Died: March 16, 2021.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Unknown.
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
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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.
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.
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.
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Name: Joseph “JJ” Hammond.
Died: November 3, 2020.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Dehydration, malnutrition.
Location: Moline, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.
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.
Jennifer Keim (Mother), charged with first-degree murder.
Justin M Keim (Stepfather), charged with Criminal Abuse or Neglect of a Disabled Person.
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Name: Sayeed Neilson.
Died: October 23, 2020.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Trauma.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
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.
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.
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Name: David Almond.
Died: October 21, 2020.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Malnutrition.
Location: Fall River, Massachusetts, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability, autism.
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.
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.
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Died: October 17, 2020.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Decapitation.
Location: Moti Bhakhar, Dantiwada tehsil, Gujarat, India.
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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.
Ryu’s mother allegedly strangled him as he slept. Police say she told them she was tired of caring for him.
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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.
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.
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Name: Louise Smith.
Died: May 8, 2020.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Havant, Hampshire, England, UK.
Disability: Mental illness.
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.
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Name: Dustin Baggett.
Died: January 18, 2020.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Florissant, Missouri, USA.
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.
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