Name: Sean Hurtt. Died: June 13, 2001. Age at death: 14. Cause of death: Multiple murder. Location: Garfield, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Disability: Autism.
Sean and his mother, Kathy Hairston, were both bludgeoned to death with a hammer by Sean’s stepfather. His stepfather was facing imprisonment for rape, and claimed that he had killed them because no one could take care of them the way he could.
Perpetrator: Kenneth Hairston (Stepfather). Sentenced to death.
Name: Shi Rui “Serena” Wang. Died: September 23, 1998. Age at death: 23 months. Cause of death: Multiple murder. Location: Padstow, New South Wales, Australia. Disability: Cerebral palsy.
Serena’s parents were Chinese living in Australia, and Serena’s mother was afraid that if she committed suicide, her husband would take Serena back to a Chinese orphanage. She tried to tie up her husband to stop him from saving Serena’s life, but he fought back and she instead killed him. Then she killed Serena with a medication overdose, and attempted suicide, but was found by police.
Perpetrator: Joyes Hong Wang (Mother); convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 4-6 years in prison.
Name: Trevor Horn. Died: March 3, 1993. Age at death: 8. Cause of death: Multiple murder; contract killing. Location: Montgomery County, Maryland, USA. Disability: Quadriplegic, intellectually disabled.
In an attempt to collect the money that was going toward Trevor’s care, Trevor’s father hired a hit man to kill him. The hit man disconnected Trevor’s respirator, and then shot his mother, Mildred Horn, and his overnight nurse, Janice Saunders. Trevor’s two sisters, who had been out of the house that night, survived.
Perpetrator: Lawrence Horn (Father), convicted of murder, sentenced to life without parole; James Edward Perry (Hit man); convicted of murder, sentenced to death.