Jeni Cazares

No PhotoName: Jeni Cazares, also called Yeni Lezama, Jenny, or Yeni Cazares.
Died: May 19, 1991.
Age at death: 3 months.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Santa Ana, California, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Jeny’s mother smashed her head; then her parents both helped hide her body.

Perpetrator: Oscar Lezama, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, sentenced to 11 years; Rocio Cazares (Mother), pleaded guilty to being an accessory, sentenced to 5 years probation.

Source: Mother Charged With Murdering Infant Daughter in Her Apartment

Anginetta Clayton

No PhotoName: Anginetta Clayton.
Died: January 17, 1989.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Oxford, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Microcephaly.

Details:
Anginetta’s mother starved her to death.

Perpetrator: Bessie Marie Clayton (Mother); convicted of “depraved heart” murder; sentenced to life.

Source: Bessie Marie CLAYTON, v. STATE of Mississippi.

Brian Myers

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Name: Brian Myers.
Died: November 27, 1987.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Brian was beaten by his foster parents until he died of a skull fracture. Before Brian died they had been able to escape suspicion for their abuse despite Michael’s bruises because they blamed his injuries on Michael’s disability, claiming he hurt himself.

Perpetrator: Janet Portman (foster mother), pled guilty to second-degree criminal abuse, sentenced to 6 months in jail and 5 years probation; Michael Portman (foster father), not guilty of child abuse.

Source:
Misplaced Mercy
Board rules cabinet was negligent in death of child, orders award
Agency found negligent in death of toddler; state to pay $100,000

Eric Bernstein

No PhotoName: Eric Bernstein.
Died: May 11, 1987.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Broomall, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Hypoxic brain injury at birth, causing cerebral palsy.

Details:
After putting her son through months of intensive, 15-hour-a-day therapy to try to cure him, Eric’s mother, seeing that he wasn’t going to be cured, shot him to death.

Perpetrator: Irene Torres Bernstein (Mother), pleaded no contest to third-degree murder, sentenced to a $1000 fine and 5 years probation.

Source: Mom Pleads No Contest In Son’s Killing
Mom Given Probation Didn’t Ask For Mercy In Tot’s Death

Louise Brown

No PhotoName: Louise Brown.
Died: May 28, 1984.
Age at death: 14 days.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: London, England, UK.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Louise’s father told police that Louise had been in the family car when it was stolen. When the truth emerged, it was found that Louise had been killed by her father because he could not accept her disability, and her uncle had helped get rid of the body.

Perpetrator: Paul Brown (Father), manslaughter, 5 years; Ian Brown (Uncle), 9 months in jail.

Source: Killer Dad Jailed for Murder of Brother; Daughter was first victim.

(Baby Boy) McKay

No PhotoName: Baby McKay (Never named).
Died: June 18, 1983.
Age at death: Newborn.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Harvey, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Trisomy 13 (Possibly).

Details:
When Baby McKay’s father saw his son’s cleft palate and webbed fingers and had it explained that the baby might have Trisomy 13, he bashed the infant’s head against the delivery room floor, killing him.

Perpetrator: Daniel McKay (Father). Charged with murder. Case dismissed after two hung juries.

Source: Case Dismissed in Slaying of Deformed Baby

“Baby Doe”

Baby Doe's gravestone. It reads, Baby Doe. You are loved. 1982.Name: “Baby Doe”, Anonymous Male.
Died: April 15, 1982.
Age at death: 6 days.
Cause of death: Fatal Medical Neglect.
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Baby Doe was born with Down syndrome and an esophageal atresia, which untreated would result in death, but could be treated surgically with a 90% success rate. Advised by their doctor that the baby would have an intellectual disability, Baby Doe’s parents decided not to proceed with surgery. The hospital staff tried to have the court appoint a guardian for Baby Doe, to override the parents’ decision; but the court denied them. Baby Doe died six days later of starvation and pneumonia from aspirated stomach acid.

Perpetrator: Parents; Walter Owens (Doctor). No crime.

Source: Baby Doe Law

James Lloyd

Photo of James Allen Lloyd's tombstone, reading "James Allen, son of Thomas Jay Lloyd. April 25, 1977 to November 25, 1981."Name: James Allen Lloyd.
Died: November 23, 1981.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Shadow Creek, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
After hearing that James might not be able to go to kindergarten because he was “slow”, James’s mother put him in the bathtub and shot him dead.

Perpetrator: Caroline Lloyd (Mother), convicted of murder.

Source:
The Loss of Innocents
James Allen Lloyd

Matthew Robles

No Photo.Name: Matthew Robles.
Died: September 1, 1980.
Age at death: 4 months.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: El Cajon, California, USA.
Disability: Hydrocephalus.

Details:
Matthew was smothered by his mother. His death was presumed natural until five years later, when his mother killed his brother, John Robles, and confessed to both killings.

Perpetrator: Debra Sue Robles (Mother), pled guilty to murder, sentenced to 30 years to life.

Source: An American Tragedy: Mother Kills 2 Children as System Fails

Baby Boy

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Name: Unknown.
Died: Undated; article published January 6, 2016.
Age at death: Newborn, less than 6 days old.
Cause of death: Burned alive, following Yanomami tradition.
Location: Caracaraí, Brazil.
Disability: “a malformation in his leg”.

Details:
Quote: When a 21-year-old indigenous woman gave birth to her fourth son in this small settlement in northern Brazil, she noticed that the newborn was suffering from a malformation in his leg. She knew what that meant, but still consulted with the leaders of her Yanomami tribe in a desperate hope for an exception.

It was not to be: the baby was burned alive as part of a ritual, and the ashes were used to prepare a sort of gruel that was offered to all members of the tribe. Though the mother shared her grief with her immediate family, she said she understood that this was the tradition.

Perpetrator: His mother and tribe.

Source: In Brazil, Activists Defend Infanticide Among Indigenous Tribes