Palak

Photo of Palak, a teenager wearing a blue shirt. Her hair is short, and her skin is tan. The photo is indistinct and small.Name: Palak (n/a).
Died: July 15, 2017.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Before killing himself, Palak’s father hanged her because he was “worried about her future”.

She is survived by her brother and mother, who were not home at the time of the murder.

Perpetrator: Mukesh Kumar (Father).

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Grant Heckman

Name: Grant Heckman.
Died: June 19, 2017.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Westphalia, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Grant was shot by his father in a murder-suicide.

Grant was named prom king at his special education graduation ceremony. He liked going on walks with his grandfather, and his favorite song was Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Perpetrator: George Heckman (Father).

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Lovedeep Singh

No PhotoName: Lovedeep Singh.
Died: May 17, 2017.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Fateh-Ullah-Shahwala, Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Disability: Mobility impaired; bedbound.

Details:
Lovedeep and his three-year-old sister Jasmine were killed by their father, who hacked them to death with an axe. Police said that he was frustrated because two of his sons were physically disabled. He initially tried to blame the crime on their mother and her brother, but then when the truth came out he ran from police.

Perpetrator: Sher Singh (Father), on the run, wanted for murder.

Source:
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Sabrina Ray

Photo of Sabrina Ray. She is a thin girl with pale skin and dark brown hair in a boy cut. Her expression is solemn.Name: Sabrina Ray.
Died: May 12, 2017.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Perry, Iowa, USA.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
Sabrina was tortured and starved by her family. When she died at age 16 after being drop-kicked down the stairs by her adoptive brother and subsequently starving to death, she weighed 56 pounds and looked like an eight-year-old child.

Her death may have saved the lives of her two adopted sisters, who were also abused and were rescued from the home and taken to the hospital when Sabrina was found dead.

Perpetrator: Marc Ray (Adoptive father), charged with child endangerment and child neglect; Misty Ray (Adoptive mother), charged with child endangerment and child neglect; Carla Bousman (Adoptive grandmother), arrested as an accomplice; Josie Raye Bousman (Niece), arrested; Justin Dale Ray (Adoptive brother), charged with child endangerment and willful injury.

Source:
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Kentae Williams

Photo of Kentae Williams, an African-American boy. He is smiling, showing missing front teeth.Name: Kentae Williams.
Died: April 28, 2017.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Decatur, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Kentae’s mother gave him up for adoption because she was only fourteen when she gave birth. The boy stayed with his grandparents until he was taken by children’s services and eventually adopted.

Kentae’s adoptive father beat him with a belt, burned his feet with boiling water, and finally drowned him in the bathtub.

Perpetrator: Leon Williams Sr. (Adoptive father).

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Laxmi Naidu

No PhotoName: Laxmi Naidu.
Died: April 25, 2017.
Age at death: 76.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Delhi, India.
Disability: Disabled elderly.

Details:
Laxmi’s son hit her on the head with a brick, then strangled her. He said he had done it because he couldn’t pay to take care of her and she wouldn’t go to an old-age home or move in with her other son.

Perpetrator: Laxman Kumar Naidu (Son), arrested.

Source:
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Noah Campbell

Name: Noah Campbell.
Died: March 24, 2017.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Spinal muscular atrophy.

Details:
Noah’s mother left him alone at home with his abusive father, and while she was gone, Noah’s father poisoned him with carbon monoxide from the family car. While Noah died, his father sat in the car, drinking and doing drugs, with the engine running and the door to the house open. The carbon monoxide seeped into the room where his father had left him, and Noah died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Perpetrator: Noel Cruz (Father), charged with second-degree murder; Zaneta Campbell (Mother), charged with permitting child neglect.

Source:
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Kanchana

No PhotoName: Kanchana.
Died: March 7, 2017.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Trang, Thailand.
Disability: Chronic encephalitis.

Details:
Kanchana’s mother strangled her before committing suicide.

She left behind two children, aged two and nine when she died. They went to live with relatives.

Perpetrator: Somjai (Mother).

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Amber Perry

Photo of Amber Perry, a toddler girl with fair skin and light blonde hair, smiling into the camera.Name: Amber Perry.
Died: March 7, 2017.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Crandon, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Juvenile diabetes.

Details:
Amber’s caregivers denied her treatment for her diabetes for a long period of time, until she eventually died of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Perpetrator: Her caregiver(s), including her grandmother and possibly her parents; Amber’s death has been ruled a homicide, but no one has yet been charged.

Source:
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