Je’Hyrah Daniels

Photo of Je'Hyrah Daniels, an African-American toddler with tightly braided hair, wearing a T-shirt printed with "Have Fun". She is looking at the camera with her mouth pursed in fascination, and holding a cell phone.Name: Je’Hyrah Daniels.
Died: June 22, 2018.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Tampa, Florida, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Je’Hyrah’s neighbors remember that her mother was often negligent. Je’Hyrah was allowed to walk barefoot near broken glass; she was often left alone at home, and strangers came and went from their apartment. A Child and Family Services case had been opened, but closed for lack of evidence of mistreatment.

Two days after the DCFS decided Je’Hyrah was safe, Je’Hyrah’s mother stole a car from a dealership and used it to drive them to the Hillsborough River. She picked up the little girl and walked into the water as Je’Hyrah struggled and screamed for help. When she reached deep water, she tossed Je’Hyrah into the river and walked away.

Je’Hyrah was found by divers less than a half-hour after bystanders called the police, but she had already drowned.

Perpetrator: Shakayla Denson (Mother), charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and grand theft auto.

Source:
Mother Murders Autistic Daughter By Drowning Her in a River
Neighbor: Mother ‘didn’t care’ about daughter tossed into Hillsborough River
Witnesses: Girl struggled, screamed as mother dragged her into Hillsborough River
Child protective investigation found no concerns about 4-year-old days before her death in Hillsborough River
Report: Mother upset daughter had disability
Shakayla Denson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Girl dead after mother seen throwing her into Hillsborough River, Tampa police chief says
Mom charged with murder after tossing child in river
Shakayla Denson throws Je’Hyrah Daniels four year old autistic daughter to her Tampa river drowning death
True Crime: Mom arrested after throwing 4-year-old autistic daughter into a river
Twisted mum ‘hurled her four-year-old daughter from bridge into river’
Girl dies after ‘mum throws 4-year-old daughter into river’ in Florida
Girl, 4, who was ‘drowned in a river by mother’ was nonverbal autistic
Report: Girl dragged to death in river non-verbal, ‘fixated on water’
Mother Sought Help for Autism Before Murder of Her Daughter
Mom who ‘drowned 4yo daughter’ had just been cleared of child abuse
Tampa Police Investigate Drowning Death of Girl in River
Wednesday’s letters: Girl’s drowning death is one of two tragedies
Police Release Timeline in the Drowning of the 4-Year-Old Autistic Girl
mother stated that victim was ‘pure’ and was with her grandmother,”
Mom sang ‘It’s Raining, It’s Pouring’ as she threw autistic daughter into river, killing her: Court
Mom pleads not guilty in river drowning death

Sumitra

No PhotoName: Sumitra.
Died: May 29, 2018.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Vajra Karur, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Disability: Physical disability.

Details:
Sumitra’s father was frustrated over her and her brother’s disabilities. He came home drunk, demanded she stand and walk, and when she could not do so, beat her to death.

Perpetrator: Yerriswamy (Father), arrested.

Source:
Father beat physically-disabled daughter to death – Times of India
Anantapur: Drunk father beats physically challenged daughter to death

Joshua Alonzo

Photo of a teenage boy in a power chair, wearing a blue shirt and tie. He is smiling broadly. His dark hair is cut short.Name: Joshua Alonzo.
Died: May 27, 2018.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Disability: Schizencephaly, cerebral palsy.

Details:
At 18, Joshua got too old to go to his pediatrician, but instead of finding a new doctor, his mother denied him medical care for the last three years of his life. He couldn’t eat on his own, and she didn’t feed him enough.

Joshua died of malnutrition and dehydration. Though he had always been small, weighing 51 pounds at age 18, when he died he weighed only 38.

Perpetrator: Alma Munoz (Mother), charged with causing serious bodily injury to a disabled person.

Source:
Mom collected benefits as disabled son, 21, died weighing 38 pounds, Texas cops say
Texas mom charged when disabled adult son dies after three years without medical care
Obituary for Joshua Alonzo – San Antonio, TX
San Antonio mother arrested after disabled son dies of malnutrition, dehydration

Heaven Watkins

Photo of Heaven Watkins, a small girl with brown skin and black hair pulled back under a silver crown. She is wearing a coral-colored dress and a sash that says "Birthday Girl". Her face is scrunched up in a wide smile.Name: Heaven Watkins.
Died: May 18, 2018.
Age at death: 11.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, autism.

