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.

Details:
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.

Details:
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.

Terrell Stepney

Black and white photo of Terrell Stepney, a young man.Name: Terrell Stepney.
Died: February 27, 2009.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Chesapeake, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Terrell’s grandmother poisoned him and herself with an overdose of prescription medication.

Perpetrator: Constance Stepney (Grandmother).

Source: Student killed by grandmother liked gym, field trips

Tom Inglis

Photo of Tom Inglis, a young man.Name: Thomas “Tom” Inglis.
Died: November 21, 2008.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Dagenham, Essex, UK.
Disability: TBI.

Details:
Tom’s mother went to the rehabilitation facility where he was recovering from a head injury and injected him with an overdose of heroin.

Perpetrator: Frances Inglis (Mother), convicted of murder and attempted murder, sentenced to life, served 5 years and was released.

Source: ‘Devoted’ mother who gave brain-damaged son lethal heroin injection has jail term slashed

Sonya Todd

Photo of Sonya Todd, a young woman with shoulder length light-brown hair, wearing a black sleeveless dress. She has pale skin and blue eyes.Name: Sonya Todd.
Died: March 23, 2008.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Methil, Fife, Scotland, UK.
Disability: Diabetes, asthma.

Details:
Sonya’s boyfriend beat her during a diabetic episode; the injuries he inflicted on her, in addition to the diabetic crisis, were enough to kill.

She was an academically talented young woman who liked doing volunteer work. She left behind a six-year-old daughter.

Perpetrator: David Craige (Partner), pleaded guilty to culpable homicide, sentenced to 6 years. Released; now dating another woman with a disability.

Source:
Killer who beat mum to death with dog chain free and has ‘vulnerable’ girlfriend
Horror find at Methil flat
Man jailed for dog chain killing
Jealous Fife man jailed for killing girlfriend
Grieving dad’s anger as daughter’s killer gets six years

Michelle Thomson

Photo of Michelle Thomson, a teenage girl with wavy brown hair, wearing a striped shirt.Name: Michelle Thomson.
Died: March 5, 2008.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Buckhaven, Fife, Scotland.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Michelle and her little brother Ryan were stabbed to death by her father.

Perpetrator: Rab Thomson (Father).

Source: Mother tells of agony after disabled daughter, 25, and son, 7, are brutally murdered by ex-husband bent on revenge

Sarah-Jane Dore

Photo of Sarah-Jane Dore, a white woman with blonde hair. She is wearing glasses and a collared shirt.Name: Sarah-Jane Dore.
Died: February 14, 2008.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Western Southland, New Zealand.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Sarah-Jane’s father shot her, then killed himself.

Sarah-Jane was a powerlifter who competed in the 2007 Shanghai Special Olympics.

Perpetrator: Graeme Dore (Father).

Source: Father, daughter shot dead

Jared Greenwood

No PhotoName: Jared Greenwood.
Died: September 30, 2007 (Body found).
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Bloomfield, New Mexico, USA.
Disability: Autism, intellectual disability.

Details:
Jared’s mother neglected him; he died of blood poisoning from infected bedsores.

Perpetrator: Sandra Greenwood (Mother), convicted of neglect, sentenced to two and a half years in jail.

Source: Updated at 7:40am — Mother Gets 2 1/2 Years for Leaving Son To Die