Molly Holt

Photo of Molly Holt, a girl with straight brown hair, cut into bangs and tied back. She is smiling slightly.Name: Molly Holt.
Died: November 10, 2003.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Clarksville, Arkansas, USA.
Disability: Mentally challenged/behaviorally challenged.

Details:
Molly’s parents chained her to her bed at night. When the house caught on fire, she burned to death.

Perpetrator: Lloyd Holt (Father), negligent homicide and false imprisonment, one year in jail; and Teresa Dick (Mother), false imprisonment and manslaughter, 14 years in prison.

Source: Girl Chained To Bed Dies In Fire

Eric Bland

No PhotoName: Eric Bland.
Died: February 24, 2003.
Age at death: 38.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Rialto, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Eric’s sister and her boyfriend starved him to death.

Perpetrator: Delores Johnson (Sister); sentenced to 15 years to life. Willie Brown (Sister’s boyfriend); sentenced to 18 years.

Source: Rialto woman sentenced in kin’s death

Christopher Forder

Photo of Christopher Forder.Name: Christopher Forder.
Died: November 22, 2002.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Medical Neglect.
Location: Seabeck, Washington, USA.
Disability: Reactive attachment disorder.

Details:
Christopher died of untreated pneumonia. He had been beaten and starved by his adoptive mother.

Perpetrator: Kimberly Ann Forder (Adoptive mother), sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Source: Christopher Forder

Brahim Dukes

No PhotoName: Brahim Dukes.
Died: December 29, 2001.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
When Brahim’s father was jailed for unpaid traffic tickets, he was left with his stepmother, who did not care for him. Brahim starved to death.

Perpetrator: Audrey McDaniels (Stepmother); convicted of third degree murder; conviction was later reversed and she was released.

Source: Audrey McDaniels v. Winstead, et al.

Amanda Bates

A temporary plaque marking a grave: "Amanda Lois Bates, 1987-2001."Name: Amanda Bates.
Died: February 5, 2001.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado, USA.
Disability: Juvenile diabetes.

Details:
Amanda’s juvenile diabetes was left untreated. She died of a combination of diabetic ketoacidosis and a gangrenous infection.

Perpetrator: Colleen and Randy Bates (Parents), pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, given 20 years of probation.

Source: Amanda Bates

Tausha Lanham

A photo of Tausha Lanham, a toddler with fine ginger hair.Name: Tausha Lee Lanham.
Died: April 19, 1998.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Burgettstown, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Prematurity, developmental delays.

Details:
Tausha’s mother starved her to death. She weighed less than twelve pounds when she died.

Perpetrator: Michelle Tharp (Mother), first-degree murder, death sentence.

Source: Under a rock, near some water

Christina Corrigan

Portrait photo of Christina Corrigan.Name: Christina Corrigan.
Died: November 19, 1996.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: El Cerrito, California, USA.
Disability: Mobility impairment due to obesity; possible Prader-Willi syndrome.

Details:
Because Christina was gaining weight, her mother took her out of school. Her mother left her on the living room floor and did not take her to see a doctor. Christina gained so much weight that she could not walk, and died from heart failure. She had been badly neglected and was covered with bedsores.

Perpetrator: Marlene Corrigan (Mother), convicted of misdemeanor child abuse, sentenced to 3 years probation.

Source: Christina Corrigan
Bedsores Covered 680-Pound Girl, Expert Says

Robin Appleby

Black and white photo of Robin Appleby, a young woman.Name: Robin Appleby.
Died: November 5, 1996.
Age at death: 30.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability, epilepsy.

Details:
Robin’s parents kept her in a locked room without a toilet or sufficient food. There, she starved to death.

Perpetrator: Billy and Alice Appleby (Parents), reckless homicide, 5-20 years; Billy Ray Appleby II (Brother), tampering with evidence, 0-5 years.

Source: Retarded Woman Dies Locked in Bedroom; Abused, Malnourished, Police Say
Robin Appleby’s Parents Deny Guilt; Lawyer says they were “overwhelmed” but cared for her

Fiona Mitchell

No PhotoName: Fiona Mitchell.
Died: July 12, 1995.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Brain injury from meningitis, causing blindness and deafness.

Details:
While her siblings lived in the rest of the house, little Fiona was shut up in a room and forgotten, denied care, medical attention, and even food and water. She died of starvation.

“…Fiona was among those whose cases were diffused by factual findings by the coroner. Though Fiona died of malnutrition, the Medical examiner attributed her death to her having had meningitis and said it was “amazing she lived as long as she did.” —Misplaced Mercy

Perpetrator: Mary Mitchell (Mother), pleaded no contest to criminally negligent homicide; two-year suspended sentence.

Source: Misplaced Mercy
Girl’s Mother Indicted on Murder Charge

Carrie Day

No PhotoName: Carrie Day.
Died: January 9, 1992.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Ironwood, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Carrie’s mother starved her, often punishing her by forcing her to watch the family eat while Carrie went hungry. She died of pneumonia, her 65-pound body unable to fight the infection.

Perpetrator: Urselyne Day (Adoptive mother), charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Source: Woman accused of starving mentally retarded daughter to death