Houlton Man Charged With Burning Kids

Joy Hollowell

Updated 2 years ago

A Houlton man who claims he was trying to teach his two boys meditation, is accused of burning them with a cigarette.28-year old Adam Maguire was arrested Sunday afternoon.According to Houlton Police, Maguire is charged with Violating Conditions of Release (Class E), two (2) counts of Domestic Violence Assault (Class D), two (2) counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Class D). Authorities say Maguire burned his 12 and 13 year olds in an attempt to show them pain compliance while meditating. Police found marks on their upper back and neck areas. They’re described as superficial.Maguire reportedly told a detective that he has a history of self-mutilation.  Houlton police say Maguire’s girlfriend told them the couple was showing the two boys meditation techniques. They thought meditation would be helpful because the 13 year old boy had been diagnosed with ADHD. The boys were informed that when you clear your mind, you are no longer susceptible to pain. The matter was referred to the Houlton Police Department by the Department of Health and Human Services, according to Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin. The two children are now staying with relatives. We’re told Maguire is currently on probation for the December 2008 Andy’s IGA burglary. 


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