2014

+(2014-77), (Male)
(Died 2014, Age 30s)
Cause of death: Suicide by euthanasia
Location: Netherlands
Disability: Asperger syndrome; abuse survivor
Perpetrator: n/a
Source: Europe’s ‘cure’ for autism is euthanasia

*Weatherspoon, Saharah
(Died January 1, 2014, Age 23 months)
Cause of death: Abuse (Head injury)
Location: Ringgold, Georgia, USA
Disability: Developmental delay
Perpetrator: Clara Louise Edwards (Foster mother)
Source: Defense wraps up its case with afternoon of testimony in Clara Edwards murder trial

*Smith, Lena “Elaine”
(Died January 3, 2014, Age 45)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed)
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Ulysses Jay James (Ex-boyfriend)
Source: Man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death in Norfolk gets 31 years

Michaud, Nevaeh
(Died January 5, 2014, Age 8)
Cause of death: Negligence or murder (Poisoned with overdose of chloral hydrate)
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Disability: “Severe developmental, behavioral, and health-related disabilities”
Perpetrator: Group home staff
Source: High levels of sleep aid found in body of eight-year-old girl who died in group home

Perry, Morgan “Mouse” Wayne
(Died January 5, 2014, Age 42)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Disability: Probable undiagnosed mental illness (Homeless, family history Schizophrenia)
Perpetrator: Easton Woodhead
Source: Australian Story: Brutal stabbing death of ‘Mouse’ sparks sister’s campaign to help homeless

Barkley, Kenneth
(Died January 7, 2014, Age 15)
Cause of death: Death in restraint; asphyxiation
Location: Berea, Ohio, USA
Disability: Unspecified; group home resident
Perpetrator: OhioGuidestone staff
Source: Death of teen who was physically restrained at Berea group home ruled homicide

Houdeshell, Kevin
(Died January 8, 2014, Age 36)
Cause of death: Diabetic ketoacidosis; Lack of insulin; unable to get emergency prescription
Location: Avon Lake, Ohio, USA
Disability: Type I Diabetes
Perpetrator: Health care bureaucracy
Source: Ohio medication access bill being emulated around U.S.

Booker, Nathan
(Died January 10, 2014, Age 15)
Cause of death: Manslaughter; neglect (drowned in bath)
Location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand
Disability: Developmental disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, spastic quadriplegia
Perpetrator: Staff at Woburn Family Support Centre
Source: Woman charged over death of disabled teen

*Bossingham, Aidan
(Died January 12, 2014, Age 12)
Cause of death: Starvation/Medical Neglect
Location: Kenmare, North Dakota, USA
Disability: Growth hormone deficiency
Perpetrator: Jessica Lee Jensen (Mother)
Source: N.D. 13-year-old weighed 21 pounds; mom accused in his starvation death

*Simmons, Bruce
(Died January 12, 2014, Age 58)
Cause of death: Hypothermia/Starvation
Location: Kindred, North Dakota, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Ronald Simmons (Brother)
Source: North Dakota man let mentally ill brother freeze to death: charges

Begam, Madam Aandi Abdul Rahman Rasheeda
(Died January 13, 2014, Age 76)
Cause of death: Murder (Smothered with a pillow)
Location: Singapore
Disability: Wheelchair user; heart disease
Perpetrator: Yati (Domestic helper)
Source: Indonesian helper gets 10 years’ jail for killing elderly employer

*Simonetti, Susan
(Died January 18, 2014, Age 56)
Cause of death: Neglect
Location: New Britain, Connecticut, USA
Disability: Unspecified
Perpetrator: Frank Simonetti (Brother)
Source: New Britain Man Charged With Manslaughter In 93-Year-Old Mother’s Death

*Dresser, Frances
(Died January 19, 2014, Age 86)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot)
Location: Carson City, Nevada, USA
Disability: Spinal cord injury, quadriplegia
Perpetrator: William Dresser (Husband)
Source: Shooting suspect says ailing wife ‘begging to die’

Gilby, Mark
(Died January 19, 2014, Age 58)
Cause of death: Murder (Bludgeoned with a hammer)
Location: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Disability: Mobility impairment from strokes
Perpetrator: Carl Quinton
Source: Murder trial enters final phase

!Perez, Rolando
(Died January 19, 2014, Age 36)
Cause of death: Seizure/Heart attack; denied seizure medication
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Disability: Epilepsy
Perpetrator: Rikers Island staff
Source: Exclusive: Man dies in Rikers Island cell, family says he was denied medication

Sabol, Anita
(Died January 19, 2014, Age 56)
Cause of death: Murder; stabbing
Location: Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Unspecified; resident at an apartment complex for seniors and the disabled
Perpetrator: Rodney Golden (Boyfriend)’
Source: Family calls Greensburg woman’s death ‘incomprehensible’

(Unknown), “Mr. B”
(Died January 20, 2014, Age 35)
Cause of death: Denied admission to mental ward despite suicidal crisis; committed suicide
Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Disability: OCD, panic disorder, depression, substance abuse disorder
Perpetrator: St. Helen’s Private Hospital
Source: Coroner again questions the efficiency of the State’s mental health system

*+Veraghen, Damien
(Died January 20, 2014, Age 9)
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Drugged and suffocated)
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: April Veraghen (Mother)
Source: Damien Veraghen

