Zeus Cox

Photo of a young boy with brown curly hair, brown eyes, and pale-brown skin, wearing a fleecy sweatshirt and pants with a Batman logo. The photo is taken outdoors, and he is smiling and waving his hands.Name: Zeus Geovani Cox.
Died: July 5, 2021.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Blunt trauma; internal bleeding.
Location: Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Suspected autism.

A month after being returned to his mother and her boyfriend, Zeus was found dead from a severe beating. Prosecutors told the court that Zeus had been beaten by his mother’s boyfriend, then denied medical treatment for his injuries.

His obituary describes him as “very active and full of life”.

Case Status:
Crystal Cox (Mother), convicted of murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, aggravated battery resulting in death, and battery resulting in death of a person younger than 14 years old; sentenced to 55 years in prison and 2 years probation.
Jermaine Garnes (Mother’s boyfriend), convicted of murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, aggravated battery resulting in death, and battery resulting in death of a person younger than 14; sentenced to 65 years.

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Elsie Pinder

Photo of a woman with pale skin and dyed, short cut red hair, smiling for the camera; she is wearing oval-rimmed glasses, a purple cardigan, and a gold necklace over a white shirt.Name: Elsie Pinder.
Died: July 3, 2021.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Fire.
Location: Southend, Essex, England, UK.
Disability: Stroke; mobility impaired.

Elsie died in a house fire started by her son deliberately in order to kill her. Her son, also her sole caretaker, knew that she would be unable to escape a burning house. Firefighters were able to rescue Elsie from the house, but she died from her injuries at the hospital.

Her other son, Paul, describes Elsie as kind-hearted, generous, loving, and witty, a “bottle of champagne waiting to pop”.

Case Status:
Andrew Wilding (Son), found guilty of murder and arson with intent to endanger life, sentenced to 27 years to life.

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Winifred Grover

No PhotoName: Winifred Grover.
Died: June 21, 2021.
Age at death: 89.
Cause of death: Smothered.
Location: Grays, Essex, England, UK.
Disability: Dementia.

Winifred’s daughter killed her mother by smothering her. In court, she admitted to the killing, but claimed that she was so depressed from the stress of caregiving that she should not be blamed for her actions.

Case Status:
Cheryl Banks (Daughter), charged with murder; cleared of murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, sentenced to 2 years in prison, suspended for 2 years, and a 90 day rehabilitation order.

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Aaliyah Artis

Young girl with very curly blond hair and fair skin, smiling; she is wearing a patterned blue T-shirt and white cardigan.Name: Aaliyah Nicole Artis.
Died: June 8, 2021.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Lung injury, malnutrition, poor living conditions.
Location: Xenia, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Aaliyah’s body was found in her house, which was in such poor condition it was condemned. She died from a lung injury, complicated by poor nutrition and poor living conditions.

According to Aaliyah’s obituary, she “enjoyed watching cartoons, coloring, riding her bike, playing outside, and dancing with her sisters.”

Case Status:
Mary Artis (Mother), convicted of child endangerment; sentenced to 2 1/2 years.

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72-year-old woman

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: June 7, 2021.
Age at death: 72.
Cause of death: Suffocation.
Location: Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Parkinson’s disease, diabetes.

The 72-year-old woman was found in her burning house; she had been dead for several days. Her granddaughter was arrested on suspicion of smothering her and setting the house on fire.

She enjoyed listening to music from the 1950’s; on TV she watched the evening news, the Price is Right, Law and Order, Forensic Files and Jeopardy.

Case Status:
Elizabeth M. Durkee (granddaughter), pleaded guilty to first-degree intentional homicide and arson; sentenced to 22 years to life.

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Darren Henson

Photo of a young, sandy-haired boy wearing a blue "Birthday Boy" ribbon. His hands are blurred from waving them. Name: Darren Henson.
Died: May 31, 2021.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: Louth, England, UK.
Disability: Autism.

Darren’s stepfather stabbed him and his mother to death. He had grown to hate Darren and wanted to wipe out his mother’s bloodline.

Darren loved football (soccer), especially Chelsea football. He was “a happy child with a kind heart.”

Case Status:
Daniel Boulton (Stepfather), convicted of two counts of murder, sentenced to 40 years to life.

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Liam Husted

Photo of a small boy sitting in a swing and smiling broadly at the camera. He has black hair and tan skin and is wearing a striped red and blue shirt.Name: Liam Husted.
Died: May 28, 2021.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Liam’s body was found by hikers. Initially unidentified, he was called “Little Zion” until a family friend recognized his photo as that of Liam, who had gone missing along with his mother. Less than a day later, police found her and arrested her on suspicion of murder.

Liam loved to swim. He attended a school for autistic children and had a therapist to visit him at home for “behavioral issues,” but these services were suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Case Status:
Samantha Moreno Rodriguez (Mother), pleaded guilty to murder, child abuse, neglect, or endangerment resulting in substantial bodily harm, sentenced to 28 years to life.

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Brian Cotter

Photo of a teenage boy with pale skin, wearing a green baseball cap and white dress shirt with a light-green tie. He is smiling awkwardly.Name: Brian Cotter.
Died: “A few days after” May 17, 2021.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Fresno, California, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Brian’s brother called 911 to report that Brian had shot his father and then himself. First responders arrived to find Brian’s father, Patrick, dead and Brian severely injured. Brian would die at the hospital several days later. However, police investigated Brian’s brother’s story, found that it did not match the evidence, and arrested him for the double murder. At trial, the prosecution would prove that Brian’s brother had set up the killings to look like a murder-suicide in order to pin the blame on his autistic brother.

Brian and his father used to go on walks, and Brian would carry a walkie-talkie to keep in touch with his neighbor. A natural with computers, he created his own cartoon character and made his own films.

Case Status:
Robert Cotter (Brother), convicted of murder, sentenced to life without parole.

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Wendy Cole

Photo: A middle-aged woman with light blond hair, fair skin, and glasses, wearing a black and white striped shirt. Her hair is cut short in a boy cut; one corner of her mouth is curled up in a slight smile. Her neck is wide, and her jaw is square; her eyes are close-set and small. Her long bangs cover her forehead and sweep to one side over her glasses.Name: Wendy Cole.
Died: May 11, 2021.
Age at death: 70.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: March, Cambridgeshire, England, UK.
Disability: Unspecified; used mobility scooter.

Wendy’s son stabbed her to death.

Wendy was a friendly woman who could often be seen at the shops on her mobility scooter.

Case Status:
John Cole (Son), found guilty of murder, sentenced to 11 years to life.

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9-year-old boy

No PhotoName Unknown.
Died: April 21, 2021.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Drowning.
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA.
Disability: Autism.

This 9-year-old boy lived with his father in a house with an old, dirty swimming pool out back. There was no fence around the pool, nor safety locks on the door to the outside. Child protective services has reported that he had once been found wandering alone outside.

On the day he died, the boy’s father reported that he had left the back door open, and the boy had fallen into the pool. Instead of calling emergency services, he called the child’s mother, and then only called emergency services when she told him to do so. At first reluctant to retrieve the child from the pool because he was afraid of water and could not swim, he finally fished him out with a rake and did CPR. The boy was declared brain-dead at the hospital.

Case Status:
Gareth Grant (Father), pleaded no contest to aggravated manslaughter; sentenced to one year of community control and five years of probation.

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