Hutchins, Texas 'Girl in the Closet' Case

Archive of articles related to the neglect, physical, and sexual abuse of Hutchins, TX girl confined in closet for years, after initial relinquishment by biological mother and subsequent regaining of custody from foster parents.

Couple Said to Leave Girl in Closet
The Associated Press, June 12, 2001

Court Guardian Argued That Closet Girl's Mother Was Unfit Eight Years Ago
Fox News Online, June 14, 2001

Mom Got Girl Back Despite Allegations
The Dallas Morning News, June 15, 2001

Girl May Have Been Sexually Assaulted
Dallas Fort Worth Star-Tribune, June 15, 2001

Hutchins Sex-Abuse Inquiry Begins
The Dallas Morning News, June 16, 2001

Police: Girl Was Sexually Abused
The Dallas Morning News, June 19, 2001

Mother Accused of Abuse Gives Up Parental Rights
The Associated Press, June 20, 2001

Girl Found in Closet Confined For 4 Years, Attorney Says
The Associated Press, June 26, 2001

AG's Office Had Address of Girl's Kin
The Dallas Morning News, July 9, 2001

Indictment Describes Hutchins Abuse Case
The Dallas Morning News, July 24, 2001

Stepfather of Locked-up Girl is Charged With Sexual Assault
The Dallas Morning News, November 6, 2001

Barbara Atkinson Changes Plea to Guilty
The Dallas Morning News, January 25, 2002

Smiles Abound As Closet Girl Is Adopted
Star-Telegram, July 16, 2002