Dominic Diehl

A gravestone. It reads: Andrew Joseph Diehl. July 20, 1973 to October 29, 1986. Your life was not lived in vain, my son. Inset: A poor-quality black-and-white newspaper photo of a dark-skinned boy in a white T-shirt.Name: Dominic J. “Andrew” Diehl.
Died: October 29, 1986.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Child abuse survivor; emotionally disturbed.

Details:
Andrew died of head injuries inflicted by his adoptive father; he was tied to the floor of the family bus and severely beaten.

Andrew liked to read Western novels.

Perpetrator: Michael Diehl (Adoptive father), first-degree murder, 41 years; Karen Diehl (Adoptive mother), manslaughter, 31 years.

Source: Dominick J. (Andrew) Diehl

Linda Helton

A gravestone. It reads: Linda Sue Helton, July 29, 1940 to January 6, 1986. At rest.Name: Linda Sue Helton.
Died: January 6, 1986.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Precott, Arkansas, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Linda was shot by her mother, who called it a “mercy killing”.

Perpetrator: Esther Helton (Mother); charged with murder.

Source: Woman Charged In Death Of Mentally Retarded Daughter

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

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

Paula Riffe

A gravestone reading, Little one. Paula Eloise Riffe. September 4, 1942 to December 17, 1984.Name: Paula Eloise Riffe.
Died: December 17, 1984.
Age at death: 42.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
Paula’s father killed her in a murder-suicide because he didn’t know what would happen to her after he died.

Perpetrator: Paul Riffe (Father).

Source: Paula Eloise Riffe, Misplaced Mercy

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

Michelle and Scott Sandor

No PhotoName: Michelle Sandor.
Age at death: 14.

Name: Scott Sandor.
Age at death: 11.

Died: September 3, 1982.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.
Disability: Marfan syndrome.

Details:
Scott and Michelle Sandor were shot by their mother, who then shot herself. Their mother also had Marfan syndrome.

Perpetrator: Linda V. Sandor.

Source: 3 IN GREENWICH ARE FOUND SLAIN AT THEIR HOME

“Baby Doe”

Baby Doe's gravestone. It reads, Baby Doe. You are loved. 1982.Name: “Baby Doe”, Anonymous Male.
Died: April 15, 1982.
Age at death: 6 days.
Cause of death: Fatal Medical Neglect.
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Baby Doe was born with Down syndrome and an esophageal atresia, which untreated would result in death, but could be treated surgically with a 90% success rate. Advised by their doctor that the baby would have an intellectual disability, Baby Doe’s parents decided not to proceed with surgery. The hospital staff tried to have the court appoint a guardian for Baby Doe, to override the parents’ decision; but the court denied them. Baby Doe died six days later of starvation and pneumonia from aspirated stomach acid.

Perpetrator: Parents; Walter Owens (Doctor). No crime.

Source: Baby Doe Law