Troymaine Johnson

Photo of Troymaine Johnson, an African-American man wearing a navy windbreaker and blue knit cap.Name: Troymaine Deanthonies Johnson.
Died: March 17, 2017.
Age at death: 33.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Fort Valley, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Paraplegic.

Details:
Troymaine’s ex-girlfriend picked him up in her car, leaving his wheelchair behind, then abandoned him in the woods. He was found dead from hypothermia four days later.

Troymaine had a passion for rap music.

Perpetrator: Ruby Kate Coursey (Ex-girlfriend), pleaded guilty to felony murder, sentenced to life.

Source:
Woman Accused Of Killing Paraplegic Ex-Boyfriend By ‘Cruelly’ Dumping Him In Forest
Woman accused of pushing paraplegic man out of her car, letting him die in woods
Authorities say woman left paraplegic Fort Valley man in woods to die
Fort Valley parapalegic man found dead in woods
Troymaine Johnson Obituary – Macon, GA
Family remembers paraplegic man as a talented rapper and loving soul
Body of Fort Valley man found in Upson County hunting camp
Body found at Upson deer camp
Troymaine Deanthonies Johnson (1983 – 2017)
Woman left paraplegic ex-boyfriend to die in cold, police say
Cops: Georgia woman left paraplegic ex-boyfriend in woods to die
Ruby Kate Coursey: How I left my paraplegic ex boyfriend to die in the cold
Georgia Woman Allegedly Kills Paraplegic Ex-Boyfriend By Stranding Him in the Woods
Woman pleads guilty in murder of paraplegic Fort Valley man left in woods
Woman pleads guilty to felony murder in death of paraplegic Fort Valley man

Amber Perry

Photo of Amber Perry, a toddler girl with fair skin and light blonde hair, smiling into the camera.Name: Amber Perry.
Died: March 7, 2017.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Crandon, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Juvenile diabetes.

Details:
Amber’s caregivers denied her treatment for her diabetes for a long period of time, until she eventually died of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Perpetrator: Her caregiver(s), including her grandmother and possibly her parents; Amber’s death has been ruled a homicide, but no one has yet been charged.

Source:
6-year-old Crandon girl died of complications from diabetes
Report: Crandon girl, 6, died of complications from diabetes
Forest Co. Child’s Death Ruled Homicide
Forest County six-year-old’s death ruled a homicide
DA: Multiple people could be charged in kindergartner’s death

Ruth Bain

Photo of Ruth Bain, an older woman with pale skin, wearing a red-striped top and pearl earrings. Her hair is short, curly, and nearly white.Name: Ruth Bain.
Died: March 4, 2017.
Age at death: 82.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Denton, Texas, USA.
Disability: Dementia; stroke.

Details:
Ruth was shot by her husband in a murder-suicide.

She liked gardening and doing volunteer work.

Perpetrator: Joe Bain (Husband).

Source:
Fearing nursing home, elderly Denton man kills wife before killing himself
Jacquielynn Floyd: Call it desperation, but don’t call it love
Denton Tragedy Highlights Lack of Suicide Support for Texas’ Elderly

Nicholas Dean

Photo of Nicholas Dean, a boy with dark hair and light-brown skin, sitting in a wheelchair in front of an electric keyboard. He is wearing glasses and a striped shirt.Name: Nicholas Dean.
Died: March 1, 2017.
Age at death: 31.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bakersfield, California, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Nicholas was drugged, then strangled to death while he was home alone with his adoptive sister and her boyfriend.

He is the second homicide victim in his family. His older brother Jonathan was murdered by their adoptive father in 2014.

Perpetrator: Jessica Dean (Adoptive sister), Michael Hernandez (Sister’s boyfriend), under investigation.

Source:
Eyewitness News tip line prompts murder investigation
Homicide claims second brother in troubled adoptive family
The death of a disabled man is being investigated as a homicide

Jeffrey Franklin

Photo of Jeffrey Franklin, a teenage boy wearing a baseball cap. His ears stick out and his skin is fair. He is smiling.Name: Jeffrey “JR” Franklin.
Died: March 1, 2017.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Guilford, New York, USA.
Disability: Deaf; autism; developmental delay; mobility impaired.

Details:
Jeffrey had been adopted when he was about nine or ten years old.

Jeffrey’s adoptive parents killed him. Then they burned down their trailer to try to hide the evidence.

Perpetrator: Heather Franklin (Adoptive mother) and Ernest Franklin (Adoptive father), both charged with second-degree murder, arson, and tampering with evidence.

