2007

Shepter, Joseph
(Died January 4, 2007, Age 76)
Cause of death: Neglect
Location: Mountain Mesa, California, USA
Disability: Dementia, stroke
Perpetrator: Hoshang Pormir, chief doctor, and other staff at Joseph’s nursing home
Source: Gone Without a Case: Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated

+!Colindres, Kevin
(Died January 5, 2007, Age 18)
Cause of death: Suffocation during restraint
Location: Miami, Florida, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Kevin Colindres

Lunsford, Carolyn
(Died January 25, 2007, Age 37)
Cause of death: Abuse (Kicked in the abdomen for wetting the bed)
Location: Columbus, Georgia, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Carolyn Davis (Staff)
Source: Woman gets 20 years for killing mentally disabled woman who wet bed

*Potts, Kawliga
(Died January 27, 2007, Age 3)
Cause of death: Fatal neglect
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Disability: Developmental delay, possible fetal alcohol syndrome
Perpetrator: Lily Choy (Foster mother)
Source: Alberta foster boy’s death a direct result of child welfare failure: judge

*Crutchley, Elsie Patricia
(Died February 5, 2007, Age 77)
Cause of death: Murder (poisoned with overdose of painkillers and anxiolytics)
Location: Taumarunui, Manawatu, New Zealand
Disability: Terminal stomach cancer
Perpetrator: Ian Crutchley (Son)
Source: Man who tried to kill mother avoids jail term

!Friday, Linda Joyce
(Died February 12, 2007, Age 55)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Keli Theison and Mike McClure (Police officers)
Source: Jury finds KC police at fault in 2007 shooting death of woman with mental illness

Serrin, Jodine
(Died February 14, 2007, Age 39)
Cause of death: Murder (Rape/Murder)
Location: Carlsbad, California, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: DNA technology gives new face to decade-old cold case

+Carey, Jonathan
(Died February 15, 2007, Age 13)
Cause of death: Suffocation during restraint
Location: Albany, New York, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: O. D. Heck staff
Source: Jonathan Carey

(Unknown), (Various)
(Died March 1, 2007, Age 79)
Cause of death: Poisoned with insulin
Location: Ylöjärvi, Pirkanmaa, Finland
Disability: Severe mental disabilities
Perpetrator: Katariina Pantila (Nurse)
Source: Katariina PANTILA

Hale, Susan
(Died March 7, 2007, Age 49)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed)
Location: Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK
Disability: Cerebellar ataxia
Perpetrator: David Tiley (Fiance)
Source: David William TILEY

*Phelps, Summer
(Died March 10, 2007, Age 4)
Cause of death: Abused, raped, beaten to death
Location: Spokane, Washington, USA
Disability: Developmentally disabled
Perpetrator: Adriana Lytle (Stepmother) and Jonathan Lytle (Father)
Source: Summer Lytle-Tortured in Spokane

*+Williams, Brandon
(Died March 22, 2007, Age 5)
Cause of death: Murder (Multiple skull fractures; overdose)
Location: Pima County, Arizona, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Diane Marsh (Mother), Flower Thompson, Mark Lee Moss
Source: Brandon Williams

*Devine, Janene
(Died April 16, 2007, Age 48)
Cause of death: Neglect (Sepsis from untreated bedsores)
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Disability: Multiple sclerosis
Perpetrator: Andrew Devine (Husband)
Source: “Filthy and infested with vermin”

*Mascal, Raelynn
(Died May 18, 2007, Age 2)
Cause of death: Murder (Fatal child abuse)
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Disability: Special needs due to speech and motor skills delays
Perpetrator: Michelle Lepowski (Mother)
Source: Mom gets 12 years for killing child; Prosecutor sought longer sentence for ‘monster’ who beat 2-year-old

+Maltez, Denis
(Died May 23, 2007, Age 12)
Cause of death: Serotonin syndrome from overmedication; restraint
Location: Hialeah, Florida, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Rainbow Ranch group home
Source: Denis Maltez

