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: 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).
Name: Barbara Lewis-Brown. Died: July 22, 2018. Age at death: 77. Cause of death: Neglect. Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Disability: Disabled elder.
Instead of caring for her, Barbara’s children and grandchildren left her on the couch. There, she slowly died from a combination of malnutrition, dehydration, and stage 4 pressure sores infected by her filthy environment, having been starved down to a skeletal 108 pounds on her 5’8″ frame.
Barbara was retired from the Louisiana Department of Labor, having worked there for more than thirty years. Her co-workers remember her teaching them their jobs when they were new. She was the “life of the party,” good at encouraging others and brightening their day. She had three children, thirteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Perpetrator: Chastity Lewis (Granddaughter), Carlnessa Butler (Granddaughter or grandniece, conflicting reports), Carl Lewis (son) and Chira Lewis (daughter) were charged with manslaughter and cruelty to the infirm.
Name: Xuan Xuan Died: June 25, 2018. Age at death: 9. Cause of death: Murder. Location: Jiangning, Nanjing, China. Disability: Cerebral palsy.
Xuan’s grandfather was annoyed that he had spent so much trying to treat her cerebral palsy. He and her father put bricks in her backpack, put the backpack on her, and threw her in the river to drown.
Perpetrator: Her father, surnamed Yang, and Yang Mousong (Grandfather); arrested, confessed to murder