep your mouth shut.
Katie

Madison, GA

#135 Sep 16, 2008
It was a mini Louisville Slugger bat. And that is a huge difference. It was no surprise to me either. I also worked with her and she was so unbelievably controlling. I had no idea that she was abusive to her children. I was never around them. Only a couple of times. She was overwhelmingly controlling over her husband Earl. I would not be surprised if she abused him as well.
Tony wrote:
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You are absolutely right. You don't need to smack your kids with anything but your bare hand on their bare butt. And when they get too ol for that, grounding them or taking driving priveleges away, not letting them go off with their friends, etc. works wonders. It did with me and it worked with my kids. I had rather been beaten with a two by four as to have been grounded. It sounds like these two took their idead for parenting out of the manual at Abu-Ghraib prison camp.
Katie

Madison, GA

#136 Sep 16, 2008
Earl's trial was on August the 22nd and he was convicted of 15 years, charged with 2 counts of child cruelty as well. However, at the children's request, he may only get probation. If you Google Earl Dinkler, Henry County, you can read the latest article from the Henry paper. Hope this helps. Let our prayers be with Phoebe and Joseph.
sad wrote:
When is Earl's trial? I heard today, but then I read Sept. 22nd.
Katie

Madison, GA

#137 Sep 16, 2008
Google Debbie Dinkler, Henry County. She got sentenced on August 18th or 20th to 15 years in prison, convicted of 2 counts of child cruelty in the 1st degree. Earl Dinkler's sentencing has been moved to Sept. 22nd, 2008.
niels wrote:
I am investigating abuse cases in adopted families and found articles about the charges made against this couple, including the comments on these pages. Has there been any development in this case since August 2007?
Katie

Madison, GA

#138 Sep 16, 2008
If you had come to court and sat through the trial and had to look at the photos of the large welts on the backs on little Phoebe's legs, you would not be thinking the same at all. She was only 8 years old when the abuse began and at age 12 when the photos were taken. She was tiny and under weight. She was a loving little girl. If I had ever had one second of a moment with her, I think I would have known, but Debbie never allowed her to be alone with anyone. It is very clear to me now. I am not with out sin and I waited until the trial to make my decisions. She pled guilty on the day of her trial just minutes before walking in to court. She knew that the evidence would speak for itself. There wasn't even a plea bargin offered to her. She knew that she was just plain guilty and she did not want to have to face her children. They were set up to testify. She is now serving 15 years having been convicted on 2 counts of child cruelty in the 1st degree. Her husband will be sentenced on Sept. 22nd. 2008.
CFgirl wrote:
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Wonder if these "trustworthy christian parents" believe in that obscene "spare the rod, spoil the child" mantra. Some of the people who advocate the nastiest forms of punishment for children are "christians," so their religion is hardly a reason to trust them.
Katie

Madison, GA

#139 Sep 16, 2008
Have you read the latest? Debbie has been convicted of 2 counts of child cruelty in the 1st degree. She is serving 15 years in prison. Earl has also been sentence to 15 years in prison on the same counts, but the children have asked for leniency on him. He may only receive probation. It was always Debbie and when this story first broke, I cried. I had always known that something strange was going on in that house, but I never expected that it was such serious child abuse. Next time, I will not hesitate to ask. Someone must protect our children. The had no teachers to go to, no friends. I tried to take Phoebe a Barbie once and Debbie told me that she could not have it. I am very sad to hear of this, I hope that the children can recover.
Stop the Assumptions wrote:
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I've seen a few families torn apart by "well- meaning" busybodies and spiteful children.
Unfortunately, from the minute the media posted the story, it doesn't matter what the facts are, most people assume the parents are guilty. If they would be exonerated, their lives and family will still be shattered. Innocent until proven guilty, no longer applies in our society.
Katie

Madison, GA

#140 Sep 16, 2008
If you had known these children at all you would have never called them spiteful. They were wonderful children. They had so much love in their hearts, always hugging on you, until Debbie would tell them to go up to their room. I bet that I never spent more than 10 seconds with those children until Debbie would tell them to go to their rooms. It was so strange. And then eventually she just stopped inviting people over. Looking back now, I can see it. I never thought it was this serious. I just thought that she was very strict and over protective. Very, very sad.
Katie

