There is probably no way to put in more clear terms the disturbing nature of the history of Lauren Kavanaugh than by stating it clearly.
For six years, from 1995 to 2001, she was held captive in the closet of a mobile home by her biological mother and her stepfather, sleeping in the urine-soaked carpet, being deprived of food and water, among garbage, and being abused in every sort of way imaginable, from beatings to being prostituted to pedophiles.
Born in 1993, Lauren Kavanaugh’s life until her rescue in 2001 is a string of constant failures of supposed authority figures to act in her best interests or considering her interests at all.
Keep reading as we review the disturbing story of Lauren Kavanaugh, from a happy toddler in a loving adoptive home to a near-death, malnourished, abused child.
10 Adopted At Birth
Lauren Kavanaugh is the daughter of Barbara Atkinson (Barbara Calhoun, giving birth) and an unknown biological father.
At some point in early 1993, Barbara had met Sabrina and Bill Kavanaugh. This middle-aged couple was desperately looking to adopt a child, and, according to Sabrina, “she was more than willing” to give her baby to their care.
As such, Sabrina, Bill, and Barbara agreed to the adoption, and all three of them signed the adoption papers: Lauren Atkison became Lauren Kavanaugh before she was born.
9 Unwanted By Her Mother
When she was born, indeed, it seemed as if her biological mother couldn’t wait to send her away with the Kavanaughs.
Later, after everything she had done was discovered, Barbara would state to the Child Protective Services: “I never loved Lauren. I never wanted her. When my other kids hurt, I hurt. When Lauren hurt, I felt nothing.”
At the time, Barbara’s hate for Lauren was somehow expressed subtly: she refused to hold her, see her, or anything of the sort.
Lauren was quickly placed into the Kavanaugh’s care, and it seemed like she had found a life away from an unloving mother and into the arms of very much loving parents.