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
15-year-old Missouri boy who lived with autism died after arson fire; upgraded charges expected
Police: Boy, 15, with autism killed in arson fire

Darlene Conger

No PhotoName: Darlene Conger.
Died: June 20, 2019.
Age at death: 67.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Zanesville, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Wheelchair user.

Details:
Darlene, whose caregivers forced her to live in a filthy home, died from neglect when her live-in caregivers did not care for her.

Perpetrator: Dustin Burr and Sheila Allberry (Live-in caregivers) both charged with involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, failing to provide for a functionally impaired person, theft, and misdemeanor child endangering; pleaded guilty to felonious assault.

Source:
Guilty plea entered in case of woman who died after severe neglect in deplorable home
Two face felony charges in disabled woman’s death
Two charged in death of elderly Zanesville woman living in ‘deplorable conditions’ – Y-City News
Obituary for Darlene (Henry) Conger | Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home

Tika Young

Photo of a young woman with bushy brown hair, leaning against a car, wearing a printed camo T-shirt.Name: Tika Young.
Died: March 30, 2019.
Age at death: 37.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Blue Ridge, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Chronic back pain, arthritis.

Details:
Tika’s housemate bludgeoned her to death with a side table and then tried to hide her body. He claimed that she had asked him to hit her and he knew she meant that he wanted her to kill her because of her chronic pain, but her family said that Tika didn’t want to die and her pain wasn’t severe so that story didn’t make sense. Her killer impersonated her on Facebook for weeks after the murder, but her family noticed something was wrong and asked for a welfare check.

Perpetrator: Patrick Nagel (Housemate), charged with murder.

Source: Blue Ridge man pleads not guilty to first-degree murder
Arizona murder suspect impersonated victim for weeks, brother says

Evelyn Scott

No PhotoName: Evelyn H. Scott.
Died: February 7, 2019.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Murray, Kentucky, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Details:
Evelyn lived with her niece and her niece’s boyfriend. Her neighbors rarely saw her, but her niece, 37-year-old Tera Todd, was often seen walking Evelyn’s little dog.

Her caregiver’s boyfriend killed Evelyn and Tera by stabbing Tera and slashing Evelyn’s throat. He also strangled the dog.

Perpetrator: Todd Scott (Niece’s boyfriend), charged with 2 counts of murder, burglary, tampering with evidence, and animal cruelty.

Source:
Court documents paint gruesome picture of Murray double murder
2 women found dead in Murray, KY, suspect facing murder charges
Police investigating double murder in Murray, KY
Evelyn Scott
Family releases names of women in Murray double murder

Elvis Dry

Photo of Elvis Dry, an older man with fair skin and a large nose, grinning at the camera with his arms folded. He is wearing glasses, a baseball cap, a sweater, and a wristwatch.Name: Elvis Dry.
Died: January 20, 2019.
Age at death: 61.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA.
Disability: Diabetes; Amputee; wheelchair user.

Details:
Elvis was a sports fan who was a barefoot kicker for the Kansas High School football team in the 70s. He grew up to become a truck and bus driver who liked to travel. His neighbors remember him as a gentleman with a sense of humor, who “always had a comeback”.

Elvis was burned alive by his live-in caregiver. His burned body and wheelchair were found when neighbors asked police for a welfare check.

Perpetrator: Denise Lynn Grass (Paid live-in caregiver), charged with murder and desecration of a corpse.

Source:
Accused killer of wheelchair-bound man to be in court
Hearing in Dry murder case postponed
Cherokee County deputies seek suspect in killing of amputee
No arrests made in murder of Tahlequah man, leaving neighbors on edge
Arrest made in murder of Cherokee County veteran, amputee
Disabled Oklahoma Veteran Allegedly Killed by Live-In Caretaker
Live-in caretaker accused of burning, killing veteran amputee in Cherokee County
Friends, Family Say Goodbye To Cherokee County Murder Victim
Family, friends say goodbye to Cherokee County man murdered, set on fire
Woman who burned man alive charged with murder
Woman accused of burning man alive charged with murder

Deborah Lynch

Photo of Debbie Lynch, a middle-aged, heavyset woman with blonde hair and thin eyebrows, smiling for the camera.Name: Deborah Lynch.
Died: January 11, 2019.
Age at death: 62.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Wheelchair user.

Details:
Debbie was a religious woman, a faithful churchgoer whose neighbors remember her as extremely nice and soft-spoken.

Debbie was stabbed to death by a man who was living in her apartment at the time. Neighbors heard her calling for help and called the police, but not break down the door to come to her aid; by the time police arrived, her injuries were too severe to survive.

Perpetrator: Kehinde Afolayan (Housemate), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Milwaukee man charged in stabbing of woman in wheelchair
South Milwaukee woman was fatally stabbed 116 times in her wheelchair, complaint says
Woman in wheelchair killed, stabbed 116 times

George Rusnack

No PhotoName: George Rusnack.
Died: January 9, 2019.
Age at death: 73.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Collier County, Florida, USA.
Disability: Dementia, mobility impaired.