Madison, GA

#141 Sep 16, 2008
Absolutely!!!!!!!
Shelby C wrote:
STRING 'EM UP.NEVER EVER LET THESE PEOPLE AROUND CHILDREN AGAIN.
Katie

Madison, GA

#142 Sep 16, 2008
Oh my goodness. Both of these people are off their rockers! Someone needs to report the meatloaf person to the authorities! She sounds like a Dinkler!!!! As in Debbie and Earl! Probably a fellow abuser as well. This is just an awful post to read. For goodness sake.
Fedup wrote:
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I started my children jogging with me when they were 5 years old. And note that I stated "with me" - I always ran WITH them. On the days they didn't feel like running - that was ok - but if they didn't feel like running, then they didn't feel like playing video games either. I would however, NEVER spank my kids with a belt or even a "miniature" louisville slugger. If those children's bruises WERE from their punishment, then they were being abused, there is no doubt in my mind about that.
But I do agree - we don't really know what happened.
However - I DO like meatloaf - and if made with turkey it can be quite nutritious!!
Oh, and my children - one in college, and the other married, STILL run every day.
Katie

Madison, GA

#143 Sep 17, 2008
Awesome post Kenny! Good for you. You sound like you are a very well raised young man. Good for your parents too.(:
Kenny wrote:
I was standing at the bus stop waiting for the bus, and my mom called me on my cell phone. She said "Do you remember the little girl and her brother from Russia who you played soccer with?" and I said. "Yes, of course I do." Then, sadly, she replied. "Their parents were arrested for abusing them constantly. Your father heard it on the radio."
I know the little girl and her brother. They are perfectly nice and well-manered. I cannot see their adoptive parents beating them. Their parents were perfectly nice to. But then, all criminals are nice at once, but you don't know their secrets.
They played on my soccer team for 3 years. Then, they stopped playing four years ago, which explains the story on the news. I hope there's a trust fund that goes to those two. I would put in all of my allowance and a whole bunch of prayers. God, whatever you do, make sure you take care of these two kids.
Katie

Madison, GA

#144 Sep 17, 2008
I totally agree with every word that you said. We need to pray for all of them. Debbie came from an abusive home as well. Very abusive. Becoming controlling was the only way that she knew how to be. With her children and with her job and her friends and everything around her. I honestly had to stop attending her scrap booking days at her home because she just became too difficult to be around. After she and Earl adopted the kids, she just cut off most all communication with every one. I would call but she always said she was too busy. And you could easily tell that Earl was very much under her thumb 24/7. He was always very shy and withdrawn. He did every thing that she said the moment she said it. I saw her yell at him once and I could honestly tell that he was frightened. Looking back now, I can see why. The children have asked for leniency on him when he sentencing trial comes up on Sept. 22nd, 2008.
I know the family wrote:
Just to let some of you know. The Dinkler's adopted these children from an orphanaged in Russia. They have been with them for 5 years. I attended church with them and was also in their Sunday school class. I found it odd that the children attended the class with their parents and were not allowed to go to their own class. My son played soccer with them and I do remember several times that the children would have to sit on the sidelines because they did not do their homework and were not allowed to practice. The little boy was always standoffish to his dad. There were times that the little girl was put into the car at the soccer field and told to stay in there until she could behave - no air conditioning was turned on in the car and the windows were always rolled up.
I have prayed hard on this all day and have cried alot of tears. I believe what the little girl says because I have seen looks in her eyes from time to time when her parents are around. I just wished that I could have seen the signs before now where I could have helped her.
I think her parents need a coming to Jesus meeting. If they really did do this, God will prevail.
Please just pray for the family, children, parents and everyone involved.
God Bless!
Katie

Madison, GA

#145 Sep 17, 2008
This comment goes out to Are You Serious.... ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND? God bless your children if you have any. I pray that you do not.
TonyG wrote:
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So, in other words, you think it's OK to lock a child in the car with the windows rolled up, whip them with a belt, and smack them with a bat, not to mention make them take 15 laps around their house and deprive them of their food when they can't make all their laps.....Wow, what a parent you must be! We had a Pastor right here in town do that to children in his congregation, if I remember correctly he went to jail. If I hit you with a bat or a belt or lock you in a car with the windows up they'd put me in prison for aggravated assault. And you defend these people just because they go to CHURCH with you? I am certainly not a perfect Christian, but I know for a fact that this kind of behavior is NOT what Jesus taught. Nothing wrong with discipline, I had to spank my kids from time to time, but I didn't smack them with weapons.
Katie

