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White Couple Who Starved and Abused Their Black Adopted Children Get No Jail Time After Guilty Plea

An Iowa couple accused of neglecting their adopted children have been placed on two years of probation after receiving deferred judgments.

Kenny Fry, 42, and Kelly Fry, 40, of Osceola, pleaded guilty to two counts each of child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor, according to Iowa court records. Both had originally pleaded not guilty to felony charges.

The initial charges came after medical professionals in February 2018 determined that two of the couple’s seven children were malnourished. The victims, a 10-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy, were adopted years earlier from Ghana, authorities said.

The Frys must also each complete 100 hours of community service before Jan. 1 and pay a civil penalty of $12,500. Original charges of child endangerment causing bodily injury and neglect or abandonment of a dependent person were dismissed.

The order filed Thursday by Clarke County District Judge Dustria Relph references dissatisfaction in the public with the Frys avoiding prison. Relph wrote that the husband and wife handled poorly the adopted children’s behavioral problems but had sought out help and received some poor advice, though she emphasized that that did not relieve them of culpability.

Supporters sent letters to Relph praising the Frys. Clarke County Attorney Adam Ramsey agreed with the Frys’ attorney in recommending deferred judgments. The prosecutor’s office “has a unique grasp of this complicated and difficult case,” Relph wrote.

Relph also quoted at length from prosecutors’ written recommendation for sentencing: “This is about a young couple who got in over their heads in a failed adoption, made poor decisions, and didn’t get help when they needed it, at least not the right help. The defendants made some serious mistakes and, even though they may not be wealthy, I believe they should pay a hefty debt to society even if those payments take several years. On the other hand, I also feel strongly that if they pay that debt and fulfill term of probation, they should not be marked as criminals for life.”

Officers were initially contacted in late January 2018 by an Iowa Department of Human Services caseworker investigating possible child abuse at the Fry household in the 600 block of S. Main Street in Osceola. Authorities said that one day earlier, a neighbor reported finding two children knocking on the door of their home and crying to be taken in.

After being removed from the home, the children — then 8 and 9 years old — told officials they were required to spend most days isolated in their bedrooms and used plastic buckets as a toilet. If they left their rooms, which were not locked, an alarm would sound and each child would be disciplined by being forced to perform squats and pushups, according to a criminal complaint.

One of the children indicated that the alarms were added to their doors because they would sneak out to take food.

About a week after the children were placed with relatives, officials said a physical examination determined that the girl exhibited an anxious and withdrawn mood. She had several small wounds not healing properly, which a nurse said was likely caused by malnutrition.

The girl, who weighed 50 pounds, also had a distention of her abdomen consistent with malnutrition, while the boy was undersized for his age.

An officer noted that five of the seven children’s bedrooms were typical. The other two shared a room that was divided into two segments.

The officer described the segmented rooms as bare. Each contained a small plastic mat, a blanket and a shelf on a wall. No other furnishings or personal items were present, except a plastic bucket used as a toilet, court records show.

Kelly Fry indicated to a DHS worker that she and her husband constructed the rooms months earlier after the two children displayed bad behavior. She said the two would defecate and urinate in their rooms, so it became each child’s responsibility to clean up after themselves, police said.

In a later interview with authorities, the two children said they were not allowed to eat breakfast if they used the buckets and failed to clean them outside. One child said the two received oatmeal for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the other children did not have food restrictions.

Authorities said that since the children were removed from the Fry residence, they have not displayed the poor behavior alleged by the couple.

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Jamie August 6, 2019 at 4:32 pm

Another failure by the judicial system, by both the judge and the district attorneys’ office. This is an obscene failure to protect children of color, to allow white abusers to go free, no matter about probation.
This would be disgusting if all the people in this house were the same color, or blood related.

This is disgusting.

Mickey Mouse September 16, 2019 at 2:29 pm

They love to give black kids to white people. Its a problem.

JP Maurice March 28, 2020 at 3:50 pm

This is a global Genocidal race war. Make no mistake about. Blacks never received ” equal protection under the law” like stated in the US Constitution. whites have no laws or rights that Blacks are bound to respect ! The Black Community should find Kenny and Kelly fry , summarily execute them and burn their house down and that bullshit racist prosector ! FUCK THIS SHIT ! THIS IS FUCKING BULLSHIT !! whites are perverted criminally insane sociopathic perverts. And Black are fucking pathetic COWARDS !! To let these type of actions continue without fighting back. Blacks gave guns and opportunity KILL THOSE RACIST SCUM BAG PERVERT white BASTARDS !!!!! KILL’EM GOT DAM IT !!!! KILL THEM !!!!

Carlean August 6, 2019 at 11:38 pm

White ppl should not be Allowed to Adopt Blk Children, nor should Blk be Allowed to Adopt White Children. Neither one can Teach that Child about Their Culture. It’s Bad Enough Our Blk Children are getting Shot Down like Animals By the back White Cops and Their getting Away with Murder, now their getting Abused by White ppl who Adopted them. The Judicial system is Fucked up when it comes to ppl of Color.

