Helious Griffith

Photo of a toddler with short, light hair against a black background.Name: Helious Griffith.
Died: November 7, 2015.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Mesa, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Dystonic cerebral palsy.

Helious was born on Christmas Eve and named for the Greek god of the sun.

Child protective services had opened a case on Helious. Brought to the hospital, he was thin and having trouble breathing. They were investigating his mother for neglect because Helios had in the past been seen underweight and dirty.

DCS held a meeting and decided that they would file a petition for in-home dependency so that Helious could be monitored closely. Afraid that she would lose custody for good, his mother strangled him with a length of tubing and then shot herself.

Perpetrator: Lola “Tammy” T. Griffith (Mother).

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