Details:
Born a micropreemie at 1.7 pounds, Heaven survived a brain hemorrhage and hydrocephalus and had to spend three-and-a-half months in the NICU.

Heaven had two sisters. Her favorite colors were purple and pink. She was autistic and had cerebral palsy. She was outgoing and had fun with the neighborhood kids. She liked to play tag and to draw on the ground. One of her classmates, a girl named Claire, liked to run her fingers through Heaven’s hair. She was outspoken and “didn’t hide anything from anyone.”

She lived with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, both of whom were abusive. She was once brought into the hospital with burns to her hand that required skin grafts, and her teachers were worried that she had been sexually abused; but the child abuse allegations at that time were ruled unfounded. Heaven usually wore a jacket to hide her bruises. She was put on a bread-and-water diet and made to stand against a wall for hours.

Heaven died of blunt-force trauma, having been severely beaten in the head and torso to the point that her gut ruptured. Doctors who examined her body found she had bleeding on the brain, as well as a dozen or more healed rib fractures and several new ones.

After Heaven was found dead, her two sisters were removed from the home and are now living with their aunt. Her neighbors held a vigil for her, releasing pink, purple, and white balloons into the sky in her honor.

Perpetrator: Latoya Smith (Mother), pleaded guilty to felony homicide and child abuse; Demont James Harris (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with felony homicide and child abuse.

Source:
Couple arrested for the death of a child in Norfolk
Two more children taken from Norfolk home after 11-year-old’s death
Norfolk couple faces judge after 11-year-old dies
Medical Examiner: cause of Norfolk 11-year-old’s death was blunt force trauma
Mom, boyfriend beat slain disabled girl so severely that her stomach split open: Report
Mother, fiancé charged in death of 11-year-old autistic child, caused abdomen to split
Ocean View neighbors gather for vigil of an 11-year-old girl, Heaven
Neighborhood holds vigil for 11-year-old girl killed in Ocean View
Bond denied for man charged in Norfolk child’s death
Disabled 11-year-old girl was forced to stand for hours, beaten until she died, prosecutor says
Murdered disabled girl who had stomach beat open was forced to stand for hours on end, fed only bread & water: Prosecutor
Brian K. Payne: Learning from Heaven’s time on earth
Prosecutors DROP murder charges against mom & boyfriend accused of beating disabled girl’s stomach open
New charges suggest two didn’t intend to kill 11-year-old Norfolk girl
Charges amended for mother and boyfriend charged in fatal Ocean View child abuse case
Family of 11-year-old victim speaks out as they plan memorial services to honor the child
Heaven’s Story: Mom pleads guilty in 11-year-old daughter’s death

Antoin Hawes Jr.

No PhotoName: Antoin Hawes Jr.
Died: May 13, 2018.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Augusta, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Autism, ADHD.

Details:
Antoin’s parents kept him locked in a room with the window boarded up, chained by his ankle. He had to sleep on old couch cushions wrapped in garbage bags and use a bucket for a toilet. There were no lights, no heating, and no air conditioning. When he got sick, they didn’t get him medical help. By the time an ambulance was finally called, he had died of pneumonia.

Perpetrator: Antoin Sylvester Hawes Sr. (Father) and Stephanie Jones Hawes (Mother), both charged with neglect of a disabled adult and felony murder.

Source:
Augusta death investigated, victim kept in room with no windows or bed
Man found dead in Kissingbower Rd. home, parents arrested
Parents arrested in suspicious death of son at Augusta residence
Parents of autistic man found dead indicted on felony murder charges
Richmond County couple indicted on murder charges in disabled son’s death
Shocking Death in Augusta: Parents Kept Autistic Son Locked in Windowless Bedroom!

66-year-old man

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: May 13, 2018.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Garden Grove, California, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness; wheelchair user.

