Kyla Puhle

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Name: Kyla Puhle.
Died: March 19, 2011.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: North Brighton, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Six months before Kyla died, her parents stopped taking her to her day program and instead left her lying, alone, on a bean bag while they went to work. Gradually they fed Kyla less and less, until Kyla died of malnutrition and pneumonia, weighing only 12 kilos.

Perpetrator: Harry Puhle (Father), committed suicide before he could be tried; Angela Puhle (Mother), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, freed with five-year suspended sentence.

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Baby Girl

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: November 18, 2010.
Age at death: 6 months.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Sydney, Australia.
Disability: None; mother believed she had dwarfism.

This baby girl was born without any congenital conditions, but because she had skin tags on her ears, her mother believed her daughter had a disability. She had doctors test her over and over, each time with negative results, but became fixed on the idea that the baby had dwarfism. When a friend told her to stop worrying because it wasn’t cancer, she replied that it would be “better to deal with a terminal illness than to spend a lifetime with a dwarf”.

Her mother drowned the six-month-old girl in the bathtub.

Perpetrator: Her mother, sentenced to up to 20 years in a mental health institution; found fit to stand trial in August 2016, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

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Janet Mackozdi

No PhotoName: Janet Mackozdi.
Died: July 23, 2010.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Mt. Lloyd, Tasmania, Australia.
Disability: Dementia, coronary vascular disease, mobility impaired.

Janet’s daughter and son-in-law made her live in an uninsulated shipping container on their property in midwinter, so they could make room in their house for boxes of their belongings. They spent her money, and did not care for her as her weight dropped, even though one was a nurse and the other a disability support worker. Temperatures dropped below freezing and she died of hypothermia.

Perpetrator: Jassy Anglin (Daughter) and Michael Anglin (Son-in-law); both pleaded guilty to causing death by culpable negligence and received a 2-year suspended sentence.

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Elizabeth Knowles

Photo of Elizabeth Knowles. She has pale skin, chin-length curly brown hair, and blue eyes. She is smiling slightly. She is wearing a pink sleeveless shirt and a silver necklace.Name: Elizabeth Joy Knowles.
Died: April 22, 2010.
Age at death: 48.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kallangur, Queensland, Australia.
Disability: Chronic illness, mobility impairment (Wheelchair user).

Elizabeth’s husband set their house on fire and left her inside, knowing she could not get out; she died of smoke inhalation. Less than a day later, her husband put in an insurance claim on the house.

Perpetrator: David Maxwell Knowles (Husband), charged with murder, arson, and fraud.

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Peter Eitzen

No PhotoName: Peter Eitzen.
Died: July 26, 2009.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Mount Barker, Australia.
Disability: Intellectual disabilty.

Peter was drugged and stabbed to death by his mother.

Perpetrator: Beverley Eitzen (Mother); ruled mentally unfit to stand trial due to depression, and released on mental health supervision.

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Maia Comas

Photo of an infant girl lying on her stomach, propping herself up on one arm and holding a toy in the other hand. She seems to be offering the toy to whoever is holding the camera.Name: Maia Comas.
Died: December 3, 2007.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Sydney, Australia.
Disability: Rett syndrome.

When Maia was diagnosed with Rett syndrome, her parents wanted to euthanize her. Told this was illegal, they “coincidentally” found Maia drowned in a wading pool and did not attempt to resuscitate her.

Perpetrator: Pablo and Samantha Comas (Parents); never charged.

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Shellay Ward

Photo of Shellay Ward, a young girl wearing a big blue beanie hat and a broad smile.Name: Shellay Ward.
Died: November 13, 2007.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Hawks Nest, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Autism.

Shellay was locked into a back room, where she died from long-term neglect and starvation.

Perpetrator: Sharyn Ward (Mother), convicted of murder, sentenced to life; Blakely Ward (Father), convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 12 years.

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Kate Bugmy

Photo of Kate Bugmy. She is a young woman sitting in a wheelchair, with her dark hair tied back. She is wearing overalls and an orange T-shirt. Her limbs are very thin.Name: Kate Bugmy.
Died: June 28, 2007.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, epilepsy, intellectual disability.

Kate’s father had been her primary caregiver. When he died suddenly, her mother and sister took over. They neglected her; they stopped bringing Kate to her day program, and her relatives noticed that she seemed sad. She died of malnutrition and systemic blood poisoning from infected bedsores.

Perpetrator: Daphne Hall (mother) and Jenna Bugmy (sister), no charges.

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Janene Devine

Photo of Janene Devine, a middle-aged white woman with short brown hair.Name: Janene Devine.
Died: April 16, 2007.
Age at death: 48.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Janene’s husband, a registered nurse, did not want anyone else to help his wife. He refused placement at a care home for her, and even rejected an offer of free installation of a wheelchair ramp so that she could get out of the house, preferring to carry her instead. Then he neglected her so badly that she died from infected bedsores and starvation.

Perpetrator: Andrew Devine (Husband), pled guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 6 months to 1 year.

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Grace Parkes

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Name: Grace Winifred Parkes.
Died: January 16, 2005.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Sydney, Australia.
Disability: Diabetes, hypertension, Paget’s disease, Bells palsy, glaucoma, goitre, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

Grace’s son bludgeoned her to death.

Perpetrator: Phillip Raymond Parkes (Son).

Source: Regina v Phillip Raymond Parkes [2006] NSWSC 331