Updated: Feb 6
Warning: This post contains images and descriptions of child abuse, both psychological and physical. Reader discretion is advised.
In August, we wrote a report summarizing allegations of child abuse by two Apologia Church members, Mike and Tiffany Hendrickson, against their adopted child, Chelsey. Then we shared the church's response and behavior following that report, which showed deception and a clear defense of the Hendricksons.
If you're someone that has responded to this information by blindly defending the church, the Hendricksons, or by attacking me personally, please also take a moment to read this.
Now, after months of investigating and gathering even more documentation, we're laying it all out here for you to examine yourselves, church checkers. While we directly quoted large portions from the Forensic Psychological Evaluation and summarized much of what was reported by DCS in that evaluation in August, we've obtained a lot more information since that initial report.
As time goes on, we will likely continue to receive more documentation and evidence regarding this case. When that happens, we will add it to this post and re-publish it to keep you updated.
In the meantime, you will find the following documentation below:
The Forensic Psychological Evaluation of Chelsey, which also includes DCS notes and reports, police interview transcripts, etc.
Two Court Documents, one that entails the ruling of child abuse and another that adds to our documented evidence showing the Hendricksons recorded Chelsey's private meetings with DCS (or at least one of them).
A Police Report, which includes several transcripts of interactions between the police, the Hendricksons, and Chelsey. This report confirms a lot of what the Forensic Psychological Evaluation reports but also adds even more information regarding the police's concerns.
Pictures of Chelsey's bruises; these bruises are described in detail in several places, such as the Psychological Evaluation and the Police Report, but seeing the pictures themselves was disturbing and heartbreaking, so brace yourselves.
Pictures of the KTR Facility which the Hendricksons alleged may have caused Chelsey's bruises at one point.
A video recording of two phone calls, one between the Chander Police Department and Mike Hendrickson and then the second between the same officer and Tiffany Hendrickson.
A Police Arrest Report detailing the arrest of Mike Hendrickson for child abuse on 4/12/18.
Chelsey's Forensic Psychological Evaluation:
Court Hearing Regarding the Hendricksons' denial of abuse towards Chelsey and their recording of confidential DCS meetings with Chelsey:
Court Ruling Regarding the Hendricksons' abuse of Chelsey:
The Police Report:
Arrest Report of Mike Hendrickson:
Pictures of Chelsey's bruises:
The KTR Facility which the Hendricksons claimed may have caused Chelsey's bruises at one point:
Phone calls between the Chandler Police Department and Mike and Tiffany Hendrickson on 4/11/18: