Patricia Franks

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Name: Patricia Franks.
Died: July 8, 2018.
Age at death: 86.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Gatley, Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Patricia’s husband beat her to death with a metal bar so that he wouldn’t have to put her in a care home. He had previously turned down offers of support from social services.

Perpetrator: Lawrence Franks (Husband), pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished responsibility, given a two-year suspended sentence.

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Ethan Okula

Photo of Ethan Okula, a small boy with fair skin. He is wearing a straw trilby, dark-rimmed glasses, and a flannel shirt.Name: Ethan Okula.
Died: February 10, 2016.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Intellectual disability, hearing impaired, vision impaired, chronic illness including a bowel condition.

Ethan was at school when he began to experience severe stomach pain, so the school sent him home to his foster parents, recommending they take him to the hospital. But instead of getting him medical attention, they put him on the couch and left him there until he stopped breathing. When emergency services were finally called, he was dead from an untreated bowel obstruction.

Perpetrator: Denise Alston (Foster mother), pleaded guilty to tampering with public documents, sentenced to 3 years probation; Carol Fletcher (Foster mother), pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child, sentenced to 8 months time served and probation.

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Isaac Robitille

Photo of Isaac Robitille, sitting in a power chair outdoors.Name: Isaac Robitille.
Died: August 22, 2014.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Hardwick, Vermont, USA.
Disability: Holoprosencephaly.

Isaac was killed by his mother and her boyfriend; they put so much alcohol into his feeding tube (some news stories say it was an IV) that he died of alcohol poisoning.

Perpetrator: Melissa Robitille (Mother), charged with second-degree murder, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, sentenced to 4 years; Walter Richter III (Mother’s boyfriend), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 3 years in prison with credit for 1 1/2 years time served.

Source: Vermont mom, boyfriend kill disabled 13-year-old by putting alcohol in IV: cops
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