2005

!Savastano, Vincent
(Died January 8, 2005, Age 87)
Cause of death: Death from restraint-related injuries (Broken hip)
Location: Vero Beach, Florida, USA
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease
Perpetrator: A sheriff’s deputy
Source: Family sues Indian River Sheriff’s Office in elderly man’s death

*Parkes, Grace Winifred
(Died January 16, 2005, Age 83)
Cause of death: Murder (Bludgeoned)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Disability: Diabetes, hypertension, Paget’s disease, Bells palsy, glaucoma, goitre, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
Perpetrator: Phillip Raymond Parkes (Son)
Source: Regina v Phillip Raymond Parkes [2006] NSWSC 331

*Davenport, Hannah
(Died January 29, 2005, Age 6)
Cause of death: Murder (Starvation)
Location: Anderson, Missouri, USA
Disability: Ectopic anus
Perpetrator: Karen Davenport (Mother)
Source: Hannah Renee Davenport

*Gjerstad, Christoffer
(Died February 2, 2005, Age 8)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating)
Location: Norway
Disability: ADHD
Perpetrator: Kim Morten Larson (Stepfather)
Source: Christoffer Kihle Gjerstad

Tucker, Darryl
(Died March 8, 2005, Age 35)
Cause of death: Suffocated when someone sat on him
Location: Flushing, New York, USA
Disability: Developmentally disabled
Perpetrator: Another resident in his group home
Source: Darryl Tucker

Glassey, Charles
(Died March 16, 2005, Age 75)
Cause of death: Possible tranquilizer overdose
Location: Quakertown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Stroke
Perpetrator: Unknown; likely a hospital staff member
Source: Charles A Glassey – Death Record

*+Markcrow, Patrick
(Died March 29, 2005, Age 36)
Cause of death: Murder (Drugged and suffocated)
Location: Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Disability: Down syndrome, autism
Perpetrator: Wendolyn Markcrow (Mother)
Source: Patrick Markcrow

*Schiavo, Terri
(Died March 31, 2005, Age 41)
Cause of death: Starvation/Dehydration (By court order)
Location: Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Persistent vegetative state
Perpetrator: Michael Schiavo (Husband)
Source: Terri Schiavo case

*+Pinckney, Tiffany
(Died April 2, 2005, Age 23)
Cause of death: Starvation
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Disability: Developmental delay, autism
Perpetrator: Allison Cox (Sister)
Source: Tiffany Pinckney

*Shellard, Peter
(Died May 7, 2005, Age 56)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Disability: Bipolar disorder
Perpetrator: Shirley Withers (Girlfriend), Stanley Callinicos, and Sophia Stoupas
Source: The bondage-loving millionaire brutally murdered for his $15m fortune

Gage, Jetseta
(Died May 24, 2005, Age 10)
Cause of death: Raped and suffocated
Location: Johnson County, Iowa, USA
Disability: Spina bifida
Perpetrator: Roger Bentley (Friend of the family)
Source: Family Friend Charged In Abduction

*Snyder, Adacelli
(Died May 29, 2005, Age 2)
Cause of death: Murder (Neglect/Starvation)
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Jack Richardson (Father), Jackie Snyder (Mother)
Source: Adacelli Snyder

Taylor, James
(Died June 1, 2005, Age 41)
Cause of death: Left in the bathtub to drown
Location: Schenectady, New York, USA
Disability: Quadriplegic
Perpetrator: Group home staff
Source: ‘I don’t know if my kid died with dignity or not’

!Michaud, Stephane
(Died June 5, 2005, Age 43)
Cause of death: Death in restraint
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Another Ottawa police arrest gone wrong: the death of Stephane Michaud in 2005

*Cram, Adrianna
(Died June 13, 2005, Age 4)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten)
Location: Omealca, Veracruz, Mexico
Disability: Thyroid condition; speech delay
Perpetrator: Elizabeth Romero Marin and Hector de Jesus Luna (Adoptive parents)
Source: Adrianna Maria Cram

*Spadea, Donna
(Died June 26, 2005, Age 59)
Cause of death: Neglect (Kidnapped, held for her Social Security checks, died of neglect)
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Linda Weston, Gregory Thomas, Eddie Wrigh, Jean McIntosh, and Nicklaus Woodard
Source: Prosecutors await decision on death penalty in Tacony dungeon case

Deloge, Michael
(Died June 27, 2005, Age 38)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Epping, New Hampshire, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Sheila LaBarre (Girlfriend; serial killer)
Source: Sheila K. LaBARRE

+Shannon, Krissy
(Died July 2, 2005, Age 29)
Cause of death: Allergy medication overdose
Location: Bremerton, Washington, USA
Disability: Autism, developmental disability
Perpetrator: Frances Haddon Morgan Center staff
Source: Krissy Shannon

Sumner, Carol
(Died July 8, 2005, Age 61)
Cause of death: Buried alive (Murder; robbery)
Location: Duval County, Florida, USA
Disability: Unspecified
Perpetrator: Tiffany Cole (Neighbor), Alan Wade, Bruce Nixon, Michael Jackson
Source: Tiffany Ann COLE

