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.

Willie Henderson Obituary
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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

Daniel Ndayiragije

No PhotoName: Daniel Ndayiragije.
Died: 2009.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Burundi.
Disability: Albinism.

Daniel’s older brother and sister-in-law agreed to sell him to a gang of albino hunters for the equivalent of $250. His killers shot him, then cut off his limbs for sale as ingredients in ritual magic.

Perpetrator: Omari Ndayiragije (brother); Victoria Nkuizikiye (Sister-in-law); a gang of three men.

The ‘genocide’ of Burundi’s albinos
Una tragedia olvidada
Albinos under Burundi police protection welcome Napoleon

Hevin Jenkins

Photo of Hevin Jenkins, a baby looking at the camera over the bottle he is holding and sucking on.Name: Hevin Dakota James Lee Jenkins.
Died: December 15, 2005.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Hurricane, West Virginia, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Hevin was drowned by his aunt, and her boyfriend disposed of his body, which has never been found.

Perpetrator: Tonya Sloan (Aunt), second-degree murder, sentenced to 40 years. Anthony Milam (Aunt’s boyfriend), accessory after the fact, sentenced to 1 year in prison.

Source: Hevin Jenkins

Nikolas Chavez III

Black and white photo of Nikolas Chavez, a toddler with wispy, curly blonde hair, wearing a onesie and a puzzled expression.Name: Nikolas Chavez III.
Died: November 30, 2005.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: North Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Nikolas was beaten to death by his godfather.

Perpetrator: Robert Knutsen (Godfather); sentenced to 7 years, eligible for parole after 16 months.

Source: Trial begins of N.B. man accused of beating his godson to death

Karen Dreager

No PhotoName: Karen Elizabeth Dreager.
Died: August 31, 2004.
Age at death: 35.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Karen was neglected by her family. She died of starvation, weighing 50 pounds, down from 200 pounds, covered in severe and untreated bedsores.

Perpetrator: Paul McMahon (Brother-in-law), charged with first-degree murder; Debra McMahon (Adoptive sister), pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, sentenced to 15 years; and Kimberly McMahon (Niece), charged with first-degree murder.

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Family Charged in Starving Disabled Woman

Grace Bogey

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Name: Grace Lee Bogey (Born Gracielo Cano).
Died: September 2, 2000.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Roswell, New Mexico, USA.
Disability: Spina bifida.

Grace was abused by her adoptive mother and adoptive grandparent. At death, she had multiple head injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Perpetrator: Veronica Bogey (Adoptive mother), charged with child abuse; acquitted; civil suit underway. Terry/Terri Bogey (Adoptive grandparent), pleaded no contest to child abuse, sentenced to probation.

Source: Grace Lee Bogey (Gracielo Cano)