Matthew Graville

Photo of Matthew Graville.Name: Matthew Graville.
Died: July 1, 2012.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Mazomanie, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Matthew was tortured and beaten to death by his half-brother.

Perpetrator: Jeffrey Vogelsberg (half-brother); pled no contest to reckless homicide; sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Source: Matthew Graville

James Moore

Potrait photo of James Moore.Name: James Moore.
Died: June 1, 2012.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Fatal Abuse.
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

James’s sister and her husband beat him, starved him, and neglected his injuries until he died.

Perpetrator: Carlena Pinkerton (Sister), pleaded guilty to murder and abuse, sentenced to 13 years in prison; Joshua Pinkerton (Brother-in-law), pleaded guilty to murder and abuse, sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Source: 2 caregivers arrested, charged with murder

Cora Sam

No PhotoName: Cora Sam.
Died: October 10, 2011.
Age at death: 60.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA.
Disability: Cerebral malformation; likely stroke.

Cora’s sister neglected and starved her. She died of malnutrition and blood poisoning from infected bedsores, weighing 66 pounds.

Perpetrator: Amy Sam Ho (Sister), found guilty of second-degree murder and dependent adult abuse resulting in death; sentenced to 15 years.

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Christina Sneary

Photo portrait of Christina Sneary.Name: Christina Sneary.
Died: August 3, 2011.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Ferry Pass, Florida, USA.
Disability: Developmentally disabled.

Christina’s older foster sister shot her.

Perpetrator: Elena Rendell (Foster sister), manslaughter, 1 year in jail.

Source: Former Northview Student Convicted Of Killing Younger Adoptive Sister; Will Serve One Year In Jail

Joseph and Nacuma Conant

No PhotoName: Joseph Conant.
Age at death: 11.
Disability: Autism.

Name: Nacuma Conant.
Age at death: 33.
Disability: Mentally disabled.

Died: July 7, 2011.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Wheatland, Wyoming, USA.

Joseph and Nacuma were both killed by Joseph’s father, Nacuma’s brother, in a mass shooting that also claimed the lives of Everett Conant, 18, and Charles Conant, 13, both Joseph’s brothers.

Perpetrator: Everett E. Conant III; pleaded no contest to murder; sentenced to five consecutive life sentences without parole.

Source: Joseph Conant and family

Wendy Garland

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Name: Wendy Garland.
Died: July 8, 2010.
Age at death: 33.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome, cerebral palsy.

Wendy died when her family ignored her in a filthy room that, in midsummer, had heated up to 100 degrees. When they found her dead, they tried to cover up by moving her out of her room, but when police saw where Wendy had been staying, they arrested her family.

Perpetrator: Florence Garland (Mother) and Helene Hutchinson (sister), both charged with neglect of an elderly or disabled person.

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Leosha Barnett

Photo of Leosha Barnett, a young woman.Name: Leosha Barnett.
Died: May 21, 2010.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Forth Worth, Texas, USA.
Disability: Epilepsy, intellectual disability.

Leosha was starved to death by her mother and sister.

Perpetrator: Tasca Kuniko Johnson (Mother), injury to a disabled person, 15 years; Kyreshi Lynn Tara Stevenson (sister), injury to a disabled person, 5 years.

Source: Fort Worth girl’s starvation death prompts arrests of her sister, mother

Laura Cummings

Photo of Laura Cummings, a woman wearing large glasses.Name: Laura Cummings.
Died: January 21, 2010.
Age at death: 23.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Buffalo, New York, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Laura was raped, tortured, and finally smothered by her mother and half-brother.

Perpetrator: Eva Cummings (Mother), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, assault, unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a disabled person as a hate crime, and was sentenced to 57 years to life. Luke Wright (half-brother), was found guilty of assault, rape, incest, sodomy, endangering the welfare of an incompetent person, and unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime, and sentenced to 50 years to life.

Source: Authorities: Mom, son raped, killed disabled woman

Betty Anne Gagnon

Photo of Betty Anne Gagnon, a middle-aged woman with short brown hair.Name: Betty Anne “BA” Gagnon.
Died: November 20, 2009.
Age at death: 48.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse/neglect.
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

BA was beaten and starved by her sister and sister’s husband. Eventually she died from a blow to the head, weighing 65 pounds.

Perpetrator: Denise Scriven (Sister) and Michael Scriven (Brother-in-law) were convicted of “failing to provide the necessities of life” and sentenced to 20-month jail terms.

Source: Betty Anne Gagnon’s caregivers get jail terms in death
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Walter Hildebrand Jr.

No PhotoName: Walter Knox Hildebrand Jr.
Died: November 2009.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse/neglect.
Location: Willows, California, USA.
Disability: Autism, epilepsy.

Walter was beaten and starved by his brother. He died from a seizure because his epilepsy was aggravated by his brother’s abuse.

Perpetrator: Stuart Allen Hildebrand (Brother), pled guilty to abuse, served 59 days in jail.

Source: Walter Hildebrand Jr.