Frederico Mendes

Photo of a brown-eyed, brown-haired, fair-skinned boy in a white dress shirt. A cartoon heart has been added to the upper-left of the image.Name: Frederico Mendes.
Died: September 15, 2022.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Unspecified homicide.
Location: Leeds, England, UK.
Disability: Autism.

Frederico was killed by his mother in a murder-suicide.

Case Status:
Dalia Baptista (Mother), deceased.

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Louise Nash

Somewhat blurred photo of a teenage girl with a round face, tan skin, and frizzy black hair tied back in a ponytail. She is wearing a dark zip-up sweater and a seat belt stretches across her chest. Her expression is neutral and relaxed, eyes half-closed.Name: Louise Nash.
Died: September 8, 2022.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: Great Waldingfield, Suffolk, England, UK.
Disability: Autism.

Louise and her mother Jillu lived in Suffolk, where Louise attended a special-needs school. Louise’s parents lived in India, and the mother and daughter sometimes went to visit them. They were well-known to neighbors, who remember them always waving from their car when they drove past.

Someone called the authorities, worried about Louise and Jillu, and police went to check on them. They found Louise and Jillu dead, a gas leak in the home, and Louise’s father, badly injured and immediately taken to the hospital, who they suspect is responsible for the killings. The neighborhood had to be evacuated while the gas leak was repaired, but no one else was hurt.

Case Status:
Peter Nash (Father), charged with murder.

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Helen Lawrie

No PhotoName: Helen Lawrie.
Died: April 4, 2022.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Head injury.
Location: Cromer, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia, mobility impaired, speech impaired, low vision.

Helen’s husband killed her before taking his own life.

Helen was a member of the Royal Cromer Golf Club. She owned hair salons and taught hairdressing.

Case Status:
Alexander Lawrie (Husband), deceased.

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Dawn Walker

Photo of a woman with light skin and long, dark-brown hair, wearing a pink blouse; she is sitting at a table at a sidewalk cafe.Name: Dawn Walker.
Died: October 31, 2021.
Age at death: 52.
Cause of death: Asphyxia, head injury.
Location: Brighouse, West Yorkshire, England, UK.
Disability: Bipolar disorder.

Dawn was newly married when she told her husband that she had bipolar disorder, and that she wanted a divorce. He strangled her to death.

Case Status:
Thomas Nutt (Husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to at least 21 years.

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Mohammed Mukhtar

No PhotoName: Mohammed “Amin” Mukhtar.
Died: August 30, 2021.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Miles Platting, Manchester, England, UK.
Disability: Mental illness.

Amin was in a four-year relationship with an abusive girlfriend, who had repeatedly hurt him and had been arrested three times for abusing him, but then manipulated him into refusing to press charges when he needed medical care for his injuries. Soon after she started dating another man, she tied up Amin and strangled him to death with an extension cord.

Case Status:
Charlotte Dootson (Partner), convicted of murder, sentenced to 22 and a half years to life.

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Harrison Louden

Blurry photo of a fair-skinned baby with blue eyes and scant, dark-blond hair.Name: Harrison Louden.
Died: August 13, 2021.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Asphyxiation.
Location: Kidderminster, England, UK.
Disability: Autism.

Harrison was suspected to have autism, and his parents were negotiating the health care system to get him services. Because they were at home due to the Covid-19 lockdowns, appointments were sometimes postponed and often had to be done remotely.

Harrison’s father, who left a letter saying he believed Covid had ruined Harrison’s chances of ever getting proper support, suffocated Harrison with helium gas and then killed himself.

Case Status:
David Louden (Father), deceased.

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Harvey Borrington

Photo of small blond boy sitting on a park bench, wearing a pink shirt and shorts, holding a bottle of water. He is smiling.Name: Harvey Borrington.
Died: August 7, 2021.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Skull fracture.
Location: Jacksdale, England, UK.
Disability: Autism.

Harvey was home with his stepmother when she called emergency services, saying he had fallen backward and hit his head. He was taken to the hospital, but the injury proved fatal two days later. Medical examiners found that Harvey had a skull fracture caused by being hit in the head several times. Only weeks before his death, Harvey had suffered a broken arm while in the care of his stepmother.

Harvey was very detail-oriented and enjoyed lining up his toys neatly.

Case Status:
Leila Borringham (Stepmother), charged with murder, manslaughter, wounding and four counts of assault.

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Elsie Pinder

Photo of a woman with pale skin and dyed, short cut red hair, smiling for the camera; she is wearing oval-rimmed glasses, a purple cardigan, and a gold necklace over a white shirt.Name: Elsie Pinder.
Died: July 3, 2021.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Fire.
Location: Southend, Essex, England, UK.
Disability: Stroke; mobility impaired.

Elsie died in a house fire started by her son deliberately in order to kill her. Her son, also her sole caretaker, knew that she would be unable to escape a burning house. Firefighters were able to rescue Elsie from the house, but she died from her injuries at the hospital.

Her other son, Paul, describes Elsie as kind-hearted, generous, loving, and witty, a “bottle of champagne waiting to pop”.

Case Status:
Andrew Wilding (Son), found guilty of murder and arson with intent to endanger life, sentenced to 27 years to life.

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Winifred Grover

No PhotoName: Winifred Grover.
Died: June 21, 2021.
Age at death: 89.
Cause of death: Smothered.
Location: Grays, Essex, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Winifred’s daughter killed her mother by smothering her. In court, she admitted to the killing, but claimed that she was so depressed from the stress of caregiving that she should not be blamed for her actions.

Case Status:
Cheryl Banks (Daughter), charged with murder; cleared of murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, sentenced to 2 years in prison, suspended for 2 years, and a 90 day rehabilitation order.

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Darren Henson

Photo of a young, sandy-haired boy wearing a blue "Birthday Boy" ribbon. His hands are blurred from waving them. Name: Darren Henson.
Died: May 31, 2021.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: Louth, England, UK.
Disability: Autism.

Darren’s stepfather stabbed him and his mother to death. He had grown to hate Darren and wanted to wipe out his mother’s bloodline.

Darren loved football (soccer), especially Chelsea football. He was “a happy child with a kind heart.”

Case Status:
Daniel Boulton (Stepfather), convicted of two counts of murder, sentenced to 40 years to life.

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