*+Brown, Deetrick
(Died January 16, 2003, Age 2)
Cause of death: Abuse
Location: La Quinta, California, USA
Disability: Parents claimed “drug baby”, Developmental disability, autism. Seizures, possibly due to abuse.
Perpetrator: Patricia Brown (Mother) and Derrick Brown (Father)
Source: Closing Arguments Scheduled in Trial of La Quinta Woman Accused in Toddler’s Murder

Mullenix, Chad
(Died January 23, 2003, Age 23)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot)
Location: Springfield, Ohio, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Springfield teens search for dad’s killer

+Sorger, Craig
(Died February 15, 2003, Age 13)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten, stabbed)
Location: Ephrata, Washington, USA
Disability: Autism, developmental disability
Perpetrator: Evan Drake Savoie, Jake Lee Eakin
Source: Craig Sorger

*Wilson, Luzie
(Died February 22, 2003, Age 67)
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Shooting)
Location: Port Orange, Florida, USA
Disability: Stroke
Perpetrator: James Wilson (Husband)
Source: Murder-suicides among elderly driven by illness, depression

*+Bland, Eric
(Died February 24, 2003, Age 38)
Cause of death: Neglect (Starvation)
Location: Rialto, California, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Kimberly Loebig (Sister)
Source: Eric Bland

(16 nursing home patients), (Various)
(Died February 26, 2003, Age Elder)
Cause of death: Murder (Fire; arson)
Location: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Disability: Various; nursing home residents
Perpetrator: Leslie Andino (Fellow patient)
Source: 10 years since deadly nursing home fire in Hartford

+Shinozaki, Nozomu
(Died February 27, 2003, Age 22)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating)
Location: Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Ryu Fukushima, Ryuji Hiraki, Nobu Oshima, Masato Fujita, and several others
Source: Nozomu Shinozaki

*Leath, David
(Died March 13, 2003, Age 57)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot, disguised as suicide)
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Disability: Dementia
Perpetrator: Raynella Dossett Leath (Wife)
Source: Suicide or murder? Lines drawn in accused black widow trial

+Walsh, Jason
(Died May 9, 2003, Age 5)
Cause of death: Pneumonia; adrenal insufficiency (Medical malpractice)
Location: Cook County, Illinois, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Michael G. Chev; Autism and Epilepsy Specialty Services of Illinois
Source: Jason Walsh

*Orr, James
(Died May 14, 2003, Age 32)
Cause of death: Murder (Arson)
Location: Little Elm, Denton County, Texas, USA
Disability: Wheelchair user (from childhood injury)
Perpetrator: Rhonda Orr (Wife)
Source: Rhonda ORR

Scott, Dennis
(Died July 2, 2003, Age 65)
Cause of death: Multiple murder (Strangled, during rape/robbery)
Location: Pembroke, North Carolina, USA
Disability: Disability due to injuries from car accident
Perpetrator: Paul Dixon Milligan
Source: Murderer, rapist gets life

+Thompson, Thomas
(Died July 2, 2003, Age 11)
Cause of death: Suicide; related to bullying
Location: Wallasey, England, UK
Disability: Possibly undiagnosed Asperger syndrome
Perpetrator: n/a
Source: Thomas Thompson

+!Childs, Paul
(Died July 5, 2003, Age 15)
Cause of death: Police Shooting
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Disability: Autism, developmental disabilities, epilepsy
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Paul Childs

Jackson, Juanita
(Died July 6, 2003, Age 76)
Cause of death: Neglect (Pressure sores, overmedication, malnutrition, dehydration)
Location: Auburndale, Florida, USA
Disability: Disabled elder
Perpetrator: Auburndale Oaks staff
Source: LEDGER REPORT: Auburndale Oaks among dozens of nursing homes in distress

*Ramos, Stephanie
(Died July 9, 2003, Age 8)
Cause of death: Medical neglect
Location: Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Disability: Developmental disability, blind, diabetic
Perpetrator: Renee Johnson (Foster mother)
Source: Stephanie Ramos

*+Dawes, Jason
(Died August 4, 2003, Age 10)
Cause of death: Murder (Suffocated)
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Daniela Dawes (Mother)
Source: Jason Dawes

