3-year-old boy

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: May 12, 2023.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Bedsores; sepsis.
Location: Bartow, Florida, USA.
Disability: Hypoxic brain injury, ventilator-dependent.

Although this three-year-old’s parents had nursing assistance and a caregiver allowance to assist them in caring for him, they dismissed the nurses. Some months later, paramedics were called to the house to find the toddler dying from sepsis caused by extreme, untreated pressure sores. He was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved, and his parents were arrested.

Case Status:
Takesha Williams (Mother), charged with aggravated manslaughter.
Efrem Allen (Father), charged with aggravated manslaughter.

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5-year-old girl

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: April 27, 2023.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Beaten.
Location: Surat, Gujarat, India.
Disability: Unspecified.

This 5-year-old girl died from her injuries after her mother, who came home to hear her crying, allegedly became infuriated and beat her severely.

Case Status:
Bilkisbanu (Mother), arrested on suspicion of murder.

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A’riyan Johnson

Photo of a small boy with light-brown skin and a tuft of black hair on the top of his head. He is wearing a blue T-shirt with "Baby Shine" and a cartoon character printed on it. He is standing on a sidewalk with his legs braced and arms waving.Name: A’riyan Birkett Johnson.
Died: April 18, 2023.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Suffocation.
Location: Orange County, California, USA.
Disability: A developmental condition affecting his trachea.

A’riyan was born with a condition that left him at high risk of developing breathing problems. His doctor told his mother that he should never, ever be left alone. His mother had also been ticketed and made to take car-seat safety courses for leaving A’riyan improperly secured in his car seat with only the shoulder straps buckled, telling investigators that she believed car seats were a scam and the waist and crotch straps were hard to buckle with long acrylic fingernails.

On the day of his death, A’riyan’s mother left him alone in her car, and then alone in her hotel room; when she returned to the hotel room, she found him dead. He was buckled into the seat, but only the shoulder straps were buckled; A’riyan had slid down, his head falling forward, and suffocated.

A’riyan was a friendly, curious, happy child. He loved playing with people’s hair, watching Coco Melon, eating vanilla wafers, and dancing to music.

Case Status:
Appalonia B. Lampkin (Mother), charged with manslaughter and neglect.

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Abhijit Jaybhay

No PhotoName: Abhijit Jaybhay.
Died: April 13, 2023.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Hadapsar, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
Disability: Accidental head injury; bedridden.

Abhijit’s father allegedly strangled him because of the medical expenses involved in caring for him.

Before his injury, Abhijit was a laborer like his father.

Case Status:
Baburao Dinkar Jaybhay (Father), charged with murder.

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No PhotoName: Manoj.
Died: April 4, 2023.
Age at death: 36.
Cause of death: Traumatic injury.
Location: Ernakulam, Kerala, India.
Disability: Developmental disability and/or mental illness.

Manoj’s father killed him and his mother, then hanged himself.

The family was known to sometimes have loud arguments, so none of the neighbors noticed anything unusual until the next morning.

Case Status:
Mani (Father), deceased.

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Ruth Maclaren

Photo of a girl with tan skin and straight, chin-length black hair, smiling fo the camera and squinting into the sun. She is wearing a white turtleneck sweater, and has pink barrettes in her hair.Name: Ruth Jennifer Maclaren.
Died: March 25, 2023.
Age at death: 35.
Cause of death: Traumatic injury.
Location: Englewood, Colorado, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, epilepsy, porencephaly.

Ruth and her mother Bethany were allegedly killed by her father with an axe; their bodies were found dismembered and stuffed into trash cans. Police say her father confessed to the crime, saying that he had lost his job, was worried the family was going to be homeless, and didn’t regret his actions because they were “in a better place”.

Case Status:
Reginald Mclaren (Father), charged with murder.

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No PhotoName: Rashta (Also spelled Riasat).
Died: March 13, 2023.
Age at death: 35.
Cause of death: Injury from edged weapon.
Location: Baldia Town, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.
Disability: Polio survivor.

Rashta’s father and brother tried to pressure him into selling his home; when he refused, they allegedly killed him. Rashta was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

Rashta worked as a laborer.

Case Status:
Zardar (Father), arrested.
Asim (Brother), wanted for murder; at large.

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Rosa Hargrave

Photo of a heavyset girl with pale skin and dark-brown hair in a ponytail. She is wearing a red SpongeBob Christmas shirt and pink print pajama bottoms. Name: Rosa “May May” Hargrave.
Died: March 2, 2023.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Sepsis; untended wounds.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Autism, ADHD, asthma.

Rosa lived in unsanitary conditions, was poorly cared for, and often had to be treated for skin infections. She died of sepsis after one such infection went untreated until it spread to her bloodstream.

Rosa was a “girly girl” who loved all things pink; she enjoyed watching YouTube videos.

Case Status:
Rosa Hargrave (Mother), neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
Charles Turner (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury.
Felicia Hargrave (Aunt), charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury.

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Kaleb Bogan

Photo of a young boy with dark skin, grinning at the camera, lying back on a pillow, wearing an orange tank top printed with "Let's" (the rest of the message is out of frame).Name: Kaleb Bogan.
Died: January 15, 2023.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Blunt trauma and burns.
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Paramedics were called to Kaleb’s home, where he was unresponsive. They performed CPR but were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital, where doctors reported that Kaleb’s body was covered in scars and burns. His mother was arrested.

Case Status:
Brianna Young (Mother), charged with murder, child abuse, and child neglect.

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Skyler Wilson

Photo of light-skinned, blond boy wearing a blue print shirt and grinning. He is holding a plastic toy sword.Name: Skyler Wilson.
Died: January 9, 2023.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Hypoxic brain injury.
Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Reactive attachment disorder.

Skyler’s parents allegedly tried to “treat” him by swaddling him tightly–so tightly that he could not breathe. Skyler was rushed to the hospital, but died four days later from a brain injury caused by lack of oxygen.

Case Status:
Joseph Wilson (Adoptive father), charged with murder.
Jodi Wilson (Adoptive mother), charged with murder.

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