Jerome Brown

No PhotoName: Jerome Brown.
Died: February 14, 2021.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Starvation or untreated epilepsy.
Location: Paynesville, Greater Monrovia, Liberia.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Details:
Jerome was born with epilepsy, and when she could not find a cure for him in the spiritual treatments she sought, his mother left him to his father to raise. A neighbor reported finding him close to death in his father’s home; shortly after being found, Jerome died.

Jerome’s mother says that his father starved him to death, and that photos of his body in an extremely emaciated condition corroborate her claims. Police initially declared that he had died of epilepsy; but they are now investigating whether Jerome’s death was murder, manslaughter, or negligent homicide.

Case Status:
Emmanuel Brown (Father), detained.

Source:
“No Foul Play in Little Jerome’s Death” (Caution: graphic images of starvation)
Child, 11, Starved to Death (Caution: graphic images of starvation)

Manu Savaliya

No PhotoName: Manu Savaliya.
Died: January 27, 2021.
Age at death: 75.
Cause of death: Mauled by a leopard.
Location: Amrutpur, Gujarat, India.
Disability: Blind, intellectual disability.

Details:
Manu’s family allegedly chained him to his bed because he had fallen into a well when unattended, because he had bitten people, and because he “bothered the neighbors”. One night, Manu’s family had gone to a wedding, and the one relative left behind went with their domestic helper to go water their fields in the early morning. Manu, a strong man even at the age of 75, was attacked and killed by a leopard, unable to escape or fight back because of the chain.

Case status:
Police are investigating a complaint of wrongful confinement against Manu’s family.

Source:
Gujarat: Chained at farm for attacking villagers, 75-year-old blind man killed, eaten by leopard
Blind man chained to bed killed by leopard in Gujarat (Caution: graphic image of body)
Leopard mauls to death 75-year-old chained by family in Gujarat’s Amreli

Karreon Walter-Franks

No PhotoName: Karreon Walter-Franks.
Died: November 27, 2020.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Starvation, pneumonia.
Location: Vancouver, Washington, USA.
Disability: Autism, developmental delay, visually impaired.

Details:
At the time of his death, Karreon was known to the child welfare system. His aunt reported to social workers that Karreon and his siblings had been starved for years and had to steal food to survive, and that Karreon was emaciated and had collapsed from hunger. His brother told them that Karreon’s mother had hit him with a cane for throwing up. The last contact by child welfare to the home was only a week before Karreon died and the funeral home contacted police because his body weighed only 65 pounds and was in very poor condition.

After his death, Karreon’s two younger siblings were removed from the home.

Case Status:
Felicia Adams (Aunt, adoptive mother), under investigation.
Jesse Franks (Felicia’s husband), under investigation.

Source:
Washington teen’s death ruled homicide due to starvation and neglect
Police: Authorities visited starving teen days before death
Child welfare visited disabled 15-year-old boy DAYS before he died weighing only 65 pounds, court docs reveal

Charles Chandler

Portrait photo of a man in a suit, wearing glasses. His hair is graying.Name: Charles James Chandler.
Died: November 7, 2020.
Age at death: 80.
Cause of death: Diabetes complications.
Location: Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Diabetes.

Details:
While in the care of his children, Charles died from complications of diabetes because he had not been given insulin for two months. He died in hospice care, and his children were arrested and charged.

Charles was a devout Christian and a deacon at his church. He sang baritone in a quartet and loved sweets.

Case Status:
Charles Chandler Jr. (Son), charged with reckless homicide and knowingly failing to provide for a functionally impaired person.
Tina Chandler (Daughter), charged with reckless homicide and knowingly failing to provide for a functionally impaired person.
Christopher Chandler (Son), charged with knowingly failing to provide for a functionally impaired person.

Source:
Charles James Chandler – View Obituary & Service Information
Tenn. brother, sister charged with killing disabled mother
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Joseph Hammond

Photo of a smiling boy lying in an adapted swing.Name: Joseph “JJ” Hammond.
Died: November 3, 2020.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Dehydration, malnutrition.
Location: Moline, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
JJ was found dead in his home. An autopsy concluded he had died of dehydration and malnutrition, with several untended large wounds on his body.

Case Status:
Jennifer Keim (Mother), charged with first-degree murder.
Justin M Keim (Stepfather), charged with Criminal Abuse or Neglect of a Disabled Person.

Source:
Moline woman charged with murder in death of disabled 15-year-old son
Moline Mother Arrested On Murder Charges
Woman arrested in connection with murder of 15-year-old disabled son
Additional person charged in relation to Moline first-degree murder case
Two arrested in connection with death of 15-year-old boy with disabilities from Moline
Friends defend Moline woman charged with murder of 15-year-old son

Vincent Avellino

Photo of an older man with pale skin and gray hair, wearing glasses and a blue striped polo shirt.Name: Vincent C. Avellino.
Died: November 2, 2020.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Infection.
Location: Ranshaw, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Vincent died because he developed a massive pressure sore that ultimately killed him; reportedly, he had been left in place in his chair for over a month. His wife, with whom he lived, was trained as a home health aide. Home health aides like Vincent’s wife are are trained in bedsore prevention and taught how dangerous it is not to move a patient for extended periods of time.

