Name: Carol Simon.
Age at death: 48.
Disability: Unspecified skin condition.
Name: Brayden Robert-Emil Otto.
Age at death: 7.
Disability: Unspecified disability.
Died: November 20, 2016.
Cause of death: Strangled, throat cut.
Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
Carol and her grandson Brayden were killed by her son, who strangled them and then slit their throats to make sure they were dead. Later, the killer claimed that he had done it as a “mercy killing”, because Carol was ill and wasn’t getting better and because Brayden was disabled.
Carol was an outgoing nurse who liked learning. Brayden was an elementary school student remembered for his big smile.
Heath Allen Otto (Carol’s son, Brayden’s uncle), charged with first-degree murder, found not guilty by reason of insanity; committed to a mental institution.
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Carol L. Simon, 48
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