14-year-old girl

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: December 20, 2022.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Asphyxia.
Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
Disability: Unspecified.

This teenage girl’s body was found in her home with her mother. The girl had been strangled. Police say her mother killed her and then attempted suicide.

Case Status:
Her mother (Suspected of murder; hospitalized).

Widow Strangles Handicapped Daughter to Death, Attempts Suicide
Bengaluru Woman Strangles Handicapped Daughter, Tries To Die By Suicide

15-year-old boy

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: October 17, 2022.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Blunt trauma.
Location: Brownsville, Texas, USA.
Disability: Autism.

This 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named because his parents have not been located, was staying with his aunt and uncle when he was found dead. When authorities saw the marks on his body, his aunt and uncle were arrested and charged with murder.

Case Status:
Julie Alexadria Brewington (Aunt), charged with murder.
Noe Garza (Uncle), charged with murder.
Rebecca Garza (Grandmother), charged with failing to report a felony.

Autopsy report reveals cause of death of Brownsville teen with autism
Autism Memorial: 15-year-old boy
Before death, teen with autism was tied to mattress with dog collar, indictment says
Married couple charged in death of autistic teen in Brownsville
CPS, Brownsville police investigating death of teen boy
BPD: Teen with autism found dead, aunt and uncle charged with murder
Police await autopsy results on autistic teen allegedly killed by relatives
Third Person Charged In Connection With Killing Of Autistic Teen – 710am KURV
Police make third arrest in connection to teen’s death
Pareja es acusada por el presunto homicidio por su sobrino en Brownsville
Police made third arrest in case of teenager’s death

Gabrielle Roe

Photo of a smiling girl with straight brown hair and pale skin.Name: Gabrielle Roe.
Died: July 7, 2022.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Drewsey, Oregon, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Gabrielle and her mother, who lived in Iowa, disappeared after going on what was supposed to be a camping trip. A search that lasted several days eventually turned up their bodies in their van in Oregon; Gabrielle’s mother had shot her and then killed herself.

Case Status:
Dawna Roe (Mother), deceased.

Missing mom, daughter found dead in suspected murder-suicide
Mother, Teen Daughter With Down Syndrome Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide
Idaho Mom and Special Needs Daughter Found Dead in Suspected Murder-Suicide, Police Say

Kadaris Maddox

Smiling boy with olive-tone skin and curly brown hair, wearing a green and white striped polo shirt.Name: Kadaris Maddox.
Died: July 6, 2022.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Unspecified.
Location: Clarksville, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

When Kadaris was found dead in his home and paramedics saw the conditions he had been living in, his mother was arrested.

Kadaris’s grandmother remembers his eyes as “rays of sunshine”. She says Kadaris was “always on the go” and “loved everything”.

Case Status:
Cheyenne Dawn Maddox (Mother), charged with murder, child abuse, neglect, and endangerment of Kadaris, as well as abuse of her other five children.

Mother accused of starving son to death talks from jail
Mother accused of starving son to death talks from jail
Clarksville woman charged with murder of 13-year-old son
Woman charged with first-degree murder in death of disabled 13-year-old son
Cheyenne Maddox: Clarksville mother charged with murder for starving 13-yr-old disabled son to death | MEAWW
Mom Faces Murder Case After 13-Year-Old Son with Special Needs Starves to Death
Woman charged with aggravated child abuse in death of disabled 13-year-old son
Clarksville Police Department reports Cheyenne Maddox Indicted For Aggravated Child Abuse
How does DCS handle child abuse reports? Death of Kadaris Maddox raises questions for state agency
Funeral for Kadaris Maddox, organized by Dawn Maddox
‘She killed my grandson’: Grandmother storms out of daughter’s child abuse hearing
Clarksville woman charged with child abuse in death of 13-year-old son | WKRN News 2
Cheyenne Maddox jailed on new Indictments related to child’s death
Grandmother, therapist say disabled child was at risk long before his death in Clarksville

Timothy Ferguson

Photo of a plaque reading, Timothy R. Ferguson, never forgotten son and brother. The plaque is decorated with a train and a laurel wreath. A vase filled with yellow flowers stands to the left.Name: Timothy Ferguson.
Died: July 6, 2022.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Malnutrition, hypothermia.
Location: Norton Shores, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Unspecified “special needs”.

Timothy died from a combination of starvation and hypothermia. Police say his mother had been feeding him very little, often just bread soaked in hot sauce, and had been forcing him to take ice baths.

Case Status:
Shanda Wander Ark (Mother), charged with murder and first-degree child abuse.
Paul Ferguson (Brother), charged with child abuse.

