Name: Esther Wavinya (aka Esther Wavinya Mwathi, aka Esther Kavinya). Died: May 15, 2019. Age at death: 37. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Kalama, Machakos County, Kenya. Disability: Unspecified; used crutches.
Esther, who lived in her own apartment in a compound with her relatives, was raped and murdered by four of her relatives. She may have been murdered because of a dispute between her and her in-laws over some property.
Perpetrator: Eunice Wambua, Danson Wambua, David Wambua and Sam Mwangangi (Family members), charged with murder.
Name: Vivek Kakadiya. Died: March 28, 2019. Age at death: 22. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Khijaria village, Visavadar taluka, Junagadh district, Gujarat, India. Disability: Intellectual disability.
Vivek’s sister-in-law strangled him because she believed he was “a burden… she would have to carry for the rest of her life”.
Perpetrator: Daya Kakadiya (Sister-in-law), charged with murder.
Name: Anita Arias. Died: January 21, 2019. Age at death: 87. Cause of death: Neglect. Location: Melbourne, Florida, USA. Disability: Dementia, diabetes.
Anita lived with her grandson and his wife. The house was cluttered and dirty, and they had many pet reptiles.
Anita’s grandson, nominally her caregiver, neglected her while using her pension for his own expenses. She died of dehydration and starvation with severe bedsores and a blood sugar that was as high as the test could measure.
Perpetrator: Allen Arias (Grandson), charged with aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person.
Name: Ronald Blankenship. Died: August 20, 2018. Age at death: 64. Cause of death: Neglect. Location: Monticello, Illinois, USA. Disability: Unspecified; diabetes, mobility impaired.
Ronald lived with his sister and nephew, who were supposed to care for him. Instead, they left him neglected in filthy surroundings. Ronald died of severe, untreated bronchopneumonia.
When Ronald was found dead, police also found a young woman with Down syndrome, who had been adopted by one of Ronald’s relatives; she was taken into adult protective services. Three dogs and three cats, also neglected, were taken by animal control; one of the dogs was too sick to survive and had to be euthanized.
Perpetrator: Christie Brown (Sister), Mason Brown (Nephew), and Justin Tatman (Power of Attorney).