Eli Hart

Photo of a boy with fair skin and light-brown hair, wearing a hoodie. He is holding a fish and smiling, showing his missing front teeth.Name: Eli Hart.
Died: May 20, 2022.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Mound, Minnesota, USA.
Disability: Townes-Brock syndrome.

Details:
Eli was found dead in the trunk of his mother’s car, having been shot with a shotgun.

Eli liked to play with matchbox cars and wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up. He had recently learned how to fish.

Case Status:
Julissa Thaler (Mother), charged with second-degree murder.

Sources:
Mental health records sought by lawyer representing woman accused of killing 6-year-old son
Woman charged with shooting 6-year-old son whose body was found in trunk during traffic stop
Father was trying to reclaim custody of boy found slain in trunk in Mound
Family of boy killed in Mound says state didn’t do enough to protect him ‘They ignored us’
Funeral and Headstone, organized by Nikita K
Family remember the boy found dead in Mound, ‘Eli was the sweetest kid’
2 Arrested After Boy’s Body Found In Trunk; Victim Identified As Eli Hart
Mother, 28, is arrested after son, 6, is found in car trunk

Jamie Ward

No PhotoName: Jamie Ward.
Died: May 18, 2022.
Age at death: 50.
Cause of death: Throat cut.
Location: Greenfield, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Chronic pain.

Details:
Jamie’s body was found in her home, with her husband. He reportedly told police that he had killed Jamie because she asked him to kill her; but news articles make no mention of a suicide note or any indication that she had wanted to die. Police describe the incident as a “domestic violence homicide”.

Case Status:
Braeden Ward (Husband), charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Sources:
Husband says he killed wife to end suffering, drained blood from body
Milwaukee Co. man stabbed wife to death because she wanted to die, complaint states
A Greenfield man has been charged in the stabbing death of his wife. He says she lived with chronic pain and asked him to help her die.
Greenfield Man Charged With Homicide After Wife Found Stabbed To Death
Greenfield homicide: Braeden Ward accused of fatally stabbing wife
Husband ‘stabbed wife & left body to rot – but WASHED corpse to hide smell’
Woman dead 2 weeks found in home, husband to face homicide charge
Police ID woman killed in Greenfield homicide

Kalayikkal Ranjini

No PhotoName: Kalayikkal Ranjini.
Died: May 12, 2022.
Age at death: 55.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India.
Disability: Paralysis.

Details:
When Ranjini’s husband told police that she had died, her neighbors urged police to investigate. When they found marks on her neck, they questioned her husband; police say he confessed to strangling her because he “could not bear her suffering”.

Case Status:
Muniswami (Husband), arrested on suspicion of murder.

Sources:
Idukki: Bedridden woman killed by husband
Man held for strangling bedridden wife in Idukki

2-year-old girl

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: May 10, 2022.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Malnutrition.
Location: Davenport, Florida, USA.
Disability: Failure to thrive; possible muscular dystrophy, possible cystic fibrosis.

Details:
This girl, two months short of three years old, died weighing 9 pounds, with no food in her stomach. Although the girl’s doctors were worried about both cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy at her six-month checkup, her parents allegedly did not take her to the doctor until they found her dead.

Case Status:
Regis Johnson (Father), charged with Negligent Child Abuse causing Great Harm.
Arhonda Tillman (Mother), charged with Negligent Child Abuse causing Great Harm.
Frank Robinson (Uncle), charged with Negligent Child Abuse causing Great Harm.

Sources:
2-year-old starved to death, parents arrested, Polk sheriff says
Polk toddler weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces at death. Couple charged with felony child neglect
Couple Charged In Death Of 34 Month Old Who Starved To Death Weighing 9.5 Pounds
Couple charged for starving toddler to death, sheriff says
Davenport couple arrested for negligent child abuse resulting in death of 34-month-old toddler

Gertie Duncan

Photo of a woman with gray hair and light skin, wearing a Christmas scarf over a red sweater.Name: Gertie Duncan.
Died: May 9, 2022.
Age at death: 79.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Leasburg, North Carolina, USA.
Disability: Dementia.

