Jeffrey Franklin

Photo of Jeffrey Franklin, a teenage boy wearing a baseball cap. His ears stick out and his skin is fair. He is smiling.Name: Jeffrey “JR” Franklin.
Died: March 1, 2017.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Guilford, New York, USA.
Disability: Deaf; autism; developmental delay; mobility impaired.

Details:
Jeffrey had been adopted when he was about nine or ten years old.

Jeffrey’s adoptive parents killed him. Then they burned down their trailer to try to hide the evidence.

Perpetrator: Heather Franklin (Adoptive mother) and Ernest Franklin (Adoptive father), both charged with second-degree murder, arson, and tampering with evidence.

Source:
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Brandon Strauss

Photo of Brandon Strauss. He is a teenage boy with fair skin. He is wearing a striped polo shirt and his hair is hidden under his bulky helmet. He is leaning on something off to the right of the picture.Name: Brandon Strauss.
Died: February 20, 2017.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome, epilepsy, autism.

Details:
Brandon’s parents burned him over about 10% of his body. He suffered second-and third-degree burns, which were left untreated for several days before his parents poisoned him with his own medication.

Perpetrator: Yolanda Strauss (Adoptive mother), charged with murder and abuse of a vulnerable person; Ross Strauss (Adoptive father), charged with murder and abuse of a vulnerable person.

Source:
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Matthew Tirado

Photo of Matthew Tirado, a young boy with light-brown skin and curly black hair. He is wearing a red tank top.Name: Matthew Tirado.
Died: February 14, 2017.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse.
Location: Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
When Matthew was brought to the hospital, he was dying from severe malnutrition, with bruises all over his body. He weighed only 88 pounds at death and had broken ribs.

Perpetrator: Katiria Tirado (Mother), charged with first-degree manslaughter.

Source:
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Joseph Bishop

Photo of Joseph Bishop. He is a boy in his young teens, with short-cut dark brown hair and fair skin, wearing a navy-blue sweater.Name: Joseph Bishop.
Died: February 11, 2017.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Ludlow, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Details:
Joseph was neglected by his mother and grandparents. For two years, he was left in his bed while severe bedsores developed.

When they saw how sick he was, they decided that they wouldn’t take him to the hospital to avoid being charged with neglect. When Joseph was finally taken to the hospital, his untreated bedsores had already caused end-stage sepsis. He died soon thereafter.

Perpetrator: Jamie Bishop (Mother), charged with second-degree manslaughter; Raymond Martin (Grandfather), charged with second-degree manslaughter; Sharon Martin (Grandmother), charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Source:
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Aedyn Agminalis

Photo of Aedyn Agminalis, a baby with fair skin and wispy blond hair. He is wearing a onesie and holding on to a piece of furniture to support him as he stands on wobbly legs.Name: Aedyn Agminalis.
Died: December 11, 2016.
Age at death: 17 months.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Riverview, Florida, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness, developmental delay.

Details:
Aedyn died of a head injury inflicted by his foster mother.

Perpetrator: Latamara Stackhouse Flythe (Foster mother).

Source:
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Brayson Price

Photo of Brayson Price, a young boy with short-cropped blond hair and fair skin, wearing jeans and a blue jacket. He is sitting outside on a grassy lawn.Name: Brayson Price.
Died: November 23, 2016.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Mooresville, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs.

Details:
Brayson was violently and deliberately killed by his mother and her boyfriend; further details are unavailable.

From his obituary: A loving, sweet, rambunctious boy, he offered hugs to all and saw no one as a stranger. His pride and joy was his F-150 Power Wheels. He loved the color pink. This special little guy was known to eagerly greet everyone and say, “Have a Nice Day.” Some favorite treats included pizza, spaghetti, hot dogs and all kinds of candy. Bray enjoyed cuddling and asked for backrubs saying, “Picky my back.”

Perpetrator: Meghan Price (Mother) and Steven Ingalls Jr. (Mother’s boyfriend), both charged with conspiracy to commit murder and neglect of a child resulting in death.

Source:
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Chance Vanderpool

Photo of Chance Vanderpool, a toddler boy wearing a plaid shirt. He has fair skin and light blond hair.Name: Chance Vanderpool.
Died: November 22, 2016.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Glen St. Mary, Florida, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
After being subjected to chronic abuse, Chance was finally beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend.

Perpetrator: Jonathan Register (Mother’s boyfriend), arrested, charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated battery.

Source:
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Tyler Caudill

Photo of Tyler Caudill, a young boy with fair skin and brown hair. He has a wide smile. He is wearing a magenta T-shirt.Name: Tyler Joseph “TJ” Caudill.
Died: Late August 2016; body found November 13, 2016.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Portsmouth, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
TJ was abused and starved by his mother and her boyfriend; then he went missing. His body has been found, and his mother and her boyfriend charged with murder, but his cause of death remains unknown.

Perpetrator: Margariat L. White (Mother) and Douglas Lee Hunt (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with aggravated murder, murder, three counts of endangering children, tampering with evidence, and gross abuse of a corpse.

Source:
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Isaac Ward

No PhotoName: Isaac Ward.
Died: November 11, 2016.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Forks, Washington, USA.
Disability: Developmental delay, mobility impaired.

Details:
The mother of Isaac’s foster mother, who was taking care of him while his foster mother was at work, pushed him so hard into the furniture that he suffered a massive head injury and died. An autopsy revealed that he had been subjected to abuse and neglect for at least two months, and his foster mother had done nothing to help him.

Perpetrator: Ramona Ward (Foster grandmother, related to Isaac), charged with second-degree murder and homicide by abuse; Michelle A. Ward (Foster mother, related to Isaac, mandatory reporter), charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Source:
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