Betty Anne Gagnon

Photo of Betty Anne Gagnon, a middle-aged woman with short brown hair.Name: Betty Anne “BA” Gagnon.
Died: November 20, 2009.
Age at death: 48.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse/neglect.
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

BA was beaten and starved by her sister and sister’s husband. Eventually she died from a blow to the head, weighing 65 pounds.

Perpetrator: Denise Scriven (Sister) and Michael Scriven (Brother-in-law) were convicted of “failing to provide the necessities of life” and sentenced to 20-month jail terms.

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Betty Anne Gagnon’s sister testifies about suicide plan, drug use
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Report into death of mentally disabled woman in Alberta calls for better programs

Marie-Nicole Rainville

Black and white photo of Marie-Nicole Rainville, a middle-aged woman.Name: Marie-Nicole Rainville.
Died: November 12, 2009.
Age at death: 71.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Quebec City, Canada.
Disability: Stroke.

Marie-Nicole was shot by her husband.

Perpetrator: Jacques Delisle (Husband), first-degree murder, sentenced to life without parole.

Source: ‘Destroyed, but not guilty,’ says judge accused of murdering his wife
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Jeremy Bostick

Black and white portrait photo of Jeremy Bostick, a young boy.Name: Jeremy Bostick.
Died: September 27, 2009.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Autism.

Jeremy’s father gassed himself and his son with carbon monoxide.

Perpetrator: Jeffrey Bostick (Father).

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Jamie Hawley

Photo of a balding man with light skin and a mustache.Name: Jamie Hawley.
Died: May 26, 2008.
Age at death: 41.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Brockville, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.

Jamie was neglected by his brother. Because he used a wheelchair, Jamie’s brother was able to confine him to the second floor of their home, which had no wheelchair ramps.

While his brother collected his disability checks, Jamie died of starvation, pneumonia, and infected bedsores.

Perpetrator: Jerry Hawley (Brother), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 20 years.

Inquest to begin Dec. 7 into disabled man’s starvation death
Ontario man gets 20 years for starving disabled brother to death

Courtney Wise

No PhotoName: Courtney Wise.
Died: February 18, 2008.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Courtney’s mother neglected and starved her to death.

Perpetrator: Astrid Hueller (Mother), pled guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 6 years in jail, minus double time served, for a total of five years.

Source: Mother gets six years for daughter’s death

Kawliga Potts

No PhotoName: Kawliga Potts.
Died: January 27, 2007.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse and neglect.
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Developmental delay, possible fetal alcohol syndrome.

Kawliga was deprived of food and clothing by his foster parent. He died of injuries from being hit in the head.

Perpetrator: Lily Choy (Foster mother), convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 8 years.

Alberta foster boy’s death a direct result of child welfare failure: judge
New sentence for woman in death of foster child
Report to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General – Public fatality inquiry into the death of Kawliga Potts

Lorna McCadden

Blurry black and white photo of Lorna McCaddon, a light-skinned woman with a beehive hairdo, wearing jeans and a flannel shirt, photographed outside in a garden.Name: Lorna McCadden.
Died: August 29, 2006.
Age at death: 80.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Penticton, British Columbia, Canada.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Lorna’s husband went to the hospital where she was staying and shot her and then himself in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: John McCadden (Husband).

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“B. L.”

No PhotoName: “B. L.”, male.
Died: November 26, 2005.
Age at death: 13 months.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Developmental delay.

B. L. died of shaken baby syndrome, caused by his foster father.

Perpetrator: His foster father; pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to five years, paroled within 2 years.

Source: Learning from a sad, short life

Tiffany Pinckney

Photo of Tiffany Pinckney sitting at a table and leaning her chin on her hands. She wears a beige T-shirt and has an afro.Name: Tiffany Pinckney.
Died: April 2, 2005.
Age at death: 23.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Disability: Autism, developmental delay.

Tiffany was locked in a basement by her sister and her sister’s husband, where she starved to death.

Perpetrator: Allison Cox (sister), convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 9 years. Orlando Klass (sister’s husband), pled guilty to criminal negligence, sentenced to 2 years house arrest.

Source: Nine years for woman’s death