Ian Carmichael

Photo of Ian Carmichael, a boy with fair skin and short brown hair. He is wearing a red sweater with a sports logo on it, and a necklace of steel-gray beads. He is smiling for the camera.Name: Ian Carmichael.
Died: July 31, 2004.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: London, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Epilepsy, dyslexia, developmental delay.

Details:
Convinced that he was ridding his family of an “intolerable burden”, Ian’s father took him to a hotel room, where he poisoned and then strangled him to death.

Ian competed in BMX bike racing. He left behind his older sister Gillian.

The crime was initially presented by the media as a “mercy killing”. Later on, Ian’s father blamed the antidepressants he was taking.

Perpetrator: David Carmichael (Father), charged with first-degree murder, ruled not guilty by reason of mental disorder; hospitalized for four years; absolute discharge in December 2009.

Source:
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Scarlett Chen

Photo of Scarlett Chen, a grinning Asian toddler with short hair.Name: Scarlett Chen, also called Jia Jia.
Died: July 12, 2004.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
After Scarlett’s mother was told by a doctor that Scarlett’s autism could not be surgically cured, she drowned Scarlett in the bathtub.

Perpetrator: Xuan “Linda” Peng (Mother); pled guilty to manslaughter; served five years in prison.

Source: Killer of autistic daughter released
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Mary Sawyer

A gravestone reading, Sawyer, Mary and Charles, together forever.Name: Mary Esther Sawyer.
Died: June 21, 2004.
Age at death: 79.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Mary’s daughter checked her out of her nursing home, took her home, drugged her, and suffocated her with a pillow.

Perpetrator: Rita Ann Sawyer (Daughter), convicted of first-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison.

Source: U.S. court rejects plea for new trial by midstate doctor convicted of killing mom

Sophie Jaworski

No PhotoName: Sophie Jaworski.
Died: May 8, 2004.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease, colon cancer.

Details:
Sophie’s husband had been barred from visiting her in the hospital, but he came to the hospital and stabbed her in the chest, killing her.

Perpetrator: Tony Jaworski (Husband), charges reduced to manslaughter, sentenced to three years probation.

Source:
History of euthanasia in Canada
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“Baby C”

No PhotoName: “Baby C” (Female).
Died: May 2004.
Age at death: 5 months.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Nelson, New Zealand.
Disability: Lissencephaly.

Details:
When he learned that her diagnosis would cause lifelong severe disability, Baby C’s father smothered her.

Perpetrator: Her father; charged with manslaughter but acquitted, even though he confessed during the trial.

Source: Complaint from family over Baby C

Ida Heginbotham

No PhotoName: Ida Heginbotham.
Died: April 1, 2004.
Age at death: 87.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Preesall, Lancashire, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia, arthritis, hip replacements.

Details:
Ida’s husband cut her throat because he didn’t want her to be transferred to a dementia ward.

She was “a keen horsewoman” and the mother of six children.

Perpetrator: Bernard Heginbotham (Husband), pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility; given a 12-month community rehabilitation order and released.

Source:
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Angelica Auriemma

No PhotoName: Angelica Auriemma.
Died: December 5, 2003.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: New York City, New York, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Soon after Angelica was diagnosed with autism, her mother tried to electrocute her; when that didn’t work, she drowned her in the bathtub.

Perpetrator: Ioanna Auriemma (Mother); convicted of manslaughter; served three years in prison.

Source: Autistic Brooklyn Woman Is Drowned at Home

Raya Donagi

A gravestone reading: Raya Rakefet Donagi. Feb. 1, 2003 - Aug. 4, 2003. In the eternal embrace of her mother. Mine An Ener, July 14, 1965 - Aug. 30, 2003.Name: Raya Rakefet Donagi.
Died: August 4, 2003.
Age at death: 6 months.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Raya’s mother slit her throat because she was afraid Raya might have to get a feeding tube.

Perpetrator: Mine An Ener (Mother); charged with murder. Committed suicide before she could be tried.

Source: Mine An ENER

Jason Dawes

Black and white photo of Jason Dawes, a smiling boy.Name: Jason Dawes.
Died: August 4, 2003.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Jason was suffocated by his mother, who believed there was “no hope for her son”.

Perpetrator: Daniela Dawes (Mother). Convicted of manslaughter; served no jail time.

Source: When love is not enough