Matthew Tirado

Photo of Matthew Tirado, a young boy with light-brown skin and curly black hair. He is wearing a red tank top.Name: Matthew Tirado.
Died: February 14, 2017.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse.
Location: Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
When Matthew was brought to the hospital, he was dying from severe malnutrition, with bruises all over his body. He weighed only 88 pounds at death and had broken ribs.

Perpetrator: Katiria Tirado (Mother), arrested, charged with cruelty to persons.

Source:
Hartford Mother Charged In Death Of Malnourished, Autistic Teen
Hartford PD: Autistic teen suffered multiple cuts and bruises prior to death
Mother to face judge after malnourished, abused teen with autism dies
Woman charged in connection with autistic teen son’s death
Court documents show nonverbal autistic teen was starved, abused and neglected
Mother to face judge after malnourished, abused teen with autism dies
Family Admonishes ‘System’s’ Failure At Wake For Malnourished Teen
Questions raised on school liability after teen dies of malnourishment, abuse
‘He’s Very Weak,’ Mother Tells 911 Hours Before Malnourished Teen’s Death

Joseph Bishop

Photo of Joseph Bishop. He is a boy in his young teens, with short-cut dark brown hair and fair skin, wearing a navy-blue sweater.Name: Joseph Bishop.
Died: February 11, 2017.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Ludlow, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Details:
Joseph was neglected by his mother and grandparents. For two years, he was left in his bed while severe bedsores developed.

When they saw how sick he was, they decided that they wouldn’t take him to the hospital to avoid being charged with neglect. When Joseph was finally taken to the hospital, his untreated bedsores had already caused end-stage sepsis. He died soon thereafter.

Perpetrator: Jamie Bishop (Mother), charged with second-degree manslaughter; Raymond Martin (Grandfather), charged with second-degree manslaughter; Sharon Martin (Grandmother), charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Source:
Mother, grandparents charged in death of ‘neglected’ NKY teen
Joseph Bishop: Woman wishes she had known neighbors’ dark secret, could have saved teen with muscular dystrophy
Police: NKY mom’s severe neglect led to death of disabled son
Mother and grandparents charged in disabled teen’s death
Joseph Bishop – Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home
Ludlow mother, grandparents charged in death of 18-year-old
With sepsis and bed sores, neglected teen was ‘lost in the cracks.’ Why did no one call?
Police: Northern Ky Mom’s Neglect Led To Death Of Disabled Son
Disabled teen with bedsores was ‘lost in the cracks’
Disabled teen dies from bedsore infection, 3 charged
Mother Charged In Bed-Ridden Son’s Death Had Been Investigated For Neglect Before
Judge denies mother and grandparents from disabled teen’s funeral
Mother and grandparents charged with disabled teen’s death
Ludlow mom investigated for neglect prior to bed-ridden son’s death

Alex Santiago

No PhotoName: Alex Santiago.
Died: January 17, 2017.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Berryville, Arkansas, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Alex had already survived one murder attempt by his brother, who had locked him in a gasoline-drenched bedroom and lit a match. Alex was airlifted to a hospital, where he spent three days before going home. Eight months later, his brother finally succeeded in killing him by bludgeoning him with a baseball bat and stabbing him with a sword.

Perpetrator: Joseph Santiago (Brother), charged with attempted murder, murder, and arson.

Source:
17-year-old arrested after killing autistic brother with baseball bat, sword
17-Year-Old Accused Of Killing Autistic Brother With Bat And Sword
Carroll County murder victim was suspect’s autistic brother; Bat, sword were weapons
House Fire Victims by Taylor Santiago
Arkansas teen pleads innocent in brother’s death
Juvenile, for now, pleads not guilty in death of autistic brother
Murder suspect identified: Enters ‘not guilty’ plea in brother’s slaying
Carroll County teen pleads not guilty to capital murder, other charges

Grace Packer

Photo of Grace Packer. She is a teenage girl with fair skin and straight brown hair. She is wearing hoop earrings, black-rimmed glasses, and a white flowered shirt.Name: Grace Anastasia Packer.
Died: July 11, 2016 (Reported missing); October 31, 2016 (Body found).
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Quakertown, Pennsylvania, USA; Abington Township, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Learning disability; mother claimed emotional/behavioral.

Details:
Grace and her twelve-year-old brother were both adopted into the same family. Her favorite colors were purple and light pink, and she loved flowers. She liked to help the special-needs students at her school.

