Julian Adams-Lacas

Photo of Julian Adams-Lacas, an infant with a cleft lip.

Name: Julian Adams-Lacas.
Died: February 2, 2009.
Age at death: 6 months.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA.
Disability: Bilateral cleft lip and palate.

Julian’s father killed him by shaking him or smashing his head against the floor.

Perpetrator: Justin Taylor (Father), child abuse resulting in death, 48 years.

Source: Julian Adams Lacas

Alexis Agyepong-Glover

Photo of Alexis Agyepong-Glover, a girl in a bright red shirt, her hair pulled neatly back into a ponytail.Name: Alexis “Lexie” Agyepong-Glover.
Died: January 7, 2009.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Murder; fatal child abuse; neglect.
Location: Woodbridge, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Reactive attachment disorder; mother claimed she had autism and sickle-cell anemia.

Lexie’s adoptive mother abandoned her in a freezing creek, in January. She died of drowning and exposure.

Perpetrator: Alfreedia Gregg-Glover (Adoptive mother), pled guilty to murder, child abuse, and filing a false police report; sentenced to 26 years.

Source: Alexis “Lexie” Agyepong-Glover

Jocelynn Allison

Photo of Jocelynn Allison, a toddler girl.Name: Jocelynn Allison.
Died: September 24, 2008.
Age at death: 15 months.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Wasilla, Alaska, USA.
Disability: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hydrocephalus.

Because Jocelynn didn’t want to eat and threw food, her father slapped her, sending her head backward to collide with her high chair. She died of a head injury and at autopsy had injuries consistent with long-term abuse and shaken baby syndrome.

Perpetrator: Clayton Allison (Father), convicted of second-degree murder.

Source: Wasilla man convicted of daughter’s murder denies abuse

James Many White Horses

Photo of James Many White Horses, a baby boy.Name: James Many White Horses.
Died: Around July 21, 2008.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse and neglect.
Location: Great Falls, Montana, USA.
Disability: Autism.

James’s mother abused him, neglected him, and finally put him in her car trunk and left him there. He was found dead in the trunk over a month later.

Perpetrator: Summer Many White Horses (Mother).

Source: James Many White Horses

Lavender Banks

Photo of Lavender Banks, a little girl in a pink dress and pink hair ribbons. She has a cleft lip.Name: Lavender Banks.
Died: May 2, 2008.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Lethal physical abuse.
Location: Elk Grove, California, USA.
Disability: Cleft lip/palate.

Lavender was beaten and smothered by her adoptive mother.

She was an international adoptee from China.

Perpetrator: Sabrina Banks (Adoptive mother), pleaded no contest to second-degree murder, sentenced to 15 years to life.

Source: Lavender Banks

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.

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.

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Nicolai Emelyantsev

Photo of Nicolai Emelyantsev, a solemn infant in pajamas.Name: Nicolai Emelyantsev.
Died: March 7, 2008.
Age at death: 14 months.
Cause of death: Lethal physical abuse.
Location: Tooele, Utah, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Nicolai’s adoptive mother killed him by deliberately slamming him against the floor, causing a skull fracture.

Perpetrator: Kimberly Emelyantsev (Adoptive mother), pleaded guilty to child-abuse homicide, sentenced to “up to 15” years.

Source: Nicolai Emelyantsev

Cheyenne Wolf

Portrait photo of Cheyenne Wolf, a teen girl.Name: Cheyenne Wolf.
Died: March or April 2008.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Durant, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Spina bifida.

Cheyenne’s stepmother tied her to a chair and beat her. When she died, her father helped hide the body.

Perpetrator: Able Wolf (Father) and Denise Wolf (Stepmother); both sentenced to life in prison for child abuse.

Source: Sisters testify they saw Cheyenne Wolf abused before she died

Calista Springer

Portrait photo of Calista Springer.Name: Calista Springer.
Died: February 27, 2008.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse/neglect.
Location: Centreville, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Calista’s parents tied her to her bed with zip ties and a dog collar, and when the house caught fire, her entire family left the house; none of them stopped to release her. She died in the fire.

Perpetrator: Anthony Springer (Father), child abuse and torture, 25-50 years; Marsha Springer (Stepmother), child abuse and torture, 8-19 years.

Source: Calista Springer