Matthew Rosio

No PhotoName: Matthew Rosio.
Died: October 16, 1990.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
After seeing a television program on euthanasia, Matthew’s mother deliberately starved him to death.

Perpetrator: Patricia Rosio (Mother); she was given eight years of probation and ordered to serve a three-month jail sentence, but allowed out 16 hours a day.

Source: Mother charged with starving her ailing son to death
Milwaukee Sentinel, Dec. 12, 1992, page 1A

Malanie and Medhini Paul

No PhotoName: Dr. Malanie Desilva Paul.
Age at death: 48.
Disability: Arthritis, depression.

Name: Medhini Paul.
Age at death: 17.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Name: Anthony Rajiva Paul.
Age at death: 12.
Disability: None.

Died: June 16, 1990.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Details:
Dr. Malanie Paul, her 17-year-old daughter Medhini, and her son Anthony Rajiva were killed by her husband, also a doctor, who sedated his family and then attached them and himself to IVs full of poison. Apparently, he had decided that there was “no alternative to death” for his disabled wife and daughter, and had killed twelve-year-old Anthony too because he feared that the boy would enter the foster care system and become “a freak”.

Perpetrator: Anthony R. Paul (Husband/Father).

Source: No Hope, Doctor Ends Family’s Lives

Chucky Sweeten

No PhotoName: Chucky Sweeten.
Died: January 24, 1990.
Age at death: 39.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Citing years of abuse, Chucky’s mother shot her husband Tom, then shot Chucky because she “loved him and knew no one else would take care of him”.

Perpetrator: Dorothea Sweeten (Mother).

Source: Woman kills husband and son

Samuel Linares

No PhotoName: Samuel Linares.
Died: April 26, 1989.
Age at death: 16 months.
Cause of death: Killed by father.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: PVS due to hypoxic brain damage.

Details:
Samuel had choked on a balloon and, eight months later, was still on life support in the hospital. His father went to the hospital, pulled a gun on the staff, shut off the ventilator, and held the staff at gunpoint until Samuel died.

Perpetrator: Rudy Linares (Father), pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon, sentenced to 1 year probation. Grand jury refused to indict for first-degree murder.

Source:
When life is a fate worse than death
Questions of Law Live On After Father Helps Son Die
FATHER IS CLEARED IN ILL BABY’s DEATH
Grand Jury Rejects Murder Count : Teary Father Not Charged in Death of Comatose Boy
GRAND JURY REFUSES TO INDICT DAD WHO PULLED PLUG ON SON
Samuel Linares (1988 – 1989)

Patricia McNeely

No PhotoName: Patricia McNeely.
Died: April 14, 1989.
Age at death: 32.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Clearwater, Florida, USA.
Disability: Visually impaired.

Details:
Patricia’s father killed her and her mother Flora before committing suicide.

Perpetrator: Warren McNeely (Father).

Source: Man kills ex-wife, child, himself

Anginetta Clayton

No PhotoName: Anginetta Clayton.
Died: January 17, 1989.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Oxford, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Microcephaly.

Details:
Anginetta’s mother starved her to death.

Perpetrator: Bessie Marie Clayton (Mother); convicted of “depraved heart” murder; sentenced to life.

Source: Bessie Marie CLAYTON, v. STATE of Mississippi.

Gail Terrell

A gravestone made for a married couple, decorated with an urn for flowers. It reads: Terrell. Bernie Lee, Gail Melody. The death date for Bernie Lee is blank; the death date for Gail Melody is filled in. The dates are too small to make out.Name: Gail Terrell.
Died: November 13, 1988.
Age at death: 32.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Smyrna, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Epilepsy, cerebral palsy.

Details:
Gail’s mother shot her.

Perpetrator: Barbara Monroe (Mother); offered to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was ordered to serve 5 years of a 20-year sentence.

Source: Mother wants year of home confinement in slaying plea

Rishonda Jones

No PhotoName: Rishonda “Nickie” Jones.
Died: February 8, 1988.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Arthritis, scoliosis.

Details:
Neglected by her mother, Rishonda died of starvation and infected bedsores.

She was an honor student who liked to write poetry and short stories.

Perpetrator: Michelle Jones (Mother); charged with manslaughter and child cruelty.

Source: Probe starvation of disabled teen

Aaron Norman

A gravestone. It says: Precious. Aaron John Norman, April 7, 1977 to December 20, 1987.Name: Aaron Norman.
Died: December 20, 1987.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Mead, Washington, USA.
Disability: Juvenile diabetes.

Details:
Aaron’s parents abused him and denied him medical treatment. He died of untreated diabetes, aggravated by being beaten with a board.

Perpetrator: Bob Norman (Father), manslaughter, 41 months; Judith Norman (Mother), charged with homicide; five elders in the No-Name Fellowship, charged with criminal mistreatment, two convicted, one sentenced to three years.

Source: Faith Gone Awry

Brian Myers

No Photo
Name: Brian Myers.
Died: November 27, 1987.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Brian was beaten by his foster parents until he died of a skull fracture. Before Brian died they had been able to escape suspicion for their abuse despite Michael’s bruises because they blamed his injuries on Michael’s disability, claiming he hurt himself.

Perpetrator: Janet Portman (foster mother), pled guilty to second-degree criminal abuse, sentenced to 6 months in jail and 5 years probation; Michael Portman (foster father), not guilty of child abuse.

Source:
Misplaced Mercy
Board rules cabinet was negligent in death of child, orders award
Agency found negligent in death of toddler; state to pay $100,000