When Grace disappeared, her mother said that she had stolen money and run away; then she did her best to stymie the police investigation and kept cashing Grace’s disability checks. Eventually, she brought out a forged letter she said was from Grace; the letter apologized for “being a burden”.

Grace’s body was found months later; she had been murdered. Grace had been beaten, poisoned, and raped by her mother’s boyfriend before finally being choked to death. Her body was dismembered and the parts scattered. Her mother watched and assisted in the killing.

Her mother said she had “behavioral problems” and an “emotional disorder” in order to portray Grace as an emotionally disturbed runaway, and she received disability payments to care for Grace as an adopted disabled child.

Perpetrator: Sara Packer (Adoptive mother); Jacob Sullivan (Mother’s boyfriend). Both charged with criminal homicide, rape, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and other charges.

Source:
Ex-foster kids claim abuse was routine
Horrific details emerge in case of 14-year-old girl killed in ‘rape-murder fantasy’
Teen slain in ‘rape-murder fantasy’ was friend to the lonely
Memorial for Murdered Montco Teen Grace Packer
Missing Abington teen found slain
Murdered teen’s mom kept disappearance from family, authorities say
Missing teen found dead, mother charged in disappearance
Missing Montco teen found dead, dismembered in Luzerne County; mom ID’d as ‘person of interest’
Missing Pa. teen was found dismembered; adoptive mom called “person of interest”
Missing teen’s dismembered remains found, mom charged in disappearance
DAs: Missing Montco teen slain; mother ‘of interest’
Missing Abington teen found dead
Dismembered teen’s stepmum arrested
Missing Abington teen’s dismembered remains found
Abington police seek info on missing teen
Mother’s boyfriend charged in murder of Abington teen
Pennsylvania Couple Raped, Killed, and Chopped Up Disabled Adopted Daughter, Police Say
Mother, boyfriend charged in teen girl dismemberment Mother and boyfriend charged in Abington teen’s murder
Mom, boyfriend charged in Pennsylvania teen girl’s dismemberment death
Police: Mom helps boyfriend rape, kill, dismember her daughter
Mum and boyfriend ‘raped and dismembered adopted daughter in dark sexual fantasy’
Mother and her boyfriend charged in murder of Pa. teen
Mom, boyfriend charged in teenage girl’s dismemberment death
DA says teen killed as part of mom’s ‘rape-murder fantasy’ with boyfriend
Bucks DA: Rape, murder of Grace Packer ‘heinous,’ ‘depraved’
Jacob Sullivan Criminal Complaint
Facebook: In Memory of Grace Packer
READ: Police criminal complaint against Grace Packer’s mother for alleged child endangerment
Polaneczky: Montco moms step up to honor brutalized girl
Mom accused in daughter’s rape, murder, dismemberment was child welfare worker
Mom accused in teen’s dismemberment was child welfare worker
Mom, boyfriend charged in teenage girl’s dismemberment death
‘Heartbroken’ Community Plans Services For Teen Allegedly Killed By Mother In Bucks County
Murdered Teen’s Mum And Her Boyfriend Accused Of Carrying Out Vile Fantasy
Grace’s Horror: Adoptive mother and her boyfriend charged in teen’s brutal murder
Grace Packer’s Mother Charged With Murder in Gruesome Death
Police Search Home of 3rd POI in Teen Girl’s Murder
For birth mother, Grace Packer homicide is second heartbreak
Police Search Home of 3rd POI in Teen Girl’s Murder
Police return to Sara Packer and Jacob Sullivan’s home
For birth mother, Grace Packer homicide is second heartbreak
Adoptive mother facing more charges in Grace Packer killing

Natalie Finn

Photo of Natalie Finn, a teenage girl with fair skin and straight brown hair. She is wearing a black-and-white dress and has a solemn expression on her face.Name: Natalie Jasmine Finn.
Died: October 24, 2016.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
Natalie was one of several children, all of whom were neglected and abused by their mother. Natalie often went to neighbors’ houses to ask for food and clothing.

In the last year of her life, she was taken out of school, kept at home, and starved to death by her mother.

Neighbors and classmates remember her as a gentle, kind girl who did her best to help her siblings.

Perpetrator: Nicole Marie Finn (Mother), charged with first-degree murder, child endangerment resulting in death, three counts of first-degree kidnapping, child endangerment causing serious injury, and neglect of a dependent person; Joseph Michael Finn II (Father), charged with first-degree kidnapping, child endangerment causing serious injury and neglect of a dependent person.

