Jim Helm

No PhotoName: Jim Helm.
Died: November 8, 1998.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Nelson, New Zealand.
Disability: Down syndrome, Autism.

Details: Jim’s mother killed him and herself because she was afraid of what would happen to him if she died.

Perpetrator: Nancy Helm (Mother).

Source: Jim Helm died at the hands of a loving mother who despaired of his future.

Shi Rui Wang

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Name: Shi Rui “Serena” Wang.
Died: September 23, 1998.
Age at death: 23 months.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Padstow, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Serena’s parents were Chinese living in Australia, and Serena’s mother was afraid that if she committed suicide, her husband would take Serena back to a Chinese orphanage. She tried to tie up her husband to stop him from saving Serena’s life, but he fought back and she instead killed him. Then she killed Serena with a medication overdose, and attempted suicide, but was found by police.

Perpetrator: Joyes Hong Wang (Mother); convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 4-6 years in prison.

Source: Regina v Wang [2000] NSWSC 447 (23 May 2000)

Orachanee Anderson

No PhotoName: Orachanee Anderson.
Died: January 15, 1998.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Orachanee’s stepfather and mother beat and starved her to death.

Perpetrator: John Hester, Sr. (Stepfather), found guilty of murder, death sentence, commuted to life in prison; Peggy Anderson (Mother), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Source: Father guilty in death of disabled stepchild
Death Penalty archive

Mary Carlson

No PhotoName: Mary Lynn Carlson.
Died: April 21, 1997.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Maricopa County, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Multiple Sclerosis.

Details:
Mary Lynn’s son and daughter-in-law had promised to care for her in exchange for room and board, but instead neglected her and spent her money. When Lynn moved into an assisted-living facility, they took out a life-insurance policy on her and hired two fellow lodgers to kill her. They stabbed her to death.

Perpetrator: Doris Ann Carlson (Daughter-in-law), convicted of murder, sentenced to death; David Carlson, conspiracy to commit murder, life sentence; Scott Smith, second degree murder, 10 years; John McReaken, first degree murder, life sentence.

Source: Darling Doris was a Deadly Daughter-in-law

Jeanette Williams

No PhotoName: Jeanette Williams.
Died: March 24, 1997.
Age at death: 47.
Cause of death: Murder-for-hire.
Location: Harris County, Texas, USA.
Disability: Paraplegic.

Details:
Jeanette lived with a couple she considered friends. They took out a life insurance policy on her and hired a man to kill her. They brought Jeanette to be ambushed by the hired killer, who stabbed Jeanette to death.

Perpetrator: Bruce and Michelle Gillmore (Housemates), murder, sentenced to life; Richard Williams (Hired killer), murder, sentenced to death.

Source: Richard Head WILLIAMS

Charles-Antoine Blais

No PhotoName: Charles-Antoine Blais.
Died: November 6, 1996.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Montreal, Canada.
Disability: Autism.

Details: Charles-Antoine was drowned by his mother in her bathtub.

Perpetrator: Danielle Blais (Mother). Pled guilty to manslaughter, given a 23-month suspended sentence. No jail time.

Source: Blais decision brings new concern to the disabled

Katie Lynn Baker

No PhotoName: Katie Lynn Baker.
Died: May 28, 1996.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: British Columbia, Canada.
Disability: Rett syndrome.

Details: Katie’s mother deliberately starved her to death because she believed that Katie did not want to live.

Perpetrator: Cheryl Baker (Mother). Never charged.

Source: Crown Will Not Lay Charges in Death of Katie Lynn Baker

Danielle Tucker

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Name: Danielle Tucker, born Danielle R. Dornan.
Died: December 10, 1995.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Coldwater, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, spina bifida.

Details:
Danielle died of head injuries after she was pushed down a flight of stairs by her adoptive mother, who claimed she had fallen. Danielle died on December 10, eight days short of her fourth birthday.

To avoid facing scrutiny for her death, the family moved, taking Danielle’s two siblings with them, but two years later Danielle’s sister was found locked in the basement, starving and neglected, and rescued. Danielle’s case was re-opened and her mother was charged.

Perpetrator: Becky Tucker (Adoptive mother), pleaded no contest to child abuse, sentenced to 8-15 years; Christopher Tucker (Adoptive father), not charged but served 6 years, 2 months for abusing Danielle’s sister.

Source:
Tucker sentenced for Michagan death
Danielle and Brittany Tucker (Dornan)

Fiona Mitchell

No PhotoName: Fiona Mitchell.
Died: July 12, 1995.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Brain injury from meningitis, causing blindness and deafness.

Details:
While her siblings lived in the rest of the house, little Fiona was shut up in a room and forgotten, denied care, medical attention, and even food and water. She died of starvation.

“…Fiona was among those whose cases were diffused by factual findings by the coroner. Though Fiona died of malnutrition, the Medical examiner attributed her death to her having had meningitis and said it was “amazing she lived as long as she did.” —Misplaced Mercy

Perpetrator: Mary Mitchell (Mother), pleaded no contest to criminally negligent homicide; two-year suspended sentence.

Source: Misplaced Mercy
Girl’s Mother Indicted on Murder Charge

Timothy Ellis Jr.

No PhotoName: Timothy Ellis Jr.
Died: June 8, 1994.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse.
Location: Jacksonville, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Timothy was in the care of his father when he suffered abuse-related injuries, including a skull fracture that resulted in his death.

Perpetrator: Timothy Ellis, Sr. (Father); charges dropped because a judge ruled his confession had been coerced.

Source: Timothy Ellis Jr.