Brianna Gussert

Photo of Brianna Gussert, a teenage girl with pale skin and brown hair, wearing a red shirt. She has the characteristic wide nasal bridge of Wolff-Hirschhorn syndrome.Name: Brianna Gussert.
Died: May 29, 2017.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome.

Brianna was neglected by her mother, who declined help whenever she was offered it. She was kept in a filthy room, and her mother didn’t let her go to school, feed her, or change her diaper. She died from sepsis due to neglect, and her death wasn’t reported for five days. She weighed only 33 pounds, down from her normal weight of 50 pounds.

She was a sports fan who played baseball in a special-needs league. She enjoyed watching the Packers and the Badgers play football, and the Brewers play baseball.

Perpetrator: Nicole Gussert (Mother), convicted of child neglect resulting in death, sentenced to 17 years.

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