Name: Tyler Joseph “TJ” Caudill.
Died: Late August 2016; body found November 13, 2016.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Portsmouth, Ohio, USA.
TJ was abused and starved by his mother and her boyfriend; then he went missing. His body has been found, and his mother and her boyfriend charged with murder when it was found that TJ’s death was a homicide. He had been abused, forced to stand and walk for hours at a time, locked in a bathroom, and starved to death.
Perpetrator: Margarita L. White (Mother), pleaded guilty to murder and child endangerment, sentenced to 18 years to life; Douglas Lee Hunt (Mother’s boyfriend), convicted of aggravated murder, child endangerment, torture, abuse, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse, sentenced to life without parole.
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Name: Erica Parsons.
Died: Died December 19, 2011; reported missing July 30, 2013; body found September 27, 2016.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Learning disability, deaf from birth.
Erica was physically and emotionally abused by her adoptive parents. They locked her in a closet, hit her, and deliberately broke her fingers.
Sometime in 2011, she disappeared. Witnesses said she was “having trouble breathing” shortly beforehand. She was not reported missing for two years.
Until Erica’s body was found, her parents could only be convicted for fraud, since they had cashed Erica’s disability checks in the years between her disappearance and its reporting.
Five years after her likely death, Erica’s adoptive father led police to her body. Her bones revealed that she had been malnourished, and had suffered many fractures from abuse. Authorities could not find an exact cause of death, but determined she had died from “homicidal violence”, probably from being strangled or from injury from beatings.
Perpetrator: Sandy Parsons (Adoptive father), convicted of fraud, sentenced to 8 years; charged with murder, obstruction of justice, and concealment of death. Casey Parsons (Adoptive mother), convicted of fraud, sentenced to 10 years; charged with murder, obstruction of justice, and concealment of death.
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Name: Lydia Whitford.
Died: July 14, 2016.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Homicide, unknown type; or natural death after abuse.
Location: Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada.
Disability: Autism, epilepsy.
Lydia’s death was originally ruled natural, but her mother and sister saw bruises on her body and pushed for an investigation. More than a year later later, Lydia’s foster mother was charged with manslaughter. Exactly how Lydia died has not been released.
Her sister told reporters that “I want people to remember her as the kind and loving person she was.”
Perpetrator: Lisa Marie Campbell (Foster mother), charged with manslaughter, charges stayed.
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Name: Andrea Lago Ordóñez.
Died: October 9, 2015.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Disability: A degenerative neurological condition.
Andrea’s parents advocated for her feeding tube to be removed. She died of starvation and dehydration after four days without nourishment.
Perpetrator: Antonio Lago and Estela Ordóñez (Parents); no crime.
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Name: Steven Reis.
Died: Body found September 6, 2015; died January 2015.
Age at death: 55.
Cause of death: Unsolved.
Location: Dayton, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Disabled veteran; depression, PTSD, diabetes.
Steven’s cause of death is still under investigation, but his body was found buried in his basement; he had been dead for about nine months. His caregiver had been using his credit cards and stealing his retirement payments.
Steven Reis was an Air Force veteran.
Perpetrator: Christy Russell (Caregiver), charged with tampering with evidence and credit card fraud.
Source: Woman charged $30,000 on dead man’s credit cards, police say
Name: Brooke MacBeth.
Died: Unknown. Body found May 3, 2015, six months to a year after death.
Age at death: ? 28.
Cause of death: Unknown.
Location: Lakeside, California, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.
What happened to Brooke is unknown. All we know is that she was found dead, weighing only forty pounds, stuffed into a suitcase in her mother’s apartment, with amphetamine, marijuana, and oxycodone in her system. An autopsy did not find evidence of trauma, but most such evidence would no longer have been detectable because Brooke had been in the suitcase for several months.
Perpetrator: Possibly Bonnie MacBeth (mother). She may be guilty of neglect or only of hiding Brooke’s body, but she is not being charged.
Source: Woman in suitcase likely died of natural causes: ME
Name: Aidan Fenton.
Died: April 27, 2015.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Malpractice.
Location: Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Juvenile diabetes.
Aidan died after a “slapping therapy” workshop, a treatment that included several days of fasting and repeated, hard slaps meant to cause bruising and “release toxins”. He may also have been taken off insulin by his parents.
Perpetrator: Tasly Healthpac Centre; Aidan’s parents Lily and Geoff Fenton.
Source: Aidan Fenton, 7, was made to fast before ‘slapping therapy’, then he vomited and died
Name: Hope Beverly Ruller, née Carr.
Died: Body found December 29, 2014; died October 2013.
Age at death: 93.
Cause of death: Unknown suspicious death.
Location: Gloversville, New York, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; elderly disabled.
Hope lived in a duplex, downstairs from her daughter, who was supposed to be caring for her. However, instead her daughter isolated her and kept her from seeing family members or getting medical care.
When Hope died, her daughter did not report the death and continued cashing her mother’s disability checks for more than a year, assuring her family that she was “fine” and even cashing a check sent as a Christmas present. Eventually, Hope’s son grew suspicious and asked police for a welfare check; they found her body.
Hope’s cause of death can never be determined because her body was left in a bed for 14 months after she died. Police could only say that her death was considered suspicious.
Perpetrator: Mary Kerstig (Daughter), pleaded guilty to larceny, improper disposal of a body, and endangering the welfare of an incompetent or disabled person; sentenced to 6 months in jail, 5 years probation, and community service.
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Name: Kendrea Johnson.
Died: December 27, 2014.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Unknown.
Location: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA.
Foster child Kendrea was showing signs of severe mental illness; she had been experiencing suicidal ideation every day for months. But her foster home did nothing to help her; instead, she was threatened with beatings and locked in her room. Four times, her foster home was reported for neglect, but not investigated.
Kendrea was found hanging from her bunk bed with a jump rope tied around her neck; the death was ruled a “ligature hanging” and showed all the signs of suicide, including a suicide note reading “I’m sorry”. If that is the case, then Kendrea’s death was the result of neglect, with her mental illness left untreated to the point that the little girl committed suicide. However, Kendrea’s grandmother believes her death was a murder rather than a suicide, since the knot in the jump rope might have been too complex for a six-year-old to tie.
Perpetrator: Tannise Nawaqavou (foster mother); child and family services. $1.5 million settlement paid to Kendrea’s grandmother by Hennepin County.
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