Emily Kaminski

Photo of a teenage girl. She is wearing a jeweled necklace and thick glasses, and there is a tiara atop her frizzy blonde hair.Name: Emily Jean Kaminski.
Died: October 14, 2015.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: La Mesa, California, USA.
Disability: Multiple disabilities, including blindness.

Emily’s grandmother gave her a fatal overdose of prescription drugs, then killed herself.

Perpetrator: Marshelle Marie Newby (Grandmother).

Source: Police: California Grandmother Gave Disabled Teen Fatal Overdose in Murder-Suicide

Andrea Lago Ordóñez

Photo of Andrea Lago, a blonde toddler sitting on a swing.Name: Andrea Lago Ordóñez.
Died: October 9, 2015.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Disability: A degenerative neurological condition.

Andrea’s parents advocated for her feeding tube to be removed. She died of starvation and dehydration after four days without nourishment.

Perpetrator: Antonio Lago and Estela Ordóñez (Parents); no crime.

Source: Spanish girl at centre of futile care controversy dies

Jhoel Noria

Photo of a young boy with brown hair and tan skin, smiling; in the background are the walls of a school classroom.Name: Jhoel Noria; also called Jhoel Jesus Gaspar.
Died: September 30, 2015.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Fatal neglect.
Location: Trenton, Texas, USA.
Disability: “Special needs”.

Jhoel died while waiting for the school bus; he walked into the road and was fatally hit by an SUV.

Normally this would have been categorized as an accident, but police investigated and found that Jhoel, whose special needs required supervision, had been completely unsupervised at the time. Suspecting neglect, they removed Jhoel’s three siblings from the home. These three siblings, now able to speak out, told the police that Jhoel’s stepfather and stepbrother had been sexually assaulting all four children. Jhoel’s parents and stepbrother were arrested.

Jhoel liked to play ball and he liked animals, but he had a passion for dancing. He was always showing his family his new dance moves.

Perpetrator: Pedro Noria (Stepfather), arrested for sexual assault; Nelson Rodriguez (Stepbrother), arrested for sexual assault; Noemi Noria (Mother), arrested for neglect and failure to report a rape.

Trenton police investigation into 12-year-old’s death leads to sexual assault arrests
Boy killed in Trenton wreck identified
Jhoel Jesus Gaspar Obituary
Family of boy who died while waiting on a school bus arrested on child abuse charges

John Pehota

Photo of John Pehota, a balding man in a sports-themed sleeveless shirt and glasses.Name: John “Jack” Pehota.
Died: September 23, 2015.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: The Hammock, Florida, USA.
Disability: Heart condition, mobility impairment.

John was shot by his wife.

He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and collected guns. In 2005, a local newspaper published a letter to the editor that John had written, in which he complained about a recent ban on beach-going vehicles. The ban on vehicles extended to John’s mobility scooter, and because he could not walk to the beach while carrying his fishing tackle, the ban prevented him from going fishing.

John owned a small dog and was often seen walking the dog around his neighborhood.

Perpetrator: Anna Pehota (Wife), charged with 2nd-degree murder.

Source: Anna Pehota, 75, Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder for Shooting Husband in Hammock
“He Kept Pushing Me Mentally”: Anna and John Pehota’s Life Before She Shot Him

Gurneer Chaddha

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Name: Gurneer Chaddha, also spelled “Gunoor” or “Gurneet”.
Died: September 14, 2015.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Rajouri Garden, West Delhi, India.
Disability: Liver disease, asthma, intellectual disability, from aspiration of amniotic fluid during birth.

Gurneer’s mother spent a lot of money at private hospitals to try to cure her daughter. She strangled Gurneer before killing herself; in her suicide note, she said that she had killed her daughter because Gurneer’s illness could not be cured.

Perpetrator: Vidhi Chaddha (Mother).

Source: Delhi woman kills child, self over deadly disease

Steven Reis

Photo of Steven Reis, a middle-aged man.Name: Steven Reis.
Died: Body found September 6, 2015; died January 2015.
Age at death: 55.
Cause of death: Unsolved.
Location: Dayton, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Disabled veteran; depression, PTSD, diabetes.

Steven’s cause of death is still under investigation, but his body was found buried in his basement; he had been dead for about nine months. His caregiver had been using his credit cards and stealing his retirement payments.

Steven Reis was an Air Force veteran.

Perpetrator: Christy Russell (Caregiver), charged with tampering with evidence and credit card fraud.

Source: Woman charged $30,000 on dead man’s credit cards, police say

Albert Vereen

An African-American man in a white T-shirt.Name: Albert Lee Vereen.
Died: August 7, 2015.
Age at death: 63.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Longs, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Albert’s son and daughter neglected his care. He died of sepsis from a large, untreated bedsore.

Albert had seven grandchildren.

Perpetrator: Ronya Green (Daughter) and Albert Vereen Jr. (Son), both charged with abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death.

2 arrested for neglect after father dies from untreated bedsore

Chaitanya Balpande

Photo of Chaitanya Balpande, an adolescent boy.Name: Chaitanya Balpande.
Died: August 5, 2015.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Pune, Maharashtra, India.
Disability: Cerebral palsy (spastic diplegia).

Chaitanya’s mother abused him, beating him for limping when he walked, starving him, locking him up, and making him exercise for hours at a time. Chaitanya died of injuries received when his mother and his mother’s boyfriend beat him with a cricket bat.

Perpetrator: Rakhi Balpande (Mother), Sumit More (Mother’s boyfriend); charged with murder.

Source: 13-yr-old was beaten to death with cricket bat he considered lucky

Maxwell Peterson

Photo of Maxwell Peterson.Name: Maxwell J. Peterson.
Died: July 21, 2015.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Angelman syndrome.

Maxwell’s father took him to a park and killed him by slitting his throat and shooting him with a nail gun. Then he killed himself.

Maxwell liked playing basketball.

Perpetrator: Theodore R. Peterson (Father).

Source: Son identified, father held in killing at Token Creek County Park