Keefer, Sean
(Died January 21, 2014, Age 19)
Cause of death: Suicide; denied mental health services despite obvious depression
Location: Mount Vernon, Washington, USA
Disability: Depression, suicidal crisis
Perpetrator: Mental Health Services at George Washington University
Source: Family of freshman who died by suicide in 2014 sues GW

*Spears, Garnett
(Died January 23, 2014, Age 5)
Cause of death: Fatal abuse (Munchausen by proxy)
Location: Valhalla, New York, USA
Disability: None; mother falsified/created chronic illness
Perpetrator: Lacey Spears (Mother)
Source: Garnett Spears

*Ruiz, Lucas
(Died January 24, 2014, Age 17 months)
Cause of death: Murder (Alcohol poisoning)
Location: Belle Chasse, Louisiana, USA
Disability: Down syndrome
Perpetrator: Erika Wigstrom (Mother)
Source: Belle Chasse mom booked with fatal poisoning of her 17-month-old son

+Thaut, Robert L.
(Died January 28, 2014, Age 25)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating)
Location: Hamilton, Montana, USA
Disability: Asperger syndrome
Perpetrator: Richard Sullivan and Candace Sullivan (Housemates)
Source: Robert L. Thaut

*Comb, Ayahna
(Died January 29, 2014, Age 9)
Cause of death: Malnutrition/Dehydration
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Amber Keyes (Mother)
Source: Death of girl found wrapped in blankets in refrigerator ruled a homicide

*Gill, Jagtar
(Died January 29, 2014, Age 43)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten, stabbed)
Location: Barrhaven, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Disability: Crohn’s disease
Perpetrator: Puhpinderpal Gill (Husband) and Gulpreet Ronald (Husband’s girlfriend)
Source: Barrhaven homicide victim was vulnerable, drugged and recovering from surgery

*+Phan, Vincent
(Died January 30, 2014, Age 24)
Cause of death: Murder-suicide
Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Thuy Phan (Mother)
Source: Vincent Phan

*Scrivo, Ramsay
(Died January 31, 2014, Age 32)
Cause of death: Murder (Asphyxiated)
Location: St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Donna Scrivo (Mother)
Source: Detective testifies about the discovery of Ramsay Scrivo’s dismembered body along a St. Clair County road

Wilson, Paul
(Died January 31, 2014, Age 38)
Cause of death: Manslaughter (Anaphylaxis; specified that he did not want nuts, was served nuts in restaurant; restaurant food had hurt another allergy sufferer a month before.)
Location: Easingwold and Helperby, England, UK
Disability: Severe peanut allergy
Perpetrator: Mohammed Zaman (Restaurant owner)
Source: Peanut curry death: Restaurant owner Mohammed Zaman jailed

!Magloire, Alan
(Died February 3, 2014, Age 41)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Police shooting of Alain Magloire: What you need to know

!Magoire, Alain
(Died February 3, 2014, Age 41)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Police shooting of Alain Magloire: What you need to know

*O’Callaghan, Madoc Hyunsu
(Died February 3, 2014, Age 3)
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse
Location: Damascus, Maryland, USA
Disability: Hydrocephalus
Perpetrator: Brian O’Callaghan (Adoptive father)
Source: Madoc Hyunsu O’Callaghan

*Charlebois, Bridget
(Died February 2, 2014, Age 22)
Cause of death: Medical neglect
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Disability: Quadriplegic, from childhood injury
Perpetrator: Andres Bohn Reyes (Fiance)
Source: Phoenix Man Accused of Murdering His Quadriplegic Fiancée and Their Unborn Child

*Charlebois, Isaiah
(Died February 2, 2014, Age Newborn)
Cause of death: Stillbirth (Died along with mother, due to medical neglect)
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Disability: None (Mother was disabled)
Perpetrator: Andres Bohn Reyes (Fiance)
Source: County Attorney: The Cold Case of a Cold-Hearted Lover

Dove, Bruce E.
(Died February 6, 2014, Age 85)
Cause of death: Negligence; pushed too fast in wheelchair, thrown from chair; nurses did not immobilize neck while moving him back to his bed; died of cervical spine fracture and head injury.
Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident, wheelchair user
Perpetrator: Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home staff
Source: Trial underway for nursing home sued in wrongful-death complaint

+Brazier, Steven
(Died February 7, 2014, Age 19)
Cause of death: Starvation due to eating disorder; denied treatment for eating disorder
Location: Minster, England, UK
Disability: Asperger syndrome, eating disorder
Perpetrator: NHS
Source: NHS admits ‘failings’ over death of 19-year-old teenager with an eating disorder who dropped from 19 stone to EIGHT before dying of a heart attack

*Johnson, Monique
(Died February 12, 2014, Age 37)
Cause of death: Neglect (Dehydration/Starvation)
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Disability: Developmentally disabled; mobility impaired; non-verbal
Perpetrator: Sheila Johnson (Mother) and Ravetra Jones (Sister)
Source: Sacramento Mother Who Starved Daughter to Death Sentenced

*+Braman, Lucas
(Died February 13, 2014, Age 1)
Cause of death: Unknown; died while restrained
Location: West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, USA
Disability: Autism; born addicted to narcotics
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Lucas Braman

