Joshua Djuric

No PhotoName: Joshua Djuric.
Died: September 26, 2022.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Malnutrition.
Location: Yagoona, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Autism.

Joshua’s body was found in his home. He had not been taken to the doctor despite his declining health, and his mother said she had given him only bread and soft drinks to eat. Joshua had been kept in the house, with the windows covered, and had not been allowed to attend school.

Case Status:
Keti Jovanovska (Mother), charged with manslaughter.

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Shanelle Colquhoun

No PhotoName: Shanelle Colquhoun.
Died: July 24, 2022.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Disability: Wheelchair user.

Shanelle was stabbed to death; her brother was arrested on suspicion of having killed her.

Case Status:
Her brother, age 17, has been arrested.

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Adam Kortes

Portrait photo of a young man with short brown hair, fair skin, and a slight mustache; he is smiling for the camera. He is wearing square wire-rimmed glasses and a purple shirt.Name: Adam Kortes.
Died: July 21, 2022.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Asphyxia; torso compression.
Location: Danville, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: “Special needs” (Multiple disabilities).

Adam died from being restrained, his chest compressed so that he could not take a breath. Police say his parents would restrain him when he had “episodes”, and that his father had sat on Adam. The death was registered as a homicide and his parents were charged.

Neighbors remember Adam as a young man who used to walk around the neighborhood, and never bothered anyone.

Case Status:
Kristine Kortes (Mother), charged with neglect of a dependent person and involuntary manslaughter.
Richard Kortes (Father), charged with neglect of a dependent person and involuntary manslaughter.

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Prakash Thakur

No PhotoName: Prakash Thakur.
Died: July 12, 2022.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Head injury.
Location: Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India.
Disability: Deaf.

Prakash and his cousin were drinking together when his cousin became angry at him and allegedly killed him by hitting him in the head with a rock.

Case Status:
Pradeep Thakur (Cousin), arrested.

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Gulabi Kerketta

No PhotoName: Gulabi Kerketta.
Died: July 11, 2022.
Age at death: 23.
Cause of death: Beaten.
Location: Alipurduar, West Bengal, India.
Disability: Intellectual disability; Deaf.

Gulabi’s brother allegedly beat her to death because she couldn’t make it to the toilet and had an accident in her room.

Case Status:
Ajit Kerkatta (Brother), charged with murder.

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Vaishnavi Pattyane

No PhotoName: Vaishnavi Suresh Pattyane.
Died: June 15, 2022.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Asphyxia.
Location: Andheri, Mumbai, India.
Disability: Intellectual disability, mobility impaired.

Vaishnavi’s mother reported her death as a natural death; however, authorities who examined the young woman’s body found ligature marks on her neck. After questioning Vaishnavi’s mother, police say she confessed to killing her daughter because she had become tired of caring for her.

Case Status:
Shraddha Pattyane (Mother), arrested on suspicion of murder.

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No PhotoName: Pankaj.
Died: May 23, 2022.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Throat cut.
Location: Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Pankaj’s brother allegedly cut his throat and tried to burn his body. Police say he confessed to the crime during interrogation.

Case Status:
Ashok (Brother), arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Baili Cowell

No PhotoName: Baili Cowell.
Died: April 24, 2022.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Unspecified caretaker neglect.
Location: Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Disability: “Functionally impaired”.

Baili was found dead in her home. Police, who arrested her mother, say she had been left immobile, allowing pressure sores to develop, that she was dehydrated, and that she had not been taken to medical appointments.

Case Status:
Shelly Gantka (Mother), pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, sentenced to 6 months in jail and 5 years probation.

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Cameron Forrest

Photo of a young man with pale skin and dark-brown hair, a wispy mustache on his upper lip, smiling. He is wearing a flannel shirt over a black T-shirt.Name: Cameron Paul Forrest.
Died: April 16, 2022.
Age at death: 24.
Cause of death: Traumatic injury.
Location: Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.
Disability: Autism, OCD.

Cameron’s mother and brother allegedly conspired to kill him–first by medication overdose, then by stabbing him with a knife. Cameron died from his injuries. After being treated for self-inflicted injuries and discharged from the hospital, Cameron’s mother and brother were arrested. Police say Cameron’s brother said Cameron would be better off dead because the family’s financial hardships were insurmountable.

Case Status:
Lee-Ann Rae Forrest (Mother), charged with murder.
Alex William Forrest (Brother), charged with murder.

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Kathryn Newhouse

Young Filipino woman with straight dark hair, wearing a brown tank top. She is smiling for the camera.Name: Kathryn “Katie” Newhouse.
Died: March 19, 2022.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Shooting.
Location: Canton, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Autism, mental illness.

Katie’s father shot her, and then killed himself. When she was sixteen, her father had been arrested and charged for holding her down on her bed by her throat.

Kathryn’s friends remember her as a kind young woman who was always smiling, even when life became difficult.

Case Status:
Howard Newhouse (Father), deceased.

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