Raya Donagi

A gravestone reading: Raya Rakefet Donagi. Feb. 1, 2003 - Aug. 4, 2003. In the eternal embrace of her mother. Mine An Ener, July 14, 1965 - Aug. 30, 2003.Name: Raya Rakefet Donagi.
Died: August 4, 2003.
Age at death: 6 months.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Raya’s mother slit her throat because she was afraid Raya might have to get a feeding tube.

Perpetrator: Mine An Ener (Mother); charged with murder. Committed suicide before she could be tried.

Source: Mine An ENER

Jason Dawes

Black and white photo of Jason Dawes, a smiling boy.Name: Jason Dawes.
Died: August 4, 2003.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Jason was suffocated by his mother, who believed there was “no hope for her son”.

Perpetrator: Daniela Dawes (Mother). Convicted of manslaughter; served no jail time.

Source: When love is not enough

Stephanie Ramos

No PhotoName: Stephanie Ramos.
Died: July 9, 2003.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Unsolved.
Location: Queens, New York, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability, blindness, cerebral palsy, diabetes.

Details:
Stephanie’s body was found in a garbage truck. Her foster mother had thrown the body in the trash and reported her missing.

Stephanie’s cause of death could not be exactly determined because the garbage truck crushed her body before it could be found. Because of the lack of evidence and Stephanie’s profound disabilities, her death was ruled natural and her mother was only charged with dumping the body. Stephanie’s foster home was filthy, and Stephanie herself weighed only 23 pounds at death. The most likely scenario is that Stephanie died of illness because her foster mother did not want anyone to know how dirty her house was, and so left the illness untreated.

Perpetrator: Renee Johnson (Foster mother), 60 days in jail for improper disposal of a body.

Source: Girl Found in Trash Truck Lived in Filth, Officials Say

James Orr

Photo of James Orr. He is an adult man, smiling at the camera.Name: James Orr.
Died: May 14, 2003.
Age at death: 32.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Little Elm, Denton County, Texas, USA.
Disability: Wheelchair user (from childhood injury).

Details:
James’s wife set their house on fire, knowing he would burn to death. She intended to collect his life insurance.

Perpetrator: Rhonda Orr (Wife), sentenced to 88 years in prison.

Source: Rhonda Orr

David Leath

Portrait of David Leath. He is a middle-aged man with curly brown hair and beard and light skin; he is wearing a striped shirt.Name: David Leath.
Died: March 13, 2003.
Age at death: 57.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
David’s wife drugged him, shot him, and then staged the scene to try to make it look like a suicide. She claimed he was despondent over his recent diagnosis of early dementia. However, evidence pointed to murder and she was arrested.

David Leath was a retired barber.

Perpetrator: Raynella Dossett Leath (Wife), charged with first-degree murder. Her first trial ended in a hung jury; her second trial was a conviction but was overturned; her third trial is ongoing. She is also suspected of the murder of Ed Dosset, her first husband.

Source:
Jury selection in accused black widow case underway
Testimony begins for woman accused of killing both of her husbands
Knox medical examiner calls death ‘homicide’ in accused black widow trial

Eric Bland

No PhotoName: Eric Bland.
Died: February 24, 2003.
Age at death: 38.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Rialto, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Eric’s sister and her boyfriend starved him to death.

Perpetrator: Delores Johnson (Sister); sentenced to 15 years to life. Willie Brown (Sister’s boyfriend); sentenced to 18 years.

Source: Rialto woman sentenced in kin’s death

Deetrick Brown

Photo of Deetrick Brown. It is a photo of a TV screen, showing an African-American toddler with a solemn expression. Faint text along the bottom says, "Christmas. December 25." The rest of the text is indistinct.Name: Deetrick Brown.
Died: January 16, 2003.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: La Quinta, California, USA.
Disability: Parents claimed “drug baby”, intellectual disability, autism. Seizures, possibly due to abuse.

Details:
Deetrick died of abusive head trauma that caused repeated seizures in the months before his death. His parents argued that, rather than being abused, Deetrick was a “drug baby” who had an intellectual disability. When Deetrick died, a judge ruled there wasn’t enough evidence for the case to go to trial. But ten years later, the case was re-opened and reexamined, and his father and stepmother were arrested.

Perpetrator: Patricia Brown (Stepmother), convicted of second-degree murder; Derrick Brown (Father), charges dropped.

Source:
Closing Arguments Scheduled in Trial of La Quinta Woman Accused in Toddler’s Murder
Husband acquitted, testimony continues for wife in toddler murder trial
New Trial Sought For La Quinta Woman Convicted In Toddler’s Death 13 Years After It Happened
New Trial Sought For RivCo Woman Convicted in Toddler’s Death 13 Years After It Happened

Christopher Forder

Photo of Christopher Forder.Name: Christopher Forder.
Died: November 22, 2002.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Medical Neglect.
Location: Seabeck, Washington, USA.
Disability: Reactive attachment disorder.

Details:
Christopher died of untreated pneumonia. He had been beaten and starved by his adoptive mother.

Perpetrator: Kimberly Ann Forder (Adoptive mother), sentenced to 27 months in prison.

Source: Christopher Forder

Dale Bartolome

No PhotoName: Dale Bartolome.
Died: July 29, 2002.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Murder-Suicide.
Location: Mission Viejo, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Dale’s father shot him and then killed himself in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Delfin Bartolome (Father); committed suicide.

Source: Stress Pushed Man to Kill Son, Himself, Family Says