Guevarra, Jose
(Died February 13, 2014, Age 55)
Cause of death: Hit-and-run
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user
Perpetrator: Unsolved (Late-model green sedan; possibly BMW; $10k reward)
Source: Rewards Approved and Renewed for Information on 2014 Slaying and Hit-and-Run Incidents in Long Beach

!Murdough, Jerome
(Died February 15, 2014, Age 59)
Cause of death: Hyperthermia; heating equipment in cell malfunctioned
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Disability: Schizoaffective disorder
Perpetrator: Rikers Island jail staff
Source: $2.25 Million Settlement for Family of Rikers Inmate Who Died in Hot Cell

*Chamberlain, Jean
(Died February 16, 2014, Age 70)
Cause of death: Murder (Suffocated)
Location: Ogden, Utah, USA
Disability: Stroke
Perpetrator: Dennis Chamberlain (Husband)
Source: Elderly Utah man sentenced to prison in death of ailing wife

Chadderton, Kevin
(Died February 20, 2014, Age 62)
Cause of death: Murder (Thrown table; during argument)
Location: Burlington, North Carolina, USA
Disability: Unspecified; “Handicapped”; retirement home resident
Perpetrator: Ulysses Pete Stewart Jr. (Fellow resident)
Source: Burlington man to be charged with murder of handicapped man

+Yates, Sean
(Died February 22, 2014, Age 35)
Cause of death: Drowning; head injuries
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Disability: Asperger syndrome, ADHD
Perpetrator: Unknown
Source: Sean Yates

Ephriam, Terrell
(Died February 26, 2014, Age 20)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbing)
Location: Aurora, Colorado, USA
Disability: Developmental disability, cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Unsolved. Terrell was stabbed on the street.
Source: One year later, Aurora family pleads for info in disabled man’s death

Dempsey, James
(Died February 27, 2014, Age 89)
Cause of death: Neglect (Calls for help ignored; respiratory arrest; allowed to die with nurses present; 911 not called for almost an hour)
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation staff
Source: Hidden camera tells true story of how veteran died after calling for help, gasping for air

Celnikier, Morris
(Died ~March 2014, Age 62)
Cause of death: Medical neglect (Injuries received while trying to escape from seclusion room were left untreated; choked to death due to his injuries.)
Location: Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: South Florida State Hospital staff
Source: In State Care, 1,200 Deaths and Few Answers

Jones, Angela
(Died March 1, 2014, Age 42)
Cause of death: Starvation after gastric bypass surgery
Location: Portsmouth, England, UK
Disability: Obesity, arthritis, hip problems
Perpetrator: Spires Southampton Hospital
Source: Mum starved to death after gastric bypass operation left her unable to eat

!Nesmith, Kristopher
(Died March 1, 2014, Age 21)
Cause of death: Suicide; staff saw him making a noose but did nothing to stop him
Location: Vista, California, USA
Disability: PTSD; veteran
Perpetrator: Vista Detention Facility staff
Source: Marine’s widow sues over jail death

Briggs, Daniel J.
(Died March 3, 2014, Age 16)
Cause of death: Suicide after 8 years of harassment which went unaddressed by school
Location: Clayton, New York, USA
Disability: Depression, mood disorder, ADHD, ODD
Perpetrator: Thousand Islands Central School District
Source: Mother sues Thousand Islands Central in death of her son

+Sankey, Christina
(Died March 6, 2014, Age 37)
Cause of death: Unknown; possibly hypothermia
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Autism, Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Hassantu Wulu (Caregiver); possibly others
Source: Christina Sankey

+Ellis, Jack
(Died March 8, 2014, Age 20)
Cause of death: Suicide (Insulin overdose), due to bullying
Location: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: n/a
Source: Jack Ellis

Stokes, Gary
(Died March 8, 2014, Age 52)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed)
Location: Gadsden, Alabama, USA
Disability: Epilepsy
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Who killed Gary Stokes? 2 years later, few answers

*Cowen, Blanche
(Died March 10, 2014, Age 100)
Cause of death: Neglect, starvation
Location: Rushsylvania, Ohio, USA
Disability: Elderly disabled
Perpetrator: Mary Strawser (Daughter) and Sonny Scott (Son)
Source: Woman pleads guilty in 100-year-old mother’s death

!Jefferson, Shannon Rose
(Died March 10, 2014, Age 36)
Cause of death: Suicide; denied mental health care in jail
Location: Whatcom County, Washington, USA
Disability: Depression/Anxiety
Perpetrator: Whatcom county Jail staff
Source: Wrongful death suit filed against Whatcom County after suicide at jail

!Robinson, David L.
(Died March 10, 2014, Age 38)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Raymond Lopez (Police officer)
Source: David L. Robinson

Farrow, Michael
(Died May 11, 2014, Age 55)
Cause of death: Drug overdose; negligence or murder
Location: Pageland, South Carolina, USA
Disability: Profound Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Roxanne Johnson, staff at care home
Source: Charleston man suing Pageland group home for wrongful death of brother

!Kerr, Michael Anthony
(Died March 11, 2014, Age 53)
Cause of death: Dehydration (Denied water because he poured water on the floor of his cell)
Location: Taylorsville, North Carolina, USA
Disability: Schizoaffective disorder
Perpetrator: Alexander Correctional Institution staff
Source: Two years after Kerr’s death, too-little progress on NC prison reforms

