Jacob Edwards

Photo of Jacob Edwards, a small boy with fair skin and blond hair, smiling for the camera. He is wearing a gray T-shirt that says "Jacob".Name: Jacob Edwards.
Died: July 10, 2018.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Prices Corner, Delaware, USA.
Disability: Williams Syndrome.

Details:
Jacob was shot by his father during a murder-suicide in which his father killed Jacob’s entire family. Also dead are Julie Edwards, Jacob’s mother, his little sister Brinley and his little brother Paxton.

Jacob liked music and dancing.

Perpetrator: Matthew Edwards (Father).

Source:
Dad Shot Wife, 3 Kids and Then Himself in Del. Home, PD Says
Deaths of Delaware family of 5 ruled murder-suicide
Police: Man killed wife, 3 children, then himself in Prices Corner
Deaths of Delaware family of 5 ruled murder-suicide
Family killed in alleged murder-suicide: ‘I never thought this would happen’
Mom killed in murder suicide was key member of national Williams syndrome nonprofit
Murder Victim Pleaded with Husband to Get Therapy Before He Killed Her and Their 3 Kids

Maqkwone Jones

No PhotoName: Maqkwone Jones.
Died: July 8, 2018.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs.

Details:
Maqkwone was left alone in an apartment by his foster mother with only a roommate who didn’t even know he was there. When the building caught on fire, he died of smoke inhalation.

Perpetrator: His foster mother (mother’s cousin).

Source:
Judge scolds DCFS for refusing to discuss death of boy, 3, in foster home fire: ‘You tell me how he died, OK?’
Why did 3-year-old Maqkwone Jones die?
Boy, 3, who died in fire had been left inside locked apartment
How Could You? Hall of Shame- Maqkwone Jones case-Child Death|REFORM Talk

Je’Hyrah Daniels

Photo of Je'Hyrah Daniels, an African-American toddler with tightly braided hair, wearing a T-shirt printed with "Have Fun". She is looking at the camera with her mouth pursed in fascination, and holding a cell phone.Name: Je’Hyrah Daniels.
Died: June 22, 2018.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Tampa, Florida, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Je’Hyrah’s neighbors remember that her mother was often negligent. Je’Hyrah was allowed to walk barefoot near broken glass; she was often left alone at home, and strangers came and went from their apartment. A Child and Family Services case had been opened, but closed for lack of evidence of mistreatment.

Two days after the DCFS decided Je’Hyrah was safe, Je’Hyrah’s mother stole a car from a dealership and used it to drive them to the Hillsborough River. She picked up the little girl and walked into the water as Je’Hyrah struggled and screamed for help. When she reached deep water, she tossed Je’Hyrah into the river and walked away.

Je’Hyrah was found by divers less than a half-hour after bystanders called the police, but she had already drowned.

Perpetrator: Shakayla Denson (Mother), charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and grand theft auto.

Source:
Mother Murders Autistic Daughter By Drowning Her in a River
Neighbor: Mother ‘didn’t care’ about daughter tossed into Hillsborough River
Witnesses: Girl struggled, screamed as mother dragged her into Hillsborough River
Child protective investigation found no concerns about 4-year-old days before her death in Hillsborough River
Report: Mother upset daughter had disability
Shakayla Denson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Girl dead after mother seen throwing her into Hillsborough River, Tampa police chief says
Mom charged with murder after tossing child in river
Shakayla Denson throws Je’Hyrah Daniels four year old autistic daughter to her Tampa river drowning death
True Crime: Mom arrested after throwing 4-year-old autistic daughter into a river
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Girl dies after ‘mum throws 4-year-old daughter into river’ in Florida
Girl, 4, who was ‘drowned in a river by mother’ was nonverbal autistic
Report: Girl dragged to death in river non-verbal, ‘fixated on water’
Mother Sought Help for Autism Before Murder of Her Daughter
Mom who ‘drowned 4yo daughter’ had just been cleared of child abuse
Tampa Police Investigate Drowning Death of Girl in River
Wednesday’s letters: Girl’s drowning death is one of two tragedies
Police Release Timeline in the Drowning of the 4-Year-Old Autistic Girl
mother stated that victim was ‘pure’ and was with her grandmother,”
Mom sang ‘It’s Raining, It’s Pouring’ as she threw autistic daughter into river, killing her: Court
Mom pleads not guilty in river drowning death

