Name Unknown. Died: December 20, 2014. Age at death: 30. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. Disability: Unspecified.
This man’s brother fatally poisoned him; then he set their apartment on fire. The fire endangered all the other residents of the apartment complex, which had to be evacuated; but there were no other fatalities.
Name: “Patrick” (Family name unknown). Died: November 2014. Age at death: 17. Cause of death: Neglect. Location: Bedford, England, UK. Disability: Coffin-Lowry syndrome.
Patrick’s care was neglected by his grandmother. He was kept in a filthy room without a working light. By the time he was hospitalized, he weighed only 95 pounds, had bruises all over his body, and was in multiple organ failure. He died age 17.
Patrick was good at swimming and had just learned cycling. Despite his limited ability to speak, he had memorized all of his classmates’ names.
Name Unknown. Died: April 9, 2014. Age at death: 5 months. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Connsbrook Avenue, East Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Disability: None.
There was no objective evidence that this little boy was disabled, but his mother thought he would be disabled because her older son’s autism meant she had “passed on bad genes”. Sure that the baby boy would grow up to be disabled, she suffocated him.
Perpetrator: His mother; sentenced to three years of probation.
Name Unknown. 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.
Name: Yu (Family name unknown). Died: September 9, 2013. Age at death: 16 months. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Shenyang, Liaoning province, China. Disability: Club foot.
Yu’s father poisoned him with pesticides, then smothered him and threw his body off a bridge. The police concluded that the boy’s disability, along with an unhappy marriage, had caused the father to become depressed and become unable to resist the impulse to murder his son.
Perpetrator: Feng (Father); charged with homicide.