Kanchana

No PhotoName: Kanchana.
Died: March 7, 2017.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Trang, Thailand.
Disability: Chronic encephalitis.

Details:
Kanchana’s mother strangled her before committing suicide.

She left behind two children, aged two and nine when she died. They went to live with relatives.

Perpetrator: Somjai (Mother).

Source: Mother kills ailing daughter, then hangs herself

Devendra Prasad Misra

No PhotoName: Devendra Prasad Misra.
Died: November 18, 2016.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Madhapur, Hyderabad, India.
Disability: A “serious mental disorder”.

Details:
Devendra’s brothers beat him to death because they believed he was demon-possessed.

He worked as a security guard at at MNC, an IT company in Hyderabad.

Perpetrator: Birendra Prasad Misra, Mahendra Prasad Misra, and Dharmendra Prasad Misra (Brothers).

Source:
Hyderabad: Superstition led to man’s murder
Hyderabad: 2 arrested for killing brother, attack on another
Cops yet to find out cause of fight among siblings
Fight among siblings: Cops yet to find out cause of fight among siblings

Andrea Spina

No PhotoName: Andrea Spina.
Died: November 7, 2016.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Vespolate, Novara, Italy.
Disability: Autism, epilepsy.

Details:
Andrea’s father took him out of the institution where he lived; then, when Andrea was asleep, his father strangled him.

Perpetrator: Pietro Spina (Father), charged with murder.

Source:
Man kills disabled son, attempts suicide
The family drama in Vespolate: father kills disabled child and attempted suicide
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Novara, 52enne soffoca il figlio 20enne disabile e tenta il suicidio
“Non può restare solo” e disperato prende una sconcertante decisione
Vespolate, uccide il figlio disabile e tenta il suicidio
Uccide il figlio disabile e tenta il suicidio. Temeva che sarebbe rimasto da solo
Vespolate, padre uccide il figlio disabile e poi tenta il suicidio
Dramma a Vespolate: “Non riusciamo a darci spiegazioni del gesto di Pietro”
Il dramma di Vespolate: “Pietro voleva farla finita, ma nessuno immaginava uccidesse il figlio”

Muhammad Wahab

No PhotoName: Muhammad Azwan Wahab.
Died: October 2, 2016.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Baling, Malaysia.
Disability: Paralyzed.

Details:
Muhammad and his aunt, 54-year-old Rokiah Abdullah, were killed by his brother.

Perpetrator: Azman Wahab (Brother), charged with murder.

Source: Man accused of killing disabled brother, aunt in Baling denied bail

Austin Anderson

Photo of Austin Anderson, a thin boy with fair skin and dark blond hair. He is holding a hand near his face and smiling.Name: Austin Anderson.
Died: August 29, 2016.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Aldrich, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Autism, blindness.

Details:
Austin’s mother took him out to a field in the middle of nowhere. For two days, she withheld his food, water, and medication in the summer heat while Austin begged for her help. He died from dehydration and from being refused the medication he needed to live.

Perpetrator: Kimberly R. Lightwine (Mother), charged with second-degree elder abuse and second-degree murder.

Source:
‘I killed my kid:’ Polk County mother charged after death of blind, autistic teen
‘Let God take you’: Woman said she left her blind, autistic son in field until he died, police say
Lightwine charged with two felonies in death of son
Mother Accused in Death of Disabled Son Returns to Court
Woman accused of son’s death in Polk County appears in court

Mindy Speck

No PhotoName: Mindy Speck.
Died: August 22, 2016.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Eastlake, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Autism, cerebral palsy, Type I diabetes.

Details:
When Mindy had a meltdown after having to spend a day in the hospital being treated for a urinary tract infection, Mindy’s mother gave her repeated doses of insulin until she collapsed from hypoglycemia. It wasn’t until the next day that Mindy’s mother called paramedics, and by then Mindy was dead.

Perpetrator: Sandra Speck (Mother), pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Source:
Ohio woman confesses to killing disabled daughter
Prosecutor Says Woman Confessed To Killing Disabled Daughter
Eastlake woman admits giving diabetic daughter fatal overdose of insulin
Eastlake woman pleads guilty to killing autistic daughter with insulin overdose
Prosecutor: Woman gave autistic daughter lethal insulin dose
Woman Pleads Guilty for her Daughter’s Fatal Insulin Overdose
Mom pleads guilty to giving autistic daughter lethal insulin dose
Ohio mom charged with murder in 21-year-old daughter’s death
Eastlake woman charged with murder
Prosecutor: Mom confessed to killing disabled adult daughter
Mother Kills Disabled Daughter, Claims She Was ‘Overwhelmed’ By Responsibility
Eastlake woman charged in daughter’s death ‘feels horrible,’ attorney says

Theron Leonard

Name: Theron Leonard.Photo of Theron Leonard. He is a young man with fair skin and short brown hair. He is wearing a gray sweatshirt and a yellow life vest and smiling at the camera.
Died: August 5, 2016.
Age at death: 24.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Otter Lake, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Theron’s mother stabbed him in the chest. He was rushed to the hospital but died of his injuries.

