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.
Name: Mason Jordan. Died: August 20, 2018. Age at death: 7. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Bend, Oregon, USA. Disability: Cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus.
Mason’s mother shot him to death.
Mason liked reading, watercolor painting, music, and playing with toy cars. He was curious about everything. Despite medical problems that put him in the hospital on a regular basis, friends and neighbors remember him as a very happy child.
Perpetrator: Tashina Aleine Jordan (Mother); charged with aggravated murder.
Name: Jacob Edwards. Died: July 10, 2018. Age at death: 6. Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide. Location: Prices Corner, Delaware, USA. Disability: Williams Syndrome.
Jacob was shot by his father during a murder-suicide in which his father killed Jacob’s entire family. Also dead are Julie Edwards, Jacob’s mother, his little sister Brinley and his little brother Paxton.
Name: Xuan Xuan Died: June 25, 2018. Age at death: 9. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Jiangning, Nanjing, China. Disability: Cerebral palsy.
Xuan’s grandfather was annoyed that he had spent so much trying to treat her cerebral palsy. He and her father put bricks in her backpack, put the backpack on her, and threw her in the river to drown.
Perpetrator: Her father, surnamed Yang, and Yang Mousong (Grandfather); arrested, confessed to murder
Name: Je’Hyrah Daniels. Died: June 22, 2018. Age at death: 4. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Tampa, Florida, USA. Disability: Autism.
Je’Hyrah’s neighbors remember that her mother was often negligent. Je’Hyrah was allowed to walk barefoot near broken glass; she was often left alone at home, and strangers came and went from their apartment. A Child and Family Services case had been opened, but closed for lack of evidence of mistreatment.
Two days after the DCFS decided Je’Hyrah was safe, Je’Hyrah’s mother stole a car from a dealership and used it to drive them to the Hillsborough River. She picked up the little girl and walked into the water as Je’Hyrah struggled and screamed for help. When she reached deep water, she tossed Je’Hyrah into the river and walked away.
Je’Hyrah was found by divers less than a half-hour after bystanders called the police, but she had already drowned.
Perpetrator: Shakayla Denson (Mother), charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and grand theft auto.