Athena Brownfield

Photo of a small girl with light-brown hair and fair skin, wearing a blue flannel shirt and a giant light-blue bow in her hair.Name: Athena Brownfield.
Died: January 17, 2023 (Body found; died December 25, 2022).
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Blunt trauma.
Location: Cyril, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Athena and her five-year-old sister lived with a couple who served as their caregivers. On a cold January day, Athena’s sister was found wandering her neighborhood by the mail carrier, but Athena herself was nowhere to be found. Police questioned their caregivers and, after reportedly finding evidence on one of the caregivers’ cell phones, arrested their caregivers. Police believe they have found Athena’s body, but it has not yet been positively identified.

Case Status:
Ivon Adams (Caretaker), charged with first-degree murder and child neglect.
Alysia Adams (Caretaker), charged with first-degree murder and child neglect.


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Elenora Bernard

Photo of a woman with brown skin and curly brown hair, wearing a white shirt, leamning against someone off-frame.Name: Elenora Bernard.
Died: July 23, 2022.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Beating.
Location: Brooklyn, New York, New York, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Elenora was getting older and starting to experience memory loss, so she invited a young man to live with her and help her. However, she was beaten to death, and the young man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

She had a pet dog named Baby Girl. A fixture of her neighborhood, she was always out looking for someone to chat with.

Case Status:
Andre Hooper (Tenant; housemate), charged with murder.

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Unknown Boy

No PhotoUnknown Boy.
Died: September 15, 2021.
Age at death: Child.
Cause of death: Acetaminophen/dipenhydramine intoxication.
Location: Weston, Florida, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

This boy, whose name has not been released, was found emaciated, covered in bedsores, and unresponsive, and could not be revived. A post-mortem examination established that he had died from poisoning with over-the-counter medicines. Police believe the boy’s death was a deliberate act.

Case Status:
Lashawn Hampton (Caregiver), charged with first-degree murder.

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Jakie Toole

Photo of Jakie Toole, a smiling child in a white tank top. He has short dark brown hair and brown skin. A filter has been applied that adds yellow butterflies around his head.Name: Jakie Toole.
Died: September 11, 2019 (Body found), last seen April 2019.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Blunt trauma.
Location: Meridian, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs; mobility and communication impairment.

Jakie’s mother left him with a family friend to serve as a caregiver. His body was found in a garbage bag in her basement, and an autopsy showed he had died of trauma from a beating. The caregiver had led police to the body and told them she had burned him in a bathtub and beaten him for crying.

Case status:
Celeste Louise Smith (Caregiver), convicted of murder, sentenced to life.

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Harry Jones

Photo of a white-haired, fair-skinned elderly man wearing a soft gray sweater and smiling for the camera.Name: Harry Vincent “Frank” Jones.
Died: March 15, 2019.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Blunt-force trauma.
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Mobility impaired, heart disease.

Harry, called Frank by his friends, was living in a hotel with another man who helped him by shopping for him. His roommate allegedly cleaned up the hotel room, told the manager “I was never here”, and left. Police arrived to find Harry dead, with multiple broken bones, having been beaten to death. Harry’s roommate was found, arrested, and charged with manslaughter.

Case Status:
Dale Topalinski (Roommate), convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 9 years.

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Florence Girard

Name: Florence Girard.Photo of an older woman with short gray hair, wearing a blue sweater and smiling for the camera.
Died: October 13, 2018.
Age at death: 54.
Cause of death: Malnutrition.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Disability: Down syndrome.

In the care of a woman who neglected her, Florence grew steadily thinner until she finally starved to death, weighing only 56 pounds.

Florence was silly, boy-crazy, and liked having her picture taken. She competed in the 1993 Special Olympics. She was one of 14 siblings.

Case status:
Astrid Charlotte Dahl (Paid caregiver with Kinsight), convicted of failing to provide the necessaries of life, sentenced to 100 hours of community service and 12 months of probation.

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Jada Wright

Photo of Jada Wright, a girl with short black hair and brown skin. She is wearing a coral-colored dress.Name: Jada Wright.
Died: February 15, 2018.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Head trauma.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

After Jada’s parents died, she stayed with an aunt until her aunt’s medical problems kept her from caring for Jada. After that, she moved in with her legal guardian, and her legal guardian’s son became her caregiver.

Jada was beaten to death by her caregiver. She died days after her 14th birthday.

Case status:
Christopher Ward (Caregiver; son of her legal guardian), pleaded guilty to child neglect resulting in death, sentenced to 9 years in prison.

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Lerae Bush

Photo of Lerae Bush, an elderly woman with fair skin and white hair held back in a headband. She is wearing reading glasses and holding a newspaper.Name: Lerae Britain Moeller Bush.
Died: February 10, 2018.
Age at death: 85.
Cause of death: Fire.
Location: Bloomington, California, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Lerae died in a fire while living with a man who had been caring for her and telling others that he was her son. He started out doing housework for her, then moved on to managing her finances. Allegedly, he eventually kept her locked in a one-room garage without utilities. He tried, but failed, to inherit her estate. Police say Lerae’s caregiver started the fire in which she died.

Lerae was “aristocratic and eccentric”, a retired educator who loved the arts.

Case status:
Noel Montes Cazares, a.k.a. Giovanni Bush, charged with arson, murder, neglect of a dependent and obstruction of justice. Charges dismissed because a key piece of evidence was ruled inadmissible, but may be re-filed.
Misty Allen, charged with assisting a criminal and obstruction of justice; charges dismissed.

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Bruce Clayton

Photo of Bruce Clayton, a middle-aged man with thinning light-brown hair and fair skin, wearing glasses. He is wearing a flannel shirt, and frowning at the camera.Name: Bruce I. Clayton.
Died: December 18, 2017.
Age at death: 70.
Cause of death: Malnutrition, bedsores.
Location: Huntingburg, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Stroke.

Bruce was neglected by his caregivers. He died of malnutrition and severe pressure sores.

Case status:
Selena Aguilar, pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent resulting in serious injury, sentenced to 6-12 years in prison and 3 years probation.
Latasha Rodriguez (power of attorney representative), convicted of neglect of a dependent resulting in serious injury, sentenced to 4 years 11 months.

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Howard Quick

No PhotoName: Howard Quick.
Died: August 27, 2017.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Malnutrition, sepsis.
Location: Gaylord, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Howard’s caregivers, who were living with him and using his disability payments as their own money, neglected him; he died of malnutrition and sepsis from infected pressure sores.

Case status:
Shawn Winkelman (Non-professional caregiver), charged with involuntary manslaughter, vulnerable adult abuse, and embezzlement, sentenced to 10 years 5 months to 22 years 6 months.
Ashley Robinson (Caregiver’s girlfriend), convicted of embezzlement of less than $200 from a vulnerable adult; sentenced to 183 days probation and $895 fine.

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