Wade Denton

No PhotoName: Wade Denton.
Died: November 19, 2017 (Body found, died several months previously).
Age at death: 49.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Blind, diabetic.

Details:
Wade’s estranged wife had promised to make sure he had food and water in the trailer where he lived after she moved out. Instead, she left him alone there with his two dogs, without food or running water, and without a phone to call for help, and spent his Social Security checks. Wade’s body was found months later alongside the bodies of the dogs. His cause of death is undetermined, but homicide charges are possible.

Perpetrator: Jennifer Denton (Estranged wife), charged with neglect by caretaker, financial exploitation of a disabled person by caretaker and animal cruelty.

Source:
Woman arrested after diabetic, visually impaired husband found dead
Stillwater woman arrested after husband’s body found decaying in mobile home
Stillwater woman arrested after husband’s decaying body discovered inside mobile home
Stillwater woman arrested in discovery of decaying body
Woman accused of abandoning disabled husband who died
Woman Whose Disabled Husband & Dogs Died Charged with Neglect

Dylan Davis

Photo of Dylan Davis, a boy with short brown hair and fair skin, photographed outdoors. He is grinning at the camera.Name: Dylan Martin Davis.
Died: November 17, 2017.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Brown County, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
When Dylan had a meltdown, his step-grandfather–a very large man–sat on him to restrain him and suffocated him to death.

Perpetrator: Donald Martin Jr. (Step-grandfather).

Source:
Police arrest and charge 400-pound man in death of 11-year-old autistic step-grandson
28-stone man ‘killed his ‘autistic’ step grandson, 11, by SITTING ON HIM’
Autistic Boy Crushed to Death by 400-Pound Grandfather

Kayla Hensley

Photo of Kayla Hensley, a teen girl with long, straight blond hair, fair skin, and braces on her teeth. Behind her is a green lawn and a fence. She is wearing a dark blue top and smiling.Name: Kayla Desiree Hensley.
Died: November 11, 2017.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Weaverville, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, deaf.

Details:
Kayla was stabbed to death by her brother.

Staff at American Eagle Outfitters, where she worked, remember her as “a ray of sunshine”.

Perpetrator: Her brother, charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Kid slashes his disabled 18-year-old sister to death: Investigators
Boy arrested for ‘stabbing girl to death before dumping body near skip’
Kayla Hensley Weaverville brother murders hearing impaired sister

Carolyn Croucher

No PhotoName: Carolyn Croucher.
Died: November 10, 2017.
Age at death: 70.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Mobile, Alabama, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; “bedridden and in hospice care”.

Details:
Carolyn’s son beat her to death with her own oxygen tank because she “wouldn’t stop crying”.

Perpetrator: Joseph Wood (Son), charged with murder.

Source:
DA: Alabama man beat mother to death with oxygen tank when she ‘wouldn’t stop crying’
Son brutally beat his mother to death with an oxygen tank because ‘she wouldn’t stop crying’: Prosecutor
ADA: Man beat bedridden mother to death with her own oxygen tank

Charity Depina

Photo of Charity Depina, a young woman with curly black hair and tan skin, wearing a blue fairy costume with wings showing behind her back.Name: Charity Depina.
Died: November 10, 2017.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Fresno, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Charity’s boyfriend, who had a history of violently assaulting her, beat her to death with a curtain rod.

Perpetrator: Gabriel Salinas (Boyfriend), confessed to murder.

Source:
Man confesses to beating girlfriend to death with closet rod, police say
Man takes blame for girlfriend’s death in Fresno

Mason Blum

No PhotoName: Mason Blum.
Died: November 1, 2017.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Mobility impaired, nonverbal.

Details:
Mason’s mother put him in the bathtub with the water running, and left him there while she got high. He drowned.

Perpetrator: Michelle Wallace (Mother), charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, child endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Source:
Baby died of drowning and Slate Belt case labeled homicide
Toddler’s death in mother’s bath tub a homicide, coroner rules
Police charge Pen Argyl mom with manslaughter; toddler found in tub
Slate Belt woman charged in her disabled 2-year-old’s death in tub
Autopsy complete in death of 2-year-old Pen Argyl boy

Sherin Mathews

Photo of Sherin Mathews, a young girl with tan skin and chin-length brown hair, wearing a dress with pink polka-dots on it.Name: Sherin Mathews.
Died: October 22, 2017 (Body found); died October 7, 2017.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability, failure to thrive.

Details:
Sherin’s adoptive father claimed she had been adopted from India with developmental delays, malnutrition, and an “eating disorder”. When he brought her to the hospital with broken bones, he claimed that she had brittle bones from being malnourished at the orphanage.

Her adoptive father was trying to force her to drink milk at 3 a.m., and choked her to death doing it. He then dumped her body and pretended she had gone missing, before eventually confessing to the killing. The autopsy confirmed that Sherin’s cause of death was “homicidal violence”.

Later, the orphanage came forward and reported that Sherin had not had trouble eating. Her “eating disorder” may have been a fabrication to cover up her murder. She was merely small for her age, a condition called “failure to thrive” which is common in children with difficult backgrounds. The broken bones she had suffered months before her death had nothing to do with malnutrition and everything to do with child abuse.

