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.

Details:
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.

Source: Disabled girl died ‘because mother couldn’t be bothered to collect live-saving prescriptions’
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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.

Details:
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.

Source:
Daughter and grandson charged with second-degree murder in death of 85-year-old
Mother and son charged with murder of grandmother
Woman and son may face homicide charge for grandmother’s death
Mary E. Fitzgerald

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.

Details:
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.

Source:
Police: Pleasant Grove man arrested after leaving mother in deplorable conditions
Donna Jeanne Featherstone – View Obituary & Service Information
Pleasant Grove woman dies after living two weeks in ‘horrendous’ conditions

Sharon McManness

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

Details:
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.

Source:
New Kansas elder abuse law used to charge son with Olathe mom’s murder
Olathe man accused of killing his mother appears in court
Man charged with murder after Olathe woman found dead in home
Son charged in connection with death of 75-year-old mother in Olathe
Olathe woman died weighing 58 pounds; son refused to take her to doctor: charges
Grisly details revealed in Olathe mistreatment case where son is accused of murder in mom’s death
Kansas man charged in death of mother who weighed 58 lbs
Kansas man charged in death of ‘very emaciated’ 58-pound mom
Update: Kansas man charged in death of mother who weighed 58 lbs

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.

Details:
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.

Source:
Florida man charged with grandmother’s death; deputies say her bed was filled with maggots
Melbourne man charged after grandmother’s death
Melbourne man arrested after grandmother, 87, died from lack of medication and care, police say
Affidavit for Arrest Warrant (Allen Glenn Arias)

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.

Details:
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.

Source:
Collier County caretaker couple arrested for negligent death of bedridden man
CCSO: Caretaker couple charged in January death of bedridden Golden Gate Estates man
Caretaker couple arrested for negligent death of bedridden Golden Gate Estates man
Couple charged with neglect in elderly man’s death

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.

Details:
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.

Source:
New charges filed against Warwick woman accused of manslaughter in death of 9-year-old
Warwick woman pleads not guilty in adopted girl’s death
9-year-old RI child’s death due to ‘inaction’ by DCYF, report notes
Child Advocate’s Office to release report on death of Warwick child
Mom charged with manslaughter in death of 9-year-old Warwick girl
Warwick woman charged with manslaughter in death of adoptive daughter
DCYF Director: Neglect, deficiencies contributed to 9-year-old’s death
Warwick girl whose death is under investigation had cerebral palsy, according to uncle
Police arrest guardian in death of 9-year-old Warwick girl
Guardian arrested in death of Warwick girl
DCYF: Child, 9, dies; Police investigating
Mother held on bail at arraignment in death of 9-year-old Warwick girl
Handicapped 9-Year-Old Dies In Filthy Home, Mother Jailed
DCYF head to address questions surrounding death of 9-year-old girl in Warwick
Disabled girl died after mom made 8 adopted kids fend for themselves to beat flu
Mother of 8 adopted children with special needs arrested after one dies
DCYF making changes in light of 9-year-old’s death in Warwick
A year before death of 9-year-old girl in Warwick, DCYF social workers raised red flag
Warning signs missed in home where Warwick girl died
Biological family has ‘questions and concerns’ for DCYF after child’s death
Death of girl prompts changes to RI child welfare agency

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.

Details:
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.

Source:
Man charged with neglect in death of bedridden wife
Lincoln man charged with abuse after bedridden wife found with skin peeling, bone exposed
Nebraska Man Charged With Abuse After Bedridden Wife Dies

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.

Details:
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.

Source:
Attorney makes bid for sanity commission, trial delay in neglect-death case
Trial for Karen Johnson Harrison, accused in daughter’s death, moved to June 2020
Mom of Rapides neglect-death victim to face trial first
State will prosecute mother of neglected daughter first in Rapides murder case
2 defendants in neglect death case reject offers of life sentences
3 accused in Elizabeth woman’s neglect death to be arraigned next week
Arrests made after special needs patient died, found in deplorable living conditions
Sheriff: Extreme neglect leads to death of special needs person
Mom, couple charged in death of Elizabeth special-needs patient
Arrests made after special needs patient died, found in deplorable living conditions
Elizabeth woman who died from alleged neglect identified
Police release identity of woman killed
Authorities ID special-needs woman believed slain by neglect
Prosecutor intends to seek bond increase in ‘heinous’ neglect death case
Cyra Harrison Obituary
Court dates set for 2 in case of Elizabeth woman’s neglect death
Rapides grand jury indicts three in the murder of woman with cerebral palsy
Arraignment set for three charged with murder of woman with cerebral palsy
3 accused in Elizabeth woman’s neglect death plead not guilty

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.

Details:
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.

Source:
Teenager’s Death Is a Reminder of How Critical It Is for Parents to Support Chronically Ill Kids
Alton teen died after mother concealed her diabetes, charges allege — ‘totally treatable’ and ‘heartbreaking’, says prosecutor
Mother charged with involuntary manslaughter in death of diabetic teen
Emily Ikue-Rose Hampshire of Alton Obituary
Emily Hampshire Fundraiser
Teen died after mother concealed diabetes, charges claim
Mother Allegedly Hid Daughter’s Diabetes Diagnosis, Leading to the Girl’s Death
Mother Charged With Manslaughter After Daughter Dies From Lack of Diabetes Treatment
Mother charged with involuntary manslaughter for daughter’s death after concealing girl’s diabetes
A Woman Was Arrested For Allegedly Not Treating Her Daughter’s Diabetes And Letting Her Die
Girl that Died from Diabetes Saw a Chiropractor Instead of a Doctor