About Katherine “Kate” Parker
Kate Parker, age 44, is the biological mother of Megan, Adam, Emily, Sarah, Isaac, David and Joshua. She is the adoptive mother of Hannah and Bethany.
Kate is married to Charley Parker. She also has a twin brother, Curt.
Kate says she was “called by God” to adopt two girls from Reece’s Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry (ReecesRainbow.org) on January 21, 2010. They formally committed to adopt Hannah and Bethany on February 13, 2010.
With Charley, Kate traveled to Ukraine to adopt the girls in late 2010. They arrived back in the US in early October 2010.
She posted under several usernames, including MomTo3g3b, JoshiesMom, KPMomof7, KPMomof8 and KPMomof9. Kate also wrote prolifically on her own websites, including Kate’s Life With Special Needs Kids (Kateslwsnk.Blogspot.com), Room for More (SNAdoption.Blogspot.com), which detailed the adoption process, and CaringBridge (CB) sites where she detailed Joshua’s and Bethany’s medical issues.
Joshua’s CaringBridge site was suddenly deactivated in early September 2013, causing alarm among many followers. Many followers reported that they had been searching for obituaries when they first learned of the allegations against Kate Parker.
It now appears that the site deactivation coincided with the CPS intervention that occurred during Joshua’s final hospitalization. According to a witness who testified before a Multnomah County Grand Jury, Kate read aloud documents detailing the evidence that authorities had gathered.
The allegations reportedly included claims that Kate had administered medications via Joshua’s g-tube without authorization and it was alleged that she had deceived nurses and physicians, reporting symptoms that did not exist.
This September 2013 CPS intervention marked the beginning of the investigation into Kate’s alleged crimes. The Portland Police Department’s criminal investigation, spearheaded by Detectives Erica Hurley and Mace Winter, was launched in late 2013 or early 2014.
In early 2014, a Multnomah County Grand Jury heard testimony from a number of witnesses. As a result, the Grand Jury indicted Kate Parker on 43 criminal counts, including:
- 24 counts of criminal mistreatment in the first degree;
- 4 counts of assault in the first degree;
- 4 counts of felony computer crime;
- 4 counts of identity theft;
- 5 counts of witness tampering;
- 1 count of recklessly endangering another person; and
- 1 count of child abandonment.
In short, it is alleged that Kate intentionally harmed Bethany, Hannah and Joshua, causing them to undergo unnecessary surgical procedures. Authorities also believe that Kate withheld food and proper medical care to induce symptoms.
The abandonment charges stem from allegations that she abandoned Hannah. The indictment also says that Kate used her kids’ name, photos and personal information to set up fraudulent online fundraisers. In addition, witness tampering charges were filed after Kate was reportedly observed coaching her children about what to tell investigators. She is also charged for instructing another witness, Kate Estes or “the other Kate”, about what to tell investigators.
Kate Parker was arrested at her home in Grants Pass, Oregon on April 1, 2014.
She appeared in a Portland courtroom on Friday, April 4, 2014. Judge John A. Wittmayer presided over the proceedings, where Kate entered a plea of “not guilty.” She was represented by a court-appointed attorney, Thomas McNair.
As of April 18, 2014, she remained in Multnomah County Detention Center, with a bail totaling $1,195,000.
If you have information on Kate Parker and her treatment of the children, you’re encouraged to contact investigators as soon as possible. Authorities say that no detail is too small to report.
Portland Police Department Det. Mace Winter or Det. Erica Hurley can be reached by calling 503-823-0182.