+Ingraham, Van
(Died June 12, 2007, Age 50)
Cause of death: Broken Neck
Location: Costa Mesa, California, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Staff at Fairview
Source: Van Ingraham

*Benoit, Daniel
(Died June 22, 2007, Age 7)
Cause of death: Suffocated (Murder-suicide)
Location: Fayetteville, Georgia, USA
Disability: Fragile X
Perpetrator: Chris Benoit (Father)
Source: Christopher Michael BENOIT

+Blum, Brendan
(Died June 28, 2007, Age 14)
Cause of death: Medical neglect
Location: Draper, Utah, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Staff at Youth Care of Utah, Draper facility
Source: Brendan Blum

*Bugmy, Kate
(Died June 28, 2007, Age 26)
Cause of death: Neglect (Starvation, untreated bedsores)
Location: Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Disability: Cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Her family
Source: FINDING AFTER AN INQUEST INTO THE DEATH OF KATE THERESE BUGMY

*Weaver, Jesse
(Died July 8, 2007, Age 11)
Cause of death: Suicide; overdosed after mother abruptly withdrew his psychiatric medication
Location: Lincoln County, Colorado, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Traci Weaver (Mother)
Source: Child Fatality Review: Jesse Weaver

Yatzenko, Sergei
(Died July 12, 2007, Age 48)
Cause of death: Murder (Serial killing)
Location: Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
Disability: Disabled cancer survivor
Perpetrator: The “Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs”, Viktor Sayenko, Igor Suprunyuck, Alexander Hanzha
Source: Viktor SAYENKO

Vale, Marcelline
(Died August 6, 2007, Age 86)
Cause of death: Murder (insulin poisoning)
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: David Satterfield (Medical tech at nursing home)
Source: Commonwealth orders deal for caregiver accused of killing patient in 2007

*Reimer, Criste
(Died August 14, 2007, Age 47)
Cause of death: Thrown from balcony
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Disability: Hydrocephalus, neurofibromatosis
Perpetrator: Stanley Reimer (Husband)
Source: Sisters of woman thrown from balcony wanted to keep her away from husband

Silcox, James
(Died August 17, 2007, Age 84)
Cause of death: Serial murder (Poisoned; injection, probably insulin)
Location: Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
Disability: Dementia, diabetes
Perpetrator: Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer (Nurse; serial killer)
Source: Nursing Home Deaths: Daughter ‘irate’ autopsy was denied, James Silcox’s nursing home death only now probed as homicide despite kin’s doubts

Thomas, George L.
(Died August 22, 2007, Age 65)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Disability: Leg injury, chronic pain
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Police seek info on cold case of murdered Madison man

Martin, Brent
(Died August 25, 2007, Age 23)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating)
Location: Sunderland, England, UK
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: William Hughes, Marcus Miller, and Stephen Bonallie
Source: Disabled man tortured and beaten to death ‘for sport’

*Weise, Margaret
(Died August 31, 2007, Age 50)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten)
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Disability: Depression, blind, alcoholic
Perpetrator: Leslie Ross (Boyfriend)
Source: Leslie Ross death: As suspect in murders of three women takes his secrets to grave, family of victim tell of their despair

Wilkerson, John
(Died September 22, 2007, Age 28)
Cause of death: Murder (Shooting, gang-related)
Location: Lubbock, Texas, USA
Disability: Mobility impaired from previous shooting
Perpetrator: Earl Washington and Patrick Davis
Source: Sisters remember slain brother’s bravery

*+Greenwood, Jared
(Died September 30, 2007, Age 26)
Cause of death: Neglect; blood poisoning from infected bedsores
Location: Bloomfield, New Mexico, USA
Disability: Autism, Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Sandra Greenwood (Mother)
Source: Jared Greenwood

*Hardwick, Francecca
(Died October 1, 2007, Age 18)
Cause of death: Murder-Suicide (Burned)
Location: Leicestershire, England, UK
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Fiona Pilkington (Mother)
Source: Bullies 'drove mother and daughter to fireball death'

