Jakie Toole

Photo of Jakie Toole, a child in a white tank top.Name: Jakie Toole.
Died: September 11, 2019 (Body found), last seen April 2019.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Meridian, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs; mobility and communication impairment.

Details:
Jakie’s mother left him with a family friend to serve as a caregiver. His body was found in a garbage bag in her basement, and an autopsy showed he had died of trauma from a beating. The caregiver reported she had burned him in a bathtub and beaten him for crying.

Perpetrator: Celeste Louise Smith (Caregiver), charged with murder and child neglect.

Source:
Missing child’s caretaker charged with capital murder after body found in basement of Meridian home
Capital murder charge filed in Meridian basement body discovery case
Meridian woman charged with capital murder following discovery of a child’s remains
Body of special needs child found in garbage bag was beaten and burned, autopsy confirms
Autopsy: Body of special needs child found in garbage bag was beaten and burned
Body of child found in basement: Autopsy shows beating; chief says he was also burned
Mother of special needs child who was killed, found in bag, faces neglect charges
Mother charged with child neglect in case of missing special needs child

Jada Wright

Photo of Jada Wright, a girl with short black hair and brown skin. She is wearing a coral-colored dress.Name: Jada Wright.
Died: February 15, 2018.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
After Jada’s parents died, she stayed with an aunt until her aunt’s medical problems kept her from caring for Jada. After that, she moved in with her legal guardian, and her legal guardian’s son became her caregiver.

Jada was beaten to death by her caregiver. She died days after her 14th birthday.

Perpetrator: Christopher Ward (Caregiver; son of her legal guardian), pleaded guilty to child neglect resulting in death, sentenced to 9 years in prison.

Source:
‘She could light up a room:’ Girl, 14, found beaten to death on Milwaukee’s north side
‘Why?’ Aunt of girl with cerebral palsy, beaten to death days after her birthday, is heartbroken
Caretaker charged in death of disabled girl in Milwaukee | Reading Eagle – AP
Caretaker charged in blunt force trauma death of 14-year-old Milwaukee girl with cerebral palsy
Christopher Ward charged in death of 14-year-old girl; ‘admitted to becoming frustrated,’ striking her
Man charged in beating death of 14-year-old girl
Man charged in death of Milwaukee girl with cerebral palsy gets 9 years in prison

Lerae Bush

Photo of Lerae Bush, an elderly woman with fair skin and white hair held back in a headband. She is wearing reading glasses and holding a newspaper.Name: Lerae Britain Moeller Bush.
Died: February 10, 2018.
Age at death: 85.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bloomington, California, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Details:
Lerae died in a fire started by a man who had been living with her, caring for her, and telling others that he was her son. He started out doing housework for her, then moved on to managing her finances, and eventually kept her locked in a one-room garage without utilities. He tried, but failed, to inherit her estate.

She was “aristocratic and eccentric”, a retired educator who loved the arts.

Perpetrator: Noel Montes Cazares, a.k.a. Giovanni Bush, charged with arson, murder, neglect of a dependent and obstruction of justice.

Source:
Bloomington man arrested in California charged with arson, murder
Man charged with murder, arson, neglect in Handy Road fire
Man arrested in California on murder charges in Handy Road fire
Suspect in Monroe County arson, murder claimed to be victim’s son
Police: Man charged with murder used fake name to pose as woman’s son, lit her home on fire

Bruce Clayton

Photo of Bruce Clayton, a middle-aged man with thinning light-brown hair and fair skin, wearing glasses. He is wearing a flannel shirt, and frowning at the camera.Name: Bruce I. Clayton.
Died: December 18, 2017.
Age at death: 70.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Huntingburg, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Stroke.

Details:
Bruce was neglected by his caregivers. He died of malnutrition and severe pressure sores.

Perpetrator: Latasha Rodriguez (power of attorney representative), charged with financial exploitation, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, neglect of a dependent resulting in serious injury, and exploitation of a dependent with the victim at least 60 years old; Selena Aquila, arrested for financial exploitation and neglect of a dependent.

Source:
Charges refiled in man’s death
Bruce I. Clayton – View Obituary & Service Information
Two Huntingburg Woman Arrested In Death Of 70-Year-Old Man
Two area women arrested for neglect of a Huntingburg Man
Two women arrested for 70-year-old’s death

Howard Quick

No PhotoName: Howard Quick.
Died: August 27, 2017.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Gaylord, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Details:
Howard’s caregivers, who were living with him and using his disability payments as their own money, neglected him; he died of malnutrition and sepsis from infected pressure sores.

