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.

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