Name: Zha-Nae Wilkerson, aka Zah-Nae, aka Zah-Nae Rothgeb.
Died: January 3, 2019.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Warwick, Rhode Island, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.
Zha-Nae lay neglected in a filthy house while her mother left her fifteen-year-old brother, also disabled, to care for her. She was denied her wheelchair because the house was either not accessible or simply too cluttered for the chair to fit, and had to crawl down the hall. She was found face-down in the bathtub, having died from drowning, and her mother was arrested and charged with manslaughter. Later she was also charged with neglecting Zha-Nae’s seven siblings.
Perpetrator: Michelle Rothgeb (Adoptive mother), charged with manslaughter and cruelty or neglect to a child; charged with 7 counts of cruelty or neglect to a child.
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