Dustin Baggett

Photo of a teenage boy with a buzz cut, grinning widely, showing crooked teeth.Name: Dustin Baggett.
Died: January 18, 2020.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Florissant, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Dustin was pulled out of his burning house by firefighters, but died a day later in the hospital. The fire was investigated and shown to be arson, set by a man who lived in his house.

Dustin’s neighbors had long been worried about how he and the other children in his house were being treated. They called authorities repeatedly. Dustin, though nonverbal, was a friendly boy and constantly smiling. A neighbor remembers, “We all kind of took him in, knowing he needed our love.”

Perpetrator: Bobby Copass (Household member), charged with first-degree arson and murder.

Source:
Man suspected of setting fatal fire in Florissant now charged with murder
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Samantha Roberts

No PhotoName: Samantha Roberts.
Died: January 17, 2020.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Nekoosa, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, nonspeaking.

Details:
Samantha was bludgeoned to death by her mother’s boyfriend.

Perpetrator: Paul M. Carter (mother’s boyfriend), charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Source:
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Thomas Valva

Photo of a small boy in a collared shirt, smiling.Name: Thomas Valva.
Died: January 17, 2020.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Long Island, New York, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Thomas lived with his father and his father’s fiancee. He and his brother were often starved and made to sleep in the unheated garage. One freezing night, Thomas died from hypothermia.

He was a second-grader who loved playing outside.

Perpetrator: Michael Valva (Father) and Angelina Pollana (Father’s girlfriend), charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
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NYPD Cop & Fiancee Accused of Killing 8-Year-Old Boy

Stacy Hunsucker

Photo of a woman with blonde chin-length hair, smiling for the camera.Name: Stacy Hunsucker.
Died: September 23, 2018.
Age at death: 32.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Mount Holly, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Chronic heart condition; pacemaker.

Details:
Stacy had a heart condition that had required a pacemaker. Knowing this, her paramedic husband poisoned her with Visine eye drops, an overdose of which he knew would cause heart failure. She died and he tried to pass it off as natural and claim the insurance, but an autopsy proved it had been murder.

Perpetrator: Joshua Hunsucker (Husband), charged with first-degree murder.

Source: ‘Cheating’ Paramedic ‘murdered wife with eye drops to claim huge life insurance payout’
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Sharon Theleman

No PhotoName: Sharon Theleman.
Died: November 19, 2019.
Age at death: 51.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Fenton, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability, visually impaired, mobility impaired.

Details:
Sharon lived at an assisted living facility. Her mother, who was worried about developing dementia, took her out of the facility and to a hotel, where she stabbed Sharon to death and attempted suicide. She left a note that said she was doing it as a favor to Sharon’s brothers, so they would not be “burdened” with caring for her.

Perpetrator: Marjorie Theleman (Mother), charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Source:
Mother charged with stabbing daughter in attempted murder-suicide in Fenton hotel
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Police: Mother took daughter from care facility, killed her

Jacqueline Juhlin

No PhotoName: Jacqueline Ghislaine Juhlin.
Died: October 14, 2019.
Age at death: 50.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Venice, Florida, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Jacqueline was shot by her husband because she had dementia.

Perpetrator: Wayne Juhlin (Husband), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
94-year-old shoots, kills his wife because she had dementia
94-year-old Venice man killed his wife, who was suffering from dementia, police say

Dorothy Davis

No PhotoName: Dorothy Davis.
Died: October 7, 2019.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Midwest City, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
As she lay in her bed, Dorothy was shot by her husband.

In the afternoons, neighbors often saw her sitting on the porch, holding hands with her husband.

Perpetrator: Royce Davis (Husband), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
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Jaime Feden

Photo of a short woman with protruding ears and a round nose; her light-brown hair is pulled back away from her pale face and she is smiling for the camera, photographed outdoors.Name: Jaime Rae Feden.
Died: October 5, 2019 (Body found, last seen September 15, 2019).
Age at death: 33.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Vater syndrome.

Details:
Jamie’s ex-boyfriend, with whom she still spent time, took her to Las Vegas on vacation with the promise he would find a home for them. Then he drove her out into the desert, saying they were going to do a photoshoot. There, he suffocated her by wrapping her nose and mouth in duct tape and tried to cover up her death by pretending to be her on Facebook. When her body was found dumped in the desert, he was arrested, and it came out he was already married to someone else.

Jamie was sweet-natured, strong-willed and independent. She wanted to go to college and become a medical assistant, and had recently held a job at a care home. She had a four-leaf clover tattoo in honor of her uncle, brother, and mother, who died when she was a child.

Perpetrator: John Matthew Chapman (Boyfriend), charged with kidnapping, obstructing administration of law, and criminal use of a communication facility.

Source:
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Man ‘lured disabled ex to the desert, suffocated her then dumped her body’

Mildred Costanza

No PhotoName: Mildred Costanza.
Died: October 4, 2019.
Age at death: 78.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Wausau, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Frail elder.

Details:
Mildred’s daughter, who ostensibly cared for her, kept her in deplorable conditions and did not take her to the doctor even when she developed a serious infection. Weakened by hunger and neglect, Mildred died of a Tramadol overdose. She weighed only 75 pounds.

Perpetrator: Mary Tessmer (Daughter), charged with intentionally subjecting an individual at risk to abuse, causing death.

Source:
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