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Richard Lee ADAMS





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Child abuse
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: November 25, 1998
Date of birth: April 2, 1974
Victim profile: Kayla V. McKean (his six-year-old stepdaughter)
Method of murder: Beating
Location: Lake County, Florida, USA
Status: Sentenced to life imprisonment on May 15, 2000

The District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida

opinion 5D00-1685

Richard Lee Adams (born April 2, 1974) was convicted on March 29, 2000 of the 1998 murder of his six-year-old stepdaughter, Kayla V. McKean in Clermont, Lake County, Florida.

Kayla was beaten to death by Adams after she allegedly soiled herself. Adams then took the body to the Ocala National Forest in Marion County, Florida and buried it in a shallow grave.

Kayla McKean was murdered after several reported incidents of child abuse and beatings. The case triggered a change in the children's protective services division of Florida's Department of Children and Families and in 1999, the Florida Legislature unanimously passed a bill known as the Kayla McKean Child Protection Act.

The Kayla McKean Act offers protection for Florida's abused and neglected children by requiring the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to maintain a master file on each child who is reportedly in an abusive home.

Adams was sentenced on May 15, 2000 to life imprisonment on the charge of first degree murder. He remains incarcerated in Escambia County, Florida, without possibility of parole.



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