Bertha McGill

Photo of Bertha McGill, a middle-aged African-American woman with her hair cut quite short. She is wearing a leopard-print shirt and dangle earrings.Name: Bertha Marie McGill.
Died: June 15, 2018.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Jasper, Texas, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Details:
Bertha’s grandson set their house on fire, knowing that she could not escape. She died from smoke inhalation days after the fire.

Perpetrator: Cedric Ramon McGill, Jr. (Grandson), charged with arson and murder.

Source:
Jasper man charged with capital murder after grandmother dies following house fire
Grandson charged with arson in fire that severely injured Bertha McGill
Cedric McGill now charged with capital murder in house fire death of grandmother – KJAS.COM: Local News
Jasper woman injured in house fire dies; arson investigation still ongoing

Philip White

Portrait photo of Philip White. He is a middle-aged man with graying curly black hair and dark-brown skin, wearing a dress shirt and tie.Name: Philip White.
Died: May 22, 2018.
Age at death: 65.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Leimert Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Other victims:
William Carter, age 83
Orsie Carter, age 79

Details:
Philip’s girlfriend moved in with him to act as his caretaker. She had been staying with him for about six months, and stealing from him. His parents, William and Orsi Carter, were visiting him to check on him as they often did. Philip’s mother laid down the law, demanding that his girlfriend leave. Angry that she was going to be thrown out of the home and lose access to her source of money, she killed Philip and his parents by bludgeoning and shooting them to death.

Philip was a probation officer who retired when he became disabled. His neighbors all knew him as a quiet, kind man; he had lived in the same house for forty years.

Perpetrator: Nancy Amelia Jackson (Girlfriend/caretaker), charged with three counts of murder.

Source:
Woman charged in Leimert Park triple killing – The San Diego Union-Tribune
Woman charged with murder in Leimert Park triple homicide
Woman Charged With Triple Murder
Woman Faces Capital Murder Charges in Triple Slayings
Triple Homicide Suspect Formally Charged With Killing Leimert Park Family
Woman Charged With Murder in Deaths of 3 People in Leimert Park Home: DA
Caretaker Accused in Triple Murder Pleads Not Guilty
Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Triple Murder

Mary Smith

Photo of Mary Smith, a heavyset woman with dark-brown skin and shoulder-length hair in ringlets. She is wearing lipstick and a white blouse, and squinting at the camera.Name: Mary Jane Smith.
Died: May 22, 2018.
Age at death: 88.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA.
Disability: Dementia, Parkinson’s disease.

Details:
Mary Jane’s daughter took her out of her nursing home and took her home. There, Mary was severely neglected. She didn’t get enough food to eat or adequate medical care, and she developed bedsores. Doctors repeatedly informed Mary’s daughter that she needed care. Finally, Mary was brought to the hospital, weighing only 72 pounds, and died days later.

Mary Jane owned a beauty shop, ran a day care, and worked as a nurse’s aide.

Perpetrator: Gladys Smith (Daughter).

Source:
Denver coroner rules 88-year-old woman’s death a homicide due to neglectful care
88-year-Old Woman’s Death In Denver Declared Homicide
Mary Jane Smith Obituary – Denver, CO

Wilson Ross

No PhotoName: Wilson Ross.
Died: May 21, 2018.
Age at death: 74.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Summerville, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Frail elder.

Details:
Wilson’s son, who had moved in to help him and his wife, stabbed him to death. His wife, who has severe dementia, survived but may not be able to understand that her husband has been murdered.

Perpetrator: Charles Ross (Son), charged with murder.

Source:
Summerville father’s stabbing death by son stuns neighbors
911 call released in fatal Summerville stabbing; son accused of stabbing father
Man Gives Shocking Confession During 911 Call

Heaven Watkins

Photo of Heaven Watkins, a small girl with brown skin and black hair pulled back under a silver crown. She is wearing a coral-colored dress and a sash that says "Birthday Girl". Her face is scrunched up in a wide smile.Name: Heaven Watkins.
Died: May 18, 2018.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, autism.

