Peter Cuacuas

Photo of a young boy with light skin and brown hair which is sticking up from his head. He is wearing a white collared shirt and gray vest. He has his mouth open in amusement.Name: Peter Cuacuas.
Died: February 10, 2021.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Starvation.
Location: Newburgh, New York, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Peter lived with his mother, but saw his father every Saturday. He stopped attending his online classes in January; in February, he was brought to the hospital, dead on arrival from starvation and weighing only 37 pounds. He died because his mother kept him locked into his room and denied him food.

Case Status:
Letitia Bravo (Mother), pleaded guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 15 years.
Arturo Cuacuas (Father), pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, sentenced to one and one-third to four years in prison.

Sources:
Caregiver pleads guilty in starvation death of 7-year-old boy
Memorial marks 1 year since starvation death of Newburgh boy
Dad Admits Role In Child’s Death, Will Testify Against Girlfriend
Autism Memorial: Peter Cuacuas
‘He weighed 37 pounds, and he was 7 years old.’ Questions linger following Newburgh boy’s death
Inquiry To Be Launched Into Newburgh Schools Following Starvation Death Of 7-Year-Old Peter Cuacuas
Letitia Bravo Facing Murder Charges After 7-Year-Old Peter Cuacuas Dies Of Starvation

Jamal Anderson Jr.

Photo: A young boy with dark skin and very short black hair, wearing a red shirt, smiling for the camera.Name: Jamal Anderson Jr.
Died: February 8, 2021.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Jamal died from a gunshot wound to the stomach. Intially, his father claimed that Jamal had been shot by home invaders; but when police found the murder weapon in a backpack outside the house, it turned out to be his father’s gun.

Jamal loved music and dancing and could often be found talking to relatives on his iPhone.

Case Status:
Jamal Anderson Sr. (Father), pleaded guilty to child neglect, sentenced to 12 years in prison, 8 years extended supervision, and “over $1000” in restitution.

Sources:
Dad charged after son, 5, with Down syndrome fatally shot in stomach
Jamal Anderson, Jr.
12 years in prison for Milwaukee father in fatal shooting of son
My son life was taken by gun violence at 5yrs old, organized by Jaquita Harbour

Guadalupe Martinez

Portrait photo of a young woman with short dark hair, wearing a red dress and make-up.Name: Guadalupe “Lupita” Martinez.
Died: January 28, 2021.
Age at death: 30.
Cause of death: Throat cut.
Location: Othello, Washington, USA.
Disability: Autism, intellectual disability.

Details:
Guadalupe, called “Lupita” by her family, lived with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend. Her mother’s boyfriend killed her mother after an argument; then, when Guadalupe walked in on the killing, he slammed her head against the cement and cut her throat.

Guadalupe loved nail polish, costume jewelry and music.

Case status:
Mauricio Nava-Garibay (Mother’s boyfriend), pleaded guilty to murder, sentenced to 43 years.

Source:
Man who killed, dismembered 2 Othello women gets 43 years in prison
Guadalupe Martinez Obituary
‘We are all scared’: Neighbors speak after the murders of two women in Othello
Othello man admits to murdering two women: Court documents
Man Stabs and Chops Up Girlfriend And Her Daughter After Argument

Nicholas Colatrella

No PhotoName: Nicholas Colatrella.
Died: October 30, 2020.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Chestnuthill Township, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Suspected dementia.

Details:
Nicholas had been acting erratically, and his son suspected he might have dementia. Instead of taking his father to the doctor, he shot his father dead.

A devout Catholic, Nicholas was a retired truck driver and Korean war veteran.

Case status:
Rick Colatrella (Son), convicted of criminal homicide, sentenced to 15-40 years in prison.

Source:
Man sentenced for 2020 killing of father in Monroe County
Nicholas Joseph Colatrella Obituary – Visitation & Funeral Information
Troopers: Son killed father over dementia fears
Son charged in father’s homicide

12-year-old girl

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Died: October 17, 2020.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Decapitation.
Location: Moti Bhakhar, Dantiwada tehsil, Gujarat, India.
Disability: Deaf.

Details:
This twelve-year-old girl was raped and murdered by her cousin.

Case status:
Nitin Mali (Cousin), convicted of murder, sentenced to death.

Source:
Guj: Man sentenced to death for rape and murder of 11-year-old, deaf-mute cousin
Disabled girl, 12, raped and beheaded ‘by her cousin’ in latest horrific murder to rock India
12-year-old differently-abled girl raped, beheaded by cousin in Gujarat’s Banaskantha
Disabled girl raped & BEHEADED ‘by her cousin’ in latest murder to rock India
12-Year-Old Deaf Girl Raped & Beheaded in Gujarat

Homer Piatt

Photo of a bearded older man wearing a Trump 2020 baseball cap.Name: Homer “Dave” Piatt.
Died: October 15, 2020.
Age at death: 72.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Las Crucez, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Chronic illness, mobility impaired.

Details:
Dave’s wife shot him. Three days later, she went to the police and explained she had killed him to “ease his suffering”.

He was the former Postmaster of Haydenville, a nearby town.

Case Status:
Gayle L. Piatt (Wife), pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter; sentenced to 11 to 16-1/2 years in prison.

