Name: Harilal. Died: December 23, 2019. Age at death: 20. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Disability: Mental illness or disability.
Harilal, who had been mentally disabled since childhood, developed a drinking problem as he reached adulthood. When he came home drunk, his mother argued with him. Then, when he fell asleep, she strangled him and dumped his body.
Perpetrator: Islavath Chandi (Mother), confessed to murder.
Name: Sharon Theleman. Died: November 19, 2019. Age at death: 51. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Fenton, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Disability: Intellectual disability, visually impaired, mobility impaired.
Sharon lived at an assisted living facility. Her mother, who was worried about developing dementia, took her out of the facility and to a hotel, where she stabbed Sharon to death and attempted suicide. She left a note that said she was doing it as a favor to Sharon’s brothers, so they would not be “burdened” with caring for her.
Perpetrator: Marjorie Theleman (Mother), charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Name: Conner Seth Snyder. Died: September 26, 2019. Age at death: 8. Cause of death: Multiple Murder. Location: Albany, Pennsylvania, USA. Disability: Speech delay, learning disabilities, poor dexterity.
Other Victim: Brinley Louise Snyder, age 4, Conner’s sister (non-disabled).
Conner liked video games and building forts.
Conner’s mother hanged him and his sister Brinley from a dog lead in their basement. She tried to pass it off as a suicide, claiming that Conner had been bullied at school because of his disability, and had killed himself and his little sister; but police established that Conner didn’t have the dexterity necessary to use the dog lead to hang himself, and his mother had been researching hanging online.
Perpetrator: Lisa Rachelle Snyder (Mother), charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and endangering the welfare of children.
Name: Unknown; initials “DH”. Died: September 9, 2019. Age at death: Newborn. Cause of death: Multiple murder. Location: Namangan, Uzbekistan. Disability: Bow legs.
Other Victim: “MT”, newborn baby girl, non-disabled.
“DH” was a newborn still in the hospital nursery when her mother was told she had a disability. Her mother reacted to the news by throwing her out of the hospital window. Then, she grabbed a baby that wasn’t hers and threw her out of the window too. According to the police, it was to cover up the crime. Both newborns died from their injuries.
Name: Hector J. Pizarro. Died: September 4, 2019. Age at death: 16. Cause of death: Neglect. Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Disability: Congenital disability, autism, epilepsy, mobility impaired.
Hector had been known to child protective services for some time. At one point, he was found to weigh only 60 pounds and monitored by child welfare until he gained weight to 68-70 pounds. But once watchful eyes were averted, Hector’s mother once again neglected him.
Hector’s mother brought him to the emergency room, weighing 42 pounds. He died shortly thereafter from malnutrition, with a bedsore covering one side of his body, making it clear that he was neglected to death. Her neighbors had been completely unaware that Hector even lived there.
Perpetrator: Iraida M. Pizarro-Osorio (Mother), charged with chronic child neglect resulting in great bodily harm.
Name: Skylea Carmack. Died: September 4, 2019. Age at death: 10. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Gas City, Indiana, USA. Disability: Developmental disability, possibly autism.
Skylea’s stepmother strangled her, then reported her missing, saying she had vanished from her home. Police issued a Silver Alert, announcing that Skylea had a history of running away to her mother’s home and might have an autism awareness blanket with her. Skylea’s body was found behind her home several days later.
Skylea was one of six siblings.
Perpetrator: Amanda Carmack (Stepmother), charged with murder, neglect of a dependent, strangulation, and domestic battery.