Cameron Hoopingarner

Photo of Cameron Hoopengarner, a baby with fair skin, wearing a Santa Claus costume.Name: Cameron Hoopingarner.
Died: February 21, 2017.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Vigo County, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, blindness.

Details:
Cameron was starved to death by his legal guardians. They fed him very little, mostly baby food, and refused to take him to a doctor. When he died, he weighed less than 15 pounds.

Perpetrator: Chad Kraemer (Housemate), Hubert Kraemer (Guardian), Robin Kraemer (Guardian), and Sarah Travoli (Housemate). All charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

Source:
Blind boy, 9, with cerebral palsy dies from starvation weighing just 15 pounds
‘Worst autopsy of my career’
Suspects facing additional charges in 9-year-old’s death after testing positive for drugs
Suspects arrested in connection with 9-year-old’s malnutrition death test positive for drugs
4 charged in death of 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy
Drug charges added in child-death case
Four arrested in starvation death of 9-year-old Indiana boy
Four suspects arrested for death of 9-year-old face additional charges after testing positive for drugs
Following tragic death family friend details relationship between guardians and 9-year-old boy
4 arrested in death of 9-year-old weighing under 15 pounds
4 arrested after 15-pound 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy dies
Boy In Starvation Case Pictured As Doctor Reveals 9-Year-Old’s Alleged Nightmare Of Neglect
4 charged after 15-pound boy, 9, dies
Child-death suspects could face 40 years in prison if convicted
Little boy starved to death looked like an Auschwitz victim when he was found
Child Death Suspects in Court
Blind boy with cerebral palsy starved to death
4 arrested for starving Vigo County boy to death
4 arrested in connection to death of malnourished child
4 arrested in death of 9-year-old Indiana boy with cerebral palsy
4 arrested after death of 9-year-old Indiana boy weighing only 15 pounds
Little food, no medical care for disabled boy who died of starvation
Four arrested in starvation death of 9-year-old boy weighing 15lbs
Court docs: 9-year-old Vigo Co. boy weighed 14.8 pounds when he died, lived on baby food
Four Arrested After 9-Year-Old Weighing Just 15 Lbs. Dies
Four arrested in starvation death of 9-year-old boy
4 Arrested in Connection To Malnourished Boy’s Death
Four Arrested In Connection With Death Of 9 Year Old Child
Indiana family charged after 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy starves to death
4 arrested after 9-year-old dies weighing 15 lbs. in Vigo County
New Details Released In Death Of 9-Year-Old
Child Starvation Death Suspects Face More Charges
Autopsy shows Vigo County 9-year-old who starved to death had methamphetamine in his system
Coroner: Vigo Co. 9-Year-Old Who Died of Starvation Had Meth in System
Four face additional charges in neglect case after autopsy shows 9-year-old boy had meth in system
Vigo Co. couple accused of starving 5-year-old daughter to death
4 Charged In Disabled Boy’s Death Face New Charges
Additional Charges Filed In Death Of 9-Year-Old Vigo Co. Boy
4 charged in starvation death of Indiana boy who had meth in his system
Four Accused in Child’s Death Now Facing Additional Charges
Boy, 9, Who Weighed Less Than 15 Pounds When He Died of Starvation Had Meth in System: Autopsy
4 charged after 15-pound boy, 9, died with meth in system
Autopsy finds meth in system of boy, 9, who weighed 15 pounds
Doctor Said Abuse Case Is ‘Most Disturbing’ He’s Ever Seen—The Look on Boy’s Face in Photo Says It All

Matthew Tirado

Photo of Matthew Tirado, a young boy with light-brown skin and curly black hair. He is wearing a red tank top.Name: Matthew Tirado.
Died: February 14, 2017.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse.
Location: Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
When Matthew was brought to the hospital, he was dying from severe malnutrition, with bruises all over his body. He weighed only 88 pounds at death and had broken ribs.

Perpetrator: Katiria Tirado (Mother), arrested, charged with cruelty to persons.

Source:
Hartford Mother Charged In Death Of Malnourished, Autistic Teen
Hartford PD: Autistic teen suffered multiple cuts and bruises prior to death
Mother to face judge after malnourished, abused teen with autism dies
Woman charged in connection with autistic teen son’s death
Court documents show nonverbal autistic teen was starved, abused and neglected
Mother to face judge after malnourished, abused teen with autism dies
Family Admonishes ‘System’s’ Failure At Wake For Malnourished Teen
Questions raised on school liability after teen dies of malnourishment, abuse
‘He’s Very Weak,’ Mother Tells 911 Hours Before Malnourished Teen’s Death

Joseph Bishop

Photo of Joseph Bishop. He is a boy in his young teens, with short-cut dark brown hair and fair skin, wearing a navy-blue sweater.Name: Joseph Bishop.
Died: February 11, 2017.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Ludlow, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Details:
Joseph was neglected by his mother and grandparents. For two years, he was left in his bed while severe bedsores developed.

