Joseph Hammond

Photo of a smiling boy lying in an adapted swing. He has pale skin and curly brown hair; his face is turned up to the sun.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 mother charged with her son’s murder is out on bond
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

Shannon Lloyd

Photo of a middle-aged man, balding, with fair skin and a neat goatee, holding a small gray shaggy terrier on his lap.Name: Shannon Lloyd.
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:
Shannon lived with his mother, who cared for him. When he fell, she allegedly did not call for help; instead, she dragged him to the bathroom and waited for days. Concerned family members had been unable to reach him or his mother, and finally asked the police to do a welfare check. Shannon was found dead on his bathroom floor, and his mother was arrested. Police say that she said 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”.

Shannon loved animals, especially his “fur baby”, Bella. He enjoyed reading, sports, and classic rock music

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

Source:
Shannon Robert Lloyd Obituary (1974 – 2020) Racine Journal Times
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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
Competency determination delayed for woman accused of allowing disabled son to die

David Almond

David Almond, a teenage boy, sits in a car and smiles for the camera. He is wearing a winter scarf and heavy gray parka. 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, reckless endangerment of a child, and drug possession.
Jaclyn Marie Coleman (Father’s girlfriend), charged with second-degree murder and neglect of a disabled person resulting in serious bodily injury, reckless endangerment of a child, and drug possession.

Source:
Autism Memorial: David Almond
‘I don’t want people to forget’: One year later, vigil will remember David Almond
Vigil planned to mark one year anniversary of death of 14-year-old Fall River autistic boy
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; one of his eyes points in toward his nose.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.
Elizabeth Anne Gramlich (Sister), charged with neglect of care for a dependent person.
Joseph T. Gramlich (Brother), charged with neglect of care for a dependent person.

Source:
Two more siblings of dead Abington man face charges of neglecting care dependent person
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: Dehydration, malnutrition, infection.
Location: Blythe, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Pauline’s family allegedly left her sitting on a chair in the living room. When she died from dehydration, malnutrition, and multiple infected pressure sores, she had not been fed, bathed, or given medication for a significant length of time.

Case status
Clifton Brady (Son-in-law), charged with murder, elder neglect, and neglect of a disabled adult.
Cynthia Brady (Daughter), charged with murder and elder neglect.

Source:
Murder indictment returned against couple in elderly Blythe woman’s death
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

Eileen Myers

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Name: Eileen Myers.
Died: July 16, 2020.
Age at death: 74.
Cause of death: Bacteremia, malnutrition, dehydration.
Location: Pittsylvania County, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Details:
Eileen lived with her daughters in a filthy house. They neglected her, and she died of blood poisoning, hunger, and thirst. Her body was covered in pressure sores from having been left in her bed.

Case Status:
Shannon Myers Tipton (Daughter), convicted of felony homicide and elder abuse and neglect.
Brianna Tipton (Daughter), convicted of felony homicide and elder abuse and neglect.

Source: Daughter convicted of felony homicide, elder abuse and neglect in Pittsylvania County

Kylie Larson

Photo of a girl lying on a striped blanket. Her skin is fair and her long hair is strawberry-blonde. She is smiling broadly and wearing a black-and-white flowered shirt and a trach collar.Name: Kylie Larson.
Died: June 21, 2020.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Respiratory failure.
Location: Paynesville, Minnesota, USA.
Disability: Perinatal hypoxic brain injury.

Details:
Kylie’s mother, alone with her because her stepfather was on a fishing trip and her brother was staying with friends, allegedly ignored alarms from her blood oxygen and heart rate monitor, repeatedly turned off the alarms, reduced the sensitivity, and eventually removed the alarm altogether. Kylie died of respiratory failure.

Kylie was a middle-school student whose schoolmates often pushed her around the halls to hear her laugh. She liked going outside, especially to new places. She enjoyed boat rides and spinning around in her wheelchair.

Case status:
Elise Nelson (Mother), charged with with second-degree intentional murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Source:
Disabled girl, 13, died ‘after mother turned her pulse alarm off for some peace’
Murder charges: Stearns County mom silenced disabled child’s medical device alarm
Charges: Paynesville mom deprived care, killing her daughter with disabilities
Kylie Christine Larson
Mother kills disabled daughter, silences her medical device alarm while stepdad is away fishing: Police
Woman charged in death of her disabled daughter
Paynesville mom charged with murder for tampering with child’s medical equipment, warrant issued

Kylie Mickens

Photo of a toddler girl in a car seat. She is wearing a pink onesie and her hands are balled into fists. Her skin is tan and her eyes are dark brown.Name: Kylie L. Mickens.
Died: June 8, 2020.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Malnutrition.
Location: Buford, Georgia, USA.
Disability: 1p36 deletion syndrome.

Details:
Kylie died from malnutrition and dehydration due to medical neglect. Her disability made it difficult for her to swallow, but her parents did not take her to the doctor, and she starved to death weighing only 7 pounds.

Case status:
Jerrail Maurice Mickens (Father), charged with felony murder and first-degree cruelty to children.
Porscha Danielle Mickens (Mother), charged with felony murder and first-degree cruelty to children.

Source:
Girl, 5, who weighed seven pounds when died had a rare disorder
Georgia couple accused of starving daughter to death held without bond
Attorney denies murder allegations for clients, claims 5-year-old had short life expectancy from rare condition
Girl, 5, who weighed seven pounds when died had a rare disorder

India Martin

No PhotoName: India Martin.
Died: May 26, 2020.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
Born prematurely at 26 weeks and addicted to cocaine, India survived a difficult start in life only to be found dead at age four, stuffed in a dresser drawer. Police say her body showed signs of trauma and strangulation.

Case status:
Jackleen Mullen (Mother), charged with homicide by child abuse or neglect.
Audrevious Williams (Mother’s boyfriend, charged with homicide by child abuse or neglect.

Source:
Mom, boyfriend charged after disabled 4-year-old found dead in dresser drawer
Bond Denied For Mother, Boyfriend Charged After Child Found Dead, Police Say