*Politte, Stephanie
(Died March 11, 2014, Age 29)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot)
Location: Missouri City, Texas, USA
Disability: None; Husband claimed she had depression and body image issues
Perpetrator: Daniel Politte (Husband)
Source: Man shot his wife in the back of her head – and claimed she was responsible

Roberts, John B.
(Died March 11, 2014, Age 88)
Cause of death: Medical negligence
Location: Gretna, Louisiana, USA
Disability: Dementia, multiple health problems
Perpetrator: James Matrisciano (Doctor) and Roxanne Gerard (Nurse Practitioner) at John’s nursing home
Source: Family of elderly man who died after fall sue doctor, nurse practitioner – See more at: http://louisianarecord.com/stories/510631671-family-of-elderly-man-who-died-after-fall-sue-doctor-nurse-practitioner#sthash.aZuR7Tlp.dpuf

*Young, Billy Ray
(Died March 11, 2014, Age 52)
Cause of death: Neglect
Location: Belleville, Missouri, USA
Disability: Physical and mental disability, blindness
Perpetrator: Richard Young (Brother) and Elizabeth Young (Sister-in-law)
Source: Belleville couple charged with neglecting disabled man found dead in home

*Haynes, Harlan
(Died March 12, 2014, Age 96)
Cause of death: Malnutrition, dehydration
Location: South Kitsap, Washington, USA
Disability: Unspecified
Perpetrator: Renee Roberta Nash (Daughter)
Source: South Kitsap woman jailed on murder charge in father’s death

*Quinn, Alexa-Marie
(Died March 12, 2014, Age 4)
Cause of death: Fatal injuries
Location: Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Disability: Fetal alcohol syndrome
Perpetrator: Carl Wheatley (Father)
Source: Carl Wheatley denies murder of daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn

*Williams, Anayah
(Died March 15, 2014, Age 1)
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse
Location: Frederick, Maryland, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Frankie Williams (Father)
Source: Mother faces 20 years after entering plea in Anayah Williams’ death

!Boyd, James
(Died March 16, 2014, Age 38)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Keith Sandy and Dominique Perry (Police officers)
Source: James Boyd shooting

*Lang, June
(Died March 16, 2014, Age 75)
Cause of death: Murder (Gunshot)
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Disability: Blind
Perpetrator: Jack Lang (Husband)
Source: Police: Man killed wife after 56 years of marriage because she was “nagging” him

Baker, Della
(Died March 17, 2014, Age 95)
Cause of death: Negligence; died of C. difficile infection which spread through nursing home when staff delayed reporting the outbreak to the health department for two months (24 hours is mandatory reporting limit).
Location: Roswell, New Mexico, USA
Disability: Stroke, hemiparesis
Perpetrator: Staff at Casa Maria nursing home
Source: How nursing homes are keeping superbugs secret

Roth, Cletus
(Died March 17, 2014, Age 79)
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse
Location: Sheldon, Iowa, USA
Disability: Elderly disabled; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Sanford Sheldon Senior Care staff
Source: Iowa Supremes Rule In Lawsuit Filed Against Area Nursing Home | KIWARadio.com

!Chang, Errol
(Died March 18, 2014, Age 34)
Cause of death: Police shooting; suicide by cop
Location: Pacifica, California, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Mario Busalacchi and Stephen Woelkers (SWAT officers)
Source: SWAT Officers Cleared Of Criminal Charges In Fatal Shooting Of Man Suffering Mental Breakdown

Diltz, Jerry
(Died March 19, 2014, Age 72)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed)
Location: Butte, Montana, USA
Disability: Unspecified; resident at an assisted living center
Perpetrator: John Edward Grubbs, Sr. (Fellow resident)
Source: Man admits killing fellow resident at assisted living home

*Honeywood, Tyron Paul
(Died March 21, 2014, Age 25)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Disability: Paraplegic
Perpetrator: Brian Robert Honeywood (Father)
Source: Perth father charged with murder of paraplegic son

Ruff, Brian
(Died March 21, 2014, Age 81)
Cause of death: Neglect (Dehydration)
Location: Shrewsbury, England, UK
Disability: Vascular dementia
Perpetrator: Ottley House staff
Source: Family investigating legal claim after death of Shropshire care home resident

*+Fee, Liam
(Died March 22, 2014, Age 2)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Thornton, Fife, Scotland, UK
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Rachel Fee (Mother) and Nyomi Fee (Stepmother)
Source: Liam Fee

*Hoag, Hannah
(Died March 24, 2014, Age 18 months)
Cause of death: Medical neglect (Did not connect Hannah to medical monitors; Hannah removed her breathing tube and suffocated)
Location: Wyoming, Michigan, USA
Disability: A tumor in her airway
Perpetrator: Rebecca Cotes (Adoptive mother)
Source: Hannah Hoag

*+Samuel, Jonathan
(Died March 24, 2014, Age 13)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot and stabbed)
Location: Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, USA
Disability: Down syndrome, autism
Perpetrator: Eldon G. Samuel III (Brother)
Source: Jonathan Samuel

Pickering, Maureen
(Died March 28, 2014, Age 79)
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?