*Donagi, Raya
(Died August 4, 2003, Age 6 months)
Cause of death: Murder (Slit throat)
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Disability: Down syndrome
Perpetrator: Mine An Ener (Mother)
Source: Mine An ENER

*+Caraballo, Maggie
(Died August 20, 2003, Age 38)
Cause of death: Abuse (Head injury)
Location: New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Maggie’s sister
Source: Maggie Caraballo

*+Cottrell, Terrance, Jr
(Died August 25, 2003, Age 8)
Cause of death: Abuse (Suffocated during exorcism)
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Ray Hemphill (Pastor); Patricia Cooper (Mother); Terrance Cottrell Sr. (Father)
Source: Terrance Cottrell, Jr.

+Renner-Lewis, Michael, III
(Died August 25, 2003, Age 15)
Cause of death: Suffocation during restraint
Location: Portage, Michigan, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Parchment High staff
Source: Michael Renner-Lewis III

Cannon, Mark
(Died August 29, 2003, Age 30)
Cause of death: Medical neglect (Bronchopneumonia; inadequate treatment for a broken leg)
Location: London, England, UK
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals staff
Source: Six Lives: the provision of public services to people with learning disabilities

Davis, Jerry, born Yaweh Lord
(Died September 20, 2003, Age 20)
Cause of death: Murder (Shooting)
Location: San Bernardino, California, USA
Disability: Abuse survivor; Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Randy Valenzuela (Stranger; claimed Jerry had “looked at him wrong”)
Source: Abuse survivor’s killer pleads to manslaughter

*+(Unknown), (Female)
(Died October 9, 2003, Age 33)
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Shooting)
Location: Haifa, Israel
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Her father
Source: 33-year-old female, Name Unknown

*Thomas, Daniel
(Died October 13, 2003, Age 2)
Cause of death: Abuse
Location: Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia
Disability: Asthma, speech delay, allergies, eczema
Perpetrator: Mandy Martyn (Babysitter) and Donna Thomas (Mother)
Source: Coroner finds babysitter Mandy Martyn killed toddler Daniel Thomas —but also blames his mother Donna Thomas for doing nothing to help the boy

Rivers, Francis Joel
(Died October 14, 2003, Age 26)
Cause of death: Murder (Shooting)
Location: Long Beach, California, USA
Disability: Multiple sclerosis
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Unsolved Homicide: ‘It’s the people that are left behind that are damaged’

(Unknown), (22 Hospital Patients)
(Died June 11, 1988-October 21, 2003, Age 21-91)
Cause of death: Serial murder (Poisoned with medication)
Location: New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Various/None; all were hospital patients
Perpetrator: Charles Cullen (Serial killer; nurse)
Source: Charles Edmund CULLEN

Cook, Bryan
(Died November 6, 2003, Age 36)
Cause of death: Murder (Strangled)
Location: Lake Olmstead, Georgia, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: 2003 homicide of mentally disabled man still unsolved

*Holt, Molly
(Died November 10, 2003, Age 10)
Cause of death: Neglect (Died in a house fire while chained to her bed)
Location: Clarksville, Arkansas, USA
Disability: Mentally challenged/behaviorally challenged
Perpetrator: Lloyd Holt and Teresa Dick (Parents)
Source: Girl Chained To Bed Dies In Fire

!Escobar, Eli
(Died November 21, 2003, Age 14)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Disability: Unspecified; special education student
Perpetrator: Arthur J. Carbonneau (Police)
Source: Sorry: The killing of 14-year-old Eli Escobar by a poorly trained police officer warrants a formal apology

*+Auriemma, Angelica
(Died December 5, 2003, Age 20)
Cause of death: Murder (Drowned)
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Ioanna Auriemma (Mother)
Source: Angelica Auriemma

*Olsen, Scott
(Died December 7, 2003, Age 29)
Cause of death: Neglect (Starvation)
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Quadriplegic due to brain injury
Perpetrator: Kimberly Loebig (Sister)
Source: Sis Charged In Brother Starve Case

*Pavlis, Alex, (Born Alex Geiko)
(Died December 19, 2003, Age 6)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten)
Location: Schaumburg, Illinois, USA
Disability: Fetal alcohol syndrome
Perpetrator: Irma Pavlis (Adoptive mother)
Source: Alex Pavlis