Jody Meyers

Photo of Jody Meyers. She has fair skin and blond hair with darker roots. She is holding a cell phone in a leopard-print cover, and wearing a silver ring and a peach sweater.Name: Jody Meyers.
Died: August 26-28, 2015.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Mannum, South Australia, Australia.
Disability: Partially deaf.

Jody’s boyfriend strangled her; then he buried her under a concrete slab in the yard, reported her missing, and pretended to help search for her.

Perpetrator: Neil Archer (Partner), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 22 years to life.

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Lala Mardigan

Photo of Lala Mardigan. She is a young woman with dark brown skin, wearing a yellow shirt; she has headphones in her ears.Name: Lala Mardigan.
Died: Late July 2015.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Wadeye, Northern Territory, Australia.
Disability: Lupus, intellectual disability.

Lala lived in a remote part of Australia. She had spent some time in foster care, but returned to her mother at age 18 even though her mother had told the health service she could not care for her. Despite a case worker’s warning that Lala was not being cared for, the health department did not assign her a guardian. At 20, Lala died from malnutrition and infection, a victim of neglect.

Perpetrator: Lala’s family and the health department.

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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.

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

5-year-old boy

Photo of a small boy, with a censor blur obscuring the face. The child has blond hair and fair skin and is wearing a blue hoodie.Name Unknown.
Died: March 26, 2015.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Epilepsy, Hepatitis C.

This young boy had been abused by his foster family before he died of an overdose of several drugs, including diazepam, morphine, and other opiates.

He had been taken from his birth mother because she used drugs.

Perpetrator: His foster family.

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Liam Milne

Photo of Liam Milne and his mother Susana. Liam is a light-brown-skinned boy with curly black hair, wearing a baseball cap and pink shirt. His mother is a woman with brown hair and pale skin, wearing sunglasses and a straw hat. She has her arms around Liam.Name: Liam Milne.
Age at death: 11.
Disability: Fragile X, autism spectrum disorder.

Name: Susana Estevez Castillo.
Age at death: 39.
Disability: None. Susana was a Fragile X carrier and was 6 months pregnant with a boy.

Died: February 1, 2015.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Sydney, Australia.

Liam and his brother Ben both had Fragile X, and their mother Susana was six months pregnant with another boy. Their father, who feared that the boys would not be able to cope with their disabilities, bundled his whole family into the car and crashed it into a tree at 90 miles an hour.

Only seven-year-old Ben survived the crash, though he was severely injured. Ben is now living with his aunt, who says he is doing well.

Perpetrator: Darren John Milne (Father).

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Kim and Fletcher Hunt

Sepia-tone portrait photo of a woman and three children, a boy and two girls. They are smiling at the camera.

Name: Kim Hunt.
Died: September 9, 2014.
Age at death: 41.
Disability: Traumatic brain injury (from car accident), causing hemiplegia and personality changes.

Name: Fletcher Hunt.
Age at death: 10.
Disability: ADHD.

Died: September 9, 2014.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Lockhart, New South Wales, Australia.

Other victims: Mia (8 years) and Phoebe (6 years).

Kim’s husband shot her and her three children before committing suicide.

Before her car accident, Kim had been an intensive-care nurse. Now unable to do the physical work of nursing, Kim was planning to return to work as a nursing administrator instead.

Fletcher liked Australian rules football and riding his motorbike.

Perpetrator: Geoff Hunt (Husband, father).

Source: ‘He may have simply just snapped’: Disability worker breaks down as she describes Kim Hunt’s violent rages after a car crash left her with brain injuries before her husband shot his family dead
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Tyron Honeywood

Photo of Tyron Honeywood, a young man sitting cross-legged in a wheelchair and smoking a cigarette. He is wearing sunglasses.Name: Tyron Paul Honeywood.
Died: March 21, 2014.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Disability: Paraplegic.

Tyron was shot dead by his father.

Perpetrator: Brian Robert Honeywood (Father), pleaded guilty to murder.

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83-year-old woman

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Died: October 2013.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Disability: Stroke, dementia, mental illness, epilepsy.

This 83-year-old woman was left on her bed, starving and neglected, until she finally died of pneumonia. She was severely malnourished and filthy, and had been fed by mouth even though her stroke had made it difficult for her to swallow.

Three of her grandchildren are set to testify against their parents for the abuse that ended in their grandmother’s death.

Perpetrator: Her 50-year-old son and his 44-year-old wife, both charged with reckless conduct endangering life and reckless conduct endangering serious injury.

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Levai Bonnar

Photo of Levi Bonnar.Name: Levai Bonnar.
Died: May 21, 2013.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Sydney, Australia.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Levai was beaten, starved, and humiliated by his parents. The abuse eventually proved fatal when Levai died of head injuries.

Levai’s killers nearly escaped justice by claiming the boy had died from falling off a pogo stick.

Perpetrator: Kayla James (Mother), convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 10½ years; Kodi James Maybir (Mother’s boyfriend), convicted of murder, sentenced to 31½ to 38 years.

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Erin Crabtree

Photo of Erin Crabtree, a teenage girl with pale skin and brown hair, smiling at the camera. Somoene in a lion costume is resting their hand on her shoulder.Name: Erin Crabtree.
Died: September 4, 2012.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Maudsland, Queensland, Australia.
Disability: Developmental disability, autism.

Erin was fatally poisoned with codeine by her mother, who staged her death as a suicide and collected life insurance. Five years later, she would kill Erin’s brother Jonathan the same way.

When Erin’s mother was finally arrested, Erin’s sister, also disabled and in her mother’s custody, was found in bad shape from having been repeatedly dosed with sedatives, and was rescued.

Perpetrator: Maree Crabtree (Mother), charged with two counts of murder, grievous bodily harm, torture, fraud, and armed robbery.

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