Attfield, James
(Died March 29, 2014, Age 33)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbing)
Location: Colchester, Essex, England, UK
Disability: Traumatic brain injury from traffic accident
Perpetrator: James Fairweather
Source: Murder of James Attfield

Mino, Josephine
(Died March 31, 2014, Age 88)
Cause of death: Neglect (Pneumonia; lack of care)
Location: Clovis, Fresno, California, USA
Disability: Elderly disabled; used a walker
Perpetrator: Willow Creek Healthcare Center
Source: Fresno activist sues Clovis nursing home over mother’s death

Tuneberg, Aaron
(Died March 31, 2014, Age 30)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten); During robbery
Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Austin Holford and Luke Pelham
Source: Attorney: Deal likely for teen charged in fatal bat beating

!Miller, Edward
(Died April 2014, Age Adult)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating)
Location: New Haven, Michigan, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Demare Carter-Bowles (Cellmate at Macomb Correctional Facility)
Source: Macomb prison cell mate’s singing led to fatal beating

*+Schlemmer, Luke
(Died April 1, 2014, Age 3)
Cause of death: Multiple murder (Drowned)
Location: McCandless, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: None; mother believed he was autistic
Perpetrator: Laurel Michelle Schlemmer (Mother)
Source: Ability to premeditate argued with McCandless mom who drowned sons

Turner, Kent Allen
(Died April 1, 2014, Age Adult)
Cause of death: Burned to death (Needed 24-hour care, only got 4h/day; burned when wheelchair caught fire and he could not get out.)
Location: Olympia, Washington, USA
Disability: Multiple sclerosis
Perpetrator: DSHS; Pride Mobility; NuMotion
Source: Wife sues after wheelchair bound husband dies in fire

*+Robinson, Robert
(Died April 3, 2014, Age 16)
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Poisoning)
Location: Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Angie Robinson (Mother)
Source: Robert Robinson

!Young, Alfred
(Died April 3, 2014, Age 46)
Cause of death: Medical neglect; pneumonia went untreated despite repeated requests for medical help
Location: Caldwell, Idaho, USA
Disability: HIV+
Perpetrator: Canyon County Jail staff
Source: Canyon County settles inmate death lawsuit

De Freitas, Eleanor
(Died April 4, 2014, Age 23)
Cause of death: Suicide
Location: Fulham, London, England, UK
Disability: Bipolar disorder
Perpetrator: Eleanor reported that a man had raped her, and in return he sued her for making a false claim that she had been raped. When he made this claim, Eleanor’s counseling services were withdrawn. She died shortly before the case went to court.
Source: ‘No way out’ for rape claim woman

!Stauff, Michael
(Died April 4, 2014, Age 62)
Cause of death: Murder (Strangled)
Location: Fresno, California, USA
Disability: Mobility impaired; used wheelchair
Perpetrator: Gary Poole (Cellmate at Fresno County Jail)
Source: Murder in the Fresno County jail

*+Schlemmer, Daniel
(Died April 5, 2014, Age 6)
Cause of death: Multiple murder (Drowned)
Location: McCandless, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: None; mother believed he was autistic
Perpetrator: Laurel Michelle Schlemmer (Mother)
Source: Ability to premeditate argued with McCandless mom who drowned sons

*Patterson, Marvell
(Died April 6, 2014, Age 11 months)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Disability: Perceived as “not normal” because he was not walking
Perpetrator: Joelle Briana Gaines
Source: Las Vegas woman charged with killing her baby

Varnell, Royce
(Died April 7, 2014, Age 62)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten with a hammer; during argument)
Location: Anderson, Alabama, USA
Disability: Mobility impairment; wheelchair user
Perpetrator: Joshua Balentine
Source: Suspect officially charged in 2014 Lauderdale murder case

!Dalstra, Kenneth
(Died April 8, 2014, Age 40)
Cause of death: Neglect (Water poisoning; psychogenic polydipsia, lack of treatment)
Location: Ionia, Michigan, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility staff
Source: Inmate’s water-intoxication death: Family settles lawsuit against prison workers

*+(Unknown), (Baby Boy)
(Died April 9, 2014, Age 5 months)
Cause of death: Murder (Suffocated)
Location: Connsbrook Avenue, East Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Disability: None; mother thought he would be disabled because her older son’s autism meant she had “passed on bad genes”
Perpetrator: His mother
Source: Woman who killed her baby son is freed on probation – The Irish News

!Cardenas, Ferreol, Jr
(Died April 10, 2014, Age 32)
Cause of death: Beating; taser gun
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Disability: Unspecified; injury from drive-by shooting
Perpetrator: Michael Lynch, Brandon Muzatko (LAPD officers)
Source: Lawsuit alleges Manhattan Beach officers beat man who later died

!Towns, Gregory, Jr
(Died April 11, 2014, Age 24)
Cause of death: Tasered while on the ground; heart failure from Taser to the heart
Location: East Point, Georgia, USA
Disability: Sickle cell disorder, heart disease
Perpetrator: Howard Weems and Marcus Eberhart (Police)
Source: Ex-M.E.: Drugs ‘not contributing factor’ in man’s death

Sisson, June Pearl
(Died April 13, 2014, Age Elderly)
Cause of death: Neglect; staff ignored signs of stroke
Location: Alton, Illinois, USA
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Alton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center staff
Source: Alton Rehab and Nursing Center sued for alleged negligence | Madison County Record

*+Smith, Otto
(Died April 13, 2014, Age 18)
Cause of death: Abuse/Murder
Location: Auburn, Seattle, Washington, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Matthew Christenson (Mother’s boyfriend)
Source: Otto Smith

