Brenda Thomas

A gravestone reading, Brenda Kay Thomas. July 3, 1972 to April 9, 1996. Here lies an angel.Name: Brenda Kay Thomas.
Died: April 9, 1996.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Abuse/Neglect.
Location: Sand Springs, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Brenda’s mother abused and starved her; she died of a combination of head injury and pneumonia when her 36-pound body finally succumbed to her mother’s mistreatment.

Perpetrator: Eva Nell Thomas (Mother), charged with manslaughter.

Source: Woman Held in Daughter’s Death

Justin and Sandra Blair

Photo of a gravestone. It reads: Blair, Sandi Kay, 1960-1996. Justin Michael, 1987-1996. Mother and son.Name: Sandra Blair.
Age at death: 36.
Disability: Injury from a car accident.

Name: Justin Blair.
Age at death: 8.
Disability: Cerebral palsy; blindness.

Died: March 11, 1996.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Concord, New Hampshire, USA.

Details:
Sandra and Justin, mother and son, were killed by Sandra’s husband, Justin’s father, who bludgeoned them with a hammer.

Perpetrator: Robert Blair (Father); convicted of murder; sentenced to two consecutive life terms.

Source: Man Convicted in Hammer Slayings of Wife, Son

Danielle Tucker

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Name: Danielle Tucker, born Danielle R. Dornan.
Died: December 10, 1995.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Coldwater, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, spina bifida.

Details:
Danielle died of head injuries after she was pushed down a flight of stairs by her adoptive mother, who claimed she had fallen. Danielle died on December 10, eight days short of her fourth birthday.

To avoid facing scrutiny for her death, the family moved, taking Danielle’s two siblings with them, but two years later Danielle’s sister was found locked in the basement, starving and neglected, and rescued. Danielle’s case was re-opened and her mother was charged.

Perpetrator: Becky Tucker (Adoptive mother), pleaded no contest to child abuse, sentenced to 8-15 years; Christopher Tucker (Adoptive father), not charged but served 6 years, 2 months for abusing Danielle’s sister.

Source:
Tucker sentenced for Michagan death
Danielle and Brittany Tucker (Dornan)

Fiona Mitchell

No PhotoName: Fiona Mitchell.
Died: July 12, 1995.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Brain injury from meningitis, causing blindness and deafness.

Details:
While her siblings lived in the rest of the house, little Fiona was shut up in a room and forgotten, denied care, medical attention, and even food and water. She died of starvation.

“…Fiona was among those whose cases were diffused by factual findings by the coroner. Though Fiona died of malnutrition, the Medical examiner attributed her death to her having had meningitis and said it was “amazing she lived as long as she did.” —Misplaced Mercy

Perpetrator: Mary Mitchell (Mother), pleaded no contest to criminally negligent homicide; two-year suspended sentence.

Source: Misplaced Mercy
Girl’s Mother Indicted on Murder Charge

Ryan Wilkieson

No PhotoName: Ryan Wilkieson.
Died: December 5, 1994.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, deafblind.

Details:
Ryan’s mother took him to the garage and poisoned him and herself with exhaust fumes. He died only 19 days after the verdict in the Tracy Latimer murder trial.

Perpetrator: Cathy Wilkieson (Mother).

Source:
People with Disabilities Outraged by Murders
Remembering…
Open Season
The Latimer Case: The Reflections of People with Disabilities
History of euthanasia in Canada
Brandon Sun Newspaper Archives, Dec 7, 1994, p. 3
Tracy Latimer is dead because her father is a murderer

Timothy Ellis Jr.

No PhotoName: Timothy Ellis Jr.
Died: June 8, 1994.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse.
Location: Jacksonville, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Timothy was in the care of his father when he suffered abuse-related injuries, including a skull fracture that resulted in his death.

Perpetrator: Timothy Ellis, Sr. (Father); charges dropped because a judge ruled his confession had been coerced.

Source: Timothy Ellis Jr.

Michael Messenger

No PhotoName: Michael Messenger.
Died: February 8, 1994.
Age at death: Newborn.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Prematurity with a risk of disability.

Details:
When Michael was born at 25 weeks gestation, he had a roughly 50% chance of survival. However, when their doctor told Michael’s parents that if he survived, he would probably be disabled, Michael’s father asked the doctor to leave and shut off the newborn’s ventilator, killing him.

Perpetrator: Gregory Messenger (Father); tried for manslaughter and admitted to disconnecting Michael’s life support; acquitted.

Source: The Messenger Case: Summary and Analysis

Randy Busby and Elwin Caler

Family portrait photo of Twila, Elwin, and Randy, two young men flanking their mother.Name: Elwin Caler.
Age at death: 22.

Name: Randy Busby.
Age at death: 20.

Died: December 31, 1993.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Gray County, Texas, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Randy and Elwin were stabbed to death by their mother’s live-in boyfriend. He also killed Twila Busby, their mother.

Perpetrator: Henry Skinner (Mother’s boyfriend), convicted of murder, sentenced to death.

Source: Henry Watkins SKINNER

Tracy Latimer

Black and white photo of Tracy Latimer, a teenager leaning against a headrest. She has short dark hair.Name: Tracy Latimer.
Died: October 24, 1993.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Wilkie, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Tracy’s father put her in his truck, connected the exhaust to the cab, and poisoned her with carbon monoxide.

Media coverage of Tracy’s death, which tended to support her killer, may have sparked several copycat crimes.

Perpetrator: Robert Latimer (Father). Second degree murder; sentenced to life; paroled after 9 years, 11 months.

Source:
Wikipedia: Robert Latimer
Right or wrong, Latimer’s actions touched off national debate on euthanasia
The Latimer Case: The Reflections of People with Disabilities
Robert Latimer seeking pardon for killing of severely disabled daughter
Community Living urges no pardon for murderer Robert Latimer
Trudeau asked to consider pardon or retrial for Saskatchewan man convicted of killing his daughter who suffered from cerebral palsy
Robert Latimer seeking pardon for killing of severely disabled daughter
Tracy Latimer’s killer does not deserve a pardon
Pardoning Robert Latimer is not justified
Lakritz: Pardoning Latimer would reduce Tracy’s value to the level of a dog
Robert Latimer’s request for clemency is a slam-dunk ‘no.’ Does Ottawa get that?

Josiah Carroll

No PhotoName: Josiah Carroll.
Died: June 14, 1993.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Cedarville, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Josiah was smothered by his older brother.

Perpetrator: Parents Kathleen and Timothy Carroll, brother James Carroll. The crime was witnessed by Josiah’s brother Isaiah, but his testimony was not considered because he is non-verbal and communicates by pointing.

Source: Boy Saw Slaying, He Tells