Mia Edmundson

Photo of a girl in a polka-dot skirt, sitting in a play tunnel.Name: Mia Edmundson.
Died: February 27, 2019.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Avon Park, Florida, USA.
Disability: Congenital heart disease; no spleen.

Mia loved life and loved to have her nails painted pink.  She also loved to swim and pull pranks on people.

Mia’s mother did not fill her prescriptions or take her to cardiology appointments. When she became seriously ill with pneumonia, her mother waited several days to take her to the hospital. Mia died from sepsis due to being denied the medication she needed to support her weakened immune system.

Perpetrator: Elizabeth Danielle Markley (Mother), charged with child neglect with great bodily harm.

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Mary Fitzgerald

Photo of a white-haired older lady, wearing glasses.Name: Mary E. Fitzgerald.
Died: February 17, 2019.
Age at death: 85.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Rutland City, New York, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Mary’s daughter and grandson neglected her; when she was brought to the hospital, she was very thin and badly injured, already dying. To make things even worse, a nurse at the nursing home where she died stole her pain medication, so that she died in pain.

Mary had worked at a delicatessen and bakery. She had three grandchildren.

Perpetrator: Marie E. Fitzgerald (Daughter), charged with murder and neglect of a vulnerable adult; Christopher Preedom (Grandson), charged with murder and neglect of a vulnerable adult; and Dermot J. Hanna (Nurse), charged for fraud and exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

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Donna Featherstone

Colorized black-and-white photo of a young woman with curly hair, fair skin, and blue flowers in her hair, smiling for the camera. She has an engagement ring on her finger.Name: Donna Featherstone.
Died: January 25, 2019.
Age at death: 78.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah, USA.
Disability: Mobility impaired.

Donna’s son left her in place on her couch; she died from pneumonia, influenza, and sepsis due to infected pressure sores.

She and her husband had worked as owners and administrators of a nursing home. Her cousin remembers her infectious smile and bubbly personality; getting a hug from her was, she says, “like a huge pillow just enveloping you.” Her hobby was researching her family’s genealogy.

Perpetrator: Mackey Featherstone (Son), charged with aggravated abuse of an elder adult.

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Sharon McManness

No PhotoName: Sharon McManness.
Died: January 23, 2019.
Age at death: 75.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Olanthe, Kansas, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Sharon’s son moved in to care for her, but then moved back out even though she had severe dementia. She needed more care than he provided, and was eventually found dead. She was malnourished and dehydrated, weighed only 58 pounds, and most likely died from an infection caused by her severe bedsores.

Perpetrator: Raymond McManness (Son), charged with first-degree murder and mistreatment of a dependent adult.

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Anita Arias

No PhotoName: Anita Arias.
Died: January 21, 2019.
Age at death: 87.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Melbourne, Florida, USA.
Disability: Dementia, diabetes.

Anita lived with her grandson and his wife. The house was cluttered and dirty, and they had many pet reptiles.

Anita’s grandson, nominally her caregiver, neglected her while using her pension for his own expenses. She died of dehydration and starvation with severe bedsores and a blood sugar that was as high as the test could measure.

Perpetrator: Allen Arias (Grandson), charged with aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person.

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George Rusnack

No PhotoName: George Rusnack.
Died: January 9, 2019.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Collier County, Florida, USA.
Disability: Dementia, mobility impaired.

George lived with two family friends who served as his caregivers; but they neglected him, leaving him dirty, letting pressure sores develop, and denying him his medication while they took money out of his bank account. A home-care agency reported that George was poorly cared for, but when George was finally taken to the hospital, he was too sick to recover and died.

Perpetrator: Ronald Everwine and Jennifer Everwine (Family friends), charged with aggravated manslaughter with culpable negligence of an elderly or disabled person and exploitation of the elderly for less than $10,000.

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Zha-Nae Wilkerson

Photo of Zha-Nae Wilkerson, a small African-American girl sitting on the floor, knees pulled up to her chest, smiling for the camera.Name: Zha-Nae Wilkerson, aka Zah-Nae, aka Zah-Nae Rothgeb.
Died: January 3, 2019.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Warwick, Rhode Island, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Zha-Nae lay neglected in a filthy house while her mother left her fifteen-year-old brother, also disabled, to care for her. She was denied her wheelchair because the house was either not accessible or simply too cluttered for the chair to fit, and had to crawl down the hall. She was found face-down in the bathtub, having died from drowning, and her mother was arrested and charged with manslaughter. Later she was also charged with neglecting Zha-Nae’s seven siblings.

Perpetrator: Michelle Rothgeb (Adoptive mother), charged with manslaughter and cruelty or neglect to a child; charged with 7 counts of cruelty or neglect to a child.

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Delanie Manning

No PhotoName: Delanie Manning.
Died: December 19, 2018.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness; bedbound.

Delanie’s husband neglected her. In the six months she had had to stay in bed, he had moved her only three times. She developed severe pressure sores and lost more than a third of her body weight. When she died from neglect, she weighed 90 pounds and had a broken femur and multiple pressure sores.

Perpetrator: Gilberto Alcocer (Husband), charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult.

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Cyra Harrison

Photo of Cyra Harrison, a teenage girl with brown hair tied up in a ribbon, smiling at the camera and wearing two blue first-place ribbons pinned to her hoodie.Name: Cyra Shantell Marie Harrison.
Died: November 23, 2018.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Elizabeth, Louisiana, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Cyra died from neglect after being forced to live in terrible conditions by her mother and two housemates.

The first-place ribbons she is wearing in her picture may be bowling ribbons, a sport Cyra enjoyed.

Perpetrator: Karen Johnson Harrison (Mother); Marilyn Sue Maricle, and Glen E. Maricle (Housemates); all charged with second degree murder, conspiracy to commit second degree murder, cruelty to the infirmed, and cruelty to a juvenile.

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Emily Hampshire

Photo of Emily Hampshire, a teen girl in a traditional dancing dress. She has long straight dark-blond hair and is posing for dance.Name: Emily Ikue-Rose Hampshire.
Died: November 3, 2018.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Alton, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Type I diabetes.

When Emily was diagnosed with diabetes, her mother concealed the diagnosis and neglected to treat her. Emily died of diabetic ketoacidosis, and her mother only called the paramedics after her heart stopped.

Emily was an outgoing girl who “never met a stranger”. She was a cheerleader, a dancer, a singer, and an actor. She played volleyball and competed in local beauty contests and talent shows. At school, she was a good student who focused on reading and writing.

Perpetrator: Amber L. Hampshire (Mother), charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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