Cassandra Killpack

Photo of Cassandra Kilpatrick. She is a young black toddler, outdoors, stooping down and examining some dry grass.Name: Cassandra Taine Killpack.
Died: June 10, 2002.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Springville, Utah, USA.
Disability: Reactive attachment disorder.

Details:
Cassandra’s adoptive parents forced her to drink so much water that she died of water poisoning.

Perpetrator: Jennete Killpack (Adoptive mother), child abuse, 1 to 15 years in prison (served 6 years); Richard Killpack, acquitted.

Source: Cassandra Taine Killpack

Andy and Michael Scott

Photo of Andy and Michael Scott, two men. There are balloons in the background.Name: Andy Byron Scott.
Age at death: 41.

Name: Michael Randy Scott.
Age at death: 42.

Died: June 8, 2002.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Spalding County, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Huntington’s disease.

Details:
Andy and Michael’s mother went to their nursing home and shot them.

Perpetrator: Carol Carr (Mother), pleaded guilty to assisted suicide, sentenced to 5 years in prison.

(There is no evidence that the two men ever asked their mother to help them commit suicide; she seems to have been the one who decided they should not live any longer. –Ed.)

Source: Carol Carr

Mitchell Dickson

No PhotoName: Mitchell Dickson.
Died: June 4, 2002.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Seymour, Texas, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Mitchell’s mother slashed him to death with razor blades and then tried to disguise it as a car accident.

Perpetrator: Melanie Rochelle Dickson (Mother); pled guilty to murder; sentenced to 15-30 years.

Source: Mom Gets 30 Years In Prison For Son’s Murder

Lilian Gill

Photo of Lilian Gill, a toddler girl with light skin and dark hair.Name: Lilian Leilani Gill.
Died: March 1, 2002.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: San Bernardino, California, USA.
Disability: Mother claimed she was autistic.

Details:
Lillian was killed by her mother, who then claimed that Lilian had been sent to a special school to be treated for her autism. Lilian was later found buried in the backyard.

Perpetrator: Sharon Michelle Gill (Adoptive mother).

Source: Woman tells of burying daughter

Shirley Harrison

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Name: Shirley Harrison.
Died: December 31, 2001.
Age at death: 74.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Stroke.

Details:
Shirley was hospitalized after a recent stroke; her husband shot her as she lay in the hospital bed.

Perpetrator: Thomas Harrison (Husband), pleaded guilty to murder.

Source: From ‘mercy killing’ to ‘domestic violence’: Shirley Harrison, the Chicago Media and Not Dead Yet

Brahim Dukes

No PhotoName: Brahim Dukes.
Died: December 29, 2001.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
When Brahim’s father was jailed for unpaid traffic tickets, he was left with his stepmother, who did not care for him. Brahim starved to death.

Perpetrator: Audrey McDaniels (Stepmother); convicted of third degree murder; conviction was later reversed and she was released.

Source: Audrey McDaniels v. Winstead, et al.

Megan McCullar

A heart-shaped gravestone reading, "Megan Lavon. December 16, 1999 to September 22, 2001. McCullar."Name: Megan Lavon McCullar.
Died: September 18, 2001.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Rocky Comfort, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Details:
Megan had been removed from her parents’ custody and was living with a foster family when her foster mother killed her by slamming her high chair into the wall, causing massive head trauma. Megan died of shaken baby syndrome, and her foster mother was charged with child abuse, but charges were dropped.

Her foster mother initially claimed that she had not killed Megan; but years later, diagnosed with late-stage cancer, she confessed to her husband that she had done exactly what they said she had done.

Perpetrator: Jessica Newhard (Foster mother), charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
Missouri trial ordered for woman accused in foster child’s death
Long-dormant shaken baby case moves forward
Missouri Trial Ordered for Accused in Foster Child’s Death
Confession leads to murder charges in 15-year-old child death case
Woman Arrested In 2001 Death Of A 2-Year-Old Girl
Woman charged in 2001 death of Missouri child, 2

Sean Hurtt

No PhotoName: Sean Hurtt.
Died: June 13, 2001.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Garfield, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Sean and his mother, Kathy Hairston, were both bludgeoned to death with a hammer by Sean’s stepfather. His stepfather was facing imprisonment for rape, and claimed that he had killed them because no one could take care of them the way he could.

Perpetrator: Kenneth Hairston (Stepfather). Sentenced to death.

Source: Husband killed wife, son to spare them ordeal of his trial for rape, detective says

Gabriel Britt

Portrait photo of Gabriel Britt, a young boy.Name: Gabriel Britt.
Died: March 3, 2001.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: St. George, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Gabriel was suffocated by his father, who put his body in a pond and tried to pretend that Gabriel had accidentally drowned.

Perpetrator: Terrence Britt (Father); sentenced to four years. Renee Britt (Mother); mistrial, no conviction.

Source: (8-9-01) Gabriel Britt’s death now ruled a homicide

Amanda Bates

A temporary plaque marking a grave: "Amanda Lois Bates, 1987-2001."Name: Amanda Bates.
Died: February 5, 2001.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado, USA.
Disability: Juvenile diabetes.

Details:
Amanda’s juvenile diabetes was left untreated. She died of a combination of diabetic ketoacidosis and a gangrenous infection.

Perpetrator: Colleen and Randy Bates (Parents), pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, given 20 years of probation.

Source: Amanda Bates