Source:
Parents accused of killing disabled son, burning down house
Sheriff: Teen Slain by Parents Had Disabilities, Was Adopted
NY couple accused of killing son and setting home on fire
Parents accused of killing disabled son, burning home
Parents Allegedly Murdered Adopted, Handicapped Son And Set Fire To Cover it Up
Parents arrested for allegedly killing son, setting fire to cover up crime
Parents accused of murdering disabled son, setting house ablaze
Parents murder disabled son, set him on fire
Upstate NY couple accused of killing adopted son before fire
Couple accused of killing deaf son, lighting house on fire to destroy evidence
‘Almost Immediately Red Flags Went Up’: Parents of Disabled Boy Killed in Home Fire Charged with Murder
Parents charged in disabled son’s death, arson
New York Parents Accused Of Killing 16-Year-Old Adopted, Disabled Son
Couple accused of killing adopted disabled boy before fire
Upstate New York Couple Accused of Killing Adopted Special Needs Son, Setting Fire to Home
Parents of deaf boy allegedly kill him, burn his body — then cash in on death
N.Y. Parents Accused of Murdering Teen Son with Special Needs — Then Burning Their House Down to Cover It Up
Couple accused of arson to hide son’s killing
New York parents charged in disabled son’s death, arson
Parents charged with murder, arson in death of disabled teen
Parents’ alleged murder of adopted son with special needs becomes even more disturbing
Adoptive Parents Killed Special Needs Son In Plot Inspired By ‘Manchester By The Sea’: DA
Disturbing new details emerge in death of Mount Upton teen
A prosecutor says ‘Manchester by the Sea’ inspired a couple to kill their special needs son
DA says autopsy shows parents killed son
Couple allegedly inspired by ‘Manchester by the Sea’ to kill son

Cameron Hoopingarner

Photo of Cameron Hoopengarner, a baby with fair skin, wearing a Santa Claus costume.Name: Cameron Hoopingarner.
Died: February 21, 2017.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Vigo County, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, blindness.

Details:
Cameron was starved to death by his legal guardians. They fed him very little, mostly baby food, and refused to take him to a doctor. When he died, he weighed less than 15 pounds.

Perpetrator: Chad Kraemer (Housemate), Hubert Kraemer (Guardian), Robin Kraemer (Guardian), and Sarah Travoli (Housemate). All charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

Source:
Blind boy, 9, with cerebral palsy dies from starvation weighing just 15 pounds
‘Worst autopsy of my career’
Suspects facing additional charges in 9-year-old’s death after testing positive for drugs
Suspects arrested in connection with 9-year-old’s malnutrition death test positive for drugs
4 charged in death of 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy
Drug charges added in child-death case
Four arrested in starvation death of 9-year-old Indiana boy
Four suspects arrested for death of 9-year-old face additional charges after testing positive for drugs
Following tragic death family friend details relationship between guardians and 9-year-old boy
4 arrested in death of 9-year-old weighing under 15 pounds
4 arrested after 15-pound 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy dies
Boy In Starvation Case Pictured As Doctor Reveals 9-Year-Old’s Alleged Nightmare Of Neglect
4 charged after 15-pound boy, 9, dies
Child-death suspects could face 40 years in prison if convicted
Little boy starved to death looked like an Auschwitz victim when he was found
Child Death Suspects in Court
Blind boy with cerebral palsy starved to death
4 arrested for starving Vigo County boy to death
4 arrested in connection to death of malnourished child
4 arrested in death of 9-year-old Indiana boy with cerebral palsy
4 arrested after death of 9-year-old Indiana boy weighing only 15 pounds
Little food, no medical care for disabled boy who died of starvation
Four arrested in starvation death of 9-year-old boy weighing 15lbs
Court docs: 9-year-old Vigo Co. boy weighed 14.8 pounds when he died, lived on baby food
Four Arrested After 9-Year-Old Weighing Just 15 Lbs. Dies
Four arrested in starvation death of 9-year-old boy
4 Arrested in Connection To Malnourished Boy’s Death
Four Arrested In Connection With Death Of 9 Year Old Child
Indiana family charged after 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy starves to death
4 arrested after 9-year-old dies weighing 15 lbs. in Vigo County
New Details Released In Death Of 9-Year-Old
Child Starvation Death Suspects Face More Charges
Autopsy shows Vigo County 9-year-old who starved to death had methamphetamine in his system
Coroner: Vigo Co. 9-Year-Old Who Died of Starvation Had Meth in System
Four face additional charges in neglect case after autopsy shows 9-year-old boy had meth in system
Vigo Co. couple accused of starving 5-year-old daughter to death
4 Charged In Disabled Boy’s Death Face New Charges
Additional Charges Filed In Death Of 9-Year-Old Vigo Co. Boy
4 charged in starvation death of Indiana boy who had meth in his system
Four Accused in Child’s Death Now Facing Additional Charges
Boy, 9, Who Weighed Less Than 15 Pounds When He Died of Starvation Had Meth in System: Autopsy
4 charged after 15-pound boy, 9, died with meth in system
Autopsy finds meth in system of boy, 9, who weighed 15 pounds
Doctor Said Abuse Case Is ‘Most Disturbing’ He’s Ever Seen—The Look on Boy’s Face in Photo Says It All
Funeral donations for Indiana child starved to death will help other kids

Brandon Strauss

Photo of Brandon Strauss. He is a teenage boy with fair skin. He is wearing a striped polo shirt and his hair is hidden under his bulky helmet. He is leaning on something off to the right of the picture.Name: Brandon Strauss.
Died: February 20, 2017.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome, epilepsy, autism.

