Marchella Brett-Pierce

Photo of Marchella Brett-Pierce, a girl with her hair in messy pigtails. Around her neck is a tracheotomy collar.Name: Marchella Brett-Pierce .
Died: September 2, 2010.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Disability: Medically fragile due to prematurity.

Marchella died of neglect, starvation, and physical abuse by her mother and grandmother.

Perpetrator: Carlotta Brett-Pierce (Mother), convicted of murder, sentenced to 32 years to life; Loretta Brett (Grandmother), convicted of manslaughter, 5-15 years.


Regina Wynn

No PhotoName: Regina Wynn.
Died: Early September, 2010.
Age at death: 87.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Cappahosic, Gloucester County, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease.

Regina’s niece and her boyfriend neglected Regina, and she died of starvation and untreated bedsores.

Perpetrator: Gigi Garner (Niece) and her boyfriend Erick Wilson; charged with abuse; charges dropped.

Source: Arrest in Gloucester woman’s death mirrors trend of elder neglect

Manuel Reyes and Rita Morales

Photo of Manuel Reyes. He has tan skin and gray hair, and is wearing a blue sweater and white shirt.Name: Manuel Reyes.
Age at death: 85.
Disability: Double amputee (Legs).

Photo of Rita Morales. She is an elderly woman with gray hair and light-brown skin, wearing a brown collared shirt.Name: Rita Morales.
Age at death: 87.
Disability: Elderly disabled.

Location: Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Died: April 30, 2010.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.

Manuel and Rita were both killed by their caregiver, who was Rita’s son and Manuel’s nephew. They were bludgeoned to death with a hammer; Rita was also stabbed.

Perpetrator: Arthur Reyes Morales (Son, Nephew), pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

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Gerren Isgrigg

Gerren Isgrigg, a toddler wearing a yellow shirt, lying on a mat.Name: Gerren Joseph Isgrigg, a.k.a. “Wylie’s Angel”.
Died: April 12-15, 2010.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Abandonment.
Location: Wylie, Texas, USA.
Disability: Multiple disabilities; medically fragile.

Gerren’s grandmother abandoned him in a park where he was unlikely to be found, and he died there. Initially unidentified when he was found, he was briefly known as “Wylie’s Angel”.

Perpetrator: Darlene Phillips (Grandmother); pleaded guilty to murder; sentenced to 12-28 years.

Source: Grandmother gets 28 years in death of Gerren Isgrigg, boy dubbed ‘Wylie’s Angel’

Kaiya Kapahu

Photo of Kaiya Kapahu.Name: Kaiya Kalora Kapahu.
Died: February 18, 2010.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Rett syndrome.

Kaiya was deliberately starved to death by her uncle.

Perpetrator: Leonard “Sonny” Orta Jr. (Uncle); pled guilty to second-degree murder; sentenced to 18 years.

Source: Leonard Orta Jr. Gets 18 Years in Prison for Starving 5-Year-Old Niece to Death

Thoretta Miller

Portrait photo of Thoretta Miller.Name: Thoretta Miller.
Died: February 12, 2010.
Age at death: 57.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Texas City, Texas, USA.
Disability: “Legally blind and disabled”.

Thoretta’s granddaughter beat and stabbed her to death.

Perpetrator: Cheretta Smith (granddaughter).

Source: Texas City woman admits to murdering blind grandmother

Willie Henderson

Photo of Willie Henderson. He is a young African-American man wearing an Air Force uniform.Name: Willie Henderson.
Died: January 22, 2010.
Age at death: 60.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Blind, mobility impaired.

When Willie Henderson needed help around the house, his godson used to act as a handyman.

Willie’s godson shot him in the back of the head. In court, he claimed that it had been self-defense, even though there were no signs of a struggle.

Willie Henderson was a Vietnam war veteran.

Perpetrator: Billy Ray James (Godson), pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter; spent six years in prison before release.

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Shylae Thomas

Photo of Shylae Thomas, a girl with her hair in braids and barrettes, propped up against a cushion.Name: Shylae Myza Thomas; sometimes spelled “Shylea”.
Died: April 22, 2009.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse/neglect.
Location: Flint, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Quadriplegia.

Shylae was starved to death by her aunt.

Perpetrator: Lorrie Thomas (Aunt, adoptive mother), convicted of involuntary manslaughter, sentenced to 10-15 years.

Source: Lorrie Thomas Gets 10 Years for Starving Quadriplegic Daughter Shylae Thomas to Death

Terrell Stepney

Black and white photo of Terrell Stepney, a young man.Name: Terrell Stepney.
Died: February 27, 2009.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Chesapeake, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Terrell’s grandmother poisoned him and herself with an overdose of prescription medication.

Perpetrator: Constance Stepney (Grandmother).

Source: Student killed by grandmother liked gym, field trips