Calista Springer

Portrait photo of Calista Springer.Name: Calista Springer.
Died: February 27, 2008.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse/neglect.
Location: Centreville, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Calista’s parents tied her to her bed with zip ties and a dog collar, and when the house caught fire, her entire family left the house; none of them stopped to release her. She died in the fire.

Perpetrator: Anthony Springer (Father), child abuse and torture, 25-50 years; Marsha Springer (Stepmother), child abuse and torture, 8-19 years.

Source: Calista Springer

Courtney Wise

No PhotoName: Courtney Wise.
Died: February 18, 2008.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Courtney’s mother neglected and starved her to death.

Perpetrator: Astrid Hueller (Mother), pled guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 6 years in jail, minus double time served, for a total of five years.

Source: Mother gets six years for daughter’s death

Francecca Hardwick

Photo of Francecca Hardwick, a young woman with a short haircut.Name: Francecca “Frankie” Hardwick.
Died: October 23, 2007.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, England, UK.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Francecca’s mother locked herself and Francecca into their car and set it on fire. 18-year-old Frankie burned to death.

Perpetrator: Fiona Pilkington (Mother)

Source: Bullies ‘drove mother and daughter to fireball death’

Ulysses Stable

No PhotoName: Ulysses Stable.
Died: November 22, 2006.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: New York City, New York, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Ulysses’s father cut his throat and left him in the bathtub to bleed out.

Perpetrator: Jose Stable (Father), charged with second-degree murder.

Source: Autistic Boy Is Slashed to Death and His Father Is Charged


No PhotoName: M.E., possibly Michael Egan.
Died: November 22 (?), 2006.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Unknown; possibly Illinois, USA.
Disability: ?.

M. E. was “starved and deprived [of] medical care by his parents”.

Perpetrator: Names unknown.

Source: Day of Mourning: The List
SSDI: Michael Egan

Danieal Kelly

Photo of Danieal Kelly, a girl sitting in a wheelchair, smiling and waving her arms.Name: Danieal Kelly.
Died: August 4, 2006.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Danieal’s mother starved and neglected her.

Perpetrator: Andrea Kelly (Mother), pleaded guilty to 3rd degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child; 20-40 years in prison.

Source: Danieal Kelly, Mom Let Daughter With Cerebral Palsy Rot And Starve To Death Because She Was Ashamed Of Her.

Ryan Davies

Photo of Ryan Davies, a boy with brown hair, squinting a little in bright sunlight.Name: Ryan Davies.
Died: April 12, 2006.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, UK.
Disability: Fragile X.

Ryan’s mother caused him to jump off a bridge, and then jumped off herself.

Perpetrator: Alison Davies (Mother).

Source: Ordeal that drove mum to suicide jump with autistic son

Brittany Legler

Portrait photo of Brittany Legler, a girl with short brown hair and glasses, smiling politely.Name: Brittany Legler.
Died: May 9, 2004.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Millcreek, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability, congenital heart defect.

Brittany’s mother physically and emotionally abused her; the stress of the abuse caused Brittany, who had a congenital heart defect, to die of a heart attack after a beating.

Perpetrator: Lisa Larussi (Mother), pleaded no contest to aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child; sentenced to 14 years.

Source: Brittany A. Legler