Daniel Joost

Photo of Daniel Joost, a teenage boy with fair skin and short light-brown, wavy hair. He is wearing dark-rimmed glasses and a dress shirt. Photographed outdoors, he squints into the sun.Name: Daniel Joost.
Died: February 8, 2016.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Daniel and his mother, 55-year-old Margaret O’Leary-Joost, were strangled to death by Daniel’s father, who then took his own life.

Perpetrator: David Joost (Father).

Source: Parents and Teen-Aged Son Dead in Oak Forest Double Murder-Suicide

Hakan Erdem

Photo of a boy with short brown hair, taken at an angle so that he seems to be leaning against the side of the photo.Name: Hakan Erdem.
Died: November 16, 2015.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lilburn, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Hakan’s family is Turkish, and he survived a house fire when he was eight years old.

Hakan’s father cut his throat.

Perpetrator: Fikri Erdem (Father); charged with malice murder.

Source: Cops: Lilburn dad admits to killing special needs 12-year-old son

Hannah Warner

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Name: Hannah Marie Warner.
Died: November 15, 2015.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Onondaga, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Chromosome translocation; physical and mental disabilities.

Hannah was neglected by her mother. When she died, she had not been fed for two weeks; she had untreated bedsores and weighed only 43 pounds.

Perpetrator: Cari Ann Wright (Mother), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while mentally ill, sentenced to 20-40 years.

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Dustin Hicks

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Name: Dustin Hicks.
Died: November 5, 2015.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Dawsonville, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Autism, Crohn’s disease.

Dustin was shot by his mother in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Nina Hicks (Mother).

Source: Dawsonville mother shoots disabled son, self in possible mercy killing

Emily Kaminski

Photo of a teenage girl. She is wearing a jeweled necklace and thick glasses, and there is a tiara atop her frizzy blonde hair.Name: Emily Jean Kaminski.
Died: October 14, 2015.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: La Mesa, California, USA.
Disability: Multiple disabilities, including blindness.

Emily’s grandmother gave her a fatal overdose of prescription drugs, then killed herself.

Perpetrator: Marshelle Marie Newby (Grandmother).

Source: Police: California Grandmother Gave Disabled Teen Fatal Overdose in Murder-Suicide

Andrea Lago Ordóñez

Photo of Andrea Lago, a blonde toddler sitting on a swing.Name: Andrea Lago Ordóñez.
Died: October 9, 2015.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Disability: A degenerative neurological condition.

Andrea’s parents advocated for her feeding tube to be removed. She died of starvation and dehydration after four days without nourishment.

Perpetrator: Antonio Lago and Estela Ordóñez (Parents); no crime.

Source: Spanish girl at centre of futile care controversy dies

Gulpreet Kumari

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Name: Gulpreet Kumari.
Died: October 2, 2015.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Panchkula, Haryana, India.
Disability: Autism.

Wanting a new life with a new boyfriend, Gulpreet’s mother decided to kill the autistic twelve-year-old; while Gulpreet’s mother held her down, her mother’s boyfriend strangled her. They passed Gulpreet’s death off as natural and due to her disability.

On November 29, 2015, Gulpreet’s parents killed Gulpreet’s younger brother Gurjant, dumped his body, and reported him missing. When his body was found in a field, police investigated Gulpreet’s death too and found she and her little brother had both been murdered.

Perpetrator: Mukesh Kumari (Mother) and Haryana Shekhar (Mother’s boyfriend); charged with murder.

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Jhoel Noria

Photo of a young boy with brown hair and tan skin, smiling; in the background are the walls of a school classroom.Name: Jhoel Noria; also called Jhoel Jesus Gaspar.
Died: September 30, 2015.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Trenton, Texas, USA.
Disability: “Special needs”.

Jhoel died while waiting for the school bus; he walked into the road and was fatally hit by an SUV.

Normally this would have been categorized as an accident, but police investigated and found that Jhoel, whose special needs required supervision, had been completely unsupervised at the time. Suspecting neglect, they removed Jhoel’s three siblings from the home. These three siblings, now able to speak out, told the police that Jhoel’s stepfather and stepbrother had been sexually assaulting all four children. Jhoel’s parents and stepbrother were arrested.

Jhoel liked to play ball and he liked animals, but he had a passion for dancing. He was always showing his family his new dance moves.

Perpetrator: Pedro Noria (Stepfather), arrested for sexual assault; Nelson Rodriguez (Stepbrother), arrested for sexual assault; Noemi Noria (Mother), arrested for neglect and failure to report a rape.

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Rachel Murphy

Photo of Rachel Murphy. She is a teenage girl with a round face, her light brown hair pulled back behind a hair band.Name: Rachel Murphy.
Died: September 8, 2015.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, England, UK.
Disability: Epilepsy, scoliosis, arthritis (ankylosing spondylitis).

Rachel had back pain from arthritis, and she was supposed to take ibuprofen or paracetamol for it. Instead, for over a year, Rachel’s parents drugged her with her father’s morphine.

Rachel was found dead with twelve times the lethal dose of morphine in her system.

Perpetrator: Joann and Colin Murphy (Parents).

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Chaitanya Balpande

Photo of Chaitanya Balpande, an adolescent boy.Name: Chaitanya Balpande.
Died: August 5, 2015.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India.
Disability: Cerebral palsy (spastic diplegia).

Chaitanya’s mother abused him, beating him for limping when he walked, starving him, locking him up, and making him exercise for hours at a time. Chaitanya died of injuries received when his mother and his mother’s boyfriend beat him with a cricket bat.

Perpetrator: Rakhi Balpande (Mother), Sumit More (Mother’s boyfriend); charged with murder.

Source: 13-yr-old was beaten to death with cricket bat he considered lucky