Name: Malachi Lawson. Died: August 4, 2019. Age at death: 4. Cause of death: Abuse. Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Disability: Walked with a limp; possibly autism
Malachi’s mother and her partner initially reported him missing. Later, they admitted they had burned him by making him sit in a bathtub full of hot water after he had a potty-training accident. His body was found in a dumpster.
Malachi loved Paw Patrol and Mickey Mouse. He liked dancing and his favorite color was blue. He had been taken into foster care, but returned to his mother and her partner.
Perpetrator: Alicia Lawson (Mother) and Shatika Lawson (Mother’s partner), both charged with neglect resulting in the death of a minor, first-degree child abuse, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and false statement.
L. A. C. Died: July 20, 2019. Age at death: 6. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA. Disability: Autism.
This little boy, known only by his initials, was hit in the head until he was unconscious by his stepfather, who then waited hours to bring him to the hospital. On arrival, he was too injured to live. He had his sixth birthday while he was unconscious at the hospital, and died two days later.
Perpetrator: Carl Bookout (Stepfather), charged with reckless homicide and with not providing his updated address for the sex-offender registry.
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.
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.
Name: Sadhana. Died: October 6, 2018. Age at death: 9. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Disability: Mentally ill; bedbound.
Sadhana’s parents took her to a temple, where they forced her to drink poison. Bystanders saw her resisting and then falling unconscious and called the police, and Sadhana was taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, it was too late, and the girl died two days later.
Perpetrator: S Muneeswaran (Father), arrested and sentenced to 15 days in jail for the poisoning, then charged with murder when Sadhana died; Revanthi (Mother), charged with murder.