Details:
Gertie’s husband shot her dead, called the police, shot himself, and was taken to the hospital where he died the next day.

Case Status:
Jerry Duncan (Husband), deceased.

Sources:
Family: Person County couple’s murder-suicide was an act of love :
Gertie Kendrick Duncan, age 79
Person County man kills wife, then shoots himself, sheriff says

Carla Jacobs

Photo of an older woman with pale skin and red, chin-length hair, wearing glasses and a dark-green blazer.Name: Carla Jacobs.
Died: May 9, 2022.
Age at death: 74.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: West Point, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Neurological disorder.

Details:
Carla was shot by her husband in a murder-suicide.

Carla was a church member who worked for Motorola and Methode Electronics.

Case Status:
Gary Jacobs (Husband), deceased.

Sources:
Sheriff: Deaths in rural West Point were result of murder-suicide
Gary And Carla Jacobs Obituary (2022)

Harvey Baker

Photo of a man wearing a white baseball cap, jeans, and denim jacket over a blue shirt. His skin is dark-brown; he is standing leaning against a guardrail, with a lake in the background.Name: Harvey Lee Baker.
Died: May 5, 2022.
Age at death: 74.
Cause of death: Blunt trauma.
Location: Topeka, Kansas, USA.
Disability: PTSD.

Details:
Harvey was found dead from severe blunt trauma, and police arrested his girlfriend, with whom he lived, on suspicion of murder. Harvey’s daughter told police that she suspected that Harvey’s girlfriend had been abusing him.

Harvey was a veteran of the Vietnam War who had been awarded the Silver Star for saving two of his comrades under enemy fire. He enjoyed fishing, writing, cooking soul food, and playing with his grandchildren.

Case Status:
Vicki Lee Shelton (Girlfriend), charged with first-degree murder.

Sources:
Harvey Baker saved the lives of 2 Marines in Vietnam War. He was killed Thursday in Topeka.
Topeka woman charged with murder of live-in boyfriend

16-year-old girl, “ME”

No PhotoName: (Female) “ME”.
Died: May 3, 2022.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Malnutrition.
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; blind, non-verbal.

Details:
This 16-year-old girl, known only by her initials as “ME”, was brought to the hospital in full cardiac arrest, very underweight and poorly cared-for. Police say her mother had been leaving her in the case of minor siblings, and that she had died from medical neglect and malnutrition.

Case Status:
Doraelia Loera Espinoza (Mother), charged with reckless child abuse.

Sources:
EDITORIAL: CYFD absent, again, in gruesome death of disabled child
CYFD investigated mother before daughter’s death
Mother arrested in teenage daughter’s death
BCSO: Teen that died lived in ‘shocking conditions’

Steven Earle

No PhotoName: Steven Earle.
Died: April 27, 2022.
Age at death: 59.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: South Bend Township, Minnesota, USA.
Disability: Unspecified disability.

Details:
Steven called police, asking for help because his son had a knife and was becoming violent. When police arrived, they found that he had been stabbed multiple times, but was still conscious and able to tell them that his son had stabbed him. He was rushed to the hospital, but died during surgery. The morning before the attack, he had texted a friend, saying that his son was becoming more controlling and was taking his phones away.

Case Status:
Travis R. Earle (Son), charged with second-degree murder.

Sources:
Man charged with murder after fatally stabbing father making 911 call
Mankato Stabbing Victim Died During Surgery in Rochester

Girija

No PhotoName: Girija.
Died: April 21, 2022.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Melamcode, Kerala, India.
Disability: Unspecified; bedridden.

Details:
Girija was found dead by her son; she had been strangled. Police arrested her husband, whom they suspect of killing her before injuring himself non-fatally.

Case Status:
Sadasivan Nair (Husband), hospitalized; will be arrested when his injuries are treated.

Sources:
Woman’s death turns out to be murder