Madison, GA

#146 Sep 17, 2008
So Debbie got 15 years in prison and it states that she will only serve 2 of those years in the state penal system. Where will she serve the remainder? And will have to serve 90%. I had not heard that, but that is good to know. Child abuse and Child Cruelty are my 2 biggest beefs. They are the innocent and they should be protected. I am so glad that Phoebe was strong enough and brave enough to finally seek help for she and her brother. She is a lovely little girl. Precious as ever. I know that she will be fine. She has a lot of love in her heart. She will always be there for Joseph. Debbie told me that she was abused as a child, and I guess it is true what they say about abusive parents, that they usually were abused themselves. Debbie was very cruel to Earl, I witnessed that on several occasions. Very belittling to him. My husband and I became so uncomfortable being around them after several times over to their house. It was an odd atmosphere.
TonyG wrote:
PAL:
I went to the Department of Corrections website and looked up inmates who were serving time for child cruelty....the minimum I saw was 5 years, the maximum was 20, but in the case of the guy serving 20 years the child died. The idiot Cobb county jury couldn't convict him of murder. Cruelty to Children is a 90% crime under the "three strikes law" also. You have to serve 90% of your sentence before you are eligible for parole. You say this lady bragged about the things she and her husband did....did she not realize that they COULD go to prison? If I beat my kids I certainly wouldn't brag about it. I'm glad the little girl told somebody....otherwise it could have ended far far worse than it already has.
Katie

Madison, GA

#147 Sep 17, 2008
Praise to you Tony G. You are the only one on here with true common sense. I just got on the forum, I only wished I had known about it earlier. Thank you so much for all of your posts! You are true and wise.
TonyG wrote:
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If the "best" they can do is to run their children in 110 degree heat and use food deprivation and beatings to keep the kids "emotionally and social well-adjusted" then we are in trouble. We have soldiers serving prison time for doing this to prisoners at Abu-Ghraib. I guess you smack your kids with a bat and run 'em in the heat when they misbehave....sorry my friend, all these two freaks were doing was bringing along two more abusers, as abused children who never get help usually turn out to be abusers themselves.
Katie

Madison, GA

#148 Sep 17, 2008
Does seeing the horrible photos count? Enough to make you wince and cry. Yes, they do all need prayer. These parents were convicted on 2 counts of child cruelty in the 1st degree. That is just about as bad as it gets. Debbie has already begun her 15 years sentence and Earl's fate will be decided on Sept. 22nd, 2008. That is when he will appear again for his sentencing. The only reason that there is a delay in his sentencing is because the children have asked the judge to take some things in to consideration. I am all about innocent until proven guilty. It only took the jury 3 hours to come back and convict Earl. Debbie pled guilty just minutes before entering the court. They were tried separately as you may know. The prosecution had her and she knew it. She did not even get a plea bargin offered to her. That should tell you something. The prosecution had this one in the bag. Earl was not as guilty, but yet he was. He allowed the abuse to continue even though he was not the abuser. The children stated that he only spanked them once with the bat and only a few times with the belt. They have actually asked the judge for leniency on there father. He may only get probation and be eligible to see the children in one year. That is all at their request. I think that there was abuse to him as well from Debbie. You could just tell that he was so nervous around her. I still feel that Earl should have gotten those kids out of there and to safety. I know now that he truly wishes that he had. I just have to believe that.
PrayerNeeded wrote:
I think this whole situation needs prayer - from children who feel they are abused, to parents who have been accused (NOT YET FOUND GUILTY) of abuse, to people who will believe everything they read and condemn others without knowing all of the facts. Did any of you actually see them hit these children with a baseball bat, or are you taking the word of a 12 year old with attachment issues who was angry at her parents?
In every situation there are 2 sides - 2 sides which only those personally involved know the whole truth. Does all of this conversing about this tragedy actually help anyone or does it just make you feel better about yourselves? Is there truly NOTHING in your life that someone couldn't misread or misinterpret?
Please, let's just keep our eye on the ball and pray for the kids. No matter what, these kids are troubled and in need of prayer and assistance. There are 4 lives that have been devestated here. No one in this family will ever be the same.
Katie

