Liz Carroll, Mother of 3 year old Murdered Ohio Foster Child Marcus Fiesel Found Guilty


It was a missing persons case that horrified and outraged many. A 3 year old, developmentally disabled, autistic boy, Marcus Fiesel, was first said to be missing by his parents. We would later find out that he was bound and abandoned in a closet by his foster parents where he died while they attended a family reunion. Then the story gets worse, if possible. David Carroll who has yet to be prosecuted took the boy’s body to rural Brown County and burned it.

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Liz Carroll, 30, was convicted on seven counts, including involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, felonious assault and three counts of child endangerment by the Clermont County jury. She faces from 15 years to life in prison when sentencing begins Thursday. (AP)

The Caroll’s told authorities that Marcus Fiesel “wandered off or had been snatched from a park in suburban Cincinnati, sparking a search by thousands of volunteers that lasted several days.” Liz Caroll begged people to help find her son all the while she knew exactly what had occurred. Scared Monkeys followed the events from the outset and had posted some rather critical articles of the foster parents accounts obviously striking a nerve with Liz Carroll. That prompted her to leave a comment on Missing & Exploited web page that was far from PG rated. That very next morning Liz and David Carroll were arrested in the death of Marcus Fiesel.

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David and Liz Carroll

Scared Monkeys: Missing & Exploited was later contacted by Rick McCrabb of the Ohio newspaper, The Middletown Journal, for comments and our coverage of this case.

Newspapers and television stations in southwest Ohio have followed every step in the case, and now that his foster parents have been charged, the story has grabbed the attention of media outlets throughout the United States.

There are Web sites that feature photo albums, message boards, chat rooms and slide and video shows. One of those is, dedicated to exploited and missing children. “Red,” one of the site’s co-founders, said after news of Marcus’ disappearance was linked to his Web site, he received an e-mail from Marcus’ foster mother. She chastised the site for their portrayal.

As soon as she did that, well, it was like, she’s guilty,” Red said Friday from his office in Maine. “You knew this was going to end bad. The radar just went up. It raises the hair on the back of your neck. When you kill your son, and go public pleading for help, it brings it to a special level of hell.”

He said Marcus’ story has drawn widespread coverage because people are so “disgusted by it.” (Middletown Journal)

So often we hear about the evils of the internet. Teenagers getting into trouble by divulging too much information on the internet or meeting people they meet on MySpace. However, this was a case of the best of what the internet can offer. A small town story made it big and received attention from major outlets due to its discussion on the web.

Even with a story this bizarre, there was a time — and not too long ago — that it would have been reported by area media outlets, then picked up by wire services. It wouldn’t have extended too far beyond the city’s boundaries.

That all changed with the Internet. What is reported in The Journal — once a community newspaper — is spread on its Web site, and instantly reaches millions of possible readers.

Another silver lining to this terrible story is the fact that calls for reforms in the Foster care system in Ohio have been raised. Let’s hope that Marcus can save a future foster child from the same fate.

The case led to calls for reform within Ohio’s foster care system. An investigation by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said the Carrolls were unqualified to care for Fiesel and cited failure to check references and inadequate home study and follow-up visits.

The state report recommended increased training, thorough background checks, drug testing and more data-sharing among agencies, courts and law enforcement as solutions. Legislators expect to work on reform measures this year.

Posted February 21, 2007 by
Bizarre, Child Welfare, Crime, Murder | 11 comments

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    11 Responses to “Liz Carroll, Mother of 3 year old Murdered Ohio Foster Child Marcus Fiesel Found Guilty”

    1. Patti on February 21st, 2007 11:06 pm

      This is one of the saddest stories. An emotionally challenged child that was left alone in a closet while
      his foster parents attended a family reunion.

      They should both go to jail for life!

      Let them suffer the consequences. That child grew old and died in that closet, over just a number of days!

      the fear… the pain…the agony

      Heartlessness! There is no penalty large enough!

    2. bleachedblack on February 21st, 2007 11:08 pm

      Hope the face of little Marcus haunts both David and Liz Carroll for the rest of their days.

      It seems in looking at the picture of Marcus above, that his little face has some facial/forehead swelling, there appears some ecchymosis under his right eye, and a scratch on his chin just beneath the lower lip…..IMO his face is giving clues about his life before death…….

    3. Patti on February 22nd, 2007 12:01 am

      His lip looks like it’s been bit, over and over… it’s
      scar tissue. That’s what happens when you get belted in
      the mouth. Your lips get split by your teeth so many
      times, they become callus.

      Maybe they thought they were going to teach him a lesson…
      Well, guess what? They’re adults and they should have learnt their lessons along time ago. Remember, all those
      rules you were taught in kindergarten?

      Please, the world is better off without the likes of them!

    4. tuyvnsurvivor on February 22nd, 2007 1:14 am

      I do not see how folks like this can possibly ever be of any use to society.

      Often I think prison times are too long, that we need to care more of rehabilitation…many of us serving drafts to come teach them things we know how to do or know about. Then there are ones like this: I say let us give them a jail cell, nice color tv, smokes, drink, KFC…if and when they catch on fire or get sick, let them die naturally…ahh, that is with no medical help, not an asprin. Why not? Really.

    5. Richard on February 22nd, 2007 6:17 am

      Looks like SM really took the lead on this one. Best wishes, and I hope that the recognition leads to great things. As for the animals who would do this … put them in the same cell with the Couey animal. Fair match.

    6. Miss-Underestimated on February 22nd, 2007 8:22 am

      Thw whole issue boils down to money. Some of these creeps only want the money, they don’t give two s**ts about the kids. I say the punishment should be the crime times 3.

      Messin with kids you RIH

    7. da_wench on February 22nd, 2007 1:31 pm

      #1 – Amazing, we agree on something. These are the kinds of people who should rot in hell.

    8. lmb1013 on February 23rd, 2007 4:28 pm

      I can’t imagine how the thought of doing something like that to a child can enter someone’s mind. It hurts my heart everytime I read about something like this happening. I look at my little boy and can’t imagine the things being done to him that have happened to children in the past. It’s sad and frustrating that it can’t be stopped. It’s just sad.

    9. Suncana on March 10th, 2007 2:01 pm

      Children Are Dying

      Foster care in America is a disaster: financially, legally, emotionally, physically and in any other way. The biggest tragedy of it all is that WE choose not to see it, pretending it doesn’t exist. Is this repeating the past? Like the Holocaust. Then, too, people were closing their eyes at the tragedy in front of them. If they hadn’t, if they reacted, there would have been much less victims.

      Do you know why children die in foster or adoptive placements?
      1. The bottom line with many of these agencies is funding, not children.
      2. Agencies don’t do their job correctly.
      corruption, lies, all of it under the disguise of law; social workers abusing their power. Children die in their hands and they never face legal consequences.They feel like they are above the law. They think their mistakes are excusable considering the nobility of their profession. All this is happening right in front of us, in the US but also around the world.
      -” Sadistic and criminal aren’t words usually associated with social workers. But they come to mind while reading the results of a yearlong investigation into a child-protection bureaucracy that was allowed to go rogue. Social workers gave each other nicknames like “The Queen of Removal” and “Terminator” and laughed as they stripped children from their parents!”-

      This page is in memory of children died of neglect or abuse while under the care of the social service agencies!

      How many stories have to be told of children who have died when they were either under CPS’s watch in their own homes or in foster/adoptive placement before people say, “Isn’t there something in place to stop that?”
      The only way to create change is to bring it to the public’s attention. It is about the children! Please hear the childrens’ cry !
      Those Children Were Failed by the System ! Please, don’t wait for new name on this page.

      Memory Of :

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