Details:
Born a micropreemie at 1.7 pounds, Heaven survived a brain hemorrhage and hydrocephalus and had to spend three-and-a-half months in the NICU.

Heaven had two sisters. Her favorite colors were purple and pink. She had cerebral palsy as well as autism, but she was outgoing and had fun with the neighborhood kids. She liked to play tag and to draw on the ground. One of her classmates, a girl named Claire, liked to run her fingers through Heaven’s hair.

She lived with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, both of whom were abusive. She was once brought into the hospital with burns to her hand that required skin grafts, and her teachers were worried that she had been sexually abused; but the child abuse allegations at that time were ruled unfounded. Heaven usually wore a jacket to hide her bruises. She was put on a bread-and-water diet and made to stand against a wall for hours.

Heaven died of blunt-force trauma, having been severely beaten in the head and torso to the point that her gut ruptured. Doctors who examined her body found she had bleeding on the brain, a dozen or more healed rib fractures, and several new ones.

After Heaven was found dead, her two sisters were removed from the home and are now living with their aunt. Her neighbors held a vigil for her, releasing pink, purple, and white balloons into the sky in her honor.

Perpetrator: Latoya Smith (Mother), charged with second-degree murder and child abuse; Demont James Harris (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with second-degree murder and child abuse.

Source:
Couple arrested for the death of a child in Norfolk
Two more children taken from Norfolk home after 11-year-old’s death
Norfolk couple faces judge after 11-year-old dies
Medical Examiner: cause of Norfolk 11-year-old’s death was blunt force trauma
Mom, boyfriend beat slain disabled girl so severely that her stomach split open: Report
Mother, fiancé charged in death of 11-year-old autistic child, caused abdomen to split
Ocean View neighbors gather for vigil of an 11-year-old girl, Heaven
Neighborhood holds vigil for 11-year-old girl killed in Ocean View
Bond denied for man charged in Norfolk child’s death
Disabled 11-year-old girl was forced to stand for hours, beaten until she died, prosecutor says
Murdered disabled girl who had stomach beat open was forced to stand for hours on end, fed only bread & water: Prosecutor
Brian K. Payne: Learning from Heaven’s time on earth

Antoin Hawes Jr.

No PhotoName: Antoin Hawes Jr.
Died: May 13, 2018.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Augusta, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Autism, ADHD.

Details:
Antoin’s parents kept him locked in a room with the window boarded up, chained by his ankle. He had to sleep on old couch cushions wrapped in garbage bags and use a bucket for a toilet. There were no lights, no heating, and no air conditioning. When he got sick, they didn’t get him medical help. By the time an ambulance was finally called, he had died of pneumonia.

Perpetrator: Antoin Sylvester Hawes Sr. (Father) and Stephanie Jones Hawes (Mother), both charged with neglect of a disabled adult and felony murder.

Source:
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Parents arrested in suspicious death of son at Augusta residence
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Shocking Death in Augusta: Parents Kept Autistic Son Locked in Windowless Bedroom!

Tyler and Aidan Talmage

Photo of Tyler, Aidan, and Arianna Talmage. They are children with light-olive skin and brown hair, photographed sitting in a row of airplane seats and smiling for the camera.Name: Tyler Talmage.
Age at death: 14.

Name: Aidan Talmage.
Age at death: 10.

Died: May 3, 2018.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder, autism.

Non-Disabled Victim: Arianna Talmage, age 6.

Details:
Aidan and Tyler, and their little sister Arianna, were shot by their mother in a murder-suicide. She had been having trouble paying medical bills.

Aidan loved animals, especially chickens, and liked playing catch. Tyler had pet guinea pigs. Arianna liked dancing and playing with Play-Doh.

Perpetrator: Astra Volk (Mother).

Source:
UPDATE: Post indicates Grand Forks family found shot to death struggled with financial problems
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Campaña de Astra Volk : Living Expenses Due To Medical Bills