Leslie Ramirez

Photo of Leslie Ramirez. She is a small girl with tan skin and dark brown hair pulled into two ponytails.Name: Leslie Ramirez.
Died: August 29, 2016.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Leslie’s mother left her in the family van at 3 p.m. on a summer day. At 7 p.m., Leslie’s father returned home to find her still in the van four hours later. She was dead.

Perpetrator: Rene Ramirez (Mother), charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse/neglect.

Source:
Mother of autistic girl found dead in a hot van insists it was an accident
Mother charged in death of 3-year-old daughter in Durham

Benjamin Mitchell

No PhotoName: Benjamin Mitchell.
Died: August 10, 2016.
Age at death: 3 weeks.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Sanford, Florida, USA.
Disability: Prematurity-related respiratory condition.

Details:
Benjamin and his twin brother were born prematurely; Benjamin had a lung condition that needed treatment, but his mother didn’t take him to the doctor or feed him enough. Benjamin died of starvation; his brother survived.

Perpetrator: Michelle Spinicchia (Mother), arrested.

Source:
Seminole County mother arrested for death of malnourished twin son, deputies say
Baby’s mother arrested, accused of starving him to death
Sanford woman accused of neglecting child, causing his death

Princeton Holloway

Photo of Princeton Holloway, a toddler boy with tan skin and dark curly hair, photographed from above and looking up at the camera.Name: Princeton Holloway.
Died: August 6, 2016.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Youngtown, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Special needs (Intellectual disability?).

Details:
Princeton had three older brothers, ages 17, 16, and 4, and an older sister, age 9.

Princeton was thrown down the stairs by his 16-year-old brother, who then got a knife and began stabbing him. His 9-year-old sister came to his aid, but was hurt trying to protect him.

Princeton’s 17-year-old brother managed to escape carrying his injured 9-year-old sister and 4-year-old brother, but had to leave Princeton’s body behind with the killer.

Perpetrator: Shae Edward Holloway (Brother), charged with murder as an adult.

Source:
Investigators say teen ‘brutally attacked’ little brother
16-year-old accused of stabbing little brother to death identified
Arizona teen goes on a stabbing rampage injuring sister and killing his brother
Arizona Teen, 16, Allegedly Stabs 3-Year-Old Special Needs Brother To Death And Injures Sister, 9, While Mother’s Away At Work
Covered in siblings’ blood, teen arrested in ‘vicious, horrific murder’ of 3-year-old
Family in shock after teen allegedly kills 3-year-old brother
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Teen arrested in fatal stabbing of toddler brother, sister near Youngtown
16-year-old jailed after murdering 3-year-old brother at Youngtown home
Officials: Youngtown teen threw toddler brother, 3, down stairs, stabbed him
Teen covered in siblings’ blood arrested in ‘gruesome’ fatal stabbing of his 3-year-old brother
US: Teen boy accused of killing 3-year-old brother in Arizona

Rifat Mohammed

No PhotoName: Rifat Mohammed.
Died: July 6, 2016.
Age at death: 3 months.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Poplar, East London, England, UK.
Disability: Symbrachydactyly.

Details:
Rifat died from abuse inflicted by his parents because he had a “deformed hand”. He had shattered ribs and legs and a broken spine, and died from a head injury consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Perpetrator: Mohammed Miah (Father), convicted of murder and causing suffering; Rebeka Nazmin (Mother), convicted of allowing Rifat’s death and causing suffering.

Source:
Mother accused of murder ‘told child to shake her baby’
Parents ‘told young child to shake baby on morning he was found dead’
Baby who suffered 46 fractures and a broken spine ‘mistreated over deformity’
Murder detectives launch probe after death of three-month-old baby
Baby ‘violently shaken to death by his parents’ had 47 broken bones
Abused three-month-old baby violently shaken to death
Father found guilty of murdering baby who suffered 38 rib fractures, eight fractures to his legs and a broken spine
Father who killed 13-week old baby blamed autistic child
Father who murdered 13-week-old baby jailed

Lucas

No PhotoName: Lucas (Last name unknown).
Died: June 6, 2016.
Age at death: 7 months.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Hasselt, Belgium.
Disability: Feeding disorder, as diagnosed by parents.

