16-year-old boy

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: March 16, 2021.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Unknown.
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
After this 16-year-old was found dead on the floor of his home, the teen’s cousin was charged with murder.

Case Status:
His cousin, age 26; charged with murder.

Source:
Man arrested in a KFC carpark and charged with the alleged murder of his severely autistic cousin | Daily Mail Online
Cousin charged with murder after teen’s body found

Karreon Walter-Franks

School photo of a boy with dark skin and very short hair, wearing a black T-shirt.Name: Karreon Walter-Franks.
Died: November 27, 2020.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Starvation, pneumonia.
Location: Vancouver, Washington, USA.
Disability: Autism, developmental delay, visually impaired.

Details:
At the time of his death, Karreon was known to the child welfare system. His aunt reported to social workers that Karreon and his siblings had been starved for years and had to steal food to survive, and that Karreon was emaciated and had collapsed from hunger. His brother told them that Karreon’s mother had hit him with a cane for throwing up. The last contact by child welfare to the home was only a week before Karreon died and the funeral home contacted police because his body weighed only 65 pounds and was in very poor condition.

After his death, Karreon’s two younger siblings were removed from the home.

Case Status:
Felicia Adams (Aunt, adoptive mother), charged with second-degree murder and homicide by abuse.
Jesse Franks (Felicia’s husband), charged with second-degree murder and homicide by abuse.

Source:
Washington couple arrested in starvation death of child
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Parents of Vancouver teen who died from starvation face murder charges; arrest warrants issued
Washington teen’s death ruled homicide due to starvation and neglect
Police: Authorities visited starving teen days before death
Child welfare visited disabled 15-year-old boy DAYS before he died weighing only 65 pounds, court docs reveal

Joseph Hammond

Photo of a smiling boy lying in an adapted swing.Name: Joseph “JJ” Hammond.
Died: November 3, 2020.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Dehydration, malnutrition.
Location: Moline, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
JJ was found dead in his home. An autopsy concluded he had died of dehydration and malnutrition, with several untended large wounds on his body.

Case Status:
Jennifer Keim (Mother), charged with first-degree murder.
Justin M Keim (Stepfather), charged with Criminal Abuse or Neglect of a Disabled Person.

Source:
Moline woman charged with murder in death of disabled 15-year-old son
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Friends defend Moline woman charged with murder of 15-year-old son

Sayeed Neilson

Photo of a teenage boy with pale skin and fine brown hair.Name: Sayeed Neilson.
Died: October 23, 2020.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Trauma.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Sayeed’s stepbrother allegedly punched and kicked him in the head; his mother told his stepbrother to stop, but then walked away without actually checking to make sure he had stopped. They told investigators he had fallen in the shower; but police believed his injuries were “inconsistent with a fall” and brought them in for questioning.

Sayeed loved Star Wars and Halloween. He never missed a day walking his dog Chloe, rain or shine.

Case status:
Rebacca Greenwood (Mother), charged with criminal homicide, aggravated child abuse and evidence tampering.
David Matheny (Stepbrother), charged with criminal homicide, aggravated child abuse and evidence tampering.

Source:
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Mother, stepbrother charged with homicide in death of autistic 14-year-old boy
Tenn. mother, stepbrother charged in death of autistic 14-year-old

David Almond

David Almond, a teenage boy, sits in a car and smiles for the camera. He is wearing a winter scarf and coat. His hair is dark and very short, and his skin is pale brown.Name: David Almond.
Died: October 21, 2020.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Malnutrition.
Location: Fall River, Massachusetts, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability, autism.

Details:
David and his two brothers, a set of triplets, were all neglected and abused by their father and his girlfriend. Child services was called, and the brothers spent time living outside their home; but eventually two of the boys were returned to their father. David died, malnourished and with fentanyl, a powerful opiate, in his system. His caregivers were arrested and his triplet brother and toddler half-brother were rescued.

At school, David had been a happy boy with a good sense of humor. His schoolmates described him as the “mayor” of the school. He was good at reading and took pride in this ability. He participated in school plays. He and his brothers had invented their own language to communicate between them. David liked cartoons, toys, and video games.

Case Status:
John Michael Almond (Father), charged with second-degree murder and neglect of a disabled person resulting in serious bodily injury.
Jaclyn Marie Coleman (Father’s girlfriend), charged with second-degree murder and neglect of a disabled person resulting in serious bodily injury.

