16-year-old girl, “ME”

No PhotoName: (Female) “ME”.
Died: May 3, 2022.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Malnutrition.
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; blind, non-verbal.

This 16-year-old girl, known only by her initials as “ME”, was brought to the hospital in full cardiac arrest, very underweight and poorly cared-for. Police say her mother had been leaving her in the case of minor siblings, and that she had died from medical neglect and malnutrition.

Case Status:
Doraelia Loera Espinoza (Mother), charged with reckless child abuse.

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Heather Baynard

Photo of a teenage girl with pale skin, wearing a red shirt; a trach is visible at her neck. She is leaning back and looking away. Name: Heather Leigh-Anne Baynard.
Died: April 11, 2022.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Gaffney, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Heather arrived at the hospital unresponsive and was soon declared dead. Police who examined her home discovered that she had been kept in filthy conditions; on autopsy, the coroner reported that she had been severely neglected for many months, causing her medical condition to worsen and eventually become fatal.

Heather loved music, especially Mikey Mason and Disney Jr. She liked pretty lights, bright colors, and traveling.

Case Status:
David Eugene Baynard (Father), charged with murder.
Bobbie Jo Baynard (Mother), charged with murder.

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Bryleigh Klino

Photo of a thin teenage girl with fair skink, sitting in a wheelchair. Her blond hair is in  a messy bun, and she is wearing a pale green shirt and pink neckerchief.Name: Bryleigh Klino.
Died: February 25, 2022.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Unspecified; death in the setting of neglect, severe bedsores.
Location: Auburn, New York, USA.
Disability: Rett syndrome.

When Bryleigh died, hospital personnel noticed that she had severe, untreated bedsores and called the authorities, who arrested Bryleigh’s parents.

Bryleigh loved the cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants and would watch it as much as she could. Many of her things were SpongeBob-themed.

Case Status:
Jennifer M. Klino (Mother), charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Brian T. Burns (Mother’s fiancé), charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

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Brieuc Paquet

No PhotoName: Brieuc Paquet.
Died: February 18, 2022.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Beaufays, Liège, Belgium.
Disability: Autism.

Brieuc’s father shot him with his hunting rifle, then killed himself.

Case Status:
Fabian Paquet (Father), deceased.

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Daunya Fields

Photo of an African-American girl with medium-brown skin and brown eyes, wearing a black top. Her hair is done in small, neat braids and gathered into a scrunchie at the top of her head.Name: Daunya Fields.
Died: December 25, 2021.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Physical and developmental disability due to abuse in infancy.

Daunya and her adoptive mother Elaine Fizer, 57, were shot to death by her adoptive father, who went on the run for several days before he was found and shot by police.

Case Status:
Dwayne McDonald (Adoptive father), deceased; shot by police.

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Felicity and Barrett Kreb

Photo: A teenage girl and a boy, both with short limbs. The girl is wearing red-and-white checked pajamas; she has olive skin and straight black hair. The boy is wearing camouflage pajamas and glasses; he has fair skin, blond hair, and glasses. They are smiling for the camera.Name: Felicity Kreb.
Age at death: 13.

Name: Barrett Kreb.
Age at death: 9.

Died: October 30, 2021.
Cause of death: Unspecified homicide.
Location: Gleneagle, Colorado, USA.
Disability: Dwarfism.

Felicity, Barrett, and their mother Yvette Siegert-Kreb, were killed by their father, who then killed himself.

Felicity and Barrett were both international adoptees, Felicity from China and Barrett from Albania. They were two of nine children. Their mother had specifically begun adopting children with dwarfism because her own son had dwarfism, and she wanted him to grow up with other little people around him. With their parents dead, Felicity and Barrett’s surviving siblings, the oldest of whom are adults, are now caring for one another.

Case Status:
Christof Kreb (Adoptive father), deceased.

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Jasmine Singletary

Photo of a small girl with blond hair pulled up in a ponytail on top of her head; she is wearing a pink star print shirt.Name: Jasmine Singletary.
Died: July 13, 2021.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Internal injury.
Location: Pensacola, Florida, USA.
Disability: A neuromuscular disorder.

Jasmine had been admitted to the hospital for an infection, and was alone in her room with her mother and grandmother when she was found dying of massive injuries to her ribs and liver–injuries that had not been there at admission. Police, who questioned her mother, say her mother admitted to bludgeoning her with a table after Jasmine cursed at her.

Case Status:
Jessica Bortle (Mother), charged with manslaughter.

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Jallen McConnie

Photo of a young Black teenage boy, wearing jeans, black T-shirt, and baseball cap, sitting in a lawn chair. In the background is a neatly mown lawn and some parked cars.Name: Jallen McConnie.
Died: June 28, 2021.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Beaten.
Location: New York City, New York, USA.
Disability: PTSD, ADHD, oppositional-defiant disorder, possible autism.

Jallen lived in Georgia, but he was visiting his cousin in New York City’s Upper West Side. An ambulance was called to the apartment; medics found Jallen unresponsive, his body battered, and brought him to the hospital where he was declared dead. His cousin–who had allegedly beaten him for interrupting him while he was watching TV–was arrested.

Case Status:
Mitcaux Booker (Cousin), charged with assault, endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

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Brian Cotter

Photo of a teenage boy with pale skin, wearing a green baseball cap and white dress shirt with a light-green tie. He is smiling awkwardly.Name: Brian Cotter.
Died: “A few days after” May 17, 2021.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Fresno, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Brian’s brother called 911 to report that Brian had shot his father and then himself. First responders arrived to find Brian’s father, Patrick, dead and Brian severely injured. Brian would die at the hospital several days later. However, police investigated Brian’s brother’s story, found that it did not match the evidence, and arrested him for the double murder. At trial, the prosecution would prove that Brian’s brother had set up the killings to look like a murder-suicide in order to pin the blame on his autistic brother.

Brian and his father used to go on walks, and Brian would carry a walkie-talkie to keep in touch with his neighbor. A natural with computers, he created his own cartoon character and made his own films.

Case Status:
Robert Cotter (Brother), convicted of murder, sentenced to life without parole.

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Jordan Brooks

A fair-skinned, brown-haired boy sits in a wheelchair; he is wearing navy blue shirt and pants, and is smiling for the camera. Name: Jordan Brooks, also called Jordan Motto.
Died: May 9. 2021.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Infection, malnutrition.
Location: Palermo, New York, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Jordan was pronounced dead soon after he was brought to the hospital, malnourished and with multiple infected bedsores.

He was a 10th-grade honor roll student. Teachers repeatedly begged child protective services for help as they saw Jordan being left in his wheelchair, unbathed, for long periods of time; they warned authorities that Jordan’s health was declining, but their reports were not acted on.

Jordan loved loud music, participated in the Special Olympics, hated scary movies, and liked fishing and Mario Kart. His favorite meal was turkey and mashed potatoes.

Case Status:
Lisa Waldron (Mother), charged with second-degree murder, criminally negligent homicide and first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.
Anthony Waldron (Stepfather), charged with second-degree murder, criminally negligent homicide and first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.

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