Source:
Teen, siblings were tortured by parents, court documents say
Parents charged in 16-year-old’s death appear in court
Court documents: Teen, siblings were tortured by parents
Teen who died had asked neighbors for food, clothes
Neighbor: Teen saw herself as siblings’ protector
Memorial For Sixteen Year Old Turns Into Heartfelt Apology From Peers
Teen who starved to death found in diaper on linoleum floor, records show

Erica Parsons

Photo of Erica Parsons.Name: Erica Parsons.
Died: Died December 19, 2011; reported missing July 30, 2013; body found September 27, 2016.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Learning disability, hearing impairment.

Details:
Erica was physically and emotionally abused by her adoptive parents. They locked her in a closet, hit her, and deliberately broke her fingers.

Sometime in 2011, she disappeared. Witnesses said she was “having trouble breathing” shortly beforehand. She was not reported missing for two years.

Until Erica’s body was found, her parents could only be convicted for fraud, since they had cashed Erica’s disability checks in the years between her disappearance and its reporting. Five years after her likely death, Erica’s adoptive father led police to her body.

Perpetrator: Sandy Parsons (Adoptive father), fraud, 8 years; Casey Parsons (Adoptive mother), fraud, 10 years. Further charges possible.

Source:
Judge rips Parsonses for Erica’s life, death
Sheriff: Erica Parsons likely dead before reported missing
Girl missing since 2011 was tortured repeatedly before death, warrant says
Chesterfield ‘adoptive father tortured disabled daughter before discarding her body’

Kaushal Pawar

No PhotoName: Kaushal Pawar.
Died: July 8, 2016.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Belapur, India.
Disability: Cognitively disabled.

Details:
Kaushal’s father killed him and committed suicide by way of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Perpetrator: Mahesh Kumar Pawar (Father).

Source:
Man uses carbon monoxide to kill disabled son, self in Navi Mumbai
Govt. employee kills disabled son, self
Mumbai: Police to file murder case against man who killed son, committed suicide

12-year-old male

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: Unknown; suspects arrested June 28, 2016.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Gujranwala, Pakistan.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
This twelve-year-old boy lived in Pakistan and was a sixth-form student at People’s Colony, a special education school.

His body was found dumped in the fields; he had been raped and murdered. His cousins went on the run, but were caught by police and confessed to the crime.

Perpetrator: His cousins; arrested.

Source: Police arrest ‘cousins’ for alleged rape of child with special needs in Gujranwala

Adrian Parmana

No Photo
Name: Adrian Parmana.
Died: April 12, 2016.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Negligence.
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia.
Disability: “Mentally handicapped”.

Details:
Adrian was kept locked in his room by his family. When a short circuit caused a house fire, Adrian burned to death.

Perpetrator: H Dadang (Grandfather), grandmother, mother, and father.

Source: Mentally handicapped teenager dies in fire because he was locked inside his room

Holli Jeffcoat

Photo of Holli Jeffcoat. She has pale skin and bushy sandy-blonde hair; she is wearing glasses and a pink sweater.Name: Holli Jeffcoat.
Died: February 10, 2016.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Idalou, Texas, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Holli told someone at school that she had been sexually abused and was pregnant, and named her stepfather as the person responsible. Holli had reported sexual abuse once before at age 10, but since then her mother, who knew about the abuse, had instructed her not to tell anyone about it because her abuser was financially supporting the family.

A week after she reported the abuse, Holli was found stabbed to death in her home; someone had removed her uterus, then set a fire to try to cover up the crime.

Holli loved pep rallies. She worked as an office aide at her school.

Perpetrator: James Bryant Holland (Stepfather); charged with aggravated sexual abuse and capital murder; Deborah Holland (mother), charged with aggravated sexual abuse and capital murder.

Source:
Texas couple indicted in murder of woman’s pregnant teen daughter
Murdered Teen Was Found With Uterus Cut Out
Child Protective Services aiding in Lubbock sheriff’s homicide investigation
Search warrant: Homicide victim accused family member of sexual abuse a week before killing
Report: Murdered Idalou Teen Was Pregnant by Family Member, Mother Knew About Sexual Abuse
Nearly Two Months After Holli Jeffcoat’s Murder School Staff Share Memories, Hopes for Justice
Lubbock medical examiner releases cause of death in Jeffcoat case
Police arrest stepfather of slain 18-year-old special needs student
Family says Holli Jeffcoat ‘deserves justice’ after stepfather arrest
Holli Jeffcoat’s Grandmother Defends Mother, Says Murderer Must Pay Consequences