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.

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.

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Kathryn Ashe

Photo of Kathryn Ashe. She is a middle-aged African-American woman with dark brown skin and frizzy, graying black hair. She is wearing a bright orange T-shirt and looks like she was photographed while she was talking.Name: Kathryn Ashe.
Died: June 24, 2016.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida, USA.
Disability: Physical disability.

Kathryn, frail and not able to take care of herself, was abandoned by her roommates, who had been acting as caregivers to some extent. They moved out of the house they all lived in, leaving her behind. The house had no air conditioning and was uninhabitably filthy. Though the former roommates stopped in to “check on” her, they never called for medical help even though Kathryn’s condition was visibly getting worse. They never helped her or even gave her food or water. Eight to ten days after she was abandoned, Kathryn was dead.

Perpetrator: Jennifer Susan Poulos and Debra Germain Poulos; both charged with neglect of an elderly or disabled adult. The charges were dropped because the two women were determined not to have been legally responsible for Kathryn’s care.

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Tammara Killam

No PhotoName: Tammara Killam.
Died: June 21, 2016.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Tammara and her twin sister Brooke, who was also autistic and intellectually disabled, were left alone in an RV by their father. The women had no power or water and had been given nothing but bread and water to eat for a week. They were left without air conditioning or access to water in the 122-degree desert heat. Their father had given them cell phones, but the phones no longer worked.

Tammara died of dehydration; Brooke survived.

Perpetrator: Roger Carter Killam (Father), arrested on two counts of neglect of a vulnerable person.

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Rietje Willms

Photo of Rietje Willms, an elder woman. She has short white hair and fair skin, and is wearing a black turtleneck and white jacket. Her expression is solemn, and she is squinting slightly into the sun.Name: Rietje Willms.
Died: June 12, 2016.
Age at death: 80.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Disability: Dementia.

Rietje was the widow of a successful plumber and real estate dealer. She had inherited his money, and one of her four sons wanted it. When he saw that Rietje was getting dementia, he manipulated her into making him her sole heir. Then he locked her away in his house and neglected her; another of her sons said that sometimes, when he walked by the house, he could hear her in the house, crying to be let out. Rietje was eventually found dead of dehydration, a victim of neglect.

Perpetrator: Hans W. (Son), his girlfriend Susan, and a paid caregiver.

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Billie Jo Quintier

No PhotoName: Billie Jo Quintier.
Died: June 8, 2016.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Rosington, Alabama, USA.
Disability: “Physical disability”; wheelchair user.

Billie Jo was neglected by her “friend”; when she died she weighed 65 pounds and had severe bedsores.

Perpetrator: Angela Butler (Housemate), charged with neglect and abuse of a disabled person.

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Kira Friedman

Photo of Kira Friedman. She is a toddler with straight brown hair and tan skin. She is barefoot, wearing a fancy white dress.Name: Kira Rain “Ziigwani-diindiisi” Friedman.
Died: June 5, 2016.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bemidiji, Minnesota, USA.
Disability: Developmental delay.

When Kira soiled herself, her foster father put her into an 18-gallon tub in the shower, turned the shower on, and left. The tub filled with water and Kira, who could not escape the tub, drowned.

Perpetrator: Nathan Jackson Sr. (Foster father), charged with manslaughter and second-degree murder.

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Jazmine Walker

Photo of Jazmine Walker, a small infant with dark skin and curly black hair. She is wearing a pink headband and dress, and is sucking her thumb.Name: Jazmine Walker.
Died: May 25, 2016.
Age at death: 6 months.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Harvey, Illinios, USA.
Disability: Spina bifida; 8 weeks premature.

Jazmine’s mother starved and neglected her; she died weighing 4.8 pounds.

Perpetrator: Chequita D. Bell (Mother), charged with child endangerment.

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Melissa Couture

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Name: Melissa Couture.
Died: April 26, 2016.
Age at death: 38.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, chronic illness.

Melissa’s mother did not provide medical care for her, and she died of neglect.

Perpetrator: Patricia Couture (Mother), charged with criminal negligence resulting in death.

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Maria Branco

Photo of Maria Branco. She is an elderly woman with short white hair, and fair skin. She is wearing glasses and a white blouse, squinting slightly into the sun.Name: Maria Branco.
Died: April 13, 2016.
Age at death: 78.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Fall River, Massachusetts, USA.
Disability: Elderly disabled; mobility impaired.

Maria and her three children lived together. She and her two daughters Lucy and Filomena, both intellectually disabled, depended on her third child, a son, to care for them. However, he habitually beat and neglected Maria and her daughters.

When Maria was taken to the hospital with injuries from a severe beating, police arrested her son and went to her house to check on her daughters. They were locked into the house and tried desperately to get out to the police officers; when police got the door open, they found both women neglected and battered but alive.

After four days in the hospital, Maria died from sepsis due to her infected bedsores, complicated by starvation and injuries from beatings. Her daughters survived, but are reported to be “in poor condition” as of July 2016.

Perpetrator: Antonio M. Branco (Son), charged with murder, assault and battery upon a person with a disability, and two counts of neglect of a person with a disability.

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Adrian Parmana

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Name: Adrian Parmana.
Died: April 12, 2016.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Negligence.
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia.
Disability: “Mentally handicapped”.

Adrian was kept locked in his room by his family. When a short circuit caused a house fire, Adrian burned to death.

Perpetrator: H Dadang (Grandfather), grandmother, mother, and father.

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