CCTVs Pins US Couple over Torturing Adopted Son; 2 Others Children “Missing”

Closed Circuit Television –CCTV cameras accessed by police have pinned an American couple, Nicholas and Mackenzie Spencer, over continuously torturing their adopted son John Kayima Spencer.

The whereabouts of two other Ugandan children they also adopted remain unknown to cincerned neighbours who lew the whistle over the boy’s repeated torture.

Police arrested the couple a fortnight ago after neighbours in Naguru 1 and teachers at Don Children Centre –Ntinda secretly alerted police officers that Kayima was being subjected to inhumane treatment by the supposed parents.

The neighbours in Naguru I Parish and teachers who preferred anonymity told police that Kayima was being served cold food, kept naked during daytime and made sleep on a bare piece of wood at the night.

Detectives from CID plus personnel of Child and Family Protection Unit –CFPU stormed the couple’s home and found the child naked exactly as reported by the whistleblowers.

Police left the home with CCTV footage which has been reviewed and confirmed almost everything as recounted by neighbours and teachers at school. Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga said the footage of the child’s torture has been shared with the –DPP as evidence for file sanctioning.

A team that was tasked to establish how the Spencers fostered the child has since established that they came into Uganda in 2017 and first stayed in Jinja town.

Police have established that Kayima was fostered from Welcome Ministries Jinja in 2018 and the couple shifted with him to Kampala in 2020.

Enanga quoting the detectives’ findings said the couple fostered three children but they have been living with Kayima whom police suspect has been under torture by the couple since 2018 when they adopted him.

In one of the videos, detectives say Kayima would be made to sit in awkward positions with the head facing down as the cameras recorded.

In some instances, they would make him stand naked with hands raised.

One of the neighbours said he had continuously monitored the couple’s behaviour towards the child for more than a year, while the school had observed and interacted with the child for also close to a year until they resolved that it was time to put a stop on their mistreatment of an innocent child.

Police have asked parents, guardians and local leaders to always follow up on the condition of the children adopted by both local and foreign persons. It is not yet clear where the two other children that had been fostered by the Spencers went.

Scroll to top