Source:
Visible injuries, scrubbing floors with a toothbrush: Shocking details from the Almond report
DCF, School Could Have Done More to Prevent Fall River Teen’s Death: Report
Investigation into death of Mass. boy found living in filth finds ‘multi-system failure,’ serious errors from DCF
Mass. Child Advocate identifies multi-system failure prior to death of Fall River teen with special needs
Fall River couple indicted in teen’s death
Fall River couple accused in starvation death of 14-year-old autistic teen due in court Monday
Rep. Fiola calls for answers in death of autistic Fall River boy
Judge orders couple held for 120 days in death of autistic boy
Death of 14-year-old Fall River boy under investigation; couple faces neglect charges
Mass. Horror Home: Teen Dead, Brother ‘Alarmingly Emaciated,’ Prosecutors Say
Two charged with child abuse and neglect after death of autistic teen in Fall River
Father, girlfriend charged in death of special needs Fall River teen allegedly found with fentanyl in system
Death of 14-year-old boy under investigation; Evidence of drugs, neglect of teen’s brother, police say

12-year-old girl

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: October 17, 2020.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Decapitation.
Location: Moti Bhakhar, Dantiwada tehsil, Gujarat, India.
Disability: Deaf.

Details:
This twelve-year-old girl was raped and murdered; police arrested her cousin.

Case status:
Nitin Mali (Cousin), arrested on suspicion of murder.

Source:
Disabled girl, 12, raped and beheaded ‘by her cousin’ in latest horrific murder to rock India
12-year-old differently-abled girl raped, beheaded by cousin in Gujarat’s Banaskantha
Disabled girl raped & BEHEADED ‘by her cousin’ in latest murder to rock India
12-Year-Old Deaf Girl Raped & Beheaded in Gujarat

Ryu Sakayama

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Name: Ryu Sakayama.
Died: July 17, 2020.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Strangulation.
Location: Kyoto, Japan.
Disability: Unspecified mental disability.

Details:
Ryu’s mother allegedly strangled him as he slept. Police say she told them she was tired of caring for him.

Case status:
Ayano Sakayama (Mother), charged with murder.

Source:
Mom arrested for allegedly choking disabled son to death in west Japan
Woman arrested over death of mentally disabled son

Kylie Larson

Photo of a girl lying on a striped blanket. Her skin is fair and her long hair is strawberry-blonde. She is smiling broadly and wearing a black-and-white flowered shirt and a trach collar.Name: Kylie Larson.
Died: June 21, 2020.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Respiratory failure.
Location: Paynesville, Minnesota, USA.
Disability: Perinatal hypoxic brain injury.

Details:
Kylie’s mother, alone with her because her stepfather was on a fishing trip and her brother was staying with friends, allegedly ignored alarms from her blood oxygen and heart rate monitor, repeatedly turned off the alarms, reduced the sensitivity, and eventually removed the alarm altogether. Kylie died of respiratory failure.

Kylie was a middle-school student whose schoolmates often pushed her around the halls to hear her laugh. She liked going outside, especially to new places. She enjoyed boat rides and spinning around in her wheelchair.

Case status:
Elise Nelson (Mother), charged with with second-degree intentional murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Source:
Disabled girl, 13, died ‘after mother turned her pulse alarm off for some peace’
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Charges: Paynesville mom deprived care, killing her daughter with disabilities
Kylie Christine Larson
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Woman charged in death of her disabled daughter
Paynesville mom charged with murder for tampering with child’s medical equipment, warrant issued

Louise Smith

Photo of a teenage girl with wavy brown hair cut into bangs, gray eyes, and pale skin, smiling for the camera.Name: Louise Smith.
Died: May 8, 2020.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Havant, Hampshire, England, UK.
Disability: Mental illness.

Details:
Louise’s uncle killed her by punching her in the face repeatedly until she died. Police described the murder as “sexually motivated.”

Perpetrator: Shane Mays (Uncle), convicted of murder, sentenced to 25 years to life.

Source:
‘A monster’: Uncle jailed for life over 16-year-old’s ‘sexually motivated’ murder
Louise Smith murder: Social workers probed after uncle found guilty
Uncle jailed for life for ‘sexual murder’ of Louise Smith, 16, in woods

Dustin Baggett

Photo of a teenage boy with a buzz cut, grinning widely, showing crooked teeth.Name: Dustin Baggett.
Died: January 18, 2020.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Florissant, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Dustin was pulled out of his burning house by firefighters, but died a day later in the hospital. The fire was investigated and shown to be arson, set by a man who lived in his house.

Dustin’s neighbors had long been worried about how he and the other children in his house were being treated. They called authorities repeatedly. Dustin, though nonverbal, was a friendly boy and constantly smiling. A neighbor remembers, “We all kind of took him in, knowing he needed our love.”

Perpetrator: Bobby Copass (Household member), charged with first-degree arson and murder.

Source:
Man suspected of setting fatal fire in Florissant now charged with murder
15-year-old Missouri boy who lived with autism died after arson fire; upgraded charges expected
Police: Boy, 15, with autism killed in arson fire