Details:
Brandon’s parents burned him over about 10% of his body. He suffered second-and third-degree burns, which were left untreated for several days before his parents poisoned him with his own medication.

Perpetrator: Yolanda Strauss (Adoptive mother), charged with murder and abuse of a vulnerable person; Ross Strauss (Adoptive father), charged with murder and abuse of a vulnerable person.

Source:
Las Vegas couple charged with murdering their special needs son, 21
Couple charged with murder in death of their special needs son
Pair face murder charges in Vegas man’s Feb dying – Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas couple are charged with murdering their 21-year-old adopted special needs son who was found with lethal levels of medication in his system
Las Vegas couple face murder charge in death of special-needs son
Pair face murder charges in Las Vegas man’s February death
Las Vegas couple suspected in death of their special-needs son indicted

Walter Clark

Photo of Walter Clark. He has brown skin; he is wearing a black hat and a red collared shirt.Name: Walter Mack Clark.
Died: February 17, 2017.
Age at death: 63.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Washington DC, USA.
Disability: Diabetes, partial amputation of foot, chronic illness.

Details:
Walter was beaten to death by his girlfriend with a baseball bat.

He was a retired cook.

Perpetrator: Thomasine Bennett (Girlfriend), charged with first-degree murder.

Source: Woman, 76, Who Beat Boyfriend, 63, to Death With Bat Was Tired of Loving Him, Police Say
Woman, 76, Beat Boyfriend, 63, to Death With Bat: Police
67-year-old woman charged with murder told police she beat man with baseball bat
67-Year-Old Woman Beat Boyfriend to Death with a Bat for 36 Hours, Police Allege

Matthew Tirado

Photo of Matthew Tirado, a young boy with light-brown skin and curly black hair. He is wearing a red tank top.Name: Matthew Tirado.
Died: February 14, 2017.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse.
Location: Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
When Matthew was brought to the hospital, he was dying from severe malnutrition, with bruises all over his body. He weighed only 88 pounds at death and had broken ribs.

Perpetrator: Katiria Tirado (Mother), charged with first-degree manslaughter.

Source:
Hartford Mother Charged In Death Of Malnourished, Autistic Teen
Hartford PD: Autistic teen suffered multiple cuts and bruises prior to death
Mother to face judge after malnourished, abused teen with autism dies
Woman charged in connection with autistic teen son’s death
Court documents show nonverbal autistic teen was starved, abused and neglected
Mother to face judge after malnourished, abused teen with autism dies
Family Admonishes ‘System’s’ Failure At Wake For Malnourished Teen
Questions raised on school liability after teen dies of malnourishment, abuse
‘He’s Very Weak,’ Mother Tells 911 Hours Before Malnourished Teen’s Death
Death of Autistic, Emaciated Hartford Teen Ruled Homicide
Death of autistic teen who was abused by his mom is ruled a homicide
Medical Examiner Rules Neglected Teen’s Death A Homicide; Mother Faces Increased Charges
US mom charged with first-degree manslaughter of underweight autistic teen
‘He Looks Like He’s Dying’: Mother Faces Manslaughter In Death Of Malnourished Teen
Mum charged with manslaughter of underweight autistic teen
Charges Upped to Manslaughter in Hartford Autistic Teen’s Death
Mother Faces Upgraded Charges In Death Of Autistic Son
Mom of abused, starved autistic Hartford teen charged with manslaughter
Mom charged with manslaughter of underweight autistic teen

Erwin Drake

No PhotoName: Erwin Emerson Drake.
Died: February 12, 2017.
Age at death: 93.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Florence, Oregon, USA.
Disability: Blindness, dementia, mobility impairment.

Details:
Erwin was shot by his ex-wife, who first claimed that he had threatened her, then claimed it had been a mercy-killing because of his dementia.

Perpetrator: Carolyn Stickley (Ex-wife), charged with murder.

Source:
Ex-wife claimed self-defense, then mercy killing after shooting 93-year-old Florence man, court records show
Florence woman charged in killing of 93-year-old ex-husband
Quail Creek woman held in Oregon murder