Kushal

No PhotoName: Kushal.
Died: July 4, 2019.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Aswal, Hunsur taluk, Karnataka, India.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Details:
Kushal’s parents tried to conduct an exorcism to cure him of his epilepsy. They beat him severely with a banana stem, and he died of his injuries.

Perpetrator: Parimala and Shashikumar (Parents), arrested.

Source:
Kid beaten to death by parents in exorcism

Sarah Dubois-Gilbeau

Photo of a young African-American girl wearing an oversized red T-shirt. Her hair is done in braids; she has an arm behind her head, and she is smiling.Name: Sarah Dubois-Gilbeau.
Died: April 5, 2019.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Sarah was beaten to death by her father because she refused to do her schoolwork. Her mother says that her father refused to accept she was autistic.

Sarah liked acting out movie scenes and reading Lego Ninjago comic books.

Perpetrator: Brandon Reynolds (Father), charged with child abuse resulting in death.

Source:
Mom says 5-year-old allegedly killed by father had autism
New Mexico father beat daughter, 5, to death after she refused to do homework: cops
Mother of murdered little girl says she was autistic, claims dad who beat 5-year-old to death over homework ‘couldn’t deal’ with diagnosis
Dad ‘battered autistic girl, 5, to death with shoe for refusing to do homework’
Father is arrested for allegedly beating 5-year-old autistic daughter to death with shoe for refusing to do homework

Kylee Willis

Photo of Kylee Willis, a toddler girl with Down syndrome. She is wearing a Christmas sweater with a reindeer on it. She is grinning and has her forefinger in her mouth. Her hair is light blonde and wispy.Name: Kylee Willis.
Died: March 29, 2019.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Kylee’s mother’s boyfriend was babysitting for her. When she interrupted him, he beat her severely. She spent several days on life support before dying of her injuries.

Perpetrator: Adam Hughes (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with murder; Corrine Blake (Mother), charged with cruelty to a child.

Source:
Girl, 4, with Down Syndrome ‘beaten to death by mother’s boyfriend’
Calif. Man Allegedly Killed Girl with Down Syndrome, 4, Because He Was Mad She Interrupted Him

Rebecca Fogel

Photo of Rebecca Fogel, a young woman sitting in an airplane seat, wearing a red T-shirt and smiling for the camera. Her messy dark-brown hair is drawn back in a half-ponytail.Name: Rebecca Fogel.
Died: March 26, 2019.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs, wheelchair user.

Details:
Rebecca was killed by her father in a murder-suicide.

Rebecca, an outgoing girl who liked to be around friends, was a long-standing member of the Friendship Circle of Michigan, a group for people with disabilities. Shosh Newman, a Friendship Circle member, says that Rebecca was “like a little sister” who “changed [her] life forever”; thanks to Rebecca, she decided to become a Special Education teacher.

Rebecca loved the color red. As a little girl, she wanted to name her little brother “Mr. Salt”, from Blue’s Clues. She grew up into an articulate young woman who talked non-stop and got standing ovations for her performances at the summer camp talent show.

Perpetrator: Andrew Fogel (Father).

Source:
Doctor, daughter with special needs die in apparent murder-suicide
Doctor, daughter with special needs die in apparent murder-suicide at Hard Rock casino

Ja’hir Gibbons

Photo of a small African-American boy; he is smiling awkwardly for the camera. The photo is taken at an angle.Name: Ja’hir Gibbons.
Died: March 18, 2019.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; received speech and developmental therapy.

Details:
Ja’hir was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend, whom his mother had left to babysit him despite knowing he was abusing the boy. His body showed signs of chronic child abuse.

Perpetrator: Dejon Waters (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with first-degree murder; Brittany Hyc (Mother), charged with child endangerment resulting in death.

Source:
Boy, 5, found covered in bruises in same apartment 2-year-old died from child abuse
Boy, 5, found ‘covered in bruises’ in home where 2-year-old boy was discovered dead from child abuse
Another 2-year-old’s death connected to DCFS, Gov. Pritzker weighs in
2 in custody in connection to death of 2-year-old boy on South Side
After toddler killed, DCFS investigating worker that said boy was ‘safe’ at home

Harish and Santosh

Photo of Santosh and Harish, both young Indian men.Name: Harish.
Age at death: 28.

Name: Santosh.
Age at death: 25.

Died: March 16, 2019.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Doddathoguru, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
Disability: Unspecified; bedridden.

Details:
Harish and Santosh’s mother fed them poisoned food and killed them; she also ate some herself and died.

Perpetrator: Radhamma (Mother).

Source:
Woman poisons disabled sons, takes her own life
Bengaluru: Woman poisons differently abled sons, ends life

Kazuno Soeda

No PhotoName: Kazuno Soeda.
Died: March 13, 2019.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Itabashi Ward, Tokyo, Japan.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Kazuno was strangled by her mother, who was tired of taking care of her.

Perpetrator: Mitsue Soeda (Mother), arrested on suspicion of murder.

Source: 6-year-old girl strangled to death by mother
Tokyo: Woman accused of fatally strangling disabled 6-year-old daughter

5-year-old girl

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: March 10, 2019.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Kwadela, Davel, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Disability: Epilepsy.

Details:
This five-year-old girl’s parents claimed she had fallen out of bed; but her body showed signs that she had been severely abused, and her parents were charged with murder.

Perpetrator: Bheki Hlophe and Sibongile Shongwe (Parents), both charged with murder.

Source:
They were arrested for the death of their five-year-old daughter at their home in Kwadela, Davel on 10 March

Dante Mullinix

Photo of Dante Mullinix, a small boy with a mop of curly blond hair, wearing an orange polo shirt and looking at the camera.Name: Dante Mullinix.
Died: September 15, 2018.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability, suspected autism.

Details:
Dante was a happy baby. He had a developmental delay; he hadn’t yet learned to walk, and had difficulty chewing and swallowing. He could say a few words, like “ew” and “yeah”. He was being evaluated for autism.

His mother called him “Monkey Man” because he had a favorite blanket with a monkey on it which he carried everywhere. Before he went to sleep, he rubbed his face against his blanket.

Dante’s mother left him with her boyfriend, who abused the boy. Dante was brought to the hospital, unresponsive, with bruises, a compressed neck, and a brain injury, and died a few days later.

Perpetrator: Tyree Bowie (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, and child endangerment.

Source:
‘This poor kid was doomed from the beginning:’ The tragic life and death of Dante Mullinix

Kyoko and Hiroki Naito

No PhotoName: Kyoko Naito.
Age at death: 69.
Disability: Diabetes, mobility impaired.

Name: Hiroki Naito.
Age at death: 36.
Disability: Mental illness/hikikomori.

Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Ono, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.
Died: November 26, 2018.

Details:
Kyoko’s husband killed her and her son Hiroki by strangling them with a necktie.

Perpetrator: Hisaki Naito (Husband/Father), arrested.

Source:
Man arrested for killing bedridden wife, ‘hikikomori’ son
Gifu: Man strangles bedridden wife and shut-in son