Samantha Roberts

Photo of a teenage girl with a dark-blonde ponytail and glasses, sitting in a wheelchair.Name: Samantha Roberts.
Died: January 17, 2020.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Nekoosa, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, nonspeaking.

Details:
Samantha was bludgeoned to death by her mother’s boyfriend.

She liked to go on walks with her grandfather. When she was a little girl, she liked Animal Planet and Dr. Seuss books.

Perpetrator: Paul M. Carter (mother’s boyfriend), charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Source:
Nekoosa Man Charged with Murder in Disabled Woman’s Death
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Harilal

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Name: Harilal.
Died: December 23, 2019.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Disability: Mental illness or disability.

Details:
Harilal, who had been mentally disabled since childhood, developed a drinking problem as he reached adulthood. When he came home drunk, his mother argued with him. Then, when he fell asleep, she strangled him and dumped his body.

Perpetrator: Islavath Chandi (Mother), confessed to murder.

Source:
Mother kills disabled son, dumps body

Vivek Kakadiya

No PhotoName: Vivek Kakadiya.
Died: March 28, 2019.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Khijaria village, Visavadar taluka, Junagadh district, Gujarat, India.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Vivek’s sister-in-law strangled him because she believed he was “a burden… she would have to carry for the rest of her life”.

Perpetrator: Daya Kakadiya (Sister-in-law), charged with murder.

Source: Gujarat: Woman held for killing brother-in-law with learning disability

Rebecca Fogel

Photo of Rebecca Fogel, a young woman sitting in an airplane seat, wearing a red T-shirt and smiling for the camera. Her messy dark-brown hair is drawn back in a half-ponytail.Name: Rebecca Fogel.
Died: March 26, 2019.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs, wheelchair user.

Details:
Rebecca was killed by her father in a murder-suicide.

Rebecca, an outgoing girl who liked to be around friends, was a long-standing member of the Friendship Circle of Michigan, a group for people with disabilities. Shosh Newman, a Friendship Circle member, says that Rebecca was “like a little sister” who “changed [her] life forever”; thanks to Rebecca, she decided to become a Special Education teacher.

Rebecca loved the color red. As a little girl, she wanted to name her little brother “Mr. Salt”, from Blue’s Clues. She grew up into an articulate young woman who talked non-stop and got standing ovations for her performances at the summer camp talent show.

Perpetrator: Andrew Fogel (Father).

Source:
Doctor, daughter with special needs die in apparent murder-suicide
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Harish and Santosh

Photo of Santosh and Harish, both young Indian men.Name: Harish.
Age at death: 28.

Name: Santosh.
Age at death: 25.

Died: March 16, 2019.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Doddathoguru, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
Disability: Unspecified; bedridden.

Details:
Harish and Santosh’s mother fed them poisoned food and killed them; she also ate some herself and died.

Perpetrator: Radhamma (Mother).

Source:
Woman poisons disabled sons, takes her own life
Bengaluru: Woman poisons differently abled sons, ends life

Cyra Harrison

Photo of Cyra Harrison, a teenage girl with brown hair tied up in a ribbon, smiling at the camera and wearing two blue first-place ribbons pinned to her hoodie.Name: Cyra Shantell Marie Harrison.
Died: November 23, 2018.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Elizabeth, Louisiana, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Cyra died from neglect after being forced to live in terrible conditions by her mother and two housemates.

The first-place ribbons she is wearing in her picture may be bowling ribbons, a sport Cyra enjoyed.

Perpetrator: Karen Johnson Harrison (Mother); Marilyn Sue Maricle, and Glen E. Maricle (Housemates); all charged with second degree murder, conspiracy to commit second degree murder, cruelty to the infirmed, and cruelty to a juvenile.

Source:
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Mom, couple charged in death of Elizabeth special-needs patient
Arrests made after special needs patient died, found in deplorable living conditions
Elizabeth woman who died from alleged neglect identified
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Authorities ID special-needs woman believed slain by neglect
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Cyra Harrison Obituary
Court dates set for 2 in case of Elizabeth woman’s neglect death
Rapides grand jury indicts three in the murder of woman with cerebral palsy
Arraignment set for three charged with murder of woman with cerebral palsy
3 accused in Elizabeth woman’s neglect death plead not guilty

Vanessa Comer

No PhotoName: Vanessa Comer.
Died: July 7, 2018.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Unspecified illness that required full-time care.

Details:
Vanessa’s father stopped caring for her; she took three months to die of starvation and dehydration. He starved the two family dogs, too; they were found alive but badly malnourished.

Perpetrator: Richard Comer, charged with second-degree murder, vulnerable adult abuse, and animal abuse.

Source:
Phoenix man accused of starving 21-year-old daughter to death, police
Dad ‘murdered disabled daughter, 21, by refusing her food or water for 3 months’

Joshua Alonzo

Photo of a teenage boy in a power chair, wearing a blue shirt and tie. He is smiling broadly. His dark hair is cut short.Name: Joshua Alonzo.
Died: May 27, 2018.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Disability: Schizencephaly, cerebral palsy.

Details:
At 18, Joshua got too old to go to his pediatrician, but instead of finding a new doctor, his mother denied him medical care for the last three years of his life. He couldn’t eat on his own, and she didn’t feed him enough.

Joshua died of malnutrition and dehydration. Though he had always been small, weighing 51 pounds at age 18, when he died he weighed only 38.

Perpetrator: Alma Munoz (Mother), charged with causing serious bodily injury to a disabled person.

Source:
Mom collected benefits as disabled son, 21, died weighing 38 pounds, Texas cops say
Texas mom charged when disabled adult son dies after three years without medical care
Obituary for Joshua Alonzo – San Antonio, TX
San Antonio mother arrested after disabled son dies of malnutrition, dehydration

Antoin Hawes Jr.

No PhotoName: Antoin Hawes Jr.
Died: May 13, 2018.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Augusta, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Autism, ADHD.

Details:
Antoin’s parents kept him locked in a room with the window boarded up, chained by his ankle. He had to sleep on old couch cushions wrapped in garbage bags and use a bucket for a toilet. There were no lights, no heating, and no air conditioning. When he got sick, they didn’t get him medical help. By the time an ambulance was finally called, he had died of pneumonia.

Perpetrator: Antoin Sylvester Hawes Sr. (Father) and Stephanie Jones Hawes (Mother), both charged with neglect of a disabled adult and felony murder.

Source:
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Destiny Rollar

Photo of Destiny Rollar. She has pale skin and hair dyed auburn. She is wearing big glasses, a black strappy dress, and a gold heart necklace.Name: Destiny Rollar.
Died: April 11, 2018.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lower Township, New Jersey, USA.
Disability: Milroy’s disease.

Details:
Destiny was shot to death by her boyfriend.

She was a manager and hairstylist at a salon, and the mother of twin girls.

Perpetrator: Charles A. Bland (Boyfriend), charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and hindering his own apprehension.

Source:
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Obituary of Destiny Rollar | DeMarco-Luisi Funeral Home
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Man awaiting extradition in shooting death of mother of 2