G. B.

No PhotoName Unknown, initials “G. B.”.
Died: September 26, 2019.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Pascua Yaqui, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs.

Details:
This 6-year-old boy and his mother were members of the Yaqui tribe, though his father was not.

His father, attempting to “perform an exorcism”, killed the boy by forcing his head under hot water, burning or drowning him. He claimed to police that he “saw something evil” inside the boy.

Perpetrator: Pablo Martinez (Father), charged with first-degree murder.

Source: Dad from hell killed six-year-old son by pouring hot water down throat to ‘exorcise demons’

Jakie Toole

Photo of Jakie Toole, a child in a white tank top.Name: Jakie Toole.
Died: September 11, 2019 (Body found), last seen April 2019.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Meridian, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs; mobility and communication impairment.

Details:
Jakie’s mother left him with a family friend to serve as a caregiver. His body was found in a garbage bag in her basement, and an autopsy showed he had died of trauma from a beating. The caregiver reported she had burned him in a bathtub and beaten him for crying.

Perpetrator: Celeste Louise Smith (Caregiver), charged with murder and child neglect.

Source:
Missing child’s caretaker charged with capital murder after body found in basement of Meridian home
Capital murder charge filed in Meridian basement body discovery case
Meridian woman charged with capital murder following discovery of a child’s remains
Body of special needs child found in garbage bag was beaten and burned, autopsy confirms
Autopsy: Body of special needs child found in garbage bag was beaten and burned
Body of child found in basement: Autopsy shows beating; chief says he was also burned
Mother of special needs child who was killed, found in bag, faces neglect charges
Mother charged with child neglect in case of missing special needs child

Malachi Lawson

A small boy with thick glasses, front teeth missing, hair in cornrows, wearing a soccer shirt.Name: Malachi Lawson.
Died: August 4, 2019.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Disability: Walked with a limp; possibly autism

Details:
Malachi’s mother and her partner initially reported him missing. Later, they admitted they had burned him by making him sit in a bathtub full of hot water after he had a potty-training accident. His body was found in a dumpster.

Malachi loved Paw Patrol and Mickey Mouse. He liked dancing and his favorite color was blue. He had been taken into foster care, but returned to his mother and her partner.

Perpetrator: Alicia Lawson (Mother) and Shatika Lawson (Mother’s partner), both charged with neglect resulting in the death of a minor, first-degree child abuse, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and false statement.

Source:
Missing Baltimore 4-Year-Old Found Dead in a Dumpster: Police
‘Remembering Our Superhero’ | 4-Year-Old Malachi Lawson Laid To Rest Tuesday
Family says goodbye to 4-year old Baltimore boy with songs, praise and a comic book in a tearful service

L. A. C.

No PhotoL. A. C.
Died: July 20, 2019.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
This little boy, known only by his initials, was hit in the head until he was unconscious by his stepfather, who then waited hours to bring him to the hospital. On arrival, he was too injured to live. He had his sixth birthday while he was unconscious at the hospital, and died two days later.

Perpetrator: Carl Bookout (Stepfather), charged with reckless homicide and with not providing his updated address for the sex-offender registry.

Source:
A Waukesha mother has been charged with child neglect after her 5-year-old died from abuse
Autistic 6-year-old brutally beaten by sex offender stepfather suffers skull fracture before bleeding to death
‘Stepdad battered boy, 6, so hard his brain was forced to one side of his skull’
Step-dad arrested in connection with death of his six-year-old stepson
Stepfather faces homicide charge in death of 6-year-old boy with autism who ‘fell down the stairs’

Kushal

No PhotoName: Kushal.
Died: July 4, 2019.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Aswal, Hunsur taluk, Karnataka, India.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Details:
Kushal’s parents tried to conduct an exorcism to cure him of his epilepsy. They beat him severely with a banana stem, and he died of his injuries.

Perpetrator: Parimala and Shashikumar (Parents), arrested.

Source:
Kid beaten to death by parents in exorcism

Andrew Freund Jr.

Photo of a small boy in a big blue baseball cap and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-shirt. He has pale skin and his ears stick out, and he is smiling, showing he still has all his baby teeth.Name: Andrew “AJ” Freund Jr.
Died: April 24, 2019.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Woodstock, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Perpetrator claimed he had oppositional defiant disorder to justify abuse.  Whether AJ had a disability is unknown.