David August 10, 2019 at 7:17 pm

I agree. Back in the early 1970s The National Association of Black Social Workers took a position that black children should be placed with black families.

Chet brooks August 19, 2019 at 2:29 am

I feelthey should of gotten prison time and all children removed and placed with other parents.

Stacey September 6, 2019 at 1:14 pm

I think the couple should have gotten j as il time for abuse and child endangerment. All the children should be taken and the couple should get their license taken away.

Darren D. Callahan September 7, 2019 at 10:09 pm

Not surprised at all in this fucked up country called trump’s america. They should change that part in the star spangled banner from liberty and justice for all. To liberty and justice for whites.

Darren D. Callahan September 7, 2019 at 10:12 pm

Not surprised at all in this fucked up country called trump’s america. They should change that part in the pledge of allegiance from liberty and justice for all. To liberty and justice for whites.

eddie September 6, 2019 at 10:10 am

that white people shoule not be allowed to adopt a black child is one of the 6st racist statements i have ever heard.shame on you.

Chris Christophe September 8, 2019 at 9:50 am

If this were law Carlean, I would have never been adopted. I’m half and half. So by your standards, I’m to white to be adopted by a black family, and to black to be adopted by a black family. So I just dont get a shake at happiness? Science tells us that no matter what skin tone we have, we’re all of the human species.

Bobby Benn January 5, 2020 at 4:34 pm

Not only are we getting shot down by white cops, but by each other. I wonder does black lives really matter. Ther are more black on black in one day, compared to white cops on blacks in a year.

Nicole August 6, 2019 at 11:57 pm

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. If you care. We are at war.

sheila G Evans August 7, 2019 at 4:46 am

its always abt some judge or prosecuter whose worried abt EVADING the law when its not abt POC , so I notice the laws here are harsh on blks….. yet whites GET A PASS?…since they don’t go by the laws here…. im wondering why should we? We really need our OWN laws bcus theres Doesn’t work. nor is JUstice Blind….And to the cpl who sentenced the kids to stay in their room only YOUR TRASSSHH…AND should be in JAIL….”THEY were in over their heads” HOGWASH!!…..they didnt believe it was ok for them to sleep on a mat while other kids had a bed.. or to feed some yet not these two.. .Had they had starved to death I guess it’d be okay too huh? 2019

Lorraine August 7, 2019 at 11:08 am

I believe they were being bias towards the children from Ghana
and should be punish for it. They also should never be allowed to foster anymore black children .I see them as racist

O'QUITA SAMUEL August 17, 2019 at 12:22 pm

This is Bull if I have ever seen it , a mile away. These people are totally mistreating these kids , because they never would ran to the neighbor’s. No child should be locked in a room , especially with an alarm. No child should have to use a bucket, that’s being treated like a animal. And to make them eat oatmeal 3xs per day , that is FREAKING RIDICULOUS !!! WTH , they get no time , only community service and a fine ???? If they had been PARENTS to these ANGELS like the others , yours DONKEYS wouldn’t be on front page !!!!!

MAN September 4, 2019 at 11:27 pm

good ole USA

Just Me September 7, 2019 at 8:40 pm

If their bank account is audited, I’d bet there was an in pouring of financial donations and support for their adoption choice. When the money stopped, they stopped caring for those kids. Bet you dinner and I don’t know you. WICKED , Desperate, and Whole in their soul.

Mrs Toyin Alonge September 11, 2019 at 4:28 pm

This is so sad. One thing I know is they had no respect for God how much more human. Why adopt or foster when you hate these black children that much? If the judiciary allowed you to go free, there is a greater God who will judge you except you repent. Everyone is human, white or black and America judiciary should know that so that they dont face the wrath of God

JP Maurice November 21, 2019 at 10:18 pm

Fuck you , you idiot ! And fuck these white racist child abusers! They should be summarily fucking executed !! And the bitch corrupt judge who let them go !!

Mickey Mouse September 16, 2019 at 2:32 pm

In Colorado, white gay couples adopt whole black families. Money wins every time.

General Ralph September 16, 2019 at 4:33 pm

“There’s no such things as white privilege” – white people

TRACEY WILLIAMS September 17, 2019 at 11:03 am

these people are as good as the system good…..

TRACEY WILLIAMS September 17, 2019 at 11:05 am

These people are as good as the system is!

Dora Webb September 25, 2019 at 1:07 pm

I get so tired of this system. Why adopted these kids to treat them this way? And you just going to say it okay we give you probation. Shameful
Really it wasn’t important enough for news. Wow

Karen Draper January 13, 2020 at 1:03 pm

That was really a shame to give this white couple community service instead of JAIL SERVICE. The judge was supposed to put their asses in jail for life and we all know it as well. How can people make donations for these criminals to stay out of jail after the horrendous CRIMES they committed on these INNOCENT children? Oh, I know how! THEY’RE WHITE AS WELL AND BELIEVE IN RACISM AS DO THE JUDGE! PITIFUL!!! SHAMELESS!!! RACIST KKK!!! The ADOPTION AGENCIES SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO TRIAL AS WELL!!!


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