Jax Ponomarenko

Photo of a small boy standing in the snow, mouth open in a laugh, holding a brown dog's leash. He has fair skin and brown hair, and his cheeks are red from the cold. Name: Jax Ponomarenko.
Died: March 25, 2021.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Beaten with baseball bat.
Location: Parma, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Jax’s father called 911, saying, “I’ve killed my son,” and claimed he had been hearing voices. He then described how he had beaten the boy to death with a baseball bat.

Jax used a tablet to communicate.

Case Status:
Matthew Ponomarenko (Father), charged with aggravated murder.

Source:
Man Pleads Not Guilty After 911 Call Shows Alleged Confession in Baseball Bat Murder of 5-Year-Old Son
Matthew J Ponomarenko: Parma dad beats autistic son with baseball bat, calls 911: ‘I’m hearing voices’
5-year-old boy killed in Parma, boy’s father arrested, police say
Matthew Ponomarenko beats autistic son, Jax, 5, to death w/ baseball bat
GRAPHIC: ‘I just killed my son after hearing voices,’ Parma, Ohio dad tells 911 dispatcher
Ohio dad admits killing autistic 5-year-old son with baseball bat

Kayla Estevez

Photo of a woman with red hair, light-brown skin, and light make-up, wearing a black dress and holding a rose.Name: Kayla Estevez.
Died: March 24, 2021.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: New York City, New York, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder.

Details:
Kayla died from strangulation while staying in a hotel with her boyfriend. Police charged her boyfriend with second-degree murder, noting that her body was covered in bruises. Her family says that Kayla had been in a long-term abusive relationship with her boyfriend, who took advantage of her using her bipolar disorder.

Kayla took ballet lessons and enjoyed drawing and expressing herself in poetry.

Case Status:
Ernest Wright (Boyfriend), charged with second-degree murder and drug possession.

Source:
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Helen Miller

Photo of a young woman leaning against a wheelchair backrest. Her brown hair is curly and short; she has tan skin and is smiling for the camera.Name: Helen Marie Miller.
Died: February 22, 2021.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: Manheim Township, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Helen was stabbed to death in her sleep. According to a probable cause affidavit, her sister then called emergency services, admitted to stabbing her, and was found by police washing the blood off her hands.

Helen was an artistic young woman who made paintings and sculptures. She had won an award for her watercolor work.

Case Status:
Claire Miller (Sister), charged with criminal homicide.

Source:
Who is Claire Miller and what is she accused of?
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Guadalupe Martinez

No PhotoName: Guadalupe “Lupita” Martinez.
Died: January 28, 2021.
Age at death: 30.
Cause of death: Throat cut.
Location: Othello, Washington, USA.
Disability: Autism, intellectual disability.

Details:
Guadalupe, called “Lupita” by her family, lived with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend. Her mother’s boyfriend is accused of killing her mother after an argument and then, when Guadalupe walked in on the killing, slamming her head against the floor and cutting her throat.

Case status:
Mauricio Nava-Garibay (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of removal or concealment of a body.

Source:
‘We are all scared’: Neighbors speak after the murders of two women in Othello
Othello man admits to murdering two women: Court documents
Man Stabs and Chops Up Girlfriend And Her Daughter After Argument

Michael Montgomery

Photo of African-American man with a mustache, wearing a blue top.Name: Michael Montgomery.
Died: January 13, 2021.
Age at death: 34.
Cause of death: Stabbing.
Location: Wichita, Kansas, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Details:
When they encountered Michael’s cousin, police say he was lying on the road in the middle of traffic and confessed to them that he had killed his cousin; when they searched his house, they found Michael’s wrapped body in a crawl space.

Michael’s caregiver says he was kind, caring, and often talked about how much he loved his family. “I know how he is, she says, “and how he would tell me, you gotta stay strong. Keep that smile on your face.”

