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

Erianna Beltran

Photo of Erianna Beltran, a toddler girl.Name: Erianna Beltran.
Died: January 27, 2008.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Fresno, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Erianna was beaten to death.

Perpetrator: Unsolved. Erianna’s mother, Erin Skinner, and her mother’s boyfriend, Mack Lucas, were both arrested because they were the ones in whose custody Erianna had been in; but charges were dropped because of a lack of evidence.

Source: Erianna Beltran

Maxwell Eyer

Portrait photo of Maxwell Eyer, a toddler sitting in front of a backdrop and holding a large number 1.Name: Maxwell Eyer.
Died: December 28, 2007.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse.
Location: Alton, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Deaf.

Maxwell’s father slammed his head against the floor repeatedly as a punishment for eating chips in bed; then his mother ignored his obvious brain injury and seizures and let him die.

Perpetrator: Johnny Garcia (Father), murder, 44 years; Linsey Eyer (Mother), child endangerment, 5 years.

Source: 2 Year Old Deaf and Disabled Maxwell Eyer, Beaten to Death by his Father for Eating Chips in Bed

Raelynn Mascal

Photo of Raelynn Mascal, a girl with messy brown hair and blue eyes.Name: Raelynn T. Mascal.
Died: May 18, 2007.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
Disability: Speech and motor skills delays.

Raelynn was beaten to death by her mother.

Perpetrator: Michelle Lepowski (Mother), involuntary manslaughter, sentenced to 12 years.

Source: Mom gets 12 years for killing child; Prosecutor sought longer sentence for ‘monster’ who beat 2-year-old