Michael Messenger

No PhotoName: Michael Messenger.
Died: February 8, 1994.
Age at death: Newborn.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Prematurity with a risk of disability.

When Michael was born at 25 weeks gestation, he had a roughly 50% chance of survival. However, when their doctor told Michael’s parents that if he survived, he would probably be disabled, Michael’s father asked the doctor to leave and shut off the newborn’s ventilator, killing him.

Perpetrator: Gregory Messenger (Father); tried for manslaughter and admitted to disconnecting Michael’s life support; acquitted.

Source: The Messenger Case: Summary and Analysis