Perpetrator: Shawn Winkelman (Non-professional caregiver), charged with involuntary manslaughter, vulnerable adult abuse, and embezzlement; Ashley Robinson (Caregiver’s girlfriend), charged with embezzlement.

Source:
Otsego County couple charged in connection with death of ‘vulnerable adult’
Caregiver, girlfriend charged after man dies while in their care

Pernell Robinson

Photo of Pernell Robinson, a man with medium-brown skin and dark brown eyes. His graying dark hair is cut very short. He has a stubbly mustache and is smiling slightly.Name: Pernell Robinson.
Died: July 15, 2017.
Age at death: 49.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Daytona beach, Florida, USA.
Disability: Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.

Details:
Pernell had been subjected to abuse by his caregiver for years. Hospitalized for his injuries, he told police that his caregiver had beaten him, but later retracted his statement and went back to live with her. Eventually, she took out a life insurance policy on him and beat him to death.

Perpetrator: Diane Reid (Caregiver), convicted of second-degree murder and neglect of a disabled adult, sentenced to life.

Source:
Daytona caregiver gets life for killing man for insurance payout
Daytona woman found guilty of killing disabled man for insurance money
Police: Disabled man’s death ‘suspicious’
Police: Death of Daytona Beach man, 49, ruled homicide
Daytona man’s death a homicide; police offer $5,000 reward
Caretaker responsible for mid-July death of Daytona Beach man, police say
Caregiver charged in murder of Daytona Beach man

Micah and Olivia Gee

Photo of Olivia and Micah Gee, two African-American toddlers. Olivia is wearing a pink sweater and has her hair tied back in a headband with a big purple flower on it. Micah is wearing a striped blue-and-green shirt, and has his arms around his sister.Name: Micah Gee.
Age at death: 3.

Name: Olivia Gee.
Age at death: 2.

Died: July 10, 2017.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: New York City, New York, USA.
Disability: Severe Asthma.

Details:
When Olivia and Micah were found dead in their beds on the same night, they were thought to have died of asthma attacks. But on autopsy, it became clear that the brother and sister had been beaten to death.

Perpetrator: A caregiver, possibly Jade Spencer (Mother) or Novell Jordan (Mother’s boyfriend). Investigation ongoing.

Source:
Siblings, ages 2 and 3, die after breathing trouble
Seeking answers to toddlers’ death
Investigation Continues Into Deaths Of Bronx Toddler Siblings
Bronx Toddlers’ Deaths Are Ruled Homicides
Deaths of toddler siblings ruled homicides
Deaths of young siblings in the Bronx ruled homicides
Bronx toddlers bled to death after savage beating
Medical Examiner Says Blunt Force Trauma Killed Young Bronx Siblings
Beaten Bronx Toddlers Died of Internal Bleeding, NYPD Says
Bronx Toddlers Were Beaten to Death, Medical Examiner Says
Toddler Siblings From The Bronx Were Beaten To Death

Yoshiaki Tamekiyo

No PhotoName: Yoshiaki Tamekiyo.
Died: May 6, 2017.
Age at death: 76.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Yoshiaki’s wife stopped feeding him, and he died of starvation.

Perpetrator: Nobuko Tamekiyo (Wife), arrested.

Source: Woman arrested for starving to death husband who had dementia

Rollis Bowman

Photo of Rollis Bowman, a balding older man with light skin and gray hair.Name: Rollis Nobel Bowman.
Died: May 4, 2017.
Age at death: 76.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Newnan, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Frail elder.

Details:
Rollis lived with a young couple who served as his caregivers. However, they neglected him and did not get him the medical care he needed. He died from a combination of starvation, dehydration, and pneumonia.

Rollis had a college degree in theology.

Perpetrator: Jonathan Lee Barber and Tiffany Dawn Fountain (Housemates; caregivers).

Source:
‘Caretaker’ couple facing murder charges in death of elderly man
Rollis Nobel Bowman

Amber Perry

Photo of Amber Perry, a toddler girl with fair skin and light blonde hair, smiling into the camera.Name: Amber Perry.
Died: March 7, 2017.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Crandon, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Juvenile diabetes.

Details:
Amber’s caregivers denied her treatment for her diabetes for a long period of time, until she eventually died of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Perpetrator: Her caregiver(s), including her grandmother and possibly her parents; Amber’s death has been ruled a homicide, but no one has yet been charged.

Source:
6-year-old Crandon girl died of complications from diabetes
Report: Crandon girl, 6, died of complications from diabetes
Forest Co. Child’s Death Ruled Homicide
Forest County six-year-old’s death ruled a homicide
DA: Multiple people could be charged in kindergartner’s death