Nikolas Chavez III

Black and white photo of Nikolas Chavez, a toddler with wispy, curly blonde hair, wearing a onesie and a puzzled expression.Name: Nikolas Chavez III.
Died: November 30, 2005.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: North Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Nikolas was beaten to death by his godfather.

Perpetrator: Robert Knutsen (Godfather); sentenced to 7 years, eligible for parole after 16 months.

Source: Trial begins of N.B. man accused of beating his godson to death

“B. L.”

No PhotoName: “B. L.”, male.
Died: November 26, 2005.
Age at death: 13 months.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Developmental delay.

B. L. died of shaken baby syndrome, caused by his foster father.

Perpetrator: His foster father; pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to five years, paroled within 2 years.

Source: Learning from a sad, short life

Adacelli Snyder

Portrait photo of a toddler girl in overalls, earrings, and a buzz cut.Name: Adacelli Snyder.
Died: June 29, 2005.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Cerebral Palsy.

Adacelli’s parents neglected her and kept her in filthy conditions. She died of a combination of malnutrition and infection.

Perpetrator: Jack Richardson (Father), Charlene Snyder (Mother); both sentenced to 10 years to life.

Source: Adacelli Snyder

Adrianna Cram

Photo of a little girl in a white dress. She is smiling at someone off the side of the image.Name: Adrianna Maria Cram.
Died: June 13, 2005.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Fatal Abuse.
Location: Omealca, Mexico.
Disability: Thyroid condition; speech delay; developmental delay.

Adrianna’s adoptive parents beat her to death.

Perpetrator: Elizabeth Romero Marin (Adoptive mother), convicted of aggravated murder, sentenced to 45 years; Hector de Jesus Luna (Adoptive father), convicted of aggravated murder, sentenced to 2 years.

Source: Adrianna Maria Cram

Scarlett Chen

Photo of Scarlett Chen, a grinning Asian toddler with short hair.Name: Scarlett Chen, also called Jia Jia.
Died: July 12, 2004.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Autism.

After Scarlett’s mother was told by a doctor that Scarlett’s autism could not be surgically cured, she drowned Scarlett in the bathtub.

Perpetrator: Xuan “Linda” Peng (Mother); pled guilty to manslaughter; served five years in prison.

Source: Killer of autistic daughter released
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“Baby C”

No PhotoName: “Baby C” (Female).
Died: May 2004.
Age at death: 5 months.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Nelson, New Zealand.
Disability: Lissencephaly.

When he learned that her diagnosis would cause lifelong severe disability, Baby C’s father smothered her.

Perpetrator: Her father; charged with manslaughter but acquitted, even though he confessed during the trial.

Source: Complaint from family over Baby C

Mia Depaillat

No Photo
Name: Mia Depaillat.
Died: April 18, 2004.
Age at death: 21 months.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Cumming, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Developmental delay.

Mia died of injuries that her mother claimed had been caused when she had accidentally dropped Mia and she fell down a flight of stairs. However, the injuries Mia had sustained matched shaken baby syndrome, not a fall down stairs. Mia died two days afterward.

Perpetrator: Jill Ellen Depaillat (Mother), charged with murder; hung jury.

Source: Mia Depaillat

Daniel Thomas

Photo of Daniel Thomas, a baby with dark hair and eyes.Name: Daniel Thomas.
Died: October 13, 2003.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia.
Disability: Asthma, speech delay, allergies, eczema.

Daniel was abused by his babysitter, and his mother allowed the abuse. How he died is not known because his body was not found for several years, but the coroner suggested he might have been killed through strangulation, drowning, or a head injury.

Perpetrator: Mandy Martyn (Babysitter) and Donna Thomas (Mother). No charges.

Source: Coroner finds babysitter Mandy Martyn killed toddler Daniel Thomas —but also blames his mother Donna Thomas for doing nothing to help the boy
Cackling babysitter Mandy Martyn denies killing toddler Daniel Thomas, gives reporters a spray

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.

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

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.

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.

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