When they saw how sick he was, they decided that they wouldn’t take him to the hospital to avoid being charged with neglect. When Joseph was finally taken to the hospital, his untreated bedsores had already caused end-stage sepsis. He died soon thereafter.

Perpetrator: Jamie Bishop (Mother), charged with second-degree manslaughter; Raymond Martin (Grandfather), charged with second-degree manslaughter; Sharon Martin (Grandmother), charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Source:
Mother, grandparents charged in death of ‘neglected’ NKY teen
Joseph Bishop: Woman wishes she had known neighbors’ dark secret, could have saved teen with muscular dystrophy
Police: NKY mom’s severe neglect led to death of disabled son
Mother and grandparents charged in disabled teen’s death
Joseph Bishop – Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home
Ludlow mother, grandparents charged in death of 18-year-old
With sepsis and bed sores, neglected teen was ‘lost in the cracks.’ Why did no one call?
Police: Northern Ky Mom’s Neglect Led To Death Of Disabled Son
Disabled teen with bedsores was ‘lost in the cracks’
Disabled teen dies from bedsore infection, 3 charged
Mother Charged In Bed-Ridden Son’s Death Had Been Investigated For Neglect Before
Judge denies mother and grandparents from disabled teen’s funeral
Mother and grandparents charged with disabled teen’s death
Ludlow mom investigated for neglect prior to bed-ridden son’s death

Theresa Smothers

No PhotoName: Theresa Smothers.
Died: December 31, 2016.
Age at death: 87.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
When a hospice worker visited Theresa for the first time, she saw obvious signs that her daughter had been neglecting her and called for an ambulance. Theresa was taken to the hospital with starvation, dehydration, and infected bedsores; two days later, she died. She weighed 71 pounds; she had been fed just one packet of applesauce per day.

Perpetrator: Judy Smothers (Daughter), charged with second-degree murder and elder abuse.

Source:
Elderly Woman Dies from Extreme Neglect, But It’s Her Daughter’s Excuse That Tops Everything…
Victim of suspected elderly abuse dies
87-year-old woman, suspected victim of abuse, dies
Missouri woman accused in death of mother, 87
87-year-old woman, suspected victim of abuse, dies after authorities remove her from daughter’s home
Woman charged with murder, elder abuse in mother’s death
Poplar Bluff woman pleads not guilty to murder after her mother died of malnourishment

Natalie Finn

Photo of Natalie Finn, a teenage girl with fair skin and straight brown hair. She is wearing a black-and-white dress and has a solemn expression on her face.Name: Natalie Jasmine Finn.
Died: October 24, 2016.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Des Moines, Iowa, USA.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
Natalie was one of several children, all of whom were neglected and abused by their mother. Natalie often went to neighbors’ houses to ask for food and clothing.

In the last year of her life, she was taken out of school, kept at home, and starved to death by her mother.

Neighbors and classmates remember her as a gentle, kind girl who did her best to help her siblings.

Perpetrator: Nicole Marie Finn (Mother), charged with first-degree murder, child endangerment resulting in death, three counts of first-degree kidnapping, child endangerment causing serious injury, and neglect of a dependent person; Joseph Michael Finn II (Father), charged with first-degree kidnapping, child endangerment causing serious injury and neglect of a dependent person.

Source:
Teen, siblings were tortured by parents, court documents say
Parents charged in 16-year-old’s death appear in court
Court documents: Teen, siblings were tortured by parents
Teen who died had asked neighbors for food, clothes
Neighbor: Teen saw herself as siblings’ protector
Memorial For Sixteen Year Old Turns Into Heartfelt Apology From Peers
Teen who starved to death found in diaper on linoleum floor, records show

Shobhana

Photo of Shobhana, an Indian woman with her dark brown hair pulled back. She has light-brown skin and a bindi on her forehead.Name: Shobhana.
Died: September 26, 2016.
Age at death: 55.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Edappal, Malappuram, Kerala, India.
Disability: Mentally disabled.

Details:
Shobhana and her daughter Shruthi, who both had a mental disorder, were living in a house by themselves. Their family lived nearby and were wealthy but apparently made no effort to ensure their welfare. Unable to care for themselves, Shobhana and Shruthi went hungry. After a week of starvation, Shobhana died and Shruthi was found weak from hunger.

Perpetrator: Her family.

Source:
Mentally disabled woman starves to death in Edappal
Mentally unstable woman found dead
Did mental illness and social neglect cause these two Kerala families to starve?

