Sanaa Cunningham

Photo of Sanaa Cunningham, a small African-American girl with a broad smile, tan skin, and hair in tiny braids decorated with pink beads.Name: Sanaa Cunningham.
Died: February 12, 2017.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Goodyear, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Autism, schizophrenia, other mental and physical health problems.

Sanaa’s father and stepmother kept her restrained, locked her in a small room, starved her, and forced her to do heavy physical work. She was brought in to an urgent care center with severe bruises and scratches. A deep cut on her foot had become infected, and went untreated for so long that Sanaa died of sepsis.

Perpetrator: Germayne Cunningham (Father), charged with first-degree murder and child abuse; Lisa Cunningham (Stepmother), charged with first-degree murder and child abuse.

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