Michael Messenger

No PhotoName: Michael Messenger.
Died: February 8, 1994.
Age at death: Newborn.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Prematurity with a risk of disability.

Details:
When Michael was born at 25 weeks gestation, he had a roughly 50% chance of survival. However, when their doctor told Michael’s parents that if he survived, he would probably be disabled, Michael’s father asked the doctor to leave and shut off the newborn’s ventilator, killing him.

Perpetrator: Gregory Messenger (Father); tried for manslaughter and admitted to disconnecting Michael’s life support; acquitted.

Source: The Messenger Case: Summary and Analysis

Josiah Carroll

No PhotoName: Josiah Carroll.
Died: June 14, 1993.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Cedarville, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Josiah was smothered by his older brother.

Perpetrator: Parents Kathleen and Timothy Carroll, brother James Carroll. The crime was witnessed by Josiah’s brother Isaiah, but his testimony was not considered because he is non-verbal and communicates by pointing.

Source: Boy Saw Slaying, He Tells

Trevor Horn

No PhotoName: Trevor Horn.
Died: March 3, 1993.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Multiple murder; contract killing.
Location: Montgomery County, Maryland, USA.
Disability: Quadriplegic, intellectually disabled.

Details:
In an attempt to collect the money that was going toward Trevor’s care, Trevor’s father hired a hit man to kill him. The hit man disconnected Trevor’s respirator, and then shot his mother, Mildred Horn, and his overnight nurse, Janice Saunders. Trevor’s two sisters, who had been out of the house that night, survived.

Perpetrator: Lawrence Horn (Father), convicted of murder, sentenced to life without parole; James Edward Perry (Hit man); convicted of murder, sentenced to death.

Source: Lawrence T. HORN
Father arrested in 3 murders

Mollie Carroll

No PhotoName: Mollie Carroll.
Died: December 9, 1992.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Cedarville, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Cri-du-chat syndrome.

Details:
Mollie’s cause of death has been ruled inconclusive, but it is likely that she was smothered. Her death went unreported for at least twelve hours.

Mollie’s death is suspicious because the couple who adopted him has had five of their children die, and four of those deaths, including Noah’s, were investigated as possible homicides with both parents and 16-year-old older brother implicated.

Perpetrator: Parents Kathleen and Timothy Carroll, brother James Carroll. No charges.

Source: Hannah, Noah, Mollie, and Josiah Carroll

Noah Carroll

No PhotoName: Noah Carroll.
Died: November 15, 1992.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Cedarville, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Prenatal cocaine exposure; epilepsy.

Details:
Noah’s cause of death has been ruled inconclusive, but it is likely that he was smothered.

Noah’s death is suspicious because the couple who adopted him has had five of their children die, and four of those deaths, including Noah’s, were investigated as possible homicides with both parents and 16-year-old older brother implicated.

Perpetrator: Parents Kathleen and Timothy Carroll, brother James Carroll. No charges.

Source: Hannah, Noah, Mollie, and Josiah Carroll

Hannah Carroll

No PhotoName: Hannah Mercy Carroll.
Died: September 21, 1992.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Cedarville, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
While babysitting, Hannah’s brother burned her with bleach over a third of her body. Her parents did not seek medical attention until three days later when she was unconscious and dying from pneumonia.

Perpetrator: Kathleen and Timothy Carroll (Adoptive parents), pleaded guilty to child neglect, given probation; James Carroll (Brother), no charges.

Source: Hannah, Noah, Mollie, and Josiah Carroll
Girl tried to protect self

Dorothy and Janet Cunningham

No PhotoName: Janet Cunningham.
Disability: Head injury from car accident.
Age at death: 43.

Name: Dorothy Cunningham.
Disability: Osteoporosis.
Age at death: 62.

Died: September 8, 1992.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Farmingham, Utah, USA.

Details:
Dorothy and Janet were hacked to death with a hatchet.

Perpetrator: Ronald Cunningham (Janet’s father and Dorothy’s husband). Incompetent to stand trial; charges dropped.

Source: Davis to drop murder counts against man in mental facility

Carrie Day

No PhotoName: Carrie Day.
Died: January 9, 1992.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Ironwood, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Carrie’s mother starved her, often punishing her by forcing her to watch the family eat while Carrie went hungry. She died of pneumonia, her 65-pound body unable to fight the infection.

Perpetrator: Urselyne Day (Adoptive mother), charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Source: Woman accused of starving mentally retarded daughter to death

Noah Simpson

No PhotoName: Noah Simpson.
Died: December 10, 1991.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Eastlake, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Noah’s mother suffocated him by placing him face-down on a waterbed.

Perpetrator: Elayna Simpson (Mother); convicted of murder, sentenced to 15 years to life.

Source: State of Ohio vs. Elayna Simpson. Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eleventh Appellate District, Lake County. 30 Sept. 1994. LexisNexus. Web. 30 May 2015.