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.

Details:
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

Stephanie Ramos

No PhotoName: Stephanie Ramos.
Died: July 9, 2003.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Unsolved.
Location: Queens, New York, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability, blindness, cerebral palsy, diabetes.

Details:
Stephanie’s body was found in a garbage truck. Her foster mother had thrown the body in the trash and reported her missing.

Stephanie’s cause of death could not be exactly determined because the garbage truck crushed her body before it could be found. Because of the lack of evidence and Stephanie’s profound disabilities, her death was ruled natural and her mother was only charged with dumping the body. Stephanie’s foster home was filthy, and Stephanie herself weighed only 23 pounds at death. The most likely scenario is that Stephanie died of illness because her foster mother did not want anyone to know how dirty her house was, and so left the illness untreated.

Perpetrator: Renee Johnson (Foster mother), 60 days in jail for improper disposal of a body.

Source: Girl Found in Trash Truck Lived in Filth, Officials Say

Christian Ferguson

Photo of a small boy with a buzz cut, wearing a basketball sweatshirt.Name: Christian Ferguson.
Died: June 11, 2003.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Murder (charge in progress, no conviction).
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Unnamed rare disorder caused by “inability to process protein”.

Details:
In 2003, Christian’s father reported that his car had been stolen with Christian inside. Christian, who was unable to survive without his medication, was declared dead, though his body was never found. Sixteen years later, new information came to light and his father was arrested for murder. How Christian died is unknown, but in the two years leading up to his death, he was neglected by his father, who did not provide him with proper medication or food.

Perpetrator: Dawan Ferguson (Father), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Father charged with son’s murder now facing child sex crime charges
St. Louis County man accused of killing disabled son in 2003 stays in jail; prosecutors plan more charges
Birthday memorial for missing, murdered Christian Ferguson
Disabled boy went missing 16 years ago, now father is charged with his murder
Missouri father charged with murder 16 years after disabled 9-year-old son disappeared
Disabled boy went missing 16 years ago, now father is charged with his murder
‘Justice for Christian’: 16 years later, police charge father for the murder of disabled little boy [Reports]
Man Charged With Son’s Death From 2003
Missouri father charged with murder of disabled boy who went missing 16 years ago

Shane Graham

No PhotoName: Shane “Moo” Graham.
Died: July 2000.
Age at death: About 10.
Cause of death: Unknown.
Location: Florida, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome, autism, sickle-cell anemia.

Details:
Shane was one of eleven children adopted by the same family. When Shane’s siblings were discovered, badly neglected and abused, they told police that Shane had died and their adoptive mother had taken him away. Shane’s body has not been found, but he is presumed dead.

Shane was called “Moo” because it was a sound he often made.

Perpetrator: Judith Leekin (Adoptive mother); charged for child abuse for Shane’s siblings, but since Shane’s body was never found, she has not been charged for his death. Her fraud and abuse charges netted her twenty years in prison.

Source: Shane Graham

Cecil Brush

No PhotoName: Cecil Brush.
Died: August 18, 1994.
Age at death: 81.
Cause of death: Homicide.
Location: Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease, blindness.

Details:
Cecil was stabbed to death by his wife, who called it a mercy killing and said Cecil wanted to die. There was no proof that Cecil was suicidal or that he wanted to die.

Perpetrator: Jean Brush (Wife), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, given a suspended sentence and 18 months of probation.

Source:
History of euthanasia in Canada
Woman Sentenced in Mercy Killing
Of Life and Death – Appendices D-L
Regina v. Brush: March 2, 1995

Baby Boy

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: Undated; article published January 6, 2016.
Age at death: Newborn, less than 6 days old.
Cause of death: Burned alive, following Yanomami tradition.
Location: Caracaraí, Brazil.
Disability: “a malformation in his leg”.

Details:
Quote: When a 21-year-old indigenous woman gave birth to her fourth son in this small settlement in northern Brazil, she noticed that the newborn was suffering from a malformation in his leg. She knew what that meant, but still consulted with the leaders of her Yanomami tribe in a desperate hope for an exception.

It was not to be: the baby was burned alive as part of a ritual, and the ashes were used to prepare a sort of gruel that was offered to all members of the tribe. Though the mother shared her grief with her immediate family, she said she understood that this was the tradition.

Perpetrator: His mother and tribe.

Source: In Brazil, Activists Defend Infanticide Among Indigenous Tribes