Rishonda Jones

No PhotoName: Rishonda “Nickie” Jones.
Died: February 8, 1988.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Arthritis, scoliosis.

Details:
Neglected by her mother, Rishonda died of starvation and infected bedsores.

She was an honor student who liked to write poetry and short stories.

Perpetrator: Michelle Jones (Mother); charged with manslaughter and child cruelty.

Source: Probe starvation of disabled teen

Brian Myers

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Name: Brian Myers.
Died: November 27, 1987.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Brian was beaten by his foster parents until he died of a skull fracture. Before Brian died they had been able to escape suspicion for their abuse despite Michael’s bruises because they blamed his injuries on Michael’s disability, claiming he hurt himself.

Perpetrator: Janet Portman (foster mother), pled guilty to second-degree criminal abuse, sentenced to 6 months in jail and 5 years probation; Michael Portman (foster father), not guilty of child abuse.

Source:
Misplaced Mercy
Board rules cabinet was negligent in death of child, orders award
Agency found negligent in death of toddler; state to pay $100,000

Eric Bernstein

No PhotoName: Eric Bernstein.
Died: May 11, 1987.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Broomall, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Hypoxic brain injury at birth, causing cerebral palsy.

Details:
After putting her son through months of intensive, 15-hour-a-day therapy to try to cure him, Eric’s mother, seeing that he wasn’t going to be cured, shot him to death.

Perpetrator: Irene Torres Bernstein (Mother), pleaded no contest to third-degree murder, sentenced to a $1000 fine and 5 years probation.

Source: Mom Pleads No Contest In Son’s Killing
Mom Given Probation Didn’t Ask For Mercy In Tot’s Death

John Muir

No PhotoName: John Muir.
Died: November 6, 1985.
Age at death: 65.
Cause of death: Contract killing.
Location: Aptos, California, USA.
Disability: Partial paralysis from polio.

Details:
John was stabbed to death. His wife, who had married him only three months before, most likely paid two men to kill him. She had been the caregiver for his deceased first wife, and the two had recently separated.

John was a retired IBM executive.

Perpetrator: Richard Vance Richardson (hired killer), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, sentenced to15 years to life. Clinton Lee Burns, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Charlene Richardson (Stepdaughter), charged with accessory to murder, sentenced to 6 months in jail. Barbara Muir (Wife), charged with accessory to murder, sentenced to 6 months in jail.

Source: Man who killed IBM executive in Aptos in 1985 denied parole

Tara Kelly

No PhotoName: Tara Kelly.
Died: September 15, 1985.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Rochester, New York, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
While her mother’s boyfriend was babysitting Tara, he killed her by hitting, kicking, and suffocating her.

Perpetrator: Thomas Osburn (Mother’s boyfriend), second-degree murder, 20 years to life.

Source: Man Sentenced in Death of Retarded Girl

Cory Watts

No PhotoName: Cory Watts.
Died: July 10, 1985.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Head injury from motorcycle accident.

Details:
After Cory’s mother lost a $10-million lawsuit against the company that made the helmet Cory had been wearing during his motorcycle accident, she went home, shot Cory to death, and killed herself.

Perpetrator: Cordelia Watts (Mother).

Source: Lawsuit Lost, Mother Kills Son

Emily Gilbert

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Name: Emily Gilbert.
Died: March 4, 1985.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Murder (Shooting).
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis.

Details:
Emily’s husband killed her by shooting her in the head.

She loved tailored clothes and traveling, and was the mother of one daughter.

Perpetrator: Roswell Gilbert (Husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to 25 years; granted clemency and released after 5 years. Received $50,000 for the rights to his story.

Source:
Shots in 1994 Fort Lauderdale death started mercy killing crusade
Roswell Gilbert, 85, Who Killed His Ill Wife and Went to Prison
Gilbert v. State
The Agony Did Not End for Roswell Gilbert, Who Killed His Wife to Give Her Peace – Vol. 27 No. 2

John Robles

No PhotoName: John Robles.
Died: January 19, 1985.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: El Cajon, California, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
John had spent time in foster care, but was returned to his mother. In the end, he was smothered by his mother, who had gotten away with killing his brother Matthew five years before. John’s death was thought to be natural until his mother went to the police and confessed to both murders.

Perpetrator: Debra Sue Robles (Mother); confessed to murder; sentenced to 30 years to life.

Source: An American Tragedy: Mother Kills 2 Children as System Fails

Louise Brown

No PhotoName: Louise Brown.
Died: May 28, 1984.
Age at death: 14 days.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: London, England, UK.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Louise’s father told police that Louise had been in the family car when it was stolen. When the truth emerged, it was found that Louise had been killed by her father because he could not accept her disability, and her uncle had helped get rid of the body.

Perpetrator: Paul Brown (Father), manslaughter, 5 years; Ian Brown (Uncle), 9 months in jail.

Source: Killer Dad Jailed for Murder of Brother; Daughter was first victim.

(Baby Boy) McKay

No PhotoName: Baby McKay (Never named).
Died: June 18, 1983.
Age at death: Newborn.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Harvey, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Trisomy 13 (Possibly).

Details:
When Baby McKay’s father saw his son’s cleft palate and webbed fingers and had it explained that the baby might have Trisomy 13, he bashed the infant’s head against the delivery room floor, killing him.

Perpetrator: Daniel McKay (Father). Charged with murder. Case dismissed after two hung juries.

Source: Case Dismissed in Slaying of Deformed Baby