Sumner, Reggie
(Died July 8, 2005, Age 61)
Cause of death: Buried alive (Murder; robbery)
Location: Duval County, Florida, USA
Disability: Unspecified
Perpetrator: Tiffany Cole (Neighbor), Alan Wade, Bruce Nixon, Michael Jackson
Source: Tiffany Ann COLE

*Williams, Talia
(Died July 16, 2005, Age 5)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating)
Location: Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, USA
Disability: Incontinence
Perpetrator: Naeem Williams (Father), Delilah Williams (Stepmother)
Source: Talia Williams

Dickerson, Deron
(Died August 13, 2005, Age 38)
Cause of death: Negligence; had a seizure and drowned in the bathtub while unsupervised
Location: Somerset, Kentucky, USA
Disability: Developmental disability, epilepsy
Perpetrator: Staff at Oakwood Communities
Source: Law named for late Oakwood resident puts punishments in place for negligent workers

*Abbott, Britney
(Died August 21, 2005, Age 9)
Cause of death: Manslaughter (Drove car off cliff)
Location: Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Disability: Usher syndrome
Perpetrator: Garth Duwayne Abbott (Father)
Source: Sentencing for man who killed daughter

Crawford, Carlton
(Died August 21, 2005, Age 82)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten/Strangled)
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Disability: Deaf
Perpetrator: Raymont Hopewell (Serial killer/rapist)
Source: Raymont HOPEWELL

*+Nadama, Abubakar
(Died August 23, 2005, Age 5)
Cause of death: Medical malpractice during unnecessary chelation therapy
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Roy Kerry (Doctor); Parents
Source: Abubakar Nadama

+Jessup, Jenny
(Died September 4, 2005, Age 27)
Cause of death: Medical neglect; untreated perforated bowel
Location: Bremerton, Washington, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Morgan Center staff
Source: Jenny Jessup

!Madison, Ronald
(Died September 4, 2005, Age 40)
Cause of death: Shot by police during Danzinger Bridge shootings
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: New Orleans Police Department officers
Source: Danziger Bridge shootings

!Holden, Craig
(Died September 21, 2005, Age 22)
Cause of death: Death in police custody; asthma attack
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Disability: Asthma
Perpetrator: San Francisco Bayview police
Source: Man cleared by paramedics dies at police station

!Vigil, Shawn Francisco
(Died September 27, 2005, Age 23)
Cause of death: Suicide; unable to communicate in jail
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Disability: Deaf; suicidal
Perpetrator: Denver County Jail staff
Source: Suicidal US deaf prisoner “drew a picture of himself crying”

*+Naylor, Sarah
(Died September 29, 2005, Age 27)
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Shooting)
Location: Springdale, Ohio, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Jane Naylor (Mother)
Source: Sarah Naylor

*Ritzert, Jason
(Died November 10, 2005, Age 30)
Cause of death: Burned, left to suffer for a week, and then strangled
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Timothy Caldwell and Melissa Adams (Roommates)
Source: Butler pair held in ‘bizarre’ killing of roommate

+!Cunningham, Hansel
(Died November 20, 2005, Age 30)
Cause of death: Suffocation during restraint
Location: Des Plaines, Illinois, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Hansel Cunningham

*“B.L.”, (Male)
(Died November 26, 2005, Age 13 months)
Cause of death: Shaken baby syndrome
Location: Alberta, Canada
Disability: Developmental delays
Perpetrator: Foster father
Source: Boy in foster care in Alberta (infant)

*Chavez, Nikolas, III
(Died November 30, 2005, Age 3)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating)
Location: North Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Disability: Developmental delay
Perpetrator: Robert Knutsen (Godfather)
Source: Trial begins of N.B. man accused of beating his godson to death

+Hamilton, Cameron
(Died December 5, 2005, Age 2)
Cause of death: Murder (Head Trauma)
Location: Idaho, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Michelle Bott-Graham
Source: Cameron Hamilton

Soderquist, Victor, Jr
(Died December 7, 2005, Age 62)
Cause of death: Negligent; heart attack; group home had no nurse and no one tried CPR
Location: Bethel, Connecticut, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury
Perpetrator: Dodgingtown Group Home staff
Source: State Ties Group Home Death Of Victor Soderquist Jr. To Substandard Care

*+Jenkins, Hevin
(Died December 15, 2005, Age 2)
Cause of death: Drowning (?)–Body Not Found
Location: Hurricane, West Virginia, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Tonya Sloan (Aunt), Anthony Milam
Source: Hevin Jenkins

Ashmead, James C.
(Died December 16, 2005, Age 35)
Cause of death: Homicide; death in restraint
Location: Elmira, New York, USA
Disability: Unspecified
Perpetrator: Chemung County ARC group home counselor
Source: Deaths in Care: 16 Cases

Ryan, Martin
(Died December 21, 2005, Age 43)
Cause of death: Medical neglect (Denied feeding tube for 26 days until too weak to survive PEG tube operation; starved)
Location: London, England, UK
Disability: Down syndrome, epilepsy
Perpetrator: Kingston Hospital staff
Source: Six Lives: the provision of public services to people with learning disabilities

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