Vincent was a retired factory worker who loved the outdoors. He liked hunting, fishing, crabbing, mushroom and berry picking, and grew a garden. He was a good baker and wine maker. He liked antiques and going to yard sales, and collected coins. He loved long car rides and milkshakes. He had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Case status:
Debora Avelino (Wife), charged with involuntary manslaughter and neglect.

Source:
Vincent Avellino Obituary (2020)
Woman charged with neglect and involuntary manslaughter for husband’s death
Pa. wife charged with causing death of husband with dementia

46-year-old man

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: October 28, 2020.
Age at death: 46.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Racine, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: TBI and physical injuries from childhood motor vehicle accident.

Details:
This 46-year-old man lived with his mother, who cared for him. When he fell, she did not call for help; instead, she dragged him to the bathroom and waited for days without calling for help. Concerned family members had been unable to reach him or his mother, and finally asked the police to do a welfare check. He was found dead on his bathroom floor, and his mother was arrested. She said that she didn’t want to take him to the hospital even though she knew he probably had broken bones, and wanted him to “die a peaceful death”.

Perpetrator: Cheryl Christensen (Mother), charged with negligently subject an individual at risk to abuse causing death, obstructing an officer, and disorderly conduct.

Source:
Caretaker faces charges in disabled man’s death
Racine woman charged for allegedly allowing son to die on bathroom floor of home she thought had ‘mad energy’
Racine woman facing charges after leaving son to ‘die a peaceful death’ on bathroom floor

David Almond

David Almond, a teenage boy, sits in a car and smiles for the camera. He is wearing a winter scarf and coat. His hair is dark and very short, and his skin is pale brown.Name: David Almond.
Died: October 21, 2020.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Malnutrition.
Location: Fall River, Massachusetts, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability, autism.

Details:
David and his two brothers, a set of triplets, were all neglected and abused by their father and his girlfriend. Child services was called, and the brothers spent time living outside their home; but eventually two of the boys were returned to their father. David died, malnourished and with fentanyl, a powerful opiate, in his system. His caregivers were arrested and his triplet brother and toddler half-brother were rescued.

At school, David had been a happy boy with a good sense of humor. His schoolmates described him as the “mayor” of the school. He was good at reading and took pride in this ability. He participated in school plays. He and his brothers had invented their own language to communicate between them. David liked cartoons, toys, and video games.

Case Status:
John Michael Almond (Father), charged with second-degree murder and neglect of a disabled person resulting in serious bodily injury.
Jaclyn Marie Coleman (Father’s girlfriend), charged with second-degree murder and neglect of a disabled person resulting in serious bodily injury.

Source:
Visible injuries, scrubbing floors with a toothbrush: Shocking details from the Almond report
DCF, School Could Have Done More to Prevent Fall River Teen’s Death: Report
Investigation into death of Mass. boy found living in filth finds ‘multi-system failure,’ serious errors from DCF
Mass. Child Advocate identifies multi-system failure prior to death of Fall River teen with special needs
Fall River couple indicted in teen’s death
Fall River couple accused in starvation death of 14-year-old autistic teen due in court Monday
Rep. Fiola calls for answers in death of autistic Fall River boy
Judge orders couple held for 120 days in death of autistic boy
Death of 14-year-old Fall River boy under investigation; couple faces neglect charges
Mass. Horror Home: Teen Dead, Brother ‘Alarmingly Emaciated,’ Prosecutors Say
Two charged with child abuse and neglect after death of autistic teen in Fall River
Father, girlfriend charged in death of special needs Fall River teen allegedly found with fentanyl in system
Death of 14-year-old boy under investigation; Evidence of drugs, neglect of teen’s brother, police say

Timothy Gramlich

Photo of a heavyset, light-skinned man with Down syndrome. He has dark short hair and is wearing a suit. He is smiling for the camera.Name: Timothy Gramlich.
Died: October 18, 2020.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Untreated urinary tract infection.
Location: Abington, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Timothy died from sepsis secondary to an untreated urinary tract infection. According to police, he was found uncared-for in filthy conditions, his brother was his sole caretaker, and he had not been to the doctor since the early 2000s.

Case Status:
Harry Gramlich (Brother), charged with third-degree murder, neglect of care for a dependent person, and involuntary manslaughter.

Source:
Police: Abington man with Down syndrome died after brother left him emaciated, neglected
Montgomery County man charged with murder and neglect in the death of his disabled brother
Brother Charged After Disabled Man Dies From Neglect: Montco DA
Timothy W. Gramlich Obituary – Visitation & Funeral Information

Pauline Lankford

No PhotoName: Pauline Lankford.
Died: September 15, 2020.
Age at death: 87.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Blythe, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Pauline’s family left her sitting on a chair in the living room. They did not feed her, bathe her, or give her medication. She died from dehydration, malnutrition, and multiple infected pressure sores.

Perpetrator: Clifton Brady (Son-in-law), charged with neglect of a disabled adult; Cynthia Brady (Daughter).

Source:
Blythe couple accused of murder in death of elderly relative granted bond
UPDATE: Man arrested suspicious death of elderly woman in Blythe
Coroner investigating death of 87-year-old woman in Blythe
Warrant: Man withheld food, medication from 87-year-old Blythe woman found dead