Details:
This 66-year-old man was shot to death by his stepfather in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: His 85-year-old stepfather.

Source:
85-Year-Old Man Shoots, Kills Wheelchair-Bound Stepson
Police investigate murder-suicide of elderly man and stepson in Garden Grove

Shefali Samanta

No PhotoName: Shefali Samanta.
Died: May 11, 2018.
Age at death: 42.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Disability: Mental illness/developmental disability.

Details:
Shefali returned home to find that her mother was furious that she had left the house at night. Her mother doused her in gasoline, set her on fire, and let her burn to death.

Perpetrator: Anjali Samanta (Mother), charged with murder.

Source:
Day Before Mother’s Day, Woman Sets Her Special Needs Daughter Ablaze
West Bengal: Woman unable to bear mentally-challenged’ daughter’s ‘weird’ activities burns her to death

Christopher Bosselman

Photo of a small boy sitting on the ground, leaning toward the camera and smiling. He has fair skin and short blond hair, and is wearing a blue and white striped shirt.Name: Christopher Kenneth “CK” Bosselman.
Died: May 3, 2018.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Waterford, Connecticut, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Christopher, who went by CK, had to live in filthy conditions at home. He was five years old when his mother locked him in her car on a warm day. CK died of heat stroke, and his mother reported him missing and tried to pass it off as an accident, but when police searched her checked her phone, they found she had been making searches on hot-car deaths.

From CK’s obituary:
“CK loved Paw Patrol, especially the character Rubble. He loved coloring and singing. Some of his favorite songs were “Heaven is a place on earth” (Belinda Carlisle), ‘Bad at love’ (Halsey), ‘Your love’ (The Outfield), and ‘No one’ (Alicia Keys). He loved Starbucks Frappuccinos, Oreos and ice cream.”

Perpetrator: Whitney Bosselman (Mother), charged with criminally negligent homicide and risk of injury to a minor.

Source:
Waterford Police: Mother arrested in connection to death of 5-year-old son found in hot car
PD: 5-year-old boy found dead inside car in Waterford
Warrant: Mom Made ‘Concerning’ Phone Searches Before Son Died
Police: Waterford child who died in mother’s car lived in deplorable conditions
Police: Mom made ‘concerning Google searches’ before autistic son’s hot car death
Waterford Police Charge Mother of 5-Year-Old Boy With Autism Who Died In Hot Car
Christopher Kenneth Bosselman Obituary – Uncasville, CT

Tyler and Aidan Talmage

Photo of Tyler, Aidan, and Arianna Talmage. They are children with light-olive skin and brown hair, photographed sitting in a row of airplane seats and smiling for the camera.Name: Tyler Talmage.
Age at death: 14.

Name: Aidan Talmage.
Age at death: 10.

Died: May 3, 2018.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.
Disability: Bipolar disorder, autism.

Non-Disabled Victim: Arianna Talmage, age 6.

Details:
Aidan and Tyler, and their little sister Arianna, were shot by their mother in a murder-suicide. She had been having trouble paying medical bills.

Aidan loved animals, especially chickens, and liked playing catch. Tyler had pet guinea pigs. Arianna liked dancing and playing with Play-Doh.

Perpetrator: Astra Volk (Mother).

Source:
UPDATE: Post indicates Grand Forks family found shot to death struggled with financial problems
Family’s deaths a grim discovery for ‘quiet’ street
Mom and her three kids killed by gunshots in Grand Forks
‘It’s a bad dream that doesn’t end’: Friends, family of Grand…
Family friends speak out on GF murders
Police confirm Grand Forks mother killed children, herself in home
‘We love you:’ Mourners remember lives of Grand Forks shooting…
Campaña de Astra Volk : Living Expenses Due To Medical Bills

Frans Pitjeng

No PhotoName: Frans Pitjeng.
Died: April 28, 2018.
Age at death: 48.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Atteridgeville, South Africa.
Disability: Mental disability, epilepsy.

Details:
Frans was killed and dismembered by his father.

Perpetrator: Lazarus Pitjeng (Father), charged with murder.

Source:
‘Decent’ man accused of chopping up son
71 year old Atteridgeville man accused of his son’s murder appeared in court