Madeline Neumann

Photo of Madeline Neumann, a teen girl in a T-shirt and ponytail.Name: Madeline Kara Neumann.
Died: March 23, 2008.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Weston, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Juvenile diabetes.

Madeline’s parents, who believed that visiting a doctor was “idolatry”, refused to get Madeline medical treatment. Madeline died of untreated diabetes.

Perpetrator: Leilani and Dave Neumann (Parents), both convicted of second-degree reckless homicide and sentenced to serve one month per year in jail for six years.

Source: Madeline Kara Neumann

Nicolai Emelyantsev

Photo of Nicolai Emelyantsev, a solemn infant in pajamas.Name: Nicolai Emelyantsev.
Died: March 7, 2008.
Age at death: 14 months.
Cause of death: Lethal physical abuse.
Location: Tooele, Utah, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Nicolai’s adoptive mother killed him by deliberately slamming him against the floor, causing a skull fracture.

Perpetrator: Kimberly Emelyantsev (Adoptive mother), pleaded guilty to child-abuse homicide, sentenced to “up to 15” years.

Source: Nicolai Emelyantsev

Cheyenne Wolf

Portrait photo of Cheyenne Wolf, a teen girl.Name: Cheyenne Wolf.
Died: March or April 2008.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Durant, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Spina bifida.

Cheyenne’s stepmother tied her to a chair and beat her. When she died, her father helped hide the body.

Perpetrator: Able Wolf (Father) and Denise Wolf (Stepmother); both sentenced to life in prison for child abuse.

Source: Sisters testify they saw Cheyenne Wolf abused before she died

Calista Springer

Portrait photo of Calista Springer.Name: Calista Springer.
Died: February 27, 2008.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse/neglect.
Location: Centreville, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Calista’s parents tied her to her bed with zip ties and a dog collar, and when the house caught fire, her entire family left the house; none of them stopped to release her. She died in the fire.

Perpetrator: Anthony Springer (Father), child abuse and torture, 25-50 years; Marsha Springer (Stepmother), child abuse and torture, 8-19 years.

Source: Calista Springer

Erianna Beltran

Photo of Erianna Beltran, a toddler girl.Name: Erianna Beltran.
Died: January 27, 2008.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Fresno, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Erianna was beaten to death.

Perpetrator: Unsolved. Erianna’s mother, Erin Skinner, and her mother’s boyfriend, Mack Lucas, were both arrested because they were the ones in whose custody Erianna had been in; but charges were dropped because of a lack of evidence.

Source: Erianna Beltran

Maxwell Eyer

Portrait photo of Maxwell Eyer, a toddler sitting in front of a backdrop and holding a large number 1.Name: Maxwell Eyer.
Died: December 28, 2007.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse.
Location: Alton, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Deaf.

Maxwell’s father slammed his head against the floor repeatedly as a punishment for eating chips in bed; then his mother ignored his obvious brain injury and seizures and let him die.

Perpetrator: Johnny Garcia (Father), murder, 44 years; Linsey Eyer (Mother), child endangerment, 5 years.

Source: 2 Year Old Deaf and Disabled Maxwell Eyer, Beaten to Death by his Father for Eating Chips in Bed

Kayla Dutcher

No PhotoName: Kayla Dutcher.
Died: October 7, 2007.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.
Disability: Blindness.

Kayla died of an overdose of Tramadol. Her parents reported that she had eaten the Tramadol by accident; the department of human services determined that she had died of “fatal neglect and an injurious environment”.

Perpetrator: Amy and James Dutcher (Parents). No charges.

Source: Kayla Dutcher

Jared Greenwood

No PhotoName: Jared Greenwood.
Died: September 30, 2007 (Body found).
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Bloomfield, New Mexico, USA.
Disability: Autism, intellectual disability.

Jared’s mother neglected him; he died of blood poisoning from infected bedsores.

Perpetrator: Sandra Greenwood (Mother), convicted of neglect, sentenced to two and a half years in jail.

Source: Updated at 7:40am — Mother Gets 2 1/2 Years for Leaving Son To Die

Criste Reimer

Photo of Criste Reimer, a middle-aged woman wearing glasses.Name: Criste Reimer .
Died: August 14, 2007.
Age at death: 47.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Hydrocephalus, neurofibromatosis.

Criste’s husband threw her from a fourth-floor balcony to her death.

Perpetrator: Stanley Reimer (Husband), pled guilty to second-degree murder, sentenced to 25 years to life.

Source: Sisters of woman thrown from balcony wanted to keep her away from husband

Jesse Weaver

Portrait photo of Jesse Weaver, a boy wearing a collared shirt, smiling slightly.Name: Jesse Weaver.
Died: July 8, 2007.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Lincoln County, Colorado, USA.
Disability: Mental illness.

Jesse’s mother abruptly withdrew his psychiatric medication. Jesse committed suicide about three weeks later.

Perpetrator: Traci Weaver (Mother); Wade Weaver (Father). Department of Social Services concluded that they were responsible for emotional abuse, medical neglect, and failure to protect Jesse.

Source: Child Fatality Review: Jesse Weaver