Details:
George lived with two family friends who served as his caregivers; but they neglected him, leaving him dirty, letting pressure sores develop, and denying him his medication while they took money out of his bank account. A home-care agency reported that George was poorly cared for, but when George was finally taken to the hospital, he was too sick to recover and died.

Perpetrator: Ronald Everwine and Jennifer Everwine (Family friends), charged with aggravated manslaughter with culpable negligence of an elderly or disabled person and exploitation of the elderly for less than $10,000.

Source:
Collier County caretaker couple arrested for negligent death of bedridden man
CCSO: Caretaker couple charged in January death of bedridden Golden Gate Estates man
Caretaker couple arrested for negligent death of bedridden Golden Gate Estates man
Couple charged with neglect in elderly man’s death

John Likeness

Photo of John Likeness, a heavyset man with muttonchops, wearing glasses and a camo baseball cap.Name: John Matthew Likeness.
Died: December 30, 2018.
Age at death: 54.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Mobility impaired; disabled veteran.

Details:
John’s roommate killed him by shooting him with a crossbow and cutting him with a knife. His roommate claimed that he felt sorry for him and wanted to “put him out of his misery”.

John was an Army veteran who had served in the military for 10 years. He enjoyed traveling by train, accompanied by his dog Sienna.

Perpetrator: Richard Seehaver (Roommate), charged with murder.

Source:
Charge: Western Wisconsin roommate kills disabled Army vet with arrow to the chest
Charges: Wisconsin man kills roommate with crossbow, butcher knife
1 dead, 1 arrested after man dies in Menomonie

Cyra Harrison

Photo of Cyra Harrison, a teenage girl with brown hair tied up in a ribbon, smiling at the camera and wearing two blue first-place ribbons pinned to her hoodie.Name: Cyra Shantell Marie Harrison.
Died: November 23, 2018.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Elizabeth, Louisiana, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Cyra died from neglect after being forced to live in terrible conditions by her mother and two housemates.

The first-place ribbons she is wearing in her picture may be bowling ribbons, a sport Cyra enjoyed.

Perpetrator: Karen Johnson Harrison (Mother); Marilyn Sue Maricle, and Glen E. Maricle (Housemates); all charged with second degree murder, conspiracy to commit second degree murder, cruelty to the infirmed, and cruelty to a juvenile.

Source:
Attorney makes bid for sanity commission, trial delay in neglect-death case
Trial for Karen Johnson Harrison, accused in daughter’s death, moved to June 2020
Mom of Rapides neglect-death victim to face trial first
State will prosecute mother of neglected daughter first in Rapides murder case
2 defendants in neglect death case reject offers of life sentences
3 accused in Elizabeth woman’s neglect death to be arraigned next week
Arrests made after special needs patient died, found in deplorable living conditions
Sheriff: Extreme neglect leads to death of special needs person
Mom, couple charged in death of Elizabeth special-needs patient
Arrests made after special needs patient died, found in deplorable living conditions
Elizabeth woman who died from alleged neglect identified
Police release identity of woman killed
Authorities ID special-needs woman believed slain by neglect
Prosecutor intends to seek bond increase in ‘heinous’ neglect death case
Cyra Harrison Obituary
Court dates set for 2 in case of Elizabeth woman’s neglect death
Rapides grand jury indicts three in the murder of woman with cerebral palsy
Arraignment set for three charged with murder of woman with cerebral palsy
3 accused in Elizabeth woman’s neglect death plead not guilty

Austin Steele

Portrait photo of Austin Steele, a young man with brown hair and fair skin, wearing a black suit and tie.Name: Austin Steele.
Died: March 1, 2018.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lancaster, South Carolina, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
After his grandfather died, Austin moved in with a caretaker. At 18, he moved out, though he would often call his caretaker–sometimes in the middle of the night–to ask for a hug.

Austin was an independent young man. He would take weeks-long trips to the beach on his moped. He was enrolled in GED classes, and he wanted to join the military and become an engineer.

Two months after he allowed a man and his wife to move into his mobile home with him, his body was found. Austin may have been killed because he had become involved romantically with one or both of the couple; or the 30-year-old man, who was a registered sex offender, may have been abusing him.

The man had shot him, left him to die overnight, and with the help of his wife, dismembered, burned, and dumped his body.

Perpetrator: Christopher Allen Holford (Housemate), charged with murder; Brandy Nicole Faye Duncan (Housemate), charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

Source:
Autistic SC teen who was burned, dismembered ‘knew he was loved’
LANCASTER HOMICIDE: Family seeks justice for teen’s death in Lancaster County
Lancaster autistic teen, killed in ‘haunting’ case, remembered as ‘kind, caring’
‘One of the worst cases’: Body of Lancaster man, 18, burned and dismembered; 2 charged
New details in Austin Steele murder
SC newlyweds charged in connection with murder, dismembering teen’s body
Human remains found as Lancaster Co. deputies investigate homicide
Couple Charged After An 18-Year-Old’s Dismembered Remains Were Found On Lancaster Property