Leslie Ramirez

Photo of Leslie Ramirez. She is a small girl with tan skin and dark brown hair pulled into two ponytails.Name: Leslie Ramirez.
Died: August 29, 2016.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Leslie’s mother left her in the family van at 3 p.m. on a summer day. At 7 p.m., Leslie’s father returned home to find her still in the van four hours later. She was dead.

Perpetrator: Rene Ramirez (Mother), charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse/neglect.

Source:
Mother of autistic girl found dead in a hot van insists it was an accident
Mother charged in death of 3-year-old daughter in Durham

Yonatan Aguilar

Yonatan Aguilar, a boy of about four or five years old, has fair skin and is smiling at the camera. He is wearing a black knit cap embroidered with the word "Angel".Name: Yonatan Daniel Aguilar.
Died: August 22, 2016.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
When Yonatan’s teachers reported that he was hungry, stealing food, and had come to school with a black eye, Yonatan’s mother decided to take him out of school. She told everyone she had sent him to Mexico to a special school. Instead, she locked him in the closet.

For three years before his death, Yonatan’s mother locked him up, abused him, and fed him very little. To keep him quiet, she sedated him with sleeping pills for so long that he developed pressure sores from not moving. Yonatan died of starvation, weighing 34 pounds.

Perpetrator: Veronica Aguilar (Mother), charged with child abuse and murder.

Source:
Tortured life: Court documents show boy with autism locked in closet for 3 years prior to his death
Records obtained by Times reveal boy was kept in closets for three years before his death
Autistic Boy Kept In Closet And Sedated By Mother Before Passing Away
DCFS investigated reports of abuse of Echo Park boy later found dead in closet
Memorial service held for Echo Park boy found dead in closet
11-Year-Old Boy Found Dead in Echo Park Closet Weighed Only 34 Pounds; Public Memorial Held
Echo Park Mother Charged With Murder of 11-Year-Old Malnourished Son
Veronica Aguilar: L.A. Mom Starved 11-Year-Old Son To Death, Horrifying Murder Charge Says — Boy Stuffed In Closet
Malnourished boy found dead in Echo Park closet was subject of earlier child abuse reports, LAPD says
Boy, 11, found dead in Echo Park closet weighed just 34 pounds
Death Of A Boy In The Closet From Alleged Abuse: Siblings Knew About It But Kept Silent
11-year-old boy found dead in LA had been locked in a wardrobe for three years
Records Show Boy Stuffed In Closet By Mother For 3 Years Before His Death
Documents show mom concealed boy in closets for years before his death, LA Times reports
Little boy found dead in closet had been hidden, tortured there for years
Echo Park Boy Found Dead Was Kept Hidden, Sedated In Closets For Years
Evil mother kept son locked in a closet for three years before he died
Boy Found Dead In Echo Park Home Had Been Locked In Closet For 3 Years
This Mom Allegedly Locked Her Child In a Closet For 3 Years Before He Died
Boy Found Dead in Closet Was Sedated and Hidden for Years
Woman allegedly locked 11-year-old son in closets for three years before he died
California boy found dead in home was kept hidden in closet for years, court docs say
Tortured life: Court documents show boy with autism locked in closet for 3 years prior to his death

Janelle Johnson

Black and white photo of Janelle Johnson. She is a young African-American girl in a white dress, sitting in a power wheelchair and smiling.Name: Janelle Abriana Johnson.
Died: July 2, 2016.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Negligence.
Location: Port Arthur, Texas, USA.
Disability: Paralyzed; wheelchair user.

Details:
Janelle’s father put her in the tub for a bath; then he left the room. Janelle, who could not hold her head out of the water, drowned.

Perpetrator: Jermaine Johnson (Father).

Source:
Police investigating drowning death of 5-year-old Port Arthur girl
4-year-old drowns in bathtub in Port Arthur apartment
Special needs girl, 5, drowns in bathtub
Port Arthur child dies due to apparent drowning
Janelle Abriana Johnson

Ty Lee

Photo of Ty Lee, a boy with light brown skin and dark brown hair, wearing a pink shirt. He has his hands raised to his mouth and is smiling widely.Name: Ty Lee.
Died: June 28, 2016.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Morrow, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Autism; wheelchair user.

Details:
Ty’s stepfather took him out of his wheelchair and put him in a bathtub full of water; then he left the bathroom, apparently to go smoke a joint. The boy drowned.

Perpetrator: Michael Smith (Stepfather), charged with murder.

Source:
Morrow man charged with murder in connection with drowning of autistic child
Stepdad charged after 11-year-old wheelchair-bound autistic boy drowns in tub
Stepdad charged in bathtub drowning of autistic son
Stepfather jailed after stepson with autism drowns in bathtub
Michael Smith to face murder trial in death of son
Wife of suspect in 11-year-old’s bathtub drowning death says it was just an accident
Michael Smith to face murder trial in death of son