Madison, GA

#149 Sep 17, 2008
This is for Not A Hilton: This person has lost their ever lovin' mind! She said "it was only a mini Louisville slugger bat". Please! PLEASE! For Heaven's sake get yourself some help!
Fedup wrote:
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I started my children jogging with me when they were 5 years old. And note that I stated "with me" - I always ran WITH them. On the days they didn't feel like running - that was ok - but if they didn't feel like running, then they didn't feel like playing video games either. I would however, NEVER spank my kids with a belt or even a "miniature" louisville slugger. If those children's bruises WERE from their punishment, then they were being abused, there is no doubt in my mind about that.
But I do agree - we don't really know what happened.
However - I DO like meatloaf - and if made with turkey it can be quite nutritious!!
Oh, and my children - one in college, and the other married, STILL run every day.
CFgirl

AOL

#150 Sep 20, 2008
Katie wrote:
If you had known these children at all you would have never called them spiteful. They were wonderful children. They had so much love in their hearts, always hugging on you, until Debbie would tell them to go up to their room. I bet that I never spent more than 10 seconds with those children until Debbie would tell them to go to their rooms. It was so strange. And then eventually she just stopped inviting people over. Looking back now, I can see it. I never thought it was this serious. I just thought that she was very strict and over protective. Very, very sad.
When a parent starts isolating her children to such an extreme degree, I think that's when red flags should go up all over the place. There are too many abusive parents who think beating their kids is "strict discipline," and tell everyone else it's none of their business. Or they tell those who question their isolation the same thing. I hope these kids can recover from their adoptive parents abuse one day, and that these miserable excuses for parents will serve all of their sentences.
CFgirl

AOL

#151 Sep 20, 2008
Katie wrote:
Does seeing the horrible photos count? Enough to make you wince and cry. Yes, they do all need prayer. These parents were convicted on 2 counts of child cruelty in the 1st degree. That is just about as bad as it gets. Debbie has already begun her 15 years sentence and Earl's fate will be decided on Sept. 22nd, 2008. That is when he will appear again for his sentencing. The only reason that there is a delay in his sentencing is because the children have asked the judge to take some things in to consideration. I am all about innocent until proven guilty. It only took the jury 3 hours to come back and convict Earl. Debbie pled guilty just minutes before entering the court. They were tried separately as you may know. The prosecution had her and she knew it. She did not even get a plea bargin offered to her. That should tell you something. The prosecution had this one in the bag. Earl was not as guilty, but yet he was. He allowed the abuse to continue even though he was not the abuser. The children stated that he only spanked them once with the bat and only a few times with the belt. They have actually asked the judge for leniency on there father. He may only get probation and be eligible to see the children in one year. That is all at their request. I think that there was abuse to him as well from Debbie. You could just tell that he was so nervous around her. I still feel that Earl should have gotten those kids out of there and to safety. I know now that he truly wishes that he had. I just have to believe that.
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True, since he knew she was abusing the children, he should have gotten them out of there and then called the police to have her arrested. He should never have struck the children in any way, but he did. Women can be some of the worst abusers of kids you can think of. Why these parents weren't more carefully scrutinized by the adoption agency before they were allowed to get the kids is beyond me.
Concerned Citizen

Boynton Beach, FL

#152 Sep 23, 2008
I just learned that Earl Dinkler was sentenced yesterday Monday Sept 22nd. His sentence was exactly the same as Debbie's. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison with only 2years to serve in the state penal system due to his conviction of child cruelty!!
I am so thankful! Even if Earl didn't abuse the children the way that Debbie did, he was "the responsible parent/adult" and it was his responsibility to protect the children, but he didn't. I used to scrapbook in their home as well and he did everything Debbie told him to. I used to wonder if Earl had a mind of his own! I knew he was an "intelligent" person in some respects, but was not at all intelligent when it came to the safety and protection of his children!
I am so thankful and relieved that justice has been served in this situation!! I'm glad that the court listened to the children!!!! I know that most of you out there were waiting to hear! You can read the article in today's Henry Herald dated Tuesday September 23, 2008.

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