David Lauberts

No PhotoName: David Lauberts.
Died: September 15, 2009.
Age at death: 49.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Greeley, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Disability: Mental and physical disabilities.

Details:
David’s brother burned down their home to try to hide David’s death. It is not known exactly how David died.

Perpetrator: James Thorpe Lauberts (Brother), charged with criminally negligent homicide, arson, and tampering with evidence.

Source: Greeley man charged in brother’s death

Charlotte Avenall

Photo of Charlotte Avenall, a girl sitting on a bed with her chin on her hand.Name: Charlotte Avenall.
Died: September 12, 2009.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, intellectual disability.

Details:
Even though they took good care of their exotic pets, Charlotte’s parents neglected their daughter. Despite her disabilities and age requiring supervision, she was locked into a filthy room, completely alone; on the day she died, she had been left alone for fourteen hours. She had just learned to tie a knot in school when she hanged herself by the cord on the window blinds and died.

Perpetrator: Simon Moody (Father), Susan Moody (Mother).

Source: Charlotte Avenall’s ‘atrocious’ neglect shocked town

Asher Bashir

No PhotoName: Asher Abdussalam Bashir.
Died: August 26, 2009.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, autism.

Details:
Asher loved being in the water. Though he could not swim, he had no fear of drowning. Knowing this, his mother led him to their backyard pool and left him sitting next to it while she went into the house for twenty minutes. Asher got into the pool and drowned.

Perpetrator: Nadia Bashir (Mother), convicted of negligent homicide and child abuse.

Source: Woman found guilty in ’09 drowning death of son, 4

Giovanni Kopystenski

Photo of Giovanni Kopystenski, a young boy standing in front of some palm trees.Name: Giovanni Kopystenski.
Died: July 21, 2009.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Giovanni’s father says he left a loaded gun on the center console of the car while he and the boy were in the car, and that Giovanni took the gun and shot himself in the head.

Perpetrator: Alex Kopystenski (Father), pleaded guilty to child abuse and neglect with substantial bodily harm; sentenced to 5 years probation.

Source: Giovanni Kopystenski

Parion Williams

No PhotoName: Parion Williams.
Died: July 9, 2009.
Age at death: 16 months.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, congenital syphillis.

Details:
Parion was losing weight, and his doctor told his mother that he needed to see a specialist. But his mother never went to the appointments, and Parion died.

Perpetrator: Mandisa Z. Randolph (Mother), charged with child neglect.

Source: Woman failed to seek treatment for baby who died, complaint says

Cynthia Burns

No PhotoName: Cynthia Burns.
Died: April 27, 2009.
Age at death: 58.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Wylie, Texas, USA.
Disability: Paralysis due to stroke.

Details:
Cynthia’s daughter and son-in-law denied her food and medical care. She died of pneumonia, her body too weak from neglect to survive the illness.

Perpetrator: Christina Gaines (Daughter), knowingly causing serious bodily injury to a disabled person, 12 years; Gary Gaines, recklessly causing serious bodily injury to a disabled person, 6 months in jail and community service.

Source: Wylie woman gets 12 years for mother’s death in ‘extraordinarily terrible’ neglect case

Shylae Thomas

Photo of Shylae Thomas, a girl with her hair in braids and barrettes, propped up against a cushion.Name: Shylae Myza Thomas; sometimes spelled “Shylea”.
Died: April 22, 2009.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse/neglect.
Location: Flint, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Quadriplegia.

Details:
Shylae was starved to death by her aunt.

Perpetrator: Lorrie Thomas (Aunt, adoptive mother), convicted of involuntary manslaughter, sentenced to 10-15 years.

Source: Lorrie Thomas Gets 10 Years for Starving Quadriplegic Daughter Shylae Thomas to Death

Jeremy Fraser

Photo of Jeremy Fraser, a boy wearing a sweater and a buzz cut.Name: Jeremy Fraser.
Died: March 30, 2009.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Salem, Maryland, USA.
Disability: Autism, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Details:
Jeremy was in remission, on the last stage of his cancer therapy, when his mother deliberately withdrew the medication that probably would have saved his life. He died of recurrent leukemia.

Perpetrator: Kristen LaBrie (Mother), convicted of attempted murder, sentenced to 8-10 years; served 5 years before being granted new trial; pleaded guilty to attempted murder, sentenced to time served.

Source: Jeremy Fraser
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Jason Rimer

Photo of Jason Rimer, a boy in a yellow T-shirt with a confused expression on his face.Name: Jason Rimer.
Died: June 8, 2008.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Myotonic dystrophy.

Details:
Jason’s parents left him in a hot car in June for more than seventeen hours. When they finally returned for him, he had died of heat stress.

Perpetrator: Stanley Rimer (Father), manslaughter and child neglect, 8-30 years; Colleen Rimer (Mother), manslaughter and child neglect, 5-20 years.

Source: Trial of parents charged in Jason Rimer’s death concludes

Katherine Mudski

No PhotoName: Katherine Mudski.
Died: June 3, 2008.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Flint, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Breast cancer.

Details:
Katherine’s son neglected her, and she died from a combination of malnutrition, dehydration, and infected bedsores.

Two years before Katherine’s death, she called a mailman into her home and asked him to help. The mailman called the police, who came to the house, stayed for 13 minutes, and did nothing to help Katherine.

Perpetrator: Christopher A. Mudski (Son), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 316 days time served. Arrested later for similarly neglecting his cousin, who was hospitalized.

Source:
911 tapes show police were called by mailman months before Katherine Mukdsi’s death; son faces murder charges for alleged neglect
Man convicted in mother’s death accused in similar neglect case
Elder abuse cases bring big charges, offenders actually receive lesser sentences
Flint Township man will stand trial for murder in neglect case involving his elderly mother