Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Adoptions, Adulation, Indictment

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Adoptions, Adulation, Indictment

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A couple hailed for adopting dozens of unwanted youngsters from around the world have been indicted on criminal charges in the deaths of three children and alleged mistreatment of other children.

A 27-count indictment made public Monday charges Diane and Dennis Nason with three counts of manslaughter, 15 counts of criminal mistreatment, seven counts of forgery of guardianship papers, and racketeering. The racketeering count alleges a criminal enterprise to mistreat children.

The indictment was handed up Friday and released Monday by the Deschutes County district attorney's office.

The Nasons became known around Oregon and the nation as the "Celebration Family." They adopted 76 children over the last 14 years, most of them mentally or physically disabled, and were once profiled on the CBS television program "60 Minutes."

The children cited in the indictment died in 1985 and 1988. One was an infant and the others were ages 2 and 4. The causes of death were not spelled out.

(NOTE: THE FOLLOWING TWO PARAGRAPHS APPEARED IN THE THREE STAR EDITION ONLY)

The couple also had six biological children. …

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