Details:
AJ spent some time in a foster home before being returned to his parents. His foster parents and one of his grandmothers released a statement that said, “This smart little boy loved having books read to him, doing puzzles, his Thomas the Train, playing with his fire trucks, bulldozers, cement mixer and Ninja Turtles. He was very curious and always wanted to learn about everything.”

AJ was regularly abused by his parents. He died of head injuries after having been forced to take a cold shower and beaten because he had lied about having dirty underwear.

Perpetrator: Joann Cunningham (Mother), charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery, aggravated domestic battery, and failure to report a missing or child death; Andrew Freund Sr. (Father), first-degree murder, aggravated battery, aggravated domestic battery, concealment of a homicidal death, and failure to report a missing or child death.

Source:
A.J. Freund’s Mom Allegedly Had Video of Beaten Kid on Her Phone, Which Helped Solve Case: Docs
Warrant: AJ’s father says his mother killed the boy
Newly released documents reveal graphic details about AJ Freund case
Video of beaten 5-year-old AJ Freund on mom’s phone helped crack case, search was made for ‘child cpr,’ authorities say
Andrew ‘AJ’ Freund’s foster family releases statement: ‘AJ was loved by us’
Photos of AJ Freund’s Crystal Lake home reveal filthy living conditions
Cell phone video led to father’s confession in the killing of 5-year-old AJ Freund, police say
Grand jury indicts parents of slain Crystal Lake 5-year-old AJ Freund; court hearing scheduled for Friday morning

Sarah Dubois-Gilbeau

Photo of a young African-American girl wearing an oversized red T-shirt. Her hair is done in braids; she has an arm behind her head, and she is smiling.Name: Sarah Dubois-Gilbeau.
Died: April 5, 2019.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Sarah was beaten to death by her father because she refused to do her schoolwork. Her mother says that her father refused to accept she was autistic.

Sarah liked acting out movie scenes and reading Lego Ninjago comic books.

Perpetrator: Brandon Reynolds (Father), charged with child abuse resulting in death.

Source:
Mom says 5-year-old allegedly killed by father had autism
New Mexico father beat daughter, 5, to death after she refused to do homework: cops
Mother of murdered little girl says she was autistic, claims dad who beat 5-year-old to death over homework ‘couldn’t deal’ with diagnosis
Dad ‘battered autistic girl, 5, to death with shoe for refusing to do homework’
Father is arrested for allegedly beating 5-year-old autistic daughter to death with shoe for refusing to do homework

Kylee Willis

Photo of Kylee Willis, a toddler girl with Down syndrome. She is wearing a Christmas sweater with a reindeer on it. She is grinning and has her forefinger in her mouth. Her hair is light blonde and wispy.Name: Kylee Willis.
Died: March 29, 2019.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Kylee’s mother’s boyfriend was babysitting for her. When she interrupted him, he beat her severely. She spent several days on life support before dying of her injuries.

Perpetrator: Adam Hughes (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with murder; Corrine Blake (Mother), charged with cruelty to a child.

Source:
Girl, 4, with Down Syndrome ‘beaten to death by mother’s boyfriend’
Calif. Man Allegedly Killed Girl with Down Syndrome, 4, Because He Was Mad She Interrupted Him

Ja’hir Gibbons

Photo of a small African-American boy; he is smiling awkwardly for the camera. The photo is taken at an angle.Name: Ja’hir Gibbons.
Died: March 18, 2019.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; received speech and developmental therapy.

Details:
Ja’hir was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend, whom his mother had left to babysit him despite knowing he was abusing the boy. His body showed signs of chronic child abuse.

Perpetrator: Dejon Waters (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with first-degree murder; Brittany Hyc (Mother), charged with child endangerment resulting in death.

Source:
Boy, 5, found covered in bruises in same apartment 2-year-old died from child abuse
Boy, 5, found ‘covered in bruises’ in home where 2-year-old boy was discovered dead from child abuse
Another 2-year-old’s death connected to DCFS, Gov. Pritzker weighs in
2 in custody in connection to death of 2-year-old boy on South Side
After toddler killed, DCFS investigating worker that said boy was ‘safe’ at home

5-year-old girl

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: March 10, 2019.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Kwadela, Davel, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Details:
This five-year-old girl’s parents claimed she had fallen out of bed; but her body showed signs that she had been severely abused, and her parents were charged with murder.

Perpetrator: Bheki Hlophe and Sibongile Shongwe (Parents), both charged with murder.

Source:
They were arrested for the death of their five-year-old daughter at their home in Kwadela, Davel on 10 March