Details:
Lucas’s parents believed that he had a feeding disorder. Although neither of them had any medical training, they did not seek a doctor’s help and instead assumed he must be gluten and lactose intolerant. They switched to feeding Lucas a gluten-free, casein-free diet made of nut and grain milks. This diet does not contain sufficient nutrition for a baby, and Lucas failed to gain weight.

For seven months, Lucas slowly starved to death. Only when he was dying did his parents seek help from a doctor, and even then it was a homeopathic doctor, who sensibly told them to go immediately to a hospital. By the time they arrived, Lucas was dead. He weighed half what a baby his age should weigh, and had no food in his digestive system.

Perpetrator: Sandrina V. (Mother) and Peter S. (Father). On trial; prosecutor seeking 18-month sentences.

Source:
Baby dies after hipster parents fed him quinoa milk diet
Lucas stierf van de honger, maar zijn ouders bleven geloven in lapmiddelen
7-Month-Old Dies After Being Fed Gluten-Free Diet
Belgian baby dies after parents fed him gluten-free diet
Lucas stierf van de honger, maar zijn ouders bleven geloven in lapmiddelen
7-Month-Old Dies After Being Fed Gluten-Free Diet

Kira Friedman

Photo of Kira Friedman. She is a toddler with straight brown hair and tan skin. She is barefoot, wearing a fancy white dress.Name: Kira Rain “Ziigwani-diindiisi” Friedman.
Died: June 5, 2016.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bemidiji, Minnesota, USA.
Disability: Developmental delay.

Details:
When Kira soiled herself, her foster father put her into an 18-gallon tub in the shower, turned the shower on, and left. The tub filled with water and Kira, who could not escape the tub, drowned.

Perpetrator: Nathan Jackson Sr. (Foster father), charged with manslaughter and second-degree murder.

Source:
Charges: Admitted drug user left 2-year-old foster girl to drown
COURTS: More details emerge in death of 2-year-old

 

 

Elsie Scully-Hicks

Photo of a baby with pale skin and wispy blonde hair. She is smiling.Name: Elsie Scully-Hicks.
Died: May 29, 2016.
Age at death: 18 months.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Llandaff, Wales, UK.
Disability: Developmental delay.

Details:
Adopted at ten months, Elsie was beaten and shaken to death by her adoptive father eight months later, only two weeks after the adoption was finalized.

Perpetrator: Matthew Scully-Hicks (Adoptive father), convicted of murder.

Source:
Gay father killed his only 18-month-old daughter just two weeks after adopting her
Murder accused described girl as ‘Satan dressed in baby grow’, court told
Elsie Scully-Hicks: first picture emerges of toddler allegedly murdered by father
Father guilty of shaking to death baby he adopted two weeks earlier

Adoptive dad guilty of baby’s murder

Jazmine Walker

Photo of Jazmine Walker, a small infant with dark skin and curly black hair. She is wearing a pink headband and dress, and is sucking her thumb.Name: Jazmine Walker.
Died: May 25, 2016.
Age at death: 6 months.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Harvey, Illinios, USA.
Disability: Spina bifida; 8 weeks premature.

Details:
Jazmine’s mother starved and neglected her; she died weighing 4.8 pounds.

Perpetrator: Chequita D. Bell (Mother), charged with child endangerment.

Source:
$1M bail set for mom accused of child endangerment after infant dies
Mom charged after death of 5-month-old in Harvey
Parents in custody after 5 1/2-month-old dies in Harvey
South Suburban Mom Held On $1 Million Bond After Infant Daughter Dies

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 and second-degree child abuse, sentenced to ten years in prison.

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