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.

Date: 2014-02-03
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse
Abuser: Adoptive father
Disabilities: yes

Facilitators

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

For details about this case please read:

Onetime NSA division chief to plead guilty in young son’s death, court files show

and

Toddler’s murder reopens old wounds for Korean adoptees.

“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.

 

Shannon Heit (right), a Korean-American adoptee, holds rally with other adoptees in front of an adoption agency in Seoul which arranged the adoption of a 3-year-old boy beaten to death by his adoptive father in February in the U.S

Shannon Heit (right), a Korean-American adoptee, holds rally with other adoptees in front of an adoption agency in Seoul which arranged the adoption of a 3-year-old boy beaten to death by his adoptive father in February in the U.S

letter to prosecutors 3.13.2014

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