!Beauford, Tomas
(Died April 15, 2014, Age 24)
Cause of death: SUDEP (medical neglect; bracelet for vagus nerve stimulator was confiscated)
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
Disability: Developmental disability, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease
Perpetrator: Mesa County Jail staff
Source: Mother Says Son ‘Was Neglected To Death’

Beard, Earl P., Sr
(Died April 17, 2014, Age 76)
Cause of death: Neglect (Untreated bedsore)
Location: South Holland, Illinois, USA
Disability: Elderly disabled
Perpetrator: The Villa (Nursing home)
Source: Cook County man sues The Villa, alleging negligence in father’s care

Clayton, Keith
(Died April 18, 2014, Age 55)
Cause of death: Death in restraint; ruptured spleen
Location: Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Staff at North Texas State Hospital
Source: Family Kept in the Dark After Death at Texas Psychiatric Hospital

Norton, Lola
(Died April 18, 2014, Age 79)
Cause of death: Neglect (Falls, broken bones, weight loss)
Location: Toccoa, Georgia, USA
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Staff at Pruit-Health-Toccoa Nursing Home
Source: Georgia Supreme Court rules in favor of arbitration in wrongful-death case

Walter, John Patrick
(Died April 20, 2014, Age 53)
Cause of death: Fatal prescription drug withdrawal while in jail
Location: Cañon City, Colorado, USA
Disability: Anxiety, chronic back pain
Perpetrator: Fremont County Sheriff’s Office
Source: Call for Action Investigation: Coroner’s office changes cause of death for inmate

Dantes, Leszek
(Died April 21, 2014, Age 54)
Cause of death: Multiple murder (Stabbing)
Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire, UK, UK
Disability: Mobility impairment from brain cancer
Perpetrator: Kamil Dantes (Son)
Source: Worksop man Kamil Dantes accused of his parents’ murders

*Wentzel, Caitlin
(Died April 21, 2014, Age 12)
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Overdose/Suffocation)
Location: Mesa, Arizona, USA
Disability: Osteogenesis imperfecta
Perpetrator: Marcia Wentzel (Mother)
Source: Mother ‘overdosed and smothered’ her wheelchair-bound daughter, 12, who was suffering from a rare genetic disorder before ending her own life in murder-suicide

Acosta, Antonio
(Died April 22, 2014, Age 77)
Cause of death: Murder; beaten to death
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Disability: Unspecified; inpatients at a rehabilitation center
Perpetrator: Cuillermo Correa (Roommate)
Source: Houston nursing home resident faces murder charges after ‘beating his two roommates to death with his wheelchair’

*Clarence, Ben
(Died April 22, 2014, Age 3)
Cause of death: Murder (Suffocation)
Location: New Malden, London, England, UK
Disability: Spinal muscular atrophy
Perpetrator: Tania Clarence (Mother)
Source: Woman smothered disabled twin sons before killing their sister, court hears

*Clarence, Max
(Died April 22, 2014, Age 3)
Cause of death: Murder (Suffocation)
Location: New Malden, London, England, UK
Disability: Spinal muscular atrophy
Perpetrator: Tania Clarence (Mother)
Source: Woman smothered disabled twin sons before killing their sister, court hears

*Clarence, Oliva
(Died April 22, 2014, Age 4)
Cause of death: Murder (Suffocation)
Location: New Malden, London, England, UK
Disability: Spinal muscular atrophy
Perpetrator: Tania Clarence (Mother)
Source: Woman smothered disabled twin sons before killing their sister, court hears

Crier, Kyleigh
(Died April 22, 2014, Age 15)
Cause of death: Suicide; after long-term bullying; group home staff ignored her request for help
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Disability: Depression; addiction
Perpetrator: n/a; Crossroads House staff and residents
Source: Fatality inquiry hears teen complained of bullying in group home before suicide

Lopez, Primitivo
(Died April 22, 2014, Age 51)
Cause of death: Murder; beaten to death
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Disability: Unspecified; inpatients at a rehabilitation center
Perpetrator: Cuillermo Correa (Roommate)
Source: Houston nursing home resident faces murder charges after ‘beating his two roommates to death with his wheelchair’

*McFarland, Gabriel
(Died April 22, 2014, Age 4 months)
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse (Shaken baby)
Location: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Disability: Deaf in one ear
Perpetrator: Drew James Weehler-Smith (Birth father)
Source: Lesbian couple win $3.25m after adopted baby is killed by birth dad

*Smart, Kalib
(Died April 28, 2014, Age 17)
Cause of death: Neglect (Pneumonia, bedsores, infection)
Location: Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, USA
Disability: Shaken baby syndrome
Perpetrator: Twana Smart (Mother), Timothy Smart (father)
Source: Report released detailing cause of death, injuries to Kalib Smart

*Atkinson, Ramona
(Died April 30, 2014, Age 73)
Cause of death: Neglect (Wheelchair stolen; abandoned)
Location: Parker, Florida, USA
Disability: Elderly disabled; wheelchair user
Perpetrator: Herbert Todd Atkinson (Son)
Source: Police: Man stole disabled mom’s money and left her to die

!Hamilton, Dontre
(Died April 30, 2014, Age 31)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Christopher Manney (Police officer)
Source: Ex-Milwaukee officer won’t be charged in Dontre Hamilton shooting

