Deborah Harris

No PhotoName: Deborah Harris.
Died: February 18, 2016.
Age at death: 22 months.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: San Jacinto, California, USA.
Disability: Developmental delay.

After chronic abuse and starvation, Deborah was beaten to death by her parents. She was the youngest of three girls; her older sisters survived.

Perpetrator: Tamara Barker (Mother) and Malick Harris (Father), both charged with child cruelty resulting in death.

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Harmony Carsey

Photo of Harmony Carsey, a toddler girl. She has brown hair and fair skin, and she is holding a dog on her lap.Name: Harmony Carsey.
Died: January 8, 2016.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: New Straitsville, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Undiagnosed mental illness or developmental disability (Head-banging; atypical behavior).

Crystal’s autopsy report stated that she died of a brain hemorrhage, and that she was underweight and dehydrated. Her mother denies abusing her, and says instead that Harmony had “mental health problems” and hurt herself by banging her head.

Perpetrator: Crystal Reed (mother), under investigation. Previous child neglect charge.

Source: Family seeks answers in 2-year-old’s death

Paul Roddy

Photo of Paul Roddy, a man with fair skin and dark-brown hair. He is wearing a suit and tie.Name: Paul Roddy.
Died: December 31, 2015.
Age at death: 55.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Manchester, England, UK.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

The caregiver that Paul was living with did not care for him. Instead, the man beat him up and starved him while pocketing the government money he claimed as a caregiver to a disabled person. Paul died from abuse and neglect, his body severely malnourished; he had multiple broken bones.

Paul was a retired engineer and the father of four children.

Perpetrator: Christopher McAllister (“Friend”; Non-family, non-professional caregiver), convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 10 years.

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Payal Sawant

No PhotoName: Payal Sawant.
Died: November 30, 2015.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Disability: Paraplegic, intellectually disabled.

Payal and her 8-year-old sister were tortured by their stepmother when their father was away at work. Payal’s stepmother tried to pass off her death as a natural one, but police saw the marks of abuse on her body. Payal may have died when she was strangled, or when she had her head slammed into a wall.

Perpetrator: Pratibha Sawant (Stepmother); charged with murder.

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Adrian Jones

Photo of Adrian Jones, a small African-American boy.Name: Adrian Jones.
Died: September or October 2015; body found November 26, 2015.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Kansas City, Kansas, USA.
Disability: “Special needs”; PTSD and reactive attachment disorder.

Adrian was confined to a bedroom, where he was beaten by his father and starved by his parents. When he died of starvation after having been confined to a shower for the last month of his life, his father fed his body to his pigs.

Perpetrator: Heather Jones (Stepmother), pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse, sentenced to 25 years to life; Michael Jones (Father), pleaded guilty to child abuse, aggravated battery and aggravated assault, sentenced to 25 years to life.

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Sally Nelson

No PhotoName: Sally Nelson.
Died: November 1, 2015.
Age at death: 63.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Connellsville, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Elderly disabled.

Sally was abused and neglected by her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend. She died of head injuries from a beating after suffering malnutrition and several other broken bones.

Perpetrator: Peter Shoemaker Jr. (Daughter’s boyfriend) and Lisa Nelson (Daughter), both charged with criminal homicide, conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault and reckless endangerment.

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Janiya Thomas

Photo of Janiya Thomas, an African-American girl wearing a striped shirt.Name: Janiya Thomas.
Died: Last seen June 9, 2014; body found October 18, 2015.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Bradenton, Florida, USA.
Disability: Unnamed bowel/digestive condition, causing incontinence.

Janiya was last seen by child protective services about a month before her mother, citing Janiya’s medical condition, a digestive problem which had killed Janiya’s father, announced to the state that she had decided to home-school Janiya. In reality, she abused Janiya, locking her in the bathroom for days at a time to punish her.

More than a year later, when her mother publicly beat Janiya’s older brother and child protective services came for Janiya’s four siblings, Janiya was not with them and the children reported that they had not seen Janiya in a long time. Several days later, Janiya’s body was found in a freezer, and her mother was arrested. An autopsy found that Janiya had been starved, suffocated, or drowned.

Janiya was a shy girl who liked hot tortilla chips and baby dolls.

Perpetrator: Keishanna Thomas (Mother), charged with first-degree murder.

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La’Marion Jordan

Closeup photo of La'Marion Jordan, a small African-American boy.Name: La’Marion Jordan.
Died: September 4, 2015.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse.
Location: Lancaster, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

La’Marion’s adoptive father picked him up and threw him down the hallway, causing a fatal head injury.

Perpetrator: Robert Jordan (Adoptive father), pleaded guilty to infliction of great bodily injury upon a child, sentenced to 14-20 years.

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Chaitanya Balpande

Photo of Chaitanya Balpande, an adolescent boy.Name: Chaitanya Balpande.
Died: August 5, 2015.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India.
Disability: Cerebral palsy (spastic diplegia).

Chaitanya’s mother abused him, beating him for limping when he walked, starving him, locking him up, and making him exercise for hours at a time. Chaitanya died of injuries received when his mother and his mother’s boyfriend beat him with a cricket bat.

Perpetrator: Rakhi Balpande (Mother), Sumit More (Mother’s boyfriend); charged with murder.

Source: 13-yr-old was beaten to death with cricket bat he considered lucky


Blurry photo of a woman in a wheelchair, taken from inside a building, through the window.Name: Andeng (Last name unknown).
Died: July 19, 2015.
Age at death: Adult.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Bulacan, Philippines.
Disability: Mental illness; recent surgery; wheelchair user.

Andeng’s sister was videotaped by a passer-by, slapping and berating her on the street as she sat in a wheelchair. Days later, she was dead, and police say that abuse played a significant role in her death.

Perpetrator: Her sister.

Source: Wheelchair user suffers vicious assault at the hands of older sister, police say