The case of Terrence Karamba sparked national and international attention, with both President Reagan and the President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe making public comments. Terrence was nine years old in December 1987 when he showed up at school bloody and bruised. The eldest son of a Zimbabwe diplomat, Terrence lived on Midland Parkway in Jamaica, Queens, with his three- and seven-year-old sisters, along with his mother and apparently monstrous father. The level of abuse perpetrated upon this child was unthinkable. The New York Times covered the case extensively.