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

Anginetta Clayton

No PhotoName: Anginetta Clayton.
Died: January 17, 1989.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Oxford, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Microcephaly.

Details:
Anginetta’s mother starved her to death.

Perpetrator: Bessie Marie Clayton (Mother); convicted of “depraved heart” murder; sentenced to life.

Source: Bessie Marie CLAYTON, v. STATE of Mississippi.

Rishonda Jones

No PhotoName: Rishonda “Nickie” Jones.
Died: February 8, 1988.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Arthritis, scoliosis.

Details:
Neglected by her mother, Rishonda died of starvation and infected bedsores.

She was an honor student who liked to write poetry and short stories.

Perpetrator: Michelle Jones (Mother); charged with manslaughter and child cruelty.

Source: Probe starvation of disabled teen

“Baby Doe”

Baby Doe's gravestone. It reads, Baby Doe. You are loved. 1982.Name: “Baby Doe”, Anonymous Male.
Died: April 15, 1982.
Age at death: 6 days.
Cause of death: Fatal Medical Neglect.
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Baby Doe was born with Down syndrome and an esophageal atresia, which untreated would result in death, but could be treated surgically with a 90% success rate. Advised by their doctor that the baby would have an intellectual disability, Baby Doe’s parents decided not to proceed with surgery. The hospital staff tried to have the court appoint a guardian for Baby Doe, to override the parents’ decision; but the court denied them. Baby Doe died six days later of starvation and pneumonia from aspirated stomach acid.

Perpetrator: Parents; Walter Owens (Doctor). No crime.

Source: Baby Doe Law