Source:
Haydenville woman sentenced for husband’s death
Obituary for Homer David “Dave” Piatt at Cardaras Funeral Home – Logan

Dylan Freeman

Blurry photo of a young boy wearing a sweater and thick glasses. His dirty-blond hair is parted on the side and his expression is neutral.Name: Dylan Freeman.
Died: August 16, 2020.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Suffocation.
Location: Acton, west London, England, UK.
Disability: Cohen syndrome, autism.

Details:
Dylan’s mother admitted to drugging him, then suffocating him.

Dylan’s father says, “Dylan was a beautiful, bright, inquisitive and artistic child who loved to travel, visit art galleries and swim.” He often took his son on vacation overseas.

Case status:
Olga Freeman (Mother), pleaded guilty to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility; detained indefinitely at a psychiatric hospital.

Source:
UK woman who killed disabled son detained in hospital indefinitely
Mum who suffocated disabled son during lockdown given hospital order
Wife of celeb photographer who suffocated disabled son, 10, given hospital order
Mother is given indefinite hospital order after she suffocated son
Mum who suffocated disabled son, 10, in lockdown given indefinite hospital order
Lockdown Contributed to Death of Disabled Boy: UK Judge
Mother admits killing disabled son, 10, while struggling to care for him in lockdown
Celebrity photographer’s autistic son was ‘suffocated with a sponge’
Celebrity photographer’s autistic son, 10, suffocated with sponge as mother ‘struggled’ to take care of him
Celeb photographer’s ex gave autistic son, 10, sleeping drug before ‘putting sponge in his mouth and tying it’
Woman in her 40s is arrested for murder after boy, 10, was found dead at house in west London
Celebrity photographer’s ex-wife charged with murder of 10yo son in London
Mother charged with murdering her autistic son, 10, is pictured arriving at court
Celeb snapper ‘can’t comprehend’ loss of son, 10, as mum charged with murder
Mum charged with murdering son, 10, she shared with celebrity photographer

Thaddeus Sran

Photo of a small, smiling boy wearing a red striped shirt. He has light skin and short brown hair.Name: Thaddeus Sran.
Died: July 23, 2020.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Unspecified homicide.
Location: Fresno, California, USA.
Disability: Due to prematurity (Nonspeaking; feeding tube).

Details:
Police grew suspicious when Thaddeus’s parents reported him missing, but almost immediately stopped cooperating with the missing-child investigation. A few days later, Thaddeus’s burned body was found and they were arrested. Further investigation revealed that Thaddeus’s mother had also killed his sister, Davina, five years earlier.

Case status:
Briseida Sran (Mother), pleaded guilty to two counts of murder, two counts of child abuse, and one count of mutilation; sentenced to 29 years.
Sukhjinder Sran (Father), pleaded guilty to murder; sentenced to 11 years.

Source:
California Mom Admits to Brutally Killing Her Two Young Children Five Years Apart
Prosecutors could pull from the past in Thaddeus Sran murder case
Parents of Special Needs Toddler Who Vanished in California Arrested for Murder
Charred Remains of Missing California Toddler Found, Parents Arrested for Murder
What Happened To Thaddeus Sran?

Sarah Curran

Photo of a young adult woman with short curly blond hair and fair skin.Name: Sarah Curran.
Died: July 23, 2020.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Choked, drowned, stabbed, and bludgeoned.
Location: Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Asperger syndrome.

Details:
Sarah’s ex-boyfriend killed her by choking, drowning, stabbing, and bludgeoning. They had recently broken up.

At ten years old, Sarah gave out Pop-Tarts to people waiting at a local bus stop. As a teen, she was a Special Olympics swimmer, bowler, and roller-skater and rode on a float in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. She volunteered at a local food and clothing pantry. She loved animals, so she volunteered at the animal shelter. As an adult, she used to spend her Social Security check on buying people steak dinners at a restaurant.

When she moved out, her family worried that she would be taken advantage of because of her kind and trusting nature. Sarah was living in a homeless encampment when she died. She had strong political opinions, backing the Affordable Care Act on social media.

Case status:
Larry Lee Mullenax III (Ex-boyfriend), pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, sentenced to 40 years.
Clara Ann Perdue, convicted of concealment of a body, sentenced to up to 5 years in prison.

Source:
Woman gets 5 years for body concealment
Man gets 40 years for killing ex-girlfriend
Sentencing delayed for convicted killer
Autism Memorial: Sarah Curran
Man facing up to 50 years for homeless woman’s murder
BREAKING NEWS: Man enters plea deal in homeless encampment murder
Judge orders second evaluation of body concealment suspect’s mental status
Man indicted for first-degree murder in woman’s death
Woman slain in Frederick Couty; ex-boyfriend charged
Missing Winchester woman found dead, suspect charged in her murder
Homicide victim identified as missing Winchester woman
Homicide victim fondly remembered
Homicide suspect planned killing for weeks, court documents indicate

Ryu Sakayama

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Name: Ryu Sakayama.
Died: July 17, 2020.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Strangulation.
Location: Kyoto, Japan.
Disability: Unspecified mental disability.

Details:
Ryu’s mother strangled him as he slept. She told police she was tired of caring for him.

Case status:
Ayano Sakayama (Mother), convicted and sentenced to 2 years, suspended for 3 years.

Source:
Woman gets suspended sentence for killing mentally disabled son
Mom arrested for allegedly choking disabled son to death in west Japan
Woman arrested over death of mentally disabled son