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:
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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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Amanda Zriny

No PhotoName: Amanda Zriny.
Died: April 8, 2018.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Lucas, Texas, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability; limited communication and mobility.

Details:
Amanda’s father strangled her before hanging himself.

She often attended city council meetings with her councilman father.

Perpetrator: Don Zriny (Father).

Source:
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Nichol Widger

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Name: Nichol “Nikki” Widger.
Died: April 1, 2018.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Unspecified “special needs”.

Details:
Nikki and her mother, Melisa Widger, were shot and killed by her father on Easter Sunday. Her 18-year-old brother survived to call police.

Perpetrator: Eric Widger Sr. (Father).

Source:
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Cody Nachtrab

Portrait photo of Cody Nachtrab, a teenager with dark hair and light skin and a wispy mustache. He is smiling for the camera. He is wearing a pale-green dress shirt.Name: Cody T. Nachtrab.
Died: March 12, 2018.
Age at death: 23.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Deer Creek, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Details:
Cody died of smoke inhalation in a fire set by his sister.

He liked tractors and enjoyed playing with his toy cars. His favorite movie was Shrek. He had a collection of backpacks.

Perpetrator: Dana L. Nachtrab (Sister), charged with first-degree reckless homicide, arson, and property damage.

Source:
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Kaylina Anderson

Sepia-tone photo of Kaylina Anderson, a teenage girl with light skin and dark, tangled hair, smiling for the camera.Name: Kaylina L. Anderson.
Died: March 10, 2018.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Mesa Verde, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Kaylina’s mother and stepfather abused and starved her to death. She had been kept locked in a filthy room, and when she died she weighed only 45 pounds.

Perpetrator: Jill Williams (Mother), charged with murder, abuse of a dependent adult, and child endangerment; Steven Williams (Stepfather), charged with murder, abuse of a dependent adult, and child endangerment.

Source:
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Austin Steele

Portrait photo of Austin Steele, a young man with brown hair and fair skin, wearing a black suit and tie.Name: Austin Steele.
Died: March 1, 2018.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lancaster, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
After his grandfather died, Austin moved in with a caretaker. At 18, he moved out, though he would often call his caretaker–sometimes in the middle of the night–to ask for a hug.

Austin was an independent young man. He would take weeks-long trips to the beach on his moped. He was enrolled in GED classes, and he wanted to join the military and become an engineer.

Two months after he allowed a man and his wife to move into his mobile home with him, his body was found. Austin may have been killed because he had become involved romantically with one or both of the couple; or the 30-year-old man, who was a registered sex offender, may have been abusing him.

The man had shot him, left him to die overnight, and with the help of his wife, dismembered, burned, and dumped his body.

Perpetrator: Christopher Allen Holford (Housemate), charged with murder; Brandy Nicole Faye Duncan (Housemate), charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

Source:
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Tial Melvin

No PhotoName: Tial La’Chella Melvin.
Died: February 3, 2018.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, physically and mentally disabled.

Details:
Tial and her sister were both neglected by their adoptive mother. Tial died from starvation and hypothermia, weighing fifty pounds despite being 5’1″ tall.

Perpetrator: Bertha Brewington Melvin (Adoptive mother), charged with first-degree murder and two counts of domestic abuse, neglect, and exploitation of disabled or elderly adults; died before trial.

Source:
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Johnny McFadden

No PhotoName: Johnny McFadden.
Died: December 23, 2017.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Augusta, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Unspecified severe disability.

Details:
Johnny was neglected by his mother and stepfather. When he died his body showed evidence of malnutrition and severe bedsores.

Perpetrator: Carlissa Malone (Mother) and Roger Malone (Stepfather).

Source:
Couple jailed on neglect charge in disabled man’s death