Catholic Charities and Holt
Three year old Madoc (aka Hyunsu) was adopted from South Korea under the new laws by Brian and Jennifer O’Callaghan in October 2013. He had a diagnosis of hydrocephalus. He died less than 4 months after his arrival in his adoptive home with a skull fracture, bleeding in the brain, eye hemorrhaging, trauma to his scrotum, and other evidence of blunt force trauma. Jennifer was out of town for several days leaving Madoc with his father Brian Patrick O’Callaghan, a former marine. Brian O’Callaghan has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Organizations: Holt Korea – Holt Children’s Services Inc
Placement Organizations: Catholic Charities of Baltimore
Location: Damascus, Maryland United States
Court documents show that a plea hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 2015
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“Holt, one of the largest adoption agencies here, has also been under fire for sending Hyunsu overseas, even though it knew that his foster mom in Korea wanted to keep him.”
“Holt simply ignored my request, saying it was illegal to adopt a foster child. But I later learned that was a lie,” Hyunsu’s foster mother said in a TV interview.
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