Norton Shores mother heads to trial for murder, child abuse of teenage son
Norton Shores mom accused of torturing, killing son faced ‘similar allegations’ in custody case
Woman charged with homicide, child abuse of teenage son in Norton Shores
43-year-old woman arrested for open murder of teen in Norton Shores
Woman charged with murder, abuse in death of underfed teen
MI Woman Charged After Son Dies, Tortured With Ice Baths and More
A mother charged with the death of her child
‘Sadistic’: Mother charged with abuse, murder of teen

Morgan Moore

Photo of a teenage boy with curly black hair and brown skin, wearing a neon-yellow jacket and gray baseball cap. He has a broad nose and very dark brown eyes, and is smiling slightly.Name: Morgan Moore.
Died: May 10, 2022.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Homicide, complications of neurological disorder.
Location: Montgomery Village, Maryland, USA.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Long COVID.

Medics were called to Morgan’s house, where they found him dead, weighing only 79 pounds. His family told emergency responders that he had not seen a doctor in two years. Police believe Morgan’s health declined over a matter of months; he lost the ability to walk and developed an abscess on his back. He was allegedly made to live in poor conditions, in a filthy house.

One of Morgan’s siblings remembers that they planned to go to Japan together; but instead, Morgan became increasingly isolated; his parents kept him home and “home-schooled” him, and he rarely went anywhere besides the movie theater or the local playground. As a transgender boy, he managed to find an outlet in online interaction, but he never did get to visit Japan. “I just want my brother to be remembered as the artist and the person he was. He was a good person,” Morgan’s sibling says. “I want people who are transphobic and not accepting of their children to accept their kids for who they are and love them no matter what.”

On an online tribute page, a relative writes that Morgan was “a celebrated artist, self taught guitarist, cook, keyboard player, gamer and all around great person.”

Six minor children were removed from the home when Morgan died. None of the children had ever been to school or received vaccinations.

Case Status:
Cynthia Moore (Mother), charged with second-degree murder and neglect of a minor.
Dominique Moore (Father), charged with second-degree murder and neglect of a minor.

Remembering Morgan Moore
Maryland Parents Charged With Murder Over Death of Transgender Teenager
Montgomery Co. parents facing murder charges, accused of not addressing ‘emaciated’ teen’s medical needs
17-Year-Old Girl With Health Problems Dies, Didn’t See Doctor For 2 Years, Police Said
Parents accused of murdering disabled child struggled with mental illness and practiced dark religion, grandmother says
Parents Charged With Murder Of 17-Year-Old Daughter In Montgomery County | WFMD-AM
Parents charged with murder, neglect in death of 17-year-old child
Parents charged with murder of daughter in Montgomery County

M. E.

No PhotoName: M. E. (Initials; full name unknown).
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.

EDITORIAL: CYFD absent, again, in gruesome death of disabled child
CYFD investigated mother before daughter’s death
Mother arrested in teenage daughter’s death
BCSO: Teen that died lived in ‘shocking conditions’

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.
Edward Baynard (Brother), charged with murder.

Parents, son charged in Upstate girl’s death after she suffered in ‘deplorable conditions,’ warrants say
Family of 14-year-old speaks out after her death, murder charges filed against parents
Girl’s death called ‘horrible,’ ‘worst case’ neglect Upstate officials have ever seen; parents charged
Heather Leigh-Anne Baynard Obituary (2022)


No PhotoName: Gopichand.
Died: February 26, 2022.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Missing, presumed dead; drowning.
Location: Nalgonda, Telangana, India.
Disability: Blind, mentally ill.

Witnesses who were part of a “huge crowd” of bystanders report seeing Gopichand’s mother push him into a canal because “he was troubling her too much”. Several people tried to rescue the boy, but he was swept away by the strong current and is presumed dead.

Case Status:
N Shailaja (Mother), charged with attempted murder.

Boy dies as mom pushes him into canal
Telangana: Mother pushes blind teenage son into canal
Mother took a dreadful step in Telangana, pushed the minor son into the canal, know what was the reason

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 leaves behind three younger brothers and two younger sisters. She 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.

Court docs detail what nurses discovered after Auburn teen’s death
Auburn man pleads not guilty in court after death of developmentally disabled teenager
Court Records: Auburn couple charged in 17-year-old’s death neglected health concerns
Two charged after investigation into disabled Auburn teen’s death
Autism Memorial: Bryleigh Klino
Couple charged in connection to death of 17-year-old with disabilities
Auburn couple charged in connection with death of disabled 17-year-old daughter
Bryleigh Klino Obituary (2022) – Auburn, NY – The Citizen