Perpetrator: Wesley Mathews (Adoptive father), charged with murder, injury to a child, abandoning a child, and tampering with evidence; Sini Mathews (Adoptive mother), charged with abandoning a child.

Source:
Sherin Mathews abandoned in India before alley abandonment that may have led to death
A father reported his 3-year-old missing. Then he told police he’d watched her die.
Texas dad admits disposing of child’s body, affidavit says
Father of Sherin Mathews says he watched as his 3 year old child choked on milk and died
‘Sherin Mathews didn’t have developmental disability’; foster father on suicide watch in jail
Mother Of Girl Who Allegedly Died Drinking Milk Arrested For Leaving Her Alone And Going Out To Dinner
Sherin Mathews Was Being Abused Months Before Her Death, Pediatrician Told Child Protective Services
Autopsy Reveals 3-Year-Old Sherin Mathews Died from ‘Homicidal Violence’
Sherin Mathews Update: Slain AMBER Alert toddler died from ‘homicidal violence’
Sherin Mathews died from ‘homicidal violence,’ autopsy finds
U.S. Adoption Agency Banned from India Following Death of Toddler Sherin
Father charged with murder in death of 3-year-old Indian girl
Texas father charged with murder in death of Indian orphan
Father Charged in Murder of 3-Year-Old Adopted Orphan Sherin Mathews
TX dad charged with capital murder in death of 3-year-old
Who Is Wesley Mathews? Sherin Mathews’ Father Charged With Missing Texas Toddler’s Murder
BREAKING: Death Penalty for Sherin Mathews’ Father? Wesley Mathews Indicted on Capital Murder Charge
Wesley Mathews charged with CAPITAL MURDER in death of adopted toddler, Sherin Mathews
Texas father charged with murder in death of Indian orphan
Sherin Mathews case: Father who claimed girl choked on milk charged with murder
Texas father charged with murder in death of daughter adopted from Indian orphanage
Wesley Mathews Allegedly Used ‘Deadly Weapon’ to Kill Daughter Sherin Mathews
New Texas Law Inspired by Three-year-old Toddler Sherin Mathews’ Death

Dayvid Pakko

hoto of Dayvid Pakko, a young boy with fair skin, blond hair, and dark brown eyes. He is smiling for the camera.Name: Dayvid Pakko.
Died: October 17, 2017.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lynnwood, Washington, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Dayvid was drowned in the bathtub by his uncle.

He was “smart as a whip” and loved playing with Legos.

Perpetrator: Andrew Henckel (Uncle); charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Police: Man admits to drowning 6-year-old Washington boy, leaving body in dumpster
Relative of 6-year-old Lynnwood boy arrested for murder
Police: 19-year-old family member confesses to drowning 6-year-old Lynnwood boy
Body Of Missing 6-Year-Old With Autism Found In Dumpster, Teen Relative Arrested
6-Year-Old Missing Washington Boy’s Body Found In Dumpster, Relative Confesses To Murder
Body of missing autistic boy found stuffed in dumpster; teen relative in custody
19-year-old arrested after 6-year-old Lynnwood boy found in dumpster
Cops: Teen uncle confessed to drowning autistic boy in bathtub
New documents reveal no motive in horrendous murder of 6-year-old Lynnwood boy
Kerrville man accused of killing nephew: ‘I did not do this’
Cops: Uncle confessed to drowning autistic boy in bathtub
Teen accused of drowning 6-year-old Lynnwood boy held on $1 million bail
Police: Family member admits to drowning boy, 6, with autism
Bail set at $1 million for 19-year-old man accused of murdering 6-year-old nephew

William Dubois

No PhotoName: William Dubois.
Died: October 14, 2017.
Age at death: 91.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Sun City West, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Details:
William was beaten by his daughter; when he died from blunt-force trauma, he had twenty-six broken ribs in different stages of healing.

Perpetrator: Susan Marcinco (Daughter), charged with manslaughter.

Source:
MCSO: Woman arrested in connection to death of her father in Sun City after fight
Woman says 91-year-old father attacked her; his autopsy shows 26 broken ribs
Woman arrested in death of 91-year-old father at Sun City West home
Maricopa County Woman Charged In Father’s Death
Daughter charged with the murder of nonagenarian father claims he made sexual advances towards her

Olivia Cart

Photo of Olivia Cart, a little girl with blonde hair in bangs, very pale skin and brown eyes. She is pursing her lips and puffing her cheeks. The photo is taken from very close in, and is overexposed.Name: Olivia Cart.
Died: October 6, 2017.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Culloden, West Virginia, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs.

Details:
Olivia was shot to death by her mother in a murder-suicide. Her older brother, also special needs, was shot but survived; as of October 21, 2017, he is still hospitalized with severe injuries.

Perpetrator: Leah Cart (Mother).

Source: Mom, kids ID’d after murder-suicide in Culloden
Mother hopes murder-suicide is ‘wake-up call’ for West Virginia
Boy recovering 2 weeks after sister, mom killed