Ashton and Ethan Yap

Flowers left at a green railing in front of a shallow canal. There are three bouquets of yellow flowers and a line of white roses.Name: Ashton Yap Kai Shern.
Name: Ethan Yap E Chern.

Died: January 21, 2022.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Homicide.
Location: Singapore.
Disability: ADHD, autism.

Ashton and Ethan were twin brothers whose bodies were found in a canal near a playground. Their father was arrested on suspicion of having killed them.

Case Status:
Xavier Yap Jung Houn (Father), convicted of 2 counts of culpable homicide, sentenced to 14 years.

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Sotaro Ogata

No PhotoName: Sotaro Ogata.
Died: November 14, 2019.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Asphyxia.
Location: Bukit Timah, Singapore.
Disability: Autism, ADHD.

Sotaro was strangled by his mother, who then killed herself.

His family had moved to Singapore from Japan. His father, a businessman, had been away on a business trip when Sotaro was murdered. Sotaro’s brother, Haruto, survived unharmed.

Case status:
Nami Ogata (Mother), deceased.

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Desiree Tan

No PhotoName: Desiree Jiaping Tan.
Died: November 19, 2018.
Age at death: 36.
Cause of death: Asphyxia.
Location: Singapore.
Disability: Anxiety disorder (Agoraphobia, health anxiety, panic attacks).

Desiree’s father beat her with a metal pole, then strangled her. The court decided that he had done so due to caregiver stress, and allowed a defense of diminished responsibility.

Desiree was a university graduate. Due to her mental illness, she was unable to leave home by herself and could not find a job.

Case status:
Tian Chye Tan (Father), convicted of culpable homicide not amounting to murder; sentenced to two years and nine months in jail, released on time served.

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Hui Yee Tang

Photo of a young Asian woman with short black hair, wearing a yellow shirt and a lanyard around her neck.Name: Hui Yee Tang.
Died: August 20, 2017.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Stab injury.
Location: Pasir Ris Street, Singapore.
Disability: Autism, intellectual disability.

Ms. Tang lived with her father, mother, and two siblings. She liked to play with water, and would stand under the shower for hours at a time. Neighbors remember her as “a pleasant, quiet girl”. She was enrolled in a program at the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).

Ms. Tang’s father stabbed her to death before committing suicide. He was “worried about her future”.

case status:
Soh Ha Tang (Father), deceased.

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Annie Ee

Closeup photo of Annie Ee, a young woman with brown hair, pale skin, and dark brown eyes.Name: Annie Ee Yu Lian.
Died: April 13, 2015.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Fat embolism.
Location: Singapore.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Annie lived with a friend and her husband. She worked as a waitress.

Her caregivers took her salary, repeatedly beat her, and did not seek medical care when she was obviously dying. She died from a fat embolism, a clump of fat that tore loose from her injuries and clogged a critical blood vessel. She had a ruptured stomach and many broken bones from eight months of torture.

Case status:
Tan Hui Zhen (Housemate), pleaded guilty to causing grievous hurt, sentenced to 16-and-a-half years in jail.
Pua Hak Chuan (Housemates), pleaded guilty to causing grievous hurt, sentenced to 14 years in jail and 14 strokes of the cane.
Neither could be charged with murder because they “did not intend to kill” Annie, and because she died of a fat embolism, which is a rare medical complication.

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Mr. Zhang

Photo of a young Asian boy with tan skin and black hair, wearing a sports jersey, his hands to his neck, looking puzzled.Name: Zhang (First name unknown).
Died: September 13, 2014.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Fall injury.
Location: Singapore.
Disability: Autism.

This 7-year-old boy was found dead on the ground outside a high-rise apartment building after being pushed out the 9th-story window by his mother.

Case status:
Koh Sook Hoon (Mother); pleaded guilty to culpable homicide, sentenced to 5 years.

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Shah Amin Shariffudin

No PhotoName: Shah Amin Shariffudin.
Died: September 26, 2010.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Asphyxia.
Location: Marsiling, Singapore.
Disability: Global developmental delay, mobility impaired (wore leg braces).

Shah was strangled by his father, who then killed himself. Reportedly, his father had gone into debt and did not want to “burden” the family with Shah’s care.

Case status:
Shariffudin Abdul Kader (Father), deceased.

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Faheem Farook

No PhotoName: Faheem Mohamed Farook.
Died: April 24, 2009.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Fall.
Location: Singapore.
Disability: Asperger syndrome.

Faheem and his parents moved to Singapore from India when he was just a year old; at five, Faheem was diagnosed with autism, and his parents were “troubled by his condition”.

When he was seven, his father pushed him out a high-rise window and jumped out after him.

Case status:
Mohamed Farook (Father), deceased.

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