Perpetrator: Tamara Leonard (Mother), charged with murder.

Source:
Mother charged in son’s stabbing death
Updated Press Release: Homicide, Marathon Township
Mother charged in son’s stabbing death
Woman stabbed her disabled son to death, police claim

Tammara Killam

No PhotoName: Tammara Killam.
Died: June 21, 2016.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Tammara and her twin sister Brooke, who was also autistic and intellectually disabled, were left alone in an RV by their father. The women had no power or water and had been given nothing but bread and water to eat for a week. They were left without air conditioning or access to water in the 122-degree desert heat. Their father had given them cell phones, but the phones no longer worked.

Tammara died of dehydration; Brooke survived.

Perpetrator: Roger Carter Killam (Father), arrested on two counts of neglect of a vulnerable person.

Source:
Woman dies after father leaves her in Laughlin RV with no power
Father held in death of daughter left overnight in sweltering RV in Laughlin

Ruby Knox

Photo of Ruby Knox. She is a young woman with shoulder-length brown hair and pale skin, wearing a black, white, and red shirt.Name: Ruby Isabella Knox.
Died: May 16, 2016.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Blenheim, New Zealand.
Disability: Autism, intellectual disability, spina bifida.

Details:
Weeks before the murder, Ruby Knox’s mother self-published a book about caring for her disabled daughter. In it, she said that she had “thoughts of ‘blowing up the hospital’ or of taking ‘serious violent action’.”

Her mother made good on those statements when she drugged and then smothered Ruby to death.

In her book, Ruby’s mother briefly mentions Ruby playing on the piano.

Perpetrator: Donella Knox (Mother), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 4 years.

Source:
Blenheim mum Donella Knox jailed for murdering autistic daughter Ruby
Mother jailed for murder of autistic daughter
The Big Read: Case of Donella Knox who murdered autistic daughter Ruby a ‘once in a generation case’
Donella Knox published harrowing book a month before murdering autistic daughter
Blenheim woman Donella Knox details the struggles caring for her autistic daughter
Blenheim mother murdered autistic daughter after tolerating years of abuse
Protest for parents of autistic children after Donella Knox sentencing
Supporters plan protest to get Donella Knox out of jail and improve services after she murdered her autistic daughter
Murder of disabled daughter a ‘once in a generation’ case
Outrage as mum who murdered autistic daughter is jailed for four years
Autistic girl’s murder sparks external review
Blenheim woman Donella Knox shuts down protests, wants to ‘move on’
Donella Knox: A mother forced to fight for too long
Independent review of Donella and Ruby Knox’s treatment set for May
Donella Knox who killed autistic daughter is jailed
Autism NZ calls for respite care overhaul after Donella Knox case
On Donella Knox, her disabled daughter, and the so-called ‘mercy killing’
No Excusing the Murder of Autistics!
Health service review prompted by murder of autistic daughter to begin
Ruby Knox murder case: DHB reveals review details
Review of disability services about to start following Ruby Knox murder

Enelesi Nkhata

No PhotoName: Enelesi Nkhata.
Died: April 14, 2016.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kumtumba village, Malawi.
Disability: Albinism.

Details:
Enelesi’s uncle knew that some people would pay a lot of money for the body parts of albinos, and so he made an arrangement with a gang of albino hunters.

Enelesi’s uncle told her that he had found her a job and would find her some sunscreen, both of which can be difficult to get for an albino in Malawi.

Then he lured her to a remote location, where he and his accomplices ambushed and dismembered her. She died of massive blood loss.

Perpetrator: Gerald Phiri (Uncle), convicted of murder and abduction, sentenced to 17 years; Medison Madzialenga, Damison Manyoni, Isaac Sambule, Yosofi Samuel, Jazimon Baluwa, Foster Weruzani, Steven Chingombe, and Ronald.

Source: Albino murders spread to Lilongwe; bones prized for wealth charms
Prejudice against people with albinism in Malawi
Albino murders turn to Dowa