*+Watkins, Jessica
(Died May 4, 2014, Age 21)
Cause of death: Murder (Strangled, stabbed)
Location: Newport, Wales, UK
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Kristopher Mitchell (Boyfriend)
Source: Woman murdered by her boyfriend had been strangled by him a month before

Martz, Timothy
(Died May 5, 2014, Age 54)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten, stomped; during argument)
Location: Eastlake, Ohio, USA
Disability: Mobility impairment due to TBI
Perpetrator: His friend
Source: Willowick man admits killing Eastlake friend while off bipolar medications

Parrott, Julian
(Died May 7, 2014, Age 26)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbing; Julian was killed by a sex worker he had hired)
Location: Staunton, Virginia, USA
Disability: Mentally disabled
Perpetrator: Isaiah Stuart
Source: Staunton teen competent, murder trial set

*Amunyoko, Magdalena
(Died May 9, 2014, Age 26)
Cause of death: Murder; hacked with a panga (machete)
Location: Ongwediva, Namibia
Disability: A “rare condition that restricted her body functions”; speech impediment, wheelchair user
Perpetrator: Her mother
Source: Teacher kills, burns daughter on braai stand

Lands, Randy George
(Died May 9, 2014, Age 44)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed; during robbery)
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Disability: Epilepsy; brain injury from epilepsy
Perpetrator: Jeffery Willard Wooten
Source: Man guilty in May 2014 killing of disabled West Knox stranger

Darragh, Marie
(Died May 10, 2014, Age 82)
Cause of death: Multiple murder (insulin overdose)
Location: Ballina, New South Wales, Australia
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Megan Haines (Nurse)
Source: Nurse charged over Ballina nursing home deaths of Marie Darragh, 82, and Isobella Spencer, 77

+Mnguni, Nhlanhla
(Died May 10, 2014, Age 4)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Warrenton, South Africa
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Nhlanhla Mnguni

Spencer, Isobella
(Died May 10, 2014, Age 77)
Cause of death: Multiple murder (insulin overdose)
Location: Ballina, New South Wales, Australia
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Megan Haines (Nurse)
Source: Nurse charged over Ballina nursing home deaths of Marie Darragh, 82, and Isobella Spencer, 77

!Yancy, Tommy, Jr
(Died May 11, 2014, Age 32)
Cause of death: Death in restraint; broken hyoid bone
Location: El Centro, California, USA
Disability: PTSD; veteran
Perpetrator: California Highway Patrol
Source: Family of father, war veteran, suing CHP over violent death caught on video

Peters, Allen
(Died May 12, 2014, Age 58)
Cause of death: Medical neglect; untreated broken neck after fall
Location: Medical Lake, Washington, USA
Disability: TBI from motorcycle accident (Dementia, psychotic disorder, seizure disorder, OCD)
Perpetrator: Staff at Eastern State Hospital
Source: Brother of patient who died in Eastern State Hospital suing for wrongful death

*Waszynski, Krystyna
(Died December 2013; body found May 14, 2014, Age 86)
Cause of death: Murder (Strangled)
Location: Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA
Disability: Elderly disabled, “mostly bedridden”
Perpetrator: John Waszynski (Son)
Source: Court Document: Wethersfield Man Confessed To Killing 86-Year-Old Mom

Almonte, Stephanie
(Died May 15, 2014, Age 12)
Cause of death: Suicide; related to bullying by teacher
Location: New York, New York, USA
Disability: Learning disability
Perpetrator: Nina Gribetz (Teacher)
Source: Stephanie Almonte’s parents sue US Department of Education over claims that teacher Nina Gribetz bullied their daughter to death

Hemphill, Alfer Lee
(Died May 15, 2014, Age 53)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot; bystander during shootout related to drug deal)
Location: Midland, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Shermon V. Ranson
Source: West Texas man sentenced to 99 years in prison for role in murder of mentally disabled man

McKenzie, Ronald
(Died May 16, 2014, Age 51)
Cause of death: Murder (Bludgeoned with a hammer)
Location: Sheridan, Oregon, USA
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Nathan Brewer (Resident at same nursing home)
Source: Defendant sentenced in deadly Deer Meadow hammer attack

+Longphee, Gordon “Gordie”
(Died May 17, 2014, Age 56)
Cause of death: Homicide
Location: Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Another resident at the institution; institutional environment itself
Source: Gordon Longphee

!McCoin, Benjamin
(Died March 19, 2014, Age 63)
Cause of death: Broken hip sustained during restraint
Location: Lubbock, Texas, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Staff at Montford Unit Prison
Source: 9-month state review of inmate death yields little public information

Strazdins, Andrew
(Died May 19, 2014, Age 52)
Cause of death: Negligence (Given solid food despite dysphagia and feeding plan mandating mashed food; choked)
Location: Stourbridge, England, UK
Disability: Cerebral palsy, Developmental disability, dysphagia
Perpetrator: Barbara Arch and Wendy Silvester (Lifeways Community Care staff)
Source: ‘They got away with it’: Family’s anger after brother choked to death on chicken bite fed by carer

