Nancy Fitzmaurice

Photo of Nancy Fitzmaurice, leaning against a pillow.Name: Nancy Fitzmaurice .
Died: August 21, 2014.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Euthanasia.
Location: London, UK.
Disability: Hydrocephalus, epilepsy, neurological disorders.

Nancy’s mother fought for a court order to have fluids withdrawn from her disabled daughter; Nancy died of dehydration.

Perpetrator: Charlotte Fitzmaurice (Mother). No crime.

Source: ‘My daughter is no longer my daughter… the light from her eyes is now gone’: Mother tells of heartbreak behind the hardest decision any parent could make – to let her disabled child die

Lucas Braman

Photo of Lucas Braman.Name: Lucas Braman.
Died: February 13, 2014.
Age at death: 23 months.
Cause of death: Unknown (Restraint?).
Location: West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, USA.
Disability: “Autistic-like behaviors”; born addicted to narcotics.

Lucas was found dead wearing a helmet and wrapped in a weighted blanket much too heavy for him; the autopsy was inconclusive. His caretaker had been abusive in the past.

Perpetrator: Sheryl Erb, Elizabeth Cavallini (Caregivers); no charges.

Source: Lucas Braman

Shamim Nalwoga

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Name: Shamim Nalwoga.
Died: December 17, 2012.
Age at death: Minor.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lukuli-Makindye, Kampala, Uganda.
Disability: Paralysis in one hand and one leg.

Shamim’s grandmother and half-brother took her from her bed and kidnapped her to see a “traditional healer”, saying they would cure the girl’s disability. They fed Shamim soil and paraffin, and eventually killed her by slashing and cutting off parts of her body.

Perpetrator: Hanifa Namuyanja (Grandmother), Hussein Lukenge (half-brother); Hadijja Nasaka (Healer). Namuyanja and Lukenge are charged with murder.

Source: Hearing of Shamim ritual murder case to start

Emily Barut

No PhotoName: Emily Barut.
Died: September 15, 2012.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Tullamore, Ireland.
Disability: Microcephaly, epilepsy, physical disability, intellectual disability.

Emily’s mother–a doctor–poisoned her with chloral hydrate, a powerful sedative. She said she had done it to try to stop her daughter’s seizures; but the dose she gave was very high, and Emily died.

Emily’s mother was acquitted because the jury believed that, although she had a very high and potentially fatal dose of chloral hydrate in her system at the time, she had died of natural causes from her underlying illness.

Perpetrator: Bernadette Scully (Mother), charged with manslaughter; acquitted.

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Patrick Clare

Blurry black and white yearbook photo of a young man with his hair falling over his eyes; he looks like the photo was taken before he got the chance to smile.Name: Patrick Clare.
Died: April 27, 2011.
Age at death: 35.
Cause of death: Medical Malpractice.
Location: Coalinga, California, USA.
Disability: Autism-like developmental disability, epilepsy.

Patrick’s father, a dentist, was removing Patrick’s infected wisdom tooth. When his father had been trying and failing to remove the tooth for an hour, Patrick wanted to stop and leave. Instead, his father administered a total of two doses of Valium and three doses of morphine. This was far too much sedative for Patrick’s 129-pound body, and his father had neither a license to use sedatives nor the necessary monitoring equipment.

Even though a dental assistant pointed out, twice, that Patrick was having trouble breathing, Patrick’s father ignored the problem until Patrick stopped breathing entirely. Patrick’s father performed CPR, described by police as “half-hearted”–using so little pressure that it wouldn’t have been enough to honk a car horn, and without moving Patrick to a firm surface. Patrick was dead on arrival at the hospital.

Perpetrator: Allen Clare (Father), charged with administering sedatives without a license, pleaded no contest, given three years of probation; probation terminated over a year early, charges dismissed.

Source: Dentistry so bad that police called it murder – but DA balked

Amanda Cooper

Photo of Amanda Cooper, a girl in a fancy dark red dress and hairbow. She is smiling and holding up her hand in a peace sign.Name: Amanda Cooper.
Died: November 27, 2010.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Unknown; homicide.
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability, leukodystrophy.

Amanda was found unresponsive in her home by paramedics. She had been sexually assaulted, and died soon thereafter. At the time she was found dead, Amanda’s case was under active supervision by child protective services.

Perpetrator: Unsolved. Amanda’s death was likely caused by a family member, but there is a security hold on the case and no information is being released.

Source: Amanda Cooper, 10 [Updated]

Tia McShane

Photo of Tia McShane, a small girl in a ruffled red dress.Name: Tia McShane.
Died: Sometime in 2006. Body found August 30, 2010.
Age at death: About 7.
Cause of death: Unsolved.
Location: Pensacola, Florida, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

It is not known how Tia died. Her body was found, years later, hidden in a storage unit owned by her mother.

Perpetrator: Alicia McShane (Mother). Died before Tia’s body was found.

Source: Remains Found In Storage Unit Identified

Rebecca Riley

Portrait photo of Rebecca Riley, a girl with long wavy brown hair and an uncertain smile.Name: Rebecca Riley.
Died: December 13, 2006.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Medical malpractice.
Location: Hull, Massachusetts, USA.
Disability: ADHD, bipolar disorder.

Rebecca died of a drug overdose. Her psychiatrist had prescribed high doses of medication to begin with, but her parents gave her even more, and eventually she died of poisoning.

Perpetrator: Michael Riley (Father), first degree murder, life without parole; Carolyn Riley (Mother), second degree murder, fifteen years to life; Kayoko Kifuji (Doctor), no charges.

Source: Rebecca Riley

Abubakar Nadama

No PhotoName: Abubakar Tariq Nadama.
Died: August 23, 2005.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Medical malpractice.
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Autism.

In an effort to cure his autism, Abubakar’s parents took him to a doctor for chelation therapy. The doctor administered the wrong medication, too quickly, and Abubakar died.

Perpetrator: Roy Kerry (Doctor), charged with negligent manslaughter, charges dropped; Abubakar’s parents (No crime).

Source: Abubakar Nadama

Terrance Cottrell, Jr.

Portrait photo of Terrance Cottrell Jr.Name: Terrance Cottrell, Jr.
Died: Aug. 25, 2003.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Death in restraint.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Terrance’s mother took him to church for an exorcism, hoping to cure his autism. The boy was pinned to the ground by several adults, and died of suffocation while his mother watched.

Perpetrator: Patricia Cooper (Mother); not charged. Ray Hemphill (Pastor); convicted of child abuse; sentenced to 2-and-a-half years.

Source: Hemphill Sentenced Over Boy’s “Exorcism” Death