*Dutcher, Kayla
(Died October 7, 2007, Age 5)
Cause of death: Tramadol overdose (Ruled Neglect)
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Disability: Blind
Perpetrator: Amy and James Dutcher (Parents)
Source: Kayla Dutcher

+!Komninos, Stephen J.
(Died October 8, 2007, Age 22)
Cause of death: Negligence; choked due to lack of supervision
Location: Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA
Disability: Severe static encephalopathy, autism, mental retardation, impulse control disorder, and severe developmental delay with cognitive, motor, and language limitations
Perpetrator: Adam Allibone (Group home aide)
Source: FindLaw: Stephen Komninos

*Moses, Janet
(Died October 12, 2007, Age 22)
Cause of death: Drowned during exorcism
Location: Wainuiomata, Wellington, New Zealand
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: John Tahana Rawiri, Glenys Lynette Wright, Aroha Wgwendoline Wharepapa, Angela Orupe, and Tanginoa Apanui (Uncle and aunts)
Source: Janet Moses died from ‘accidental drowning’

!Smith, Ashley
(Died October 19, 2007, Age 19)
Cause of death: Suicide; staff took 45 minutes to respond despite her being on suicide watch; long-term use of segregation
Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Disability: ADHD, learning disorder, borderline personality disorder
Perpetrator: Grand Valley Institution for Women staff
Source: Ashley Smith inquest

*+Ward, Shellay
(Died November 13, 2007, Age 7)
Cause of death: Murder (Starvation)
Location: Hawks Nest, New South Wales, Australia
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Blakely and Sharyn Ward (Parents)
Source: Shellay Ward

Agnew, Emma
(Died November 15, 2007, Age 20)
Cause of death: Raped and murdered
Location: Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Disability: Deaf
Perpetrator: Liam Reid
Source: Liam James REID

!Hyde, Howard
(Died November 22, 2007, Age 45)
Cause of death: Restraint-related
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Deputies at Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility
Source: Hyde’s death accidental, N.S. inquiry finds

Clarke, Antonio
(Died November 25, 2007, Age 15)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten)
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Learning disability
Perpetrator: Unknown
Source: Mom aches for quiet son, found brutally slain in Grays Ferry 3 years ago, & for what?

*Hill, Naomi
(Died November 26, 2007, Age 4)
Cause of death: Murder (Drowned)
Location: Deeside, Flintshire, Wales, UK
Disability: Cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Joanne Hill (Mother)
Source: Mother jailed for life for killing cerebral palsy daughter

*Tani, Mara
(Died December 1, 2007, Age 82)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot)
Location: Prato, Italy
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease
Perpetrator: Vitangelo Bini (Husband)
Source: Woman with Alzheimer’s shot dead in hospital by husband, 77

*+Comas, Maia
(Died December 3, 2007, Age 2)
Cause of death: Drowning; left in wading pool by parents who had expressed a desire to “euthanize” her
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Disability: Rett syndrome
Perpetrator: Pablo and Samantha Comas (Parents)
Source: Maia Comas

Granat, Maurice
(Died December 23, 2007, Age 84)
Cause of death: Serial murder (Poisoned; injection, probably insulin)
Location: Woodstock, Ontario, Canada
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer (Nurse; serial killer)
Source: Who were the victims in alleged nursing home murders?

*Kim, Seo Yeon
(Died December 23, 2007, Age 16)
Cause of death: Unknown suspicious death
Location: Suwon, South Korea
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Seo Hae Soon (Mother)
Source: Singer Kim Kwang Seok’s Daughter Reportedly Revealed To Have Passed Away 10 Years Ago

*Eyer, Maxwell
(Died December 28, 2007, Age 2)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten)
Location: Alton, Illinois, USA
Disability: Deaf
Perpetrator: Johnny Garcia and Jeanine Lansdon (Parents)
Source: 2 Year Old Deaf and Disabled Maxwell Eyer, Beaten to Death by his Father for Eating Chips in Bed