Conroy, Zoe
(Died May 20, 2014, Age 18)
Cause of death: Negligence; placed in group home with inadequate supervision; died of seizure while alone during shift change
Location: Shoebury, England, UK
Disability: Amnio immune thrombocytopenia, causing severe epilepsy
Perpetrator: Southend Clinical Commissioning Group
Source: ‘I feel let down by everyone’ – Mum criticises residential home after epileptic daughter’s death

*Dewees, Anja
(Died May 20, 2014, Age 45)
Cause of death: Abuse
Location: Enfield, Connecticut, USA
Disability: Liver failure; alcoholism
Perpetrator: John Dewees Jr. (Husband)
Source: Enfield Man Gets 15 Years In Wife’s Death

*+Woods, Heaven
(Died May 20, 2014, Age 5)
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse
Location: Forsyth, Georgia, USA
Disability: ADHD, possible autism
Perpetrator: Amanda Hendrickson (Mother) and Roderick Buckner (Mother’s boyfriend)
Source: Heaven Woods

*Poucher, Barbara
(Died May 23, 2014, Age 86)
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Shot)
Location: Ormond Beach, Florida, USA
Disability: Alzheimer’s disease
Perpetrator: John Poucher (Husband)
Source: Police: Ormond man, 89, shoots, kills wife with Alzheimer’s, then himself

*Driscoll, Mary
(Died May 24, 2014, Age 94)
Cause of death: Fatal abuse (Beaten)
Location: Brick, New Jersey, USA
Disability: Dementia, “frail”
Perpetrator: Katherine Schubert (Granddaughter)
Source: Granny killer, teacher’s murder on the docket

Marker, Danny, Jr
(Died May 26, 2014, Age 48)
Cause of death: Murder (Arson)
Location: Fostoria, Seneca County, Ohio, USA
Disability: Deafblind
Perpetrator: Shey Weiker, Charles Schaeffer, Timothy Hall
Source: Shey L. WEIKER

Vance, Tara
(Died May 26, 2014, Age 44)
Cause of death: Murder (Arson)
Location: Fostoria, Seneca County, Ohio, USA
Disability: Deaf
Perpetrator: Shey Weiker, Charles Schaeffer, Timothy Hall
Source: Shey L. WEIKER

!Wilkins, Lucky Lee, Jr
(Died May 28, 2014, Age 29)
Cause of death: Suicide (Denied mental health treatment)
Location: Schenectady, New York, USA
Disability: Depression
Perpetrator: Schenectady County Jail staff
Source: Schenectady jail death case settles for $100,000

*Cotten, Rebecca
(Died May 29, 2014, Age 22)
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse
Location: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Jennifer Cotten (Mother)
Source: Abused woman who weighed 40 pounds dies

Rosario, Samuel
(Died May 29, 2014, Age 54)
Cause of death: Neglect (Denied a larger apartment so he could have a live-in aide; died of a head injury during a seizure)
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Disability: Seizures, brain disorder, legally blind
Perpetrator: Orlando Housing Authority
Source: Federal discrimination lawsuit filed against Orlando Housing Authority following man’s death

Daly, John
(Died June 2014, Age 64)
Cause of death: Neglect (Respiratory failure, sepsis)
Location: Heatherton, Victoria, Australia
Disability: Dementia, epilepsy, depression; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Allambee Nursing Home staff
Source: Nursing home accused of being like Guantanamo Bay

!Garcia, Yanira Serrano
(Died June 3, 2014, Age 18)
Cause of death: Police shooting; armed with a knife
Location: Half Moon Bay, California, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Menh Trieu (Police)
Source: DA: Police shooting near Half Moon Bay justified

Merten, Miriam
(Died June 3, 2014, Age 46)
Cause of death: Head injury; fell numerous times, injuries untreated by nurses
Location: Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Staff at Lismore base hospital
Source: Miriam Merten’s family call for mental health inquiry after her death in Lismore hospital

!Faine, Lawrence H.
(Died June 4, 2014, Age 72)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Disability: Mental illness; assisted living facility resident
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Suspect shot by Norfolk officer dies

+Ortiz, Erick
(Died June 4, 2014, Age 16)
Cause of death: Drowning (Negligent)
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Los Angeles Unified School District
Source: Erick Ortiz

!Ousley, Cody Thomas
(Died June 5, 2014, Age 35)
Cause of death: Suicide (Taken off antidepressants, denied treatment, not put on suicide watch despite two prior attempts)
Location: Columbia, Missouri, USA
Disability: Depression
Perpetrator: Callaway County jail staff
Source: Curators, MU psychiatrist named in lawsuit alleging wrongful death of Callaway County inmate

!Latham, David
(Died June 6, 2014, Age 35)
Cause of death: Police shooting (Shot by police during mental health crisis after his mom called asking for help)
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Michael Edington Jr. (Police)
Source: Michael Edington: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Davies, Ivy
(Died June 7, 2014, Age 90)
Cause of death: Negligence (Lack of supervision leading to fatal fall)
Location: Bristol, England, UK
Disability: Dementia, mobility impaired
Perpetrator: Druid Stoke Residential Care Home staff
Source: Failures at Bristol care home led to death of 90-year-old woman with dementia

*Akter, Shilpi
(Died June 8, 2014, Age Adult)
Cause of death: Murder (Knife)
Location: Jadurchar, Hemayetpur, Bangladesh
Disability: Deaf
Perpetrator: Md Sharif (Husband)
Source: Man gets death for killing disabled wife at Savar

Jones, Arthur