Scarlett Chen

Photo of Scarlett Chen, a grinning Asian toddler with short hair.Name: Scarlett Chen, also called Jia Jia.
Died: July 12, 2004.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
After Scarlett’s mother was told by a doctor that Scarlett’s autism could not be surgically cured, she drowned Scarlett in the bathtub.

Perpetrator: Xuan “Linda” Peng (Mother); pled guilty to manslaughter; served five years in prison.

Source: Killer of autistic daughter released
History of euthanasia in Canada
Tracy Latimer is dead because her father is a murderer

“Baby C”

No PhotoName: “Baby C” (Female).
Died: May 2004.
Age at death: 5 months.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Nelson, New Zealand.
Disability: Lissencephaly.

Details:
When he learned that her diagnosis would cause lifelong severe disability, Baby C’s father smothered her.

Perpetrator: Her father; charged with manslaughter but acquitted, even though he confessed during the trial.

Source: Complaint from family over Baby C

Mia Depaillat

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Name: Mia Depaillat.
Died: April 18, 2004.
Age at death: 21 months.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Cumming, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Developmental delay.

Details:
Mia died of injuries that her mother claimed had been caused when she had accidentally dropped Mia and she fell down a flight of stairs. However, the injuries Mia had sustained matched shaken baby syndrome, not a fall down stairs. Mia died two days afterward.

Perpetrator: Jill Ellen Depaillat (Mother), charged with murder; hung jury.

Source: Mia Depaillat

Daniel Thomas

Photo of Daniel Thomas, a baby with dark hair and eyes.Name: Daniel Thomas.
Died: October 13, 2003.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia.
Disability: Asthma, speech delay, allergies, eczema.

Details:
Daniel was abused by his babysitter, and his mother allowed the abuse. How he died is not known because his body was not found for several years, but the coroner suggested he might have been killed through strangulation, drowning, or a head injury.

Perpetrator: Mandy Martyn (Babysitter) and Donna Thomas (Mother). No charges.

Source: Coroner finds babysitter Mandy Martyn killed toddler Daniel Thomas —but also blames his mother Donna Thomas for doing nothing to help the boy
Cackling babysitter Mandy Martyn denies killing toddler Daniel Thomas, gives reporters a spray

Raya Donagi

A gravestone reading: Raya Rakefet Donagi. Feb. 1, 2003 - Aug. 4, 2003. In the eternal embrace of her mother. Mine An Ener, July 14, 1965 - Aug. 30, 2003.Name: Raya Rakefet Donagi.
Died: August 4, 2003.
Age at death: 6 months.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Raya’s mother slit her throat because she was afraid Raya might have to get a feeding tube.

Perpetrator: Mine An Ener (Mother); charged with murder. Committed suicide before she could be tried.

Source: Mine An ENER

Deetrick Brown

Photo of Deetrick Brown. It is a photo of a TV screen, showing an African-American toddler with a solemn expression. Faint text along the bottom says, "Christmas. December 25." The rest of the text is indistinct.Name: Deetrick Brown.
Died: January 16, 2003.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: La Quinta, California, USA.
Disability: Parents claimed “drug baby”, intellectual disability, autism. Seizures, possibly due to abuse.

Details:
Deetrick died of abusive head trauma that caused repeated seizures in the months before his death. His parents argued that, rather than being abused, Deetrick was a “drug baby” who had an intellectual disability. When Deetrick died, a judge ruled there wasn’t enough evidence for the case to go to trial. But ten years later, the case was re-opened and reexamined, and his father and stepmother were arrested.

Perpetrator: Patricia Brown (Stepmother), convicted of second-degree murder; Derrick Brown (Father), charges dropped.

Source:
Closing Arguments Scheduled in Trial of La Quinta Woman Accused in Toddler’s Murder
Husband acquitted, testimony continues for wife in toddler murder trial
New Trial Sought For La Quinta Woman Convicted In Toddler’s Death 13 Years After It Happened
New Trial Sought For RivCo Woman Convicted in Toddler’s Death 13 Years After It Happened

Cassandra Killpack

Photo of Cassandra Kilpatrick. She is a young black toddler, outdoors, stooping down and examining some dry grass.Name: Cassandra Taine Killpack.
Died: June 10, 2002.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Springville, Utah, USA.
Disability: Reactive attachment disorder.

Details:
Cassandra’s adoptive parents forced her to drink so much water that she died of water poisoning.

Perpetrator: Jennete Killpack (Adoptive mother), child abuse, 1 to 15 years in prison (served 6 years); Richard Killpack, acquitted.

Source: Cassandra Taine Killpack

Lilian Gill

Photo of Lilian Gill, a toddler girl with light skin and dark hair.Name: Lilian Leilani Gill.
Died: March 1, 2002.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: San Bernardino, California, USA.
Disability: Mother claimed she was autistic.

Details:
Lillian was killed by her mother, who then claimed that Lilian had been sent to a special school to be treated for her autism. Lilian was later found buried in the backyard.

Perpetrator: Sharon Michelle Gill (Adoptive mother).

Source: Woman tells of burying daughter

Megan McCullar

A heart-shaped gravestone reading, "Megan Lavon. December 16, 1999 to September 22, 2001. McCullar."Name: Megan Lavon McCullar.
Died: September 18, 2001.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Rocky Comfort, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Details:
Megan had been removed from her parents’ custody and was living with a foster family when her foster mother killed her by slamming her high chair into the wall, causing massive head trauma. Megan died of shaken baby syndrome, and her foster mother was charged with child abuse, but charges were dropped.

Her foster mother initially claimed that she had not killed Megan; but years later, diagnosed with late-stage cancer, she confessed to her husband that she had done exactly what they said she had done.

Perpetrator: Jessica Newhard (Foster mother), charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
Missouri trial ordered for woman accused in foster child’s death
Long-dormant shaken baby case moves forward
Missouri Trial Ordered for Accused in Foster Child’s Death
Confession leads to murder charges in 15-year-old child death case
Woman Arrested In 2001 Death Of A 2-Year-Old Girl
Woman charged in 2001 death of Missouri child, 2

Alex Boucher

Photo of Alex Boucher, a toddler in a denim outfit.Name: Alex Boucher.
Died: September 25, 2000.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: New Port Richey, Florida, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, medical problems.

Details:
Alex’s adoptive father wrapped him in a blanket so tightly that he died of asphyxiation.

Perpetrator: James Curtis (Adoptive father), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to “nearly 14 years” in prison.

Source: Alex Charles Boucher