Gladys Ambert

Drawing of Gladys Ambert, a young woman with curly black hair in two ponytails; she is wearing a pink T-shirt.Name: Gladys Ambert.
Died: April 7, 2020.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA.
Disability: Deaf, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability.

Details:
Gladys’s mother abandoned her when she was two years old, but her grandmother took her in and lovingly raised her. At 26 years old, Gladys went to stay with younger relatives–an aunt and two cousins. But her aunt and cousins beat her, tied her up, and kept her in filthy conditions. She died from abuse and neglect, and they discarded her body and tried to pretend she had run away from home. Her body was found on her 27th birthday, and an autopsy concluded that she had suffocated while being restrained, her body compressed too much for her to breathe.

Perpetrator: Nellie Ambert (Aunt), charged with first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, aggravated abuse of a disabled person, neglect, and abuse of a disabled person; Jasmine Ambert (Cousin), charged with neglect and abuse of a disabled person; and Christian Matias (Cousin), charged with fabricating evidence and providing false information to an officer investigating a missing person.

Source:
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Rajjan Kushwaha

Photo of a young Indian woman with a bindi on her forehead, her hair tied behind her head.Name: Rajjan Kushwaha.
Died: March 24, 2020.
Age at death: Adult.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
Rajjan had been married to her husband because he promised to care for her if he got a dowry. Her husband liked to drink, and one day when he wanted drinking money, he became angry at her that he wasn’t getting more dowry money. He beat her to death with a brick.

Perpetrator: Ganesh Kushwaha (Husband), arrested.

Source:
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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:
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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

Kayla Kunkel

No PhotoName: Kayla Kunkel.
Died: June 29, 2019.
Age at death: 23.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Chenango, New York, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Kayla was found not breathing and could not be revived. Her death was determined to be the result of “inadequate guardianship” and her parents charged with manslaughter.

Perpetrator: Renee Kunkel and Edward Kunkel, both charged with manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a disabled person, and two counts of child endangerment (for two children found at the home).

Source:
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Valerie Valdez

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Name: Valerie Valdez.
Died: June 3, 2019.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Rockdale, Texas, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Valerie’s mother killed her with an overdose of cough medicine.

Perpetrator: Frances Valdez (Mother), charged with murder.

Source:
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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:
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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:
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Kayla Mirsky

No PhotoName: Kayla Mirsky.
Died: December 12, 2018.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Scottsville, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Kayla’s mother regularly made her stand in the corner for hours as a punishment. She did this so often that Kayla learned to sleep standing up. But one night, Kayla was unable to stand any longer, so her mother put her outside in the cold. In the morning, Kayla was dead from hypothermia.

Kayla leaves behind 17-year-old and 14-year-old siblings.

Perpetrator: Suzanne Ruth Mirsky (Mother), pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and two counts of child abuse; sentenced to 16 years.

Source:
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