James Moore

Potrait photo of James Moore.Name: James Moore.
Died: June 1, 2012.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Fatal Abuse.
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

James’s sister and her husband beat him, starved him, and neglected his injuries until he died.

Perpetrator: Carlena Pinkerton (Sister), pleaded guilty to murder and abuse, sentenced to 13 years in prison; Joshua Pinkerton (Brother-in-law), pleaded guilty to murder and abuse, sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Source: 2 caregivers arrested, charged with murder

Michael Elkins

Photo of Michael Elkins, a young man with brown hair and a short beard; he is wearing a black hoodie with the hood up.Name: Michael Elkins.
Died: January 4, 2012.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Waynetown, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Spinal cord injury, quadriplegia.

Michael fell off his bike and broke his neck when he was 13 years old. When he was 21, his mother was arrested for neglecting his care and he spent a year away from her. But he was returned to her custody, and at age 25, he died of pneumonia, malnutrition, and blood poisoning from infected bedsores.

Michael watched cartoons with his small nieces and nephews. He liked to go camping.

Perpetrator: Tammy S. Elkins (Mother), pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent resulting in death, sentenced to 6 years of house arrest.

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Christina Harms

Photo of Christina Harms, a young blonde woman wearing glasses and smiling broadly.Name: Christina “Nina” Harms.
Died: March 25, 2011.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Kearns, Utah, USA.
Disability: Fetal alcohol syndrome.

Christina’s abusive caregivers routinely beat her and tied her to a metal rod in a closet. She died of dehydration combined with an overdose of Benadryl.

Christina wanted to go to college.

Perpetrator: Cassandra Sheppard (Legal guardian), pleaded guilty to abuse and manslaughter, sentenced to 5 years to life; Sherrie Beckering (Sheppard’s mother), and Dale Beckering (Sheppard’s stepfather).

Guardian of abused woman kept in closet sent to prison for her death

Kyla Puhle

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Name: Kyla Puhle.
Died: March 19, 2011.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: North Brighton, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Six months before Kyla died, her parents stopped taking her to her day program and instead left her lying, alone, on a bean bag while they went to work. Gradually they fed Kyla less and less, until Kyla died of malnutrition and pneumonia, weighing only 12 kilos.

Perpetrator: Harry Puhle (Father), committed suicide before he could be tried; Angela Puhle (Mother), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, freed with five-year suspended sentence.

Source: Mercy urged for mum who starved daughter
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Shah Amin

No PhotoName: Shah Amin.
Died: September 26, 2010.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Marsiling, Singapore.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Shah was strangled by his father in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Shariffudin Abdul Kader (Father).

Source: Death at Marsiling leads police to second body at hotel

Laura Cummings

Photo of Laura Cummings, a woman wearing large glasses.Name: Laura Cummings.
Died: January 21, 2010.
Age at death: 23.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Buffalo, New York, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Laura was raped, tortured, and finally smothered by her mother and half-brother.

Perpetrator: Eva Cummings (Mother), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, assault, unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a disabled person as a hate crime, and was sentenced to 57 years to life. Luke Wright (half-brother), was found guilty of assault, rape, incest, sodomy, endangering the welfare of an incompetent person, and unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime, and sentenced to 50 years to life.

Source: Authorities: Mom, son raped, killed disabled woman

Walter Hildebrand Jr.

No PhotoName: Walter Knox Hildebrand Jr.
Died: November 2009.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse/neglect.
Location: Willows, California, USA.
Disability: Autism, epilepsy.

Walter was beaten and starved by his brother. He died from a seizure because his epilepsy was aggravated by his brother’s abuse.

Perpetrator: Stuart Allen Hildebrand (Brother), pled guilty to abuse, served 59 days in jail.

Source: Walter Hildebrand Jr.