Michael Guzman

Slightly blurred photo of Michael Guzman, a Caucasian toddler with wispy brown hair, wearing a brown sweater and holding his hand out to the camera.Name: Michael Guzman.
Died: January 22, 2017.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Homicide.
Location: New York City, New York, USA.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Details:
Michael Guzman died of a phenobarbital overdose. Considered suspicious from the beginning, Michael’s death was ruled a homicide after six months. His parents have been questioned, but not yet arrested.

Perpetrator: His parents; questioned by police.

Source:
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Death of 5-year-old Queens boy ruled a homicide

Tyler Caudill

Photo of Tyler Caudill, a young boy with fair skin and brown hair. He has a wide smile. He is wearing a magenta T-shirt.Name: Tyler Joseph “TJ” Caudill.
Died: Late August 2016; body found November 13, 2016.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Portsmouth, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
TJ was abused and starved by his mother and her boyfriend; then he went missing. His body has been found, and his mother and her boyfriend charged with murder, but his cause of death remains unknown.

Perpetrator: Margariat L. White (Mother) and Douglas Lee Hunt (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with aggravated murder, murder, three counts of endangering children, tampering with evidence, and gross abuse of a corpse.

Source:
UPDATE: Mother, Boyfriend charged in death of 6-year-old boy
Mother, Boyfriend Arrested in 6 Year Old Boy’s Death
Portsmouth Police find body amidst search for missing 6-year-old
Scioto grand jury indicts couple in death of autistic boy

Erica Parsons

Photo of Erica Parsons.Name: Erica Parsons.
Died: Died December 19, 2011; reported missing July 30, 2013; body found September 27, 2016.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Learning disability, hearing impairment.

Details:
Erica was physically and emotionally abused by her adoptive parents. They locked her in a closet, hit her, and deliberately broke her fingers.

Sometime in 2011, she disappeared. Witnesses said she was “having trouble breathing” shortly beforehand. She was not reported missing for two years.

Until Erica’s body was found, her parents could only be convicted for fraud, since they had cashed Erica’s disability checks in the years between her disappearance and its reporting. Five years after her likely death, Erica’s adoptive father led police to her body. Her bones revealed that she had been malnourished, and had suffered many fractures from abuse.

Perpetrator: Sandy Parsons (Adoptive father), fraud, 8 years; Casey Parsons (Adoptive mother), fraud, 10 years. Further charges possible.

Source:
Judge rips Parsonses for Erica’s life, death
Sheriff: Erica Parsons likely dead before reported missing
Girl missing since 2011 was tortured repeatedly before death, warrant says
Chesterfield ‘adoptive father tortured disabled daughter before discarding her body’
NC girl who lived in a house of horror died any of several torturous ways, autopsy finds
Erica Parsons Update: Autopsy Reveals Details About Missing Girl’s Life And Death
Autopsy reveals girl died brutal death, adoptive parents likely to face charges
Autopsy reveals girl died brutal death, had many broken bones

Lydia Whitford

Photo of Lydia Whitford, a young woman with pale skin and short brown hair, wearing a neon yellow and turquoise jacket and pink ball cap. Name: Lydia Whitford.
Died: July 14, 2016.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Homicide, unknown type.
Location: Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada.
Disability: Autism, epilepsy.

Details:
Lydia’s death was originally ruled natural, but her mother and sister saw bruises on her body and pushed for an investigation. More than a year later later, Lydia’s foster mother was charged with manslaughter. Exactly how Lydia died has not been released.

Perpetrator: Lisa Marie Campbell (Foster mother), charged with manslaughter.

Source:
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Family wants answers in homicide of teen living in licensed foster home
Family of woman with autism found dead in foster home seeks answers
Family plans birthday vigil for Manitoba teen with autism killed in foster care
Family seeks answers after teen’s death in foster care deemed a homicide
Homicide victim’s family asks how woman with autism died in CFS care
Killing of teen with autism in foster care to be investigated by Manitoba’s children’s advocate
Foster mother charged in death of autistic woman, 18
Woman charged with manslaughter in death of disabled woman
Winnipeg woman charged in death of teen with autism
Foster mom charged in 2016 homicide of teen with autism, family says
Winnipeg woman arrested following homicide in July 2016: RCMP

80-year-old woman

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Died: 2016, Date unknown.
Age at death: About 80.
Cause of death: Involuntary euthanasia.
Location: Netherlands.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
When she was diagnosed with dementia, this 80-year-old woman was asked whether she wanted to schedule euthanasia. She said she might want euthanasia, but only when she herself asked for it.

Over the next few years, family and nursing home staff asked her several times whether she wanted euthanasia, but each time, she would reply, “No, not yet. It’s not that bad yet.”

Only weeks after she was moved to a new nursing home, her doctor decided it was time for her to die. So her doctor put a sedative in her coffee and waited for her to fall asleep; but she did not fall asleep, and instead started making plans to visit her family.

When the doctor tried injecting the euthanasia drug, but she fought for her life, and her doctor told her family to hold her down. This they did, and she died.

