Name: Sebastian Christian. Died: November 22, 2023. Age at death: 65. Cause of death: Bludgeoned. Location: Alappuzha, Kerala, India. Disability: Mobility impaired/Bedridden due to car accident injury.
Sebastian’s son was so angry at him for soiling the bed and refusing to eat that he allegedly beat him to death.
Sebin Christian (Son), charged with murder.
Name: Logan Halstead. Died: October 29, 2023. Age at death: 19. Cause of death: Medical neglect. Location: Headland, Alabama, USA. Disability: Spina bifida.
When Logan’s parents moved out, the new tenants who moved in were horrified to discover Logan’s body hidden in an old freezer in the backyard. Over a week earlier, Logan’s father had called police, allegedly confessing to putting the young man’s body there. The police simply looked in the freezer and did not find the body, but did arrest Logan’s father because he hadn’t shown up to court for a domestic violence charge. Only when the new tenants started emptying the freezer was Logan found. Initially arrested just for corpse abuse, Logan’s parents were eventually charged with manslaughter. Prosecutors say they “recklessly and consciously disregarded the treatment of Logan which resulted in his death.”
Michael Halstead (Father), charged with reckless manslaughter and corpse abuse.
Karen Halstead (Mother), charged with reckless manslaughter and corpse abuse.
Name: Ethan Ortiz Ruiz. Died: October 14, 2023. Age at death: 3. Cause of death: Drowning. Location: Sanford, Florida, USA. Disability: Autism.
Ethan went missing and was found later that day drowned in a pond; he was rushed to the hospital, but could not be resuscitated. At first this was thought to be an unforeseeable accident, since young children, especially those who are autistic, often love water and do not understand the danger of drowning. However, when police investigated, they found that Ethan’s parents had known that he was completely capable of leaving the house unsupervised. He had been lost three times before he died, and no precautions had been taken to prevent it from happening again. His parents were under the influence of marijuana when Ethan left the house for the final time.
Barbara Ruiz (Mother), charged with aggravated manslaughter.
Lester Ortiz (Father), charged with aggravated manslaughter.
Name: Jean Ann Salter. Died: October 8, 2023. Age at death: 78. Cause of death: Strangled. Location: Mount Maunganui, North Island, New Zealand. Disability: Dementia.
Jean’s dementia was progressing, and it had been suggested that Jean should be moved to a residential facility; her husband, upset that they might be separated, strangled her with a necktie. The killer claimed that there was a suicide pact, but there is no evidence of this save for his claim, and Jean, impaired by dementia, would not have been able to consent to an assisted suicide.
John Alfred Salter (Husband), pleaded guilty to murder.
Name: Thérèse Brassard-Lévesque. Died: September 30, 2023. Age at death: 79. Cause of death: Unspecified homicide. Location: Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada. Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.
Thérèse and her partner were found unconscious in her room at her senior living home. Thérèse was declared dead at the scene, but her partner was taken to the hospital, where his condition improved. Police believe that Thérèse’s partner killed her and then tried to kill himself, but survived the attempt.
Gilles Brassard (Partner), charged with first-degree murder.
Name: Florence Brown. Died: September 12, 2023. Age at death: 94. Cause of death: Gunshot. Location: Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA. Disability: Dementia.
Florence’s husband called police to tell them he had just shot his wife. Police arrived to find Florence and her husband with gunshot wounds; Florence, who had been shot multiple times, was dead on arrival at the hospital, and her husband died later that night.