Deetrick Brown

Photo of Deetrick Brown. It is a photo of a TV screen, showing an African-American toddler with a solemn expression. Faint text along the bottom says, "Christmas. December 25." The rest of the text is indistinct.Name: Deetrick Brown.
Died: January 16, 2003.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: La Quinta, California, USA.
Disability: Parents claimed “drug baby”, intellectual disability, autism. Seizures, possibly due to abuse.

Details:
Deetrick died of abusive head trauma that caused repeated seizures in the months before his death. His parents argued that, rather than being abused, Deetrick was a “drug baby” who had an intellectual disability. When Deetrick died, a judge ruled there wasn’t enough evidence for the case to go to trial. But ten years later, the case was re-opened and reexamined, and his father and stepmother were arrested.

Perpetrator: Patricia Brown (Stepmother), convicted of second-degree murder; Derrick Brown (Father), charges dropped.

Source:
Closing Arguments Scheduled in Trial of La Quinta Woman Accused in Toddler’s Murder
Husband acquitted, testimony continues for wife in toddler murder trial
New Trial Sought For La Quinta Woman Convicted In Toddler’s Death 13 Years After It Happened
New Trial Sought For RivCo Woman Convicted in Toddler’s Death 13 Years After It Happened

Christopher Forder

Photo of Christopher Forder.Name: Christopher Forder.
Died: November 22, 2002.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Medical Neglect.
Location: Seabeck, Washington, USA.
Disability: Reactive attachment disorder.

Details:
Christopher died of untreated pneumonia. He had been beaten and starved by his adoptive mother.

Perpetrator: Kimberly Ann Forder (Adoptive mother), sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Source: Christopher Forder

Dale Bartolome

No PhotoName: Dale Bartolome.
Died: July 29, 2002.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Murder-Suicide.
Location: Mission Viejo, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Dale’s father shot him and then killed himself in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Delfin Bartolome (Father); committed suicide.

Source: Stress Pushed Man to Kill Son, Himself, Family Says

Cassandra Killpack

Photo of Cassandra Kilpatrick. She is a young black toddler, outdoors, stooping down and examining some dry grass.Name: Cassandra Taine Killpack.
Died: June 10, 2002.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Springville, Utah, USA.
Disability: Reactive attachment disorder.

Details:
Cassandra’s adoptive parents forced her to drink so much water that she died of water poisoning.

Perpetrator: Jennete Killpack (Adoptive mother), child abuse, 1 to 15 years in prison (served 6 years); Richard Killpack, acquitted.

Source: Cassandra Taine Killpack

Andy and Michael Scott

Photo of Andy and Michael Scott, two men. There are balloons in the background.Name: Andy Byron Scott.
Age at death: 41.

Name: Michael Randy Scott.
Age at death: 42.

Died: June 8, 2002.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Spalding County, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Huntington’s disease.

Details:
Andy and Michael’s mother went to their nursing home and shot them.

Perpetrator: Carol Carr (Mother), pleaded guilty to assisted suicide, sentenced to 5 years in prison.

(There is no evidence that the two men ever asked their mother to help them commit suicide; she seems to have been the one who decided they should not live any longer. –Ed.)

Source: Carol Carr

Mitchell Dickson

No PhotoName: Mitchell Dickson.
Died: June 4, 2002.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Seymour, Texas, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Mitchell’s mother slashed him to death with razor blades and then tried to disguise it as a car accident.

Perpetrator: Melanie Rochelle Dickson (Mother); pled guilty to murder; sentenced to 15-30 years.

Source: Mom Gets 30 Years In Prison For Son’s Murder

Lilian Gill

Photo of Lilian Gill, a toddler girl with light skin and dark hair.Name: Lilian Leilani Gill.
Died: March 1, 2002.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: San Bernardino, California, USA.
Disability: Mother claimed she was autistic.

Details:
Lillian was killed by her mother, who then claimed that Lilian had been sent to a special school to be treated for her autism. Lilian was later found buried in the backyard.

Perpetrator: Sharon Michelle Gill (Adoptive mother).

Source: Woman tells of burying daughter

Brahim Dukes

No PhotoName: Brahim Dukes.
Died: December 29, 2001.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
When Brahim’s father was jailed for unpaid traffic tickets, he was left with his stepmother, who did not care for him. Brahim starved to death.

Perpetrator: Audrey McDaniels (Stepmother); convicted of third degree murder; conviction was later reversed and she was released.

Source: Audrey McDaniels v. Winstead, et al.

Johnny Churchi

No PhotoName: Johnny Churchi.
Died: October 10, 2001.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Johnny’s mother strangled him.

Perpetrator: Jadwiga Miskiewicz (Mother); charged with first-degree murder; sentenced to time in a psychiatric hospital.

Source: School Struggles To Come To Grips With Johnny’s Death

Megan McCullar

A heart-shaped gravestone reading, "Megan Lavon. December 16, 1999 to September 22, 2001. McCullar."Name: Megan Lavon McCullar.
Died: September 18, 2001.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Rocky Comfort, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Details:
Megan had been removed from her parents’ custody and was living with a foster family when her foster mother killed her by slamming her high chair into the wall, causing massive head trauma. Megan died of shaken baby syndrome, and her foster mother was charged with child abuse, but charges were dropped.

Her foster mother initially claimed that she had not killed Megan; but years later, diagnosed with late-stage cancer, she confessed to her husband that she had done exactly what they said she had done.

Perpetrator: Jessica Newhard (Foster mother), charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
Missouri trial ordered for woman accused in foster child’s death
Long-dormant shaken baby case moves forward
Missouri Trial Ordered for Accused in Foster Child’s Death
Confession leads to murder charges in 15-year-old child death case
Woman Arrested In 2001 Death Of A 2-Year-Old Girl
Woman charged in 2001 death of Missouri child, 2