Case status:
Jason Payne (Cousin), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Affidvait: Man confesses to killing cousin, placing body in bag, inside crawlspace
Wichita cops found slain man’s body zipped in bag in basement crawl space: affidavit
Caretaker speaks out after former patient is murdered
Police identify man killed in disturbance at E. Wichita home
Wichita stabbing victim identified, cousin arrested

Joan Wheeler

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Name: Joan Marcella Wheeler.
Died: January 11, 2021.
Age at death: 87.
Cause of death: Shooting.
Location: Medford, Oregon, USA.
Disability: Unspecified chronic illness; frail elder.

Details:
Joan was shot to death.

Police say her husband told them that he had shot her because he believed that due to her health problems, she would be “better off dead than alive”.

Case status:
James Edward Wheeler (Husband), charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
88-year-old Southern Oregon man accused of killing wife
88-year-old Medford man arraigned on murder charge

William and Eric Smithson

No PhotoName:William Harvey Smithson.
Age at death: 54.
Disability: Unspecified special needs.

Name: Eric Russell Smithson.
Age at death: 78.
Disability: Chronic illness/frail elder.

Died: November 24, 2020.
Cause of death: Shooting.
Location: Clermont, Florida, USA.

Details:
Eric and his son William lived with his wife. Authorities concluded that Eric’s wife shot and killed her husband and son, then killed herself.

Case status:
Joyce Lorraine Smithson (wife/mother), died by suicide.

Source:
Florida woman accused of killing husband, son with special needs in double murder-suicide
Deputies: Woman killed her husband, son with special needs before killing herself
Elderly Woman Murdered Her Ill Husband and Special Needs Son Before Dying by Suicide: Deputies
Incident 11-24-2020 Florida Clermont 2-1

Thomas Gruidl

No PhotoName: Thomas Gruidl.
Died: November 20, 2020.
Age at death: Elder.
Cause of death: Blunt force trauma.
Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; confined to bed.

Details:
Thomas’s son is charged with beating him to death as he lay in his bed.

Case status:
Flynn Thomas Gruidl (Son), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
‘There’s blood everywhere’: 911 caller describes finding man allegedly beaten to death by son
Man charged with murder in father’s death

Jamarion Delancy

Photo of a young boy, dark-skinned with small braids and a solemn expressionn. He is wearing a bright-yellow T-shirt with the letter A on the front. One of his eyes has a cataract.Name: Jamarion Javante Delancy.
Died: November 18, 2020.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Internal injuries.
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Blind, developmental disability, used leg braces.

Details:
Jamarion’s mother was at the hospital, having a baby. She left Jamarion and his big sister with her boyfriend. The following day, Jamarion was brought to the hospital, unconscious and bleeding internally, and died hours later. Police arrested Jamarion’s mother’s boyfriend; he is accused of fatally beating Jamarion while his seven-year-old sister watched.

Case status:
Yoshuah Dallas (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with abuse or neglect of a child causing death and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Source:
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‘She has to bring a baby home from the hospital while planning her son’s funeral’ | St. Louis County police union raising money for victim’s family
As mom gives birth at hospital, boyfriend beats her blind 5-year-old son to death: Police
St. Louis police raising funds to help family of blind boy who was beaten to death
Please help the Delancy family

Charles Chandler

Portrait photo of a man in a suit, wearing glasses. His hair is graying.Name: Charles James Chandler.
Died: November 7, 2020.
Age at death: 80.
Cause of death: Diabetes complications.
Location: Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Diabetes.

Details:
While in the care of his children, Charles died from complications of diabetes because he had not been given insulin for two months. He died in hospice care, and his children were arrested and charged.

Charles was a devout Christian and a deacon at his church. He sang baritone in a quartet and loved sweets.

Case Status:
Charles Chandler Jr. (Son), charged with reckless homicide and knowingly failing to provide for a functionally impaired person.
Tina Chandler (Daughter), charged with reckless homicide and knowingly failing to provide for a functionally impaired person.
Christopher Chandler (Son), charged with knowingly failing to provide for a functionally impaired person.

Source:
Charles James Chandler – View Obituary & Service Information
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