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.
Name: Cristina Pangalangan. Died: August 5, 2019. Age at death: 13. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Colleton County, South Carolina, USA. Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.
On a hot August day, Cristina’s mother deliberately left her in the car for five hours. According to investigators, she checked on her twice, once at noon, before continuing to leave her in the car, and then again at 3pm where she claimed to discover the car was locked and her and her boyfriend had to leave to get a spare set of keys. When first responders who received a call about a child in a locked car arrived on the scene, they found that she had died.
Her eighth-grade teachers remember her as a “very motivated student” who smiled at everyone.
Perpetrator: Rita Pangalangan (Mother), charged with murder; Larry King (mother’s boyfriend), charged with murder.
Name: Malachi Lawson. Died: August 4, 2019. Age at death: 4. Cause of death: Abuse. Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Disability: Walked with a limp; possibly autism
Malachi’s mother and her partner initially reported him missing. Later, they admitted they had burned him by making him sit in a bathtub full of hot water after he had a potty-training accident. His body was found in a dumpster.
Malachi loved Paw Patrol and Mickey Mouse. He liked dancing and his favorite color was blue. He had been taken into foster care, but returned to his mother and her partner.
Perpetrator: Alicia Lawson (Mother) and Shatika Lawson (Mother’s partner), both charged with neglect resulting in the death of a minor, first-degree child abuse, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and false statement.
L. A. C. Died: July 20, 2019. Age at death: 6. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA. Disability: Autism.
This little boy, known only by his initials, was hit in the head until he was unconscious by his stepfather, who then waited hours to bring him to the hospital. On arrival, he was too injured to live. He had his sixth birthday while he was unconscious at the hospital, and died two days later.
Perpetrator: Carl Bookout (Stepfather), charged with reckless homicide and with not providing his updated address for the sex-offender registry.
Name: Ari Ase. Age at death: 8. Disability: Autism.
Name: Mya Ase. Age at death: 7. Disability: Autism.
Name: John Savage. Age at death: 3. Disability: Autism.
Died: July 7, 2019. Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide. Location: Syracuse, New York, USA.
Ari, Mya, and John were all autistic. Ari smiled all the time; Mya sung songs. Both liked music. Mya was a talented artist whose teacher thought she would one day become famous. Ari would read the dictionary for fun. Three-year-old John, a precocious boy who could already count and spell, loved reading books.
Their mother packed the three children into a rental car and ignited a charcoal grill, filling the car with carbon monoxide and killing them all.