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”
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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:
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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)

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

Tyler Bryan

Photo of Tyler Bryan, a toddler boy with fine brown hair and fair skin.Name: Tyler W. Bryan.
Died: December 11, 2015.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Rolesville, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Either Tyler or his twin brother had “special needs”.

Details:
Tyler’s mother strangled him before setting her bedroom on fire and killing herself. Tyler’s twin brother, left alive in another room, survived the fire.

Perpetrator: Kristy Bryan (Mother).

Source:
Rolesville police: Fire was murder-suicide
Tyler William “TyBry” Bryan

Malik Drummond

Photo of Malik Drummond, a toddler with light brown skin and curly black hair, smiling as he pets a large dog.Name: Malik Drummond.
Died: Reported missing November 23, 2014; body found December 2, 2015.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Searcy, Arkansas, USA.
Disability: Family claimed he was autistic.

Details:
Two-year-old Malik’s family claimed that he was autistic and had wandered away from their home, leaving behind his twin sister. Searches were conducted to no avail; five days after he went missing, police became suspicious when it was revealed that Malik had never actually been tested for autism.

Over a year later, Malik’s father turned himself in, and Malik’s remains were discovered in a field near the house.

Perpetrator: Jeffery Leroy Clifton (Father), arrested for murder and abuse of a corpse.

Source: Father arrested for murder of missing Searcy toddler

Ezekial Castro

Name: Ezekial Castro.
Died: October 23, 2015.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.*
Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Tetralogy of Fallot (congenital heart defect).

Details:
Ezekial’s mother allegedly poisoned him with salt, making him so sick he needed to be hospitalized. Then while he was in the hospital for that, she allegedly fed him more salt, and Ezekial died.

Perpetrator: Ashley Castro (Ezekial’s mother) was charged with first-degree murder.

*There has not been a conviction in this case.

Source: Court documents reveal details in 4-year-old boy’s death

Gurneer Chaddha

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Name: Gurneer Chaddha, also spelled “Gunoor” or “Gurneet”.
Died: September 14, 2015.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Rajouri Garden, West Delhi, India.
Disability: Liver disease, asthma, intellectual disability, from aspiration of amniotic fluid during birth.

Details:
Gurneer’s mother spent a lot of money at private hospitals to try to cure her daughter. She strangled Gurneer before killing herself; in her suicide note, she said that she had killed her daughter because Gurneer’s illness could not be cured.

Perpetrator: Vidhi Chaddha (Mother).

Source: Delhi woman kills child, self over deadly disease

Unnamed Baby Boy

No PhotoName: N/A.
Died: July 15, 2015.
Age at death: 3 days.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Chongming, Shanghai, China.
Disability: Cleft lip.

Details:
This newborn boy, who may not have been given a name, was killed by his grandfather because he had a cleft lip. His grandfather went to a doctor to get potassium chloride and instructions on how to use it, and then injected the substance into the newborn boy’s head, killing him.

Perpetrator: The baby’s grandfather, surnamed Peng, sentenced to seven years; a doctor surnamed Zhu, who supplied the potassium chloride, sentenced to five years.

Source:
Chinese man kills grandson for being born with a cleft lip
Cleft Lip Stigma Cost Infant His Life