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: Abuse.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Sayeed’s stepbrother 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. When Sayeed died, they claimed he had fallen in the shower; but his injuries were “inconsistent with a fall”.

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

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

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

12-year-old girl

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

Details:
This twelve-year-old girl was raped and murdered by her cousin.

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

Source:
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Ryu Sakayama

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

Details:
Ryu’s mother strangled him as he slept. She said she was tired of caring for him.

Perpetrator: 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: Medical neglect.
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, ignored alarms from her blood oxygen and heart rate monitor, repeatedly turning off the alarms, reducing the sensitivity, and eventually removing it 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.

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

Source:
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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

Henko Naudé

Photo of a redheaded teenage boy and a smiling older blonde woman.Name: Henko Naudé.
Died: January 16, 2020.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Secunda, South Africa.
Disability: Muscular dystrophy.

Other victims: Lizelle Naudé, 52; Tina Naudé, 83.

Details:
When 17-year-old Henko researched the symptoms of his disability, his father got angry. He shot Henko, his mother, and his grandmother in their beds and then killed himself.

Henko was a gifted high school student and an excellent chess player.

Perpetrator: André Naudé (Father).

Source: Secunda family murder: Dad couldn’t cope with son’s illness – report

Hector Pizarro

No PhotoName: Hector J. Pizarro.
Died: September 4, 2019.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Congenital disability, autism, epilepsy, mobility impaired.

Details:
Hector had been known to child protective services for some time. At one point, he was found to weigh only 60 pounds and monitored by child welfare until he gained weight to 68-70 pounds. But once watchful eyes were averted, Hector’s mother once again neglected him.

Hector’s mother brought him to the emergency room, weighing 42 pounds. He died shortly thereafter from malnutrition, with a bedsore covering one side of his body, making it clear that he was neglected to death. Her neighbors had been completely unaware that Hector even lived there.

Perpetrator: Iraida M. Pizarro-Osorio (Mother), charged with chronic child neglect resulting in great bodily harm.

Source:
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Mother charged in death of disabled, 42-pound teen

14-year-old girl

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: August 20, 2019.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Ontario, California, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs.

Details:
This 14-year-old girl was murdered by her mother, who also killed her 4-month-old sister.

Perpetrator: Linda Nguyen (Mother), arrested, expected to be charged with murder upon hospital discharge.

Source:
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Cristina Pangalangan

Photo of a young girl sitting in a wheelchair, her hair messy, lips pursed, looking annoyed.Name: Cristina Pangalangan.
Died: August 5, 2019.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Colleton County, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Details:
On a hot August day, Cristina’s mother deliberately left her in the car for five hours.  According to investigators, she checked on her twice, once at noon, before continuing to leave her in the car, and then again at 3pm where she claimed to discover the car was locked and her and her boyfriend had to leave to get a spare set of keys. When first responders who received a call about a child in a locked car arrived on the scene, they found that she had died.

Her eighth-grade teachers remember her as a “very motivated student” who smiled at everyone.

Perpetrator: Rita Pangalangan (Mother), charged with murder; Larry King (mother’s boyfriend), charged with murder.

Source:
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Sam Koets

Photo of a smiling boy in a helmet. His arms are strapped to his sides.Name: Sam Koets.
Died: March 28, 2019.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse.
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Sam was made to live in the family’s unfinished basement, in horrible conditions. He died when his father left him alone, hands tied, near the family’s pool on a cold spring day. A little while later, he texted Sam’s thirteen-year-old sister, asking her to check on Sam. She sent back a photo of Sam, wading chest-deep in the pool, which was so cold it had ice floating on top. Sam’s father, however, did nothing to help Sam; he did not call emergency services, attempt to return home, or contact anyone but Sam’s thirteen-year-old sister who was watching Sam die in front of her eyes. Sam’s body was found floating in the icy pool; he had been dead at least an hour.

Perpetrator: Timothy Koets (Father), charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree child abuse, second-degree child abuse committed in the presence of another child and fourth-degree child abuse; Michelle Koets (Mother), charged with refilling Sam’s Ritalin prescriptions after he died.

Source:
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