Name Unknown. Died: Undated; article published January 6, 2016. Age at death: Newborn, less than 6 days old. Cause of death: Burned alive, following Yanomami tradition. Location: Caracaraí, Brazil. Disability: “a malformation in his leg”.
Quote: When a 21-year-old indigenous woman gave birth to her fourth son in this small settlement in northern Brazil, she noticed that the newborn was suffering from a malformation in his leg. She knew what that meant, but still consulted with the leaders of her Yanomami tribe in a desperate hope for an exception.
It was not to be: the baby was burned alive as part of a ritual, and the ashes were used to prepare a sort of gruel that was offered to all members of the tribe. Though the mother shared her grief with her immediate family, she said she understood that this was the tradition.
His mother and tribe were not prosecuted.
Died: Unknown; mother arrested in 2015. Age at death: All were under 3. Cause of death: Warfarin poisoning. Location: Ekaterinburg, Russia. Disability: Atypical hemolytic-uremic syndrome.
Sasha, Maxim, and Misha died before their brother Ilya was taken to the hospital, gravely sick from warfarin poisoning. Ilya survived, but the attempted murder tipped off police that his siblings’ deaths might not have been accidental. After exhumation and autopsy, it was determined that Maxim and Misha had both died from warfarin poisoning. Their sister Sasha’s autopsy was inconclusive, but like them, she died young and suddenly.
Their mother, when arrested, claimed she had tried to cure her children, but that it was too difficult; so she wanted to kill them and start a new family with healthy children.
Ilya, who recovered from the poisoning, is now living with his father.
Elena Kordyukova (Mother), convicted, sentenced to 18 years.