She was described as a “small, resolute woman” who had worked with children during her career.

Perpetrator: Her doctor, nursing home, and family. The doctor was reprimanded for not acting in accordance with due care. Under investigation by public prosecutor.

Source:
Public prosecutor investigates euthanasia of woman with dementia
Doctor has family restrain woman during lethal injection
Panel clears Dutch doctor who asked family to hold patient down as she carried out euthanasia procedure
Dutch doctor drugged patient’s coffee and asked family to hold her
Netherlands review committee says euthanasia on woman with dementia was done in “good faith”
Doctor Euthanizes Patient With Dementia, Secretly Put Lethal Drugs in Her Coffee
Doctor reprimanded for ‘overstepping mark’ during euthanasia on dementia patient
Female Dutch Doctor Drugged A Patient’s Coffee
Dutch gov’t panel: Doctor who forcibly euthanized elderly woman ‘acted in good faith’
Dutch doctor cleared despite euthanising patient against her will
Euthanasia patient fought back as doctor tried to give her lethal jab
Doctor who drugged euthanasia patient and gave her lethal injection despite objections did not break the law
Euthanasia controversy: Doctor rebuked for helping uncertain woman die
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Doctor made patient’s family hold her while he gave lethal injection
Dutch doctor gave dementia patient euthanasia injection

Andrea Lago Ordóñez

Photo of Andrea Lago, a blonde toddler sitting on a swing.Name: Andrea Lago Ordóñez.
Died: October 9, 2015.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Disability: A degenerative neurological condition.

Details:
Andrea’s parents advocated for her feeding tube to be removed. She died of starvation and dehydration after four days without nourishment.

Perpetrator: Antonio Lago and Estela Ordóñez (Parents); no crime.

Source: Spanish girl at centre of futile care controversy dies

Steven Reis

Photo of Steven Reis, a middle-aged man.Name: Steven Reis.
Died: Body found September 6, 2015; died January 2015.
Age at death: 55.
Cause of death: Unsolved.
Location: Dayton, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Disabled veteran; depression, PTSD, diabetes.

Details:
Steven’s cause of death is still under investigation, but his body was found buried in his basement; he had been dead for about nine months. His caregiver had been using his credit cards and stealing his retirement payments.

Steven Reis was an Air Force veteran.

Perpetrator: Christy Russell (Caregiver), charged with tampering with evidence and credit card fraud.

Source: Woman charged $30,000 on dead man’s credit cards, police say

Brooke MacBeth

Photo of Brooke MacBeth.Name: Brooke MacBeth.
Died: Unknown. Body found May 3, 2015, six months to a year after death.
Age at death: ? 28.
Cause of death: Unknown.
Location: Lakeside, California, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
What happened to Brooke is unknown. All we know is that she was found dead, weighing only forty pounds, stuffed into a suitcase in her mother’s apartment, with amphetamine, marijuana, and oxycodone in her system. An autopsy did not find evidence of trauma, but most such evidence would no longer have been detectable because Brooke had been in the suitcase for several months.

Perpetrator: Possibly Bonnie MacBeth (mother). She may be guilty of neglect or only of hiding Brooke’s body, but she is not being charged.

Source: Woman in suitcase likely died of natural causes: ME

Aidan Fenton

Photo of Aidan.Name: Aidan Fenton.
Died: April 27, 2015.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Malpractice.
Location: Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Juvenile diabetes.

Details:
Aidan died after a “slapping therapy” workshop, a treatment that included several days of fasting and repeated, hard slaps meant to cause bruising and “release toxins”. He may also have been taken off insulin by his parents.

Perpetrator: Tasly Healthpac Centre; Aidan’s parents Lily and Geoff Fenton.

Source: Aidan Fenton, 7, was made to fast before ‘slapping therapy’, then he vomited and died

Hope Ruller

Grainy newspaper photo of a woman in an old-fashioned dress and hat; she looks to be in her twenties and is smiling.Name: Hope Beverly Ruller, née Carr.
Died: Body found December 29, 2014; died October 2013.
Age at death: 93.
Cause of death: Unknown suspicious death.
Location: Gloversville, New York, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; elderly disabled.

Details:
Hope lived in a duplex, downstairs from her daughter, who was supposed to be caring for her. However, instead her daughter isolated her and kept her from seeing family members or getting medical care.

When Hope died, her daughter did not report the death and continued cashing her mother’s disability checks for more than a year, assuring her family that she was “fine” and even cashing a check sent as a Christmas present. Eventually, Hope’s son grew suspicious and asked police for a welfare check; they found her body.

Hope’s cause of death can never be determined because her body was left in a bed for 14 months after she died. Police could only say that her death was considered suspicious.

Perpetrator: Mary Kerstig (Daughter), pleaded guilty to larceny, improper disposal of a body, and endangering the welfare of an incompetent or disabled person; sentenced to 6 months in jail, 5 years probation, and community service.

Source:
Upstate New York Woman Admits to Keeping Mother’s Corpse for More Than a Year To Collect Government Checks
Hope Beverly Carr Ruller