Jordan Rodriguez

Photo of Jordan Rodriguez, a small boy with light skin and brown eyes. He is smiling. He has a lazy eye. His brown hair is cut very short, and he is wearing a red and white checked shirt.Name: Jordan Rodriguez.
Died: December 19, 2017 (Body found; last seen July 17, 2017; likely died September 22, 2017).
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Developmentally disabled, nonverbal.

Details:
Although he obviously needed a hospital, Jordan’s mother did not take him to a doctor. After he died, most likely from abuse, Jordan’s mother and her boyfriend buried him in their backyard.

Perpetrator: Larissa Rodriguez (Mother), charged with murder; Christopher Rodriguez (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with murder.

Source:
Mother arrested after body of five-year-old discovered
Cause of death is sought for remains found buried in Cleveland yard
Cleveland police: Charges for murder, felonious assault coming against Larissa Rodriguez
Mom charged with murder after leading police to son’s abused body
Mother charged in death of 5-year-old boy found buried in backyard of Cleveland home
Police: Mother led investigators to child’s remains buried in backyard
Cleveland mother charged in young child’s murder
Larissa Rodriguez Charged With Son’s Death After Remains Found In Backyard
Why? Larissa Rodriguez Cleveland mother arrested after burying disabled son in backyard
Ohio woman charged in son’s death after buried remains found
Resources available for kids with special needs, in light of what happened to Jordan Rodriguez
$1M bond set for Cleveland mother charged with murder in son’s death
Body found in bags in backyard identified as disabled boy
Body found in bags in backyard identified as disabled boy
Woman pleads not guilty in death of son, 5, buried in yard
Boyfriend of mother-of-9 charged with murder after her disabled 5-year-old son was found buried in garden
Man charged in death of 5-year-old in Cleveland

Luke and Aubrey Dawson

Photo of Luke and Bree Dawson, two small children. Bree is a girl with blond hair and fair skin; Luke has dark hair and fair skin. They are wearing Christmas-themed gingerbread cookie sweaters and have their arms around each other.Name: Luke Dawson.
Age at death: 9.
Disability: Anxiety.

Name: Aubrey “Bree” Dawson.
Age at death: 5.
Disability: None; killer believed she would inherit depression.

Died: December 9, 2017.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: North Richland Hills, Texas, USA.

Details:
Luke was an adventurous boy who liked sports and played basketball, baseball, and soccer.

Bree wanted to be a NICU nurse like her mother. She liked learning about neonatal medicine and playing with her toy kitchen.

Luke and Bree were both shot to death by their father, who decided to end their lives before he committed suicide because he believed they would inherit his mental illness.

Perpetrator: Christopher Dawson (Father).

Source:
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Surgeon battling depression kills himself and his two kids
Surgeon battling depression kills himself and his two kids, 5 and 9
Aubrey Dawson’s Obituary
Luke Dawson’s Obituary
Christopher Chad Dawson’s Obituary

Dylan Davis

Photo of Dylan Davis, a boy with short brown hair and fair skin, photographed outdoors. He is grinning at the camera.Name: Dylan Martin Davis.
Died: November 17, 2017.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Brown County, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
When Dylan had a meltdown, his step-grandfather–a very large man–sat on him to restrain him and suffocated him to death.

Perpetrator: Donald Martin Jr. (Step-grandfather).

Source:
Police arrest and charge 400-pound man in death of 11-year-old autistic step-grandson
28-stone man ‘killed his ‘autistic’ step grandson, 11, by SITTING ON HIM’
Autistic Boy Crushed to Death by 400-Pound Grandfather

Dayvid Pakko

hoto of Dayvid Pakko, a young boy with fair skin, blond hair, and dark brown eyes. He is smiling for the camera.Name: Dayvid Pakko.
Died: October 17, 2017.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lynnwood, Washington, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Dayvid was drowned in the bathtub by his uncle.

He was “smart as a whip” and loved playing with Legos.

Perpetrator: Andrew Henckel (Uncle); charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Police: Man admits to drowning 6-year-old Washington boy, leaving body in dumpster
Relative of 6-year-old Lynnwood boy arrested for murder
Police: 19-year-old family member confesses to drowning 6-year-old Lynnwood boy
Body Of Missing 6-Year-Old With Autism Found In Dumpster, Teen Relative Arrested
6-Year-Old Missing Washington Boy’s Body Found In Dumpster, Relative Confesses To Murder
Body of missing autistic boy found stuffed in dumpster; teen relative in custody
19-year-old arrested after 6-year-old Lynnwood boy found in dumpster
Cops: Teen uncle confessed to drowning autistic boy in bathtub
New documents reveal no motive in horrendous murder of 6-year-old Lynnwood boy
Kerrville man accused of killing nephew: ‘I did not do this’
Cops: Uncle confessed to drowning autistic boy in bathtub
Teen accused of drowning 6-year-old Lynnwood boy held on $1 million bail
Police: Family member admits to drowning boy, 6, with autism
Bail set at $1 million for 19-year-old man accused of murdering 6-year-old nephew

Olivia Cart

Photo of Olivia Cart, a little girl with blonde hair in bangs, very pale skin and brown eyes. She is pursing her lips and puffing her cheeks. The photo is taken from very close in, and is overexposed.Name: Olivia Cart.
Died: October 6, 2017.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Culloden, West Virginia, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs.

Details:
Olivia was shot to death by her mother in a murder-suicide. Her older brother, also special needs, was shot but survived; as of October 21, 2017, he is still hospitalized with severe injuries.

Perpetrator: Leah Cart (Mother).

Source: Mom, kids ID’d after murder-suicide in Culloden
Mother hopes murder-suicide is ‘wake-up call’ for West Virginia
Boy recovering 2 weeks after sister, mom killed

Antonio Di Stasio

Photo of Antonio di Stasio, a young boy with brown skin and very short brown hair. He is smiling at the camera, and wearing a black jacket with bright yellow stripes.Name: Antonio Di Stasio.
Died: September 28, 2017.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Neighbors remember Antonio as a little boy who made a racket when he jumped up and down. He had a pet guinea pig.

One day the neighbors heard the little boy saying, “‘Please mommy. OK, mommy. I ain’t going to do it no more.'” Antonio’s mother tied him up with belts, put him in the bathtub, doused him in cooking oil, and set him on fire. The fire endangered the other residents of his apartment complex. Antonio’s pet guinea pig was found dead nearby.

Perpetrator: Amelia Di Stasio (Mother), charged with first-degree intentional homicide, found mentally unfit for trial, committed for treatment.

Source:
“I’ve been crying all night:” Family and neighbors mourn death of 4-year-old found dead in home
For funeral expenses and the burial organized by Ralph Di Stasio
Police ID child found dead, partially burned in home on Milwaukee’s south side
Milwaukee police identify boy, 4, found partially burned in homicide case
Source: Mom arrested after 4-year-old son found dead, partially burned
Mother faces life in prison after 4-year-old with autism bound with 7 belts, set on fire in bathtub
Wisconsin Mom Amelia Di Stasio Faces Life In Prison For Allegedly Lighting 4-Year-Old Autistic Son On Fire
Mom charged in son’s arson death ordered to mental treatment

Sarthak and Varad

Photo of Sarthak and Varad, twin boys. They have black hair and light-brown skin, and are wearing collared shirts, one green and one blue. The boy in the green shirt is holding up two fingers in a "V" sign.Name: Varad.
Name: Sarthak.

Age at death: 7.
Died: September 9, 2017.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Kalwa, Thane, India.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Details:
Twin brothers Varad and Sarthak were killed–either poisoned or strangled–by their mother, who then committed suicide.

They took dance lessons and attended a special school.

Perpetrator: Archana Kadam (Mother).

Source: Mumbai woman battling depression strangles mentally challenged sons, hangs herself
Kalwa Murders and Suicide: ‘Mother was frustrated at mentally challenged twins’ condition’, says Police

Aishika Sarkar

No PhotoName: Aishika “Shreya” Sarkar.
Died: August 27, 2017.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: J. P. Nagar, Bengaluru, India.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Shreya was “screaming and being stubborn”, so her mother decided to kill her. She threw Shreya off a third-floor balcony. When she saw that Shreya was still breathing, she carried Shreya back up the stairs and threw her off the balcony again. This time, the impact killed Shreya.

Shreya’s neighbors, who had seen her mother throw her off the balcony for the second time, chased down and captured Shreya’s mother and tied her to a telephone pole, then called the authorities.

When she died, Shreya had just begun to learn how to talk.

Perpetrator: Swathi Sarkar (Mother), charged with murder.

Source:
7-Year-Old B’Luru Girl Dies After Being Thrown Off Building Twice
7-year-old girl dies after her mother throws her off a terrace twice in Bengaluru
Bengaluru 9-Year-Old Survived First Fall; Mother Threw Her Off Roof Again
Bengaluru 9-Year-Old Survived First Fall; Mother Threw Her Off Roof Again
Bengaluru woman kills 7-year-old daughter by flinging her off terrace, twice
Bengaluru: Depressed woman flings daughter from third floor building, twice
Bengaluru: Mentally unstable mother throws 7-year-old girl off a building, twice!
Bengaluru: Mother throws differently-abled daughter off terrace twice, kills her
Evil mum killed her little girl, 7, by throwing her off a roof terrace… so an angry mob strung her up to telephone post and beat her GE
Flung twice from terrace by mother, seven-year-old child dies in Bengaluru
Here is why this mother threw 7-year-old daughter from fourth floor, killed her
Mother kills her 7-year-old daughter by flinging her from the terrace of a 4-storey building twice
Nine-year-old girl dies after mother throws her from terrace
Bengaluru horror: Woman killed seven-year-old child to ‘teach’ husband a lesson, say the police

5-year-old girl

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: August 6, 2017.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Jahra, Kuwait.
Disability: Special needs.

Details:
For two months, this five-year-old girl was beaten and burned by her mother and her mother’s boyfriend because they “wanted to get rid of her” and resented her for the attention she needed. She died from a particularly vicious beating, and only then did her mother finally call the police, claiming that her daughter had fallen from a window.

Perpetrator: Mother and mother’s boyfriend, both convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.

Source:
Boyfriend, woman hearing adjourned in disabled girl’s killing
Woman, boyfriend sentenced to death in disabled girl’s murder
Mother, boyfriend sentenced to death for killing special-needs daughter
Kuwaiti mother sentenced to death for murdering her disabled daughter
Kuwaiti mother and boyfriend kill 5-year-old daughter, get death sentence
Kuwait Sentences Mother, Boyfriend to Death for Killing Daughter with Special Needs
Five year old girl murdered by mother and her boyfriend

Kentae Williams

Photo of Kentae Williams, an African-American boy. He is smiling, showing missing front teeth.Name: Kentae Williams.
Died: April 28, 2017.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Decatur, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Kentae’s mother gave him up for adoption because she was only fourteen when she gave birth. The boy stayed with his grandparents until he was taken by children’s services and eventually adopted.

Kentae’s adoptive father beat him with a belt, burned his feet with boiling water, and finally drowned him in the bathtub.

Perpetrator: Leon Williams Sr. (Adoptive father).

Source: Police: Man drowns autistic son in bathtub just months after he adopted him
Man Allegedly Drowned His Autistic Adopted Son In Bathtub