Jax Ponomarenko

Photo of a small boy standing in the snow, mouth open in a laugh, holding a brown dog's leash. He has fair skin and brown hair, and his cheeks are red from the cold. Name: Jax Ponomarenko.
Died: March 25, 2021.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Beaten with baseball bat.
Location: Parma, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Jax’s father called 911, saying, “I’ve killed my son,” and claimed he had been hearing voices. He then described how he had beaten the boy to death with a baseball bat.

Jax used a tablet to communicate.

Case Status:
Matthew Ponomarenko (Father), charged with aggravated murder.

Source:
Man Pleads Not Guilty After 911 Call Shows Alleged Confession in Baseball Bat Murder of 5-Year-Old Son
Matthew J Ponomarenko: Parma dad beats autistic son with baseball bat, calls 911: ‘I’m hearing voices’
5-year-old boy killed in Parma, boy’s father arrested, police say
Matthew Ponomarenko beats autistic son, Jax, 5, to death w/ baseball bat
GRAPHIC: ‘I just killed my son after hearing voices,’ Parma, Ohio dad tells 911 dispatcher
Ohio dad admits killing autistic 5-year-old son with baseball bat

Kayla Estevez

Photo of a woman with red hair, light-brown skin, and light make-up, wearing a black dress and holding a rose.Name: Kayla Estevez.
Died: March 24, 2021.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: New York City, New York, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder.

Details:
Kayla died from strangulation while staying in a hotel with her boyfriend. Police charged her boyfriend with second-degree murder, noting that her body was covered in bruises. Her family says that Kayla had been in a long-term abusive relationship with her boyfriend, who took advantage of her using her bipolar disorder.

Kayla took ballet lessons and enjoyed drawing and expressing herself in poetry.

Case Status:
Ernest Wright (Boyfriend), charged with second-degree murder and drug possession.

Source:
‘Defies all logic and reason’: Homeless man accused of strangling girlfriend in Times Square hotel claimed she ‘did this to herself,’ prosecutors say
‘My best friend’: Brother of woman strangled by homeless boyfriend in Times Square hotel saw the tragedy coming

16-year-old boy

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: March 16, 2021.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Unknown.
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
After this 16-year-old was found dead on the floor of his home, the teen’s cousin was charged with murder.

Case Status:
His cousin, age 26; charged with murder.

Source:
Man arrested in a KFC carpark and charged with the alleged murder of his severely autistic cousin | Daily Mail Online
Cousin charged with murder after teen’s body found

Dalbert Edwards

Photo of a black man with short hair, wearing a white button-up shirt.Name: Dalbert Edwards.
Died: March 15, 2021.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Stabbing.
Location: Portmore, Saint Catherine, Jamaica.
Disability: Stroke; mobility impaired.

Details:
Dalbert was found stabbed to death on his kitchen floor. Police arrested his son.

Dalbert was known as “Uncle Lance” by the neighbors.

Case Status:
Shamar Edwards (Son), charged with murder.

Source:
Portmore man’s son charged with murder
Disabled man killed in Portmore, son in custody

Suresh Mangle

No PhotoName: Suresh Mangle.
Died: March 6, 2021.
Age at death: 85.
Cause of death: Throat cut.
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Disability: Unspecified; bedridden.

Details:
Suresh lived with his son and his grandson. His grandson killed both him and his son Milind by cutting their throats, then jumped to his death from the sixth floor.

Case Status:
Ruling: Murder-suicide.
Shardul Mangle (Grandson), deceased.

Source: Mumbai: 20-year-old jumps to death in Mulund after killing father, grandfather

Naomi Kaneko

No PhotoName: Naomi Kaneko.
Died: March 5, 2021.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Stabbing.
Location: Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, Japan.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, wheelchair user.

Details:
Naomi died from stab wounds to the head and torso. Police say that her aide, with whom she had been in a relationship, called them and admitted that he had “stabbed someone”.

Case Status:
Koichi Katayama (Boyfriend, aide), arrested on suspicion of murder.

Source:
Man arrested over murder of disabled woman in Tokyo apartment

Robyn Beever

Photo of an older woman with chin-length dark brown hair and fair skin, wearing a string of pearls.Name: Robyn Beever.
Died: February 25, 2021.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Varsity Lakes, Queensland, Australia.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Robyn was found dead in her garage. Police suspect her husband of having strangled her or killed her with an axe during an attempt at murder-suicide.

She had a small dog named Foxy.

Case Status:
Maxwell Beever (Husband), charged with murder.

Source:
Elderly man in court charged with wife’s murder at Gold Coast home
Man accused of killing his wife allegedly tried to put body in a car
Family say they are supporting 82yo man accused of murdering wife
Woman allegedly murdered by husband may have been dead for a day
Husband charged over suspected murder suicide won’t cooperate, police say

Helen Miller

Photo of a young woman leaning against a wheelchair backrest. Her brown hair is curly and short; she has tan skin and is smiling for the camera.Name: Helen Marie Miller.
Died: February 22, 2021.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: Manheim Township, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Helen was stabbed to death in her sleep. According to a probable cause affidavit, her sister then called emergency services, admitted to stabbing her, and was found by police washing the blood off her hands.

Helen was an artistic young woman who made paintings and sculptures. She had won an award for her watercolor work.

Case Status:
Claire Miller (Sister), charged with criminal homicide.

Source:
Who is Claire Miller and what is she accused of?
Claire Miller: Pennsylvania teen allegedly stabs sister with cerebral palsy to death, washes blood off in snow
Lancaster County 14-year-old accused of killing older sister
Claire Miller: Pennsylvania Teen Killed Disabled Sister in Sleep, Cops Say

Jerome Brown

No PhotoName: Jerome Brown.
Died: February 14, 2021.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Starvation or untreated epilepsy.
Location: Paynesville, Greater Monrovia, Liberia.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Details:
Jerome was born with epilepsy, and when she could not find a cure for him in the spiritual treatments she sought, his mother left him to his father to raise. A neighbor reported finding him close to death in his father’s home; shortly after being found, Jerome died.

Jerome’s mother says that his father starved him to death, and that photos of his body in an extremely emaciated condition corroborate her claims. Police initially declared that he had died of epilepsy; but they are now investigating whether Jerome’s death was murder, manslaughter, or negligent homicide.

Case Status:
Emmanuel Brown (Father), detained.

Source:
“No Foul Play in Little Jerome’s Death” (Caution: graphic images of starvation)
Child, 11, Starved to Death (Caution: graphic images of starvation)

Nanako Tokutani

No PhotoName: Nanako Tokutani.
Died: February 13, 2021.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Drowning.
Location: Kawakami, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
Police found Nanako’s body floating in a lake, and her father, soaked with water, in his car in the parking lot. He allegedly kidnapped her from her special needs school, took her to the lake, and drowned her. He told police that his daughter’s disability was “a burden to [his] wife” and that he wanted to “escape this life”.

Case Status:
Kazuhiko Tokutani (Father), suspected of murder.

Source:
Nara: Man killed disabled 10-year-old daughter ‘to escape this life’
Man arrested in Nara Prefecture allegedly killed disabled daughter “to escape this life”