Jose Castillo-Cisneros

Photo of Pepe Castillo-Cisneros. He is a toddler boy with tan skin and dark brown hair, and is smiling widely with his mouth open.Name: Jose “Pepe” Castillo-Cisneros.
Died: May 23, 2016.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Battle Ground, Oregon, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Pepe was beaten and stabbed to death by his mother’s boyfriend because he cried about a movie he didn’t want to watch.

Perpetrator: Ricardo Gutierrez (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with murder.

Source:
Man faces murder allegation in Battle Ground boy’s death
GoFundMe account started for family of toddler allegedly killed by mom’s boyfriend
Washington man charged with murder of girlfriend’s autistic three-year-old son
Three-year-old BG boy allegedly murdered by mother’s boyfriend
Man faces murder allegation in Battle Ground boy’s death

Ava Cole

No PhotoName: Ava Cole.
Died: May 14, 2016.
Age at death: 8 months.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, heart condition, chronic illness.

Details:
Ava was thrown violently onto a couch by her father. The impact caused a head injury which resulted in her death.

Perpetrator: Tatum Cole (Father), convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Source:
Lansing man convicted in death of 8-month-old daughter
Michigan man convicted in death of 8-month-old daughter

Whitney Chilumpha

No PhotoName: Whitney Chilumpha.
Died: April 4, 2016; body found April 13, 2016.
Age at death: 23 months.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Chiziya village, Malawi.
Disability: Albinism.

Details:
Whitney was kidnapped from her bed; some days later, her body was found. She had been murdered and dismembered, her body parts sold for ritual magic.

Perpetrator: Five men arrested, including Whitney’s father.

Source:
Prejudice against people with albinism in Malawi
Murder of baby with albinism highlights failure to protect vulnerable group
A thief broke into the house and went away with 11 month albino
Police launch campaign against Malawi ‘albino hunters’

Emily Perrin

Photo of Emily Perrin, a small blonde girl sitting on a bed. She is wearing a light blue dress and holding a doll wearing a matching blue dress.Name: Emily Rose Perrin.
Died: April 10, 2016.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Dupo, St. Louis, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Cystic fibrosis.

Details:
Emily was a pre-kindergarten student a day short of her fifth birthday when her mother smothered her.

She loved pretending to be a princess.

Perpetrator: Mary Lockett (Mother), charged with first degree murder, found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Source: Mother charged with murdering her cystic fibrosis-suffering daughter, 4, a day before her birthday
Mother charged in Dupo child’s death
Dupo mom accused of killing 4-year-old daughter found not guilty by reason of insanity

Bethannie Johnson

Photo of Bethannie Johnson, a toddler girl in a short black-and-white dress and pink sandals. She has fair skin and short, wispy brown hair; she is sitting sideways on a curved surface and looking at the camera.Name: Bethannie Raychelle Johnson.
Died: March 17, 2016.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado, USA.
Disability: Reactive attachment disorder.

Details:
Bethannie was living with her aunt and her aunt’s girlfriend.

For two weeks, Bethannie’s aunt had kept her strapped to a high chair in the closet, claiming that she had to do this to keep Bethannie from hurting herself.

Bethannie was found unresponsive and dying of a massive head injury; she had been beaten to death by her aunt’s girlfriend. Her body showed signs of chronic child abuse.

Perpetrator: Shanna Gossett (Aunt), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder; Rebekah Joy Wallin (Aunt’s girlfriend), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Source:
Rebekah Joy Wallin on Why She Admitted Role in Child’s Death: “Because I’m Guilty”
Cops: Suspect kept child in closet
Woman Kept Niece Strapped To A High Chair And Locked In A Closet For Weeks
Woman, 29, ‘kept her niece in closet for two weeks before killing her’
Shanna Gossett: Aunt Kills 3-Year-Old Niece After Pushing Girl’s Head Into A Wall

Kobe Shaw

Photo of Kobe Shaw, a fair-skinned baby wearing a white onesie.Name: Kobe Conley Shaw.
Died: March 11, 2016.
Age at death: 9 months.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Pontocerebellar hypoplasia.

Details:
When Kobe’s parents found him dead in his crib, they thought he had died because of his disability, which doctors had told them would limit his lifespan to about five years. But when toxicology testing was done, Kobe was found to have been poisoned with methamphetamine by his grandmother, who had been babysitting him that day. She initially went on the run, but was eventually arrested and charged with murder.

Perpetrator: Tonya Monroe (Grandmother), charged with murder, possession of methamphetamine, and first degree cruelty to children.

Source:
Georgia grandmother ‘murders her nine-month-old grandson with a meth overdose’
In Memory of Kobe Conley Shaw
Police searching for woman accused of murdering infant grandson
Tonya Monroe, 45, of Sandy Springs, accused of killing nine-month-old grandson with Methamphetamine, finally arrested
Woman arrested in her nine-month-old grandson’s overdose death

Maddox Lawrence

Photo of Maddox Lawrence, a baby with fair skin. She is wearing a gray knit jacket with a hood.Name: Maddox Lawrence.
Died: Three days before February 23, 2016 (Body found).
Age at death: 22 months.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Syracuse, New York, USA.
Disability: Cancer survivor.

Details:
Maddox’s father kidnapped her, beat her to death with a baseball bat, and burned her body. Apparently, he was jealous of all the attention Maddox received while she was being treated for eye cancer.

Perpetrator: Ryan Lawrence (Father), pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, sentenced to 25 years to life.

Source:
‘They were two kids struggling’: Maddox’s parents were stressed about money, child’s health
A toddler survived cancer. Then her father beat her to death, burned her and tossed her in a creek.
Father killed his 21-month-old who survived cancer ‘because he was jealous of the attention she got’
Jealous dad murdered cancer survivor daughter with baseball bat and burned body after she was showered with attention
Maddox Lawrence murder: Dad battered toddler to death with a baseball bat
NY dad, jealous of the attention his cancer-survivor daughter received, pleads guilty to killing her
>Toddler Survives Cancer, Father Kills Her for Receiving Too Much Attention
Exclusive: In prison, Baby Maddox’s dad and killer faces ultimate question: Why? (video)

Deborah Harris

No PhotoName: Deborah Harris.
Died: February 18, 2016.
Age at death: 22 months.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: San Jacinto, California, USA.
Disability: Developmental delay.

Details:
After chronic abuse and starvation, Deborah was beaten to death by her parents. She was the youngest of three girls; her older sisters survived.

Perpetrator: Tamara Barker (Mother) and Malick Harris (Father), both charged with child cruelty resulting in death.

Source:
Parents of San Jacinto toddler charged in her death a year later
Parents charged in daughter’s death in San Jacinto are arrested in Wyoming

Desmond Hudson Jr.

No PhotoName: Desmond Hudson Jr.
Died: February 16, 2016.
Age at death: 6 months.
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse.
Location: Des Moines, Washington, USA.
Disability: Hydrocephalus.

Details:
Desmond’s parents neglected and beat him to death. They didn’t treat his hydrocephalus even though his head was obviously bigger than it should have been. When he died, he had broken bones and head injuries and was malnourished.

Perpetrator: Desmond Hudson and BJ Silipa (Parents), both charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
Charge: Couple neglected baby to death, then blamed lack of insurance
Police: Dad blamed ‘ego,’ lack of insurance for baby’s death
Parents of Des Moines baby who suffered devastating injuries charged with murder

Harmony Carsey

Photo of Harmony Carsey, a toddler girl. She has brown hair and fair skin, and she is holding a dog on her lap.Name: Harmony Carsey.
Died: January 8, 2016.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: New Straitsville, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Undiagnosed mental illness or developmental disability (Head-banging; atypical behavior).

Details:
Crystal’s autopsy report stated that she died of a brain hemorrhage, and that she was underweight and dehydrated. Her mother denies abusing her, and says instead that Harmony had “mental health problems” and hurt herself by banging her head.

Perpetrator: Crystal Reed (mother), under investigation. Previous child neglect charge.

Source: Family seeks answers in 2-year-old’s death