Chatiya Wongthong

No PhotoName: Chatiya Wongthong.
Died: September 11, 2017.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand.
Disability: Autism.

Chatiya was strangled by her mother.

Perpetrator: Yolawadee Suasermsiri (Mother), arrested.

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Kiara LaSalle

Photo of Kiara LaSalle, a teenage girl in a green graduation cap and gown, smiling broadly. She has curly brown hair and brown skin and is carrying a bunch of flowers and a balloon that says "2017 graduate".Name: Kiara LaSalle.
Died: September 1, 2017.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Sacramento, California, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Kiara and her mother Erica Wallace were both shot by her mother’s boyfriend.

Kiara was a recent high school graduate who worked in retail, volunteered at an animal shelter, and planned to attend Sacramento City College. Her dance instructor remembers her as his most dedicated student.

Perpetrator: Eric Dawan Arnold (Mother’s boyfriend), killed by police after shooting two officers.

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Savannah Leckie

Photo of Savannah Leckie, a teenage girl with fair skin and light-brown hair, wearing a knit cap and sweatshirt. She is holding two black-and-white goat kids.Name: Savannah Leckie.
Died: August 4, 2017.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Ozark County, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Autism, depression, ADHD.

Savannah was murdered by her birth mother. Exactly how she died is unknown because her killer burned her body.

She was a junior firefighter who liked to do volunteer work and care for farm animals.

Perpetrator: Rebecca Ruud (Birth mother), charged with first-degree murder, felony abuse of a child, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse; Robert Peat Jr. (Birth mother’s boyfriend), charged with first-degree murder and child abuse.

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Photo of Palak, a teenager wearing a blue shirt. Her hair is short, and her skin is tan. The photo is indistinct and small.Name: Palak (n/a).
Died: July 15, 2017.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
Disability: Autism.

Before killing himself, Palak’s father hanged her because he was “worried about her future”.

She is survived by her brother and mother, who were not home at the time of the murder.

Perpetrator: Mukesh Kumar (Father).

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Brianna Gussert

Photo of Brianna Gussert, a teenage girl with pale skin and brown hair, wearing a red shirt. She has the characteristic wide nasal bridge of Wolff-Hirschhorn syndrome.Name: Brianna Gussert.
Died: May 29, 2017.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome.

Brianna was neglected by her mother, who declined help whenever she was offered it. She was kept in a filthy room, and her mother didn’t let her go to school, feed her, or change her diaper. She died from sepsis due to neglect, and her death wasn’t reported for five days. She weighed only 33 pounds, down from her normal weight of 50 pounds.

She was a sports fan who played baseball in a special-needs league. She enjoyed watching the Packers and the Badgers play football, and the Brewers play baseball.

Perpetrator: Nicole Gussert (Mother), charged with child neglect resulting in death.

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Lovedeep Singh

No PhotoName: Lovedeep Singh.
Died: May 17, 2017.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Fateh-Ullah-Shahwala, Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Disability: Mobility impaired; bedbound.

Lovedeep and his three-year-old sister Jasmine were killed by their father, who hacked them to death with an axe. Police said that he was frustrated because two of his sons were physically disabled. He initially tried to blame the crime on their mother and her brother, but then when the truth came out he ran from police.

Perpetrator: Sher Singh (Father), on the run, wanted for murder.

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Sabrina Ray

Photo of Sabrina Ray. She is a thin girl with pale skin and dark brown hair in a boy cut. Her expression is solemn.Name: Sabrina Ray.
Died: May 12, 2017.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Perry, Iowa, USA.
Disability: Unspecified.

Sabrina was tortured and starved by her family. When she died at age 16 after being drop-kicked down the stairs by her adoptive brother and subsequently starving to death, she weighed 56 pounds and looked like an eight-year-old child.

Her death may have saved the lives of her two adopted sisters, who were also abused and were rescued from the home and taken to the hospital when Sabrina was found dead.

Perpetrator: Marc Ray (Adoptive father), charged with murder; pleaded guilty to child endangerment and kidnapping, sentenced to 35 years in prison; Misty Ray (Adoptive mother), charged with child endangerment, child neglect, criminal conduct, theft, and fraud, sentenced to life in prison; Carla Bousman (Adoptive grandmother), pleaded guilty to two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of child endangerment, on count of neglect of a dependent person, one count of accessory after the fact, and one count of obstructing prosecution, sentenced to 20 years in prison; Josie Raye Bousman (Niece), pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependeent and child endangerment, sentenced to 14 years in prison; Justin Dale Ray (Adoptive brother), pleaded guilty to two counts of willful injury, sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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Davarion Davis

Photo of Davarion Davis, a boy with brown skin and black hair in a buzz cut, photographed outdoors, smiling at the camera. He is wearing a pink sweatshirt with a logo printed on the front.Name: Davarion Davis.
Died: May 4, 2017.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Gary, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Nephrotic syndrome.

Davarion’s nephrotic syndrome, a kidney disease, should have been easily treatable with medication; but his mother neglected his medical care, often forgetting to give him medication and eventually taking him off medication entirely. He died of an infection related to his untreated nephrotic syndrome.

Perpetrator: Teisha Ellis (Mother), pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent causing bodily injury, sentenced to 3 years on work release.

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Jeffrey Franklin

Photo of Jeffrey Franklin, a teenage boy wearing a baseball cap. His ears stick out and his skin is fair. He is smiling.Name: Jeffrey “JR” Franklin.
Died: March 1, 2017.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Guilford, New York, USA.
Disability: Deaf; autism; developmental delay; mobility impaired.

Jeffrey had been adopted when he was about nine or ten years old.

Jeffrey’s adoptive parents killed him because he was “becoming too much to handle”. Then they burned down their trailer to try to hide the evidence.

Jeffrey liked watching 3D movies. He liked cartoons and as a child he had worn the mustache from his Mario Halloween costume to school for a month. He liked trains and had a toy train set.

Perpetrator: Heather Franklin (Adoptive mother), pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, third-degree arson and tampering with physical evidence; Ernest Franklin (Adoptive father), convicted of arson and murder.

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Matthew Tirado

Photo of Matthew Tirado, a young boy with light-brown skin and curly black hair. He is wearing a red tank top.Name: Matthew Tirado.
Died: February 14, 2017.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse.
Location: Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Disability: Autism.

When Matthew was brought to the hospital, he was dying from severe malnutrition, with bruises all over his body. He weighed only 88 pounds and had broken ribs when he died from malnutrition, dehydration, and fatal child abuse.

Perpetrator: Katiria Tirado (Mother), pleaded no contest to manslaughter, sentenced to 11 years in prison.

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