Beth Thomas, also dubbed as the "Child of Rage” and “Child Psychopath,” had been diagnosed with severe RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) when she was just six years old. Her story horrified millions of people who watched Child of Rage, a 1992 HBO documentary based on her story.

The documentary depicted Thomas' rage that had come about due to the lack of bonding and sexual abuse she suffered since infancy. It also recounted the real events of her killing a nest of baby birds without reason, hurting the family dog, and abusing her brother.

She is now a far different person than when she threatened to kill her adoptive parents and brother with a butcher knife. Thomas is now a registered nurse who is helping children with similar issues as hers in the past.

Holding Therapy Helped Thomas

Thomas had been a victim of sexual abuse when she was just a young girl. She and her 7-month-old brother John were left in her biological father's care when her mother died. But instead of caring for his children, her father sexually abused her while neglecting John.

That continued for six months until doctors finally discovered what was happening and reported it to the authorities. Social services took full custody of two children, and the two were adopted by Jill and Rob Tyler a few months later.

The situation after the adoption seemed fine initially, but problems surfaced soon after when Thomas' outburst of violence and rage came to her adoptive parents’ attention.

Her history of sexually and physically abusing John also came to light. Things worsened, and at one point, she even slammed John’s head against the concrete and pushed him down a staircase. She also threatened her adoptive parents that she would kill them and her brother with a butcher knife while they were sleeping.

After the Tyler couple sought professional help, Dr. Ken Magid got Thomas to admit to wanting to kill her family and uncovered her history. Subsequently, the doctor separated her from her family and placed her in a special home run by therapist Connell Watkins.

After multiple sessions of holding therapy, or "hugging therapy" (now a very controversial practice after the treatment killed multiple patients going through it), Thomas could bond with people and get over her attachment disorder.

She Is Helping Children Like Her

The "child of rage" is now a very different person. Thomas received her bachelor’s in nursing from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado and is a registered nurse. She is also working alongside Nancy Thomas, her second adoptive mother, to educate people about parenting and helping challenging children.

An image of Beth Thomas. (Source: Meionorte)

Because of her own history, the registered nurse travels around the country to give speeches about attachment disorders and educate people on the subject. She even wrote a book, 'More Than A Thread Of Hope,' to tell her hope and healing story. She also managed to win the 2010 Mountain West Nurse of the Year Award to mentor her contributions to child caring.