3-year-old girl

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: September 20, 2020.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Cherus Village, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
This 3-year-old girl was killed by her parents, who had before then been locking her in the house alone. They said they killed her because she was “a nuisance” and “to save their love”.

Perpetrator: Charity Cheruto (Mother) Timoth Lihanya (Father), both charged with murder.

Source:
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Thaddeus Sran

Photo of a small, smiling boy waearing a red striped shirt.Name: Thaddeus Sran.
Died: July 23, 2020.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Fresno, California, USA.
Disability: Due to prematurity (Nonspeaking; feeding tube).

Details:
Police grew suspicious when Thaddeus’s parents reported him missing, but almost immediately stopped cooperating with the missing-child investigation. A few days later, Thaddeus’s burned body was found and they were charged with murder.

Perpetrator: Briseida Sran (Mother) and Sukhjinder Sran (Father), both charged with murder.

Source:
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Esteban, Penelope, Avielle, and Apollo Harless

No PhotoName: Esteban Lorenzo Harless.
Age at death: 4.

Name: Penelope Arcadia Harless.
Age at death: 3.

Name: Avielle Magdalena Harless.
Age at death: 1.

Name: Apollo Harless.
Age at death: 11 months.

Died: June 4, 2020.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Disability: Special needs.

Details:
Esteban, Penelope, Avielle, and Apollo’s parents gassed them with carbon monoxide before committing suicide. They also killed the family’s two cats.

Perpetrator: Jared Esquibel Harless (Father) and Sheryll Ann Harless (Mother).

Source:
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“DH”, Newborn Baby Girl

No PhotoName: Unknown; initials “DH”.
Died: September 9, 2019.
Age at death: Newborn.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Namangan, Uzbekistan.
Disability: Bow legs.

Other Victim: “MT”, newborn baby girl, non-disabled.

Details:
“DH” was a newborn still in the hospital nursery when her mother was told she had a disability. Her mother reacted to the news by throwing her out of the hospital window. Then, she grabbed a baby that wasn’t hers and threw her out of the window too. According to the police, it was to cover up the crime. Both newborns died from their injuries.

Perpetrator: D. Kh (Mother), arrested.

Source:
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Ari Ase, Mya Ase, and John Savage

Photos of Ari, Mya, and John, three African-American children.Name: Ari Ase.
Age at death: 8.
Disability: Autism.

Name: Mya Ase.
Age at death: 7.
Disability: Autism.

Name: John Savage.
Age at death: 3.
Disability: Autism.

Died: July 7, 2019.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Syracuse, New York, USA.

Details:
Ari, Mya, and John were all autistic. Ari smiled all the time; Mya sung songs. Both liked music. Mya was a talented artist whose teacher thought she would one day become famous. Ari would read the dictionary for fun. Three-year-old John, a precocious boy who could already count and spell, loved reading books.

Their mother packed the three children into a rental car and ignited a charcoal grill, filling the car with carbon monoxide and killing them all.

Perpetrator: Crystal Savage (Mother).

Source:
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Kushal

No PhotoName: Kushal.
Died: July 4, 2019.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Aswal, Hunsur taluk, Karnataka, India.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Details:
Kushal’s parents tried to conduct an exorcism to cure him of his epilepsy. They beat him severely with a banana stem, and he died of his injuries.

Perpetrator: Parimala and Shashikumar (Parents), arrested.

Source:
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Ja’hir Gibbons

Photo of a small African-American boy; he is smiling awkwardly for the camera. The photo is taken at an angle.Name: Ja’hir Gibbons.
Died: March 18, 2019.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; received speech and developmental therapy.

Details:
Ja’hir was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend, whom his mother had left to babysit him despite knowing he was abusing the boy. His body showed signs of chronic child abuse.

Perpetrator: Dejon Waters (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with first-degree murder; Brittany Hyc (Mother), charged with child endangerment resulting in death.

Source:
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Baby Boy

No Photo
Name Unknown.
Died: December 21, 2018.
Age at death: 29 days.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Neelasandra, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
Disability: Unknown congenital defect.

Details:
This little boy was born one of a pair of twins. He was weak at birth and had to spend ten days in the hospital after birth, and needed continued medical attention after he came home.

His grandmother waited until the baby’s mother was feeding his twin in another room and his father had left to go buy medicine; then she strangled and smothered the baby to death.

Perpetrator: Vijayalakshmi (Grandmother), arrested.

Source:
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“Miss He”

Photo of two Chinese toddlers, a boy in a black and red coat, and a girl in a purple coat. The boy has his arms around the girl. Their eyes are pixelated to keep them anonymous.Name: “Miss He” (Pseudonym).
Died: October 11, 2018.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Evening Village, Hunan Province, China.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Details:
Miss He’s father was worried about having taken out loans to pay for her medical care, so he decided to buy life insurance and fake his own death. Not telling his wife what he was doing, he drove his car into a river. Three weeks later, thinking him dead, Miss He’s mother took her and her four-year-old brother to the river and drowned herself and both children.

Perpetrator: “Dai Guihua” (Mother–pseudonym), arrested.

Source:
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Jonathan Schmoyer

Photo of a toddler boy with very fair hair and pale skin. He is looking at the camera with a slightly puzzled expression. He is wearing a yellow SpongeBob T-shirt.Name: Jonathan “JJ” Schmoyer.
Died: September 29, 2018.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Suspected autism.

Details:
JJ’s father rigged his car to explode. He put JJ in the car seat, lured 66-year-old family friend David Hallman into the car, and set off the explosives. All three were killed.

In suicide letters left behind, the killer mentioned that he “had something against autism, which he suspected JJ had.”

From JJ’s obituary:
“JJ was a loving, intelligent and inquisitive child who loved to explore, laugh, take walks, roller skate and play patty-cake. JJ also loved to eat Subway meatball sandwiches and he adored Thomas the Tank [Engine] and his Spider-Man and SpongeBob t-shirts.”

Perpetrator: Jacob Schmoyer (Father).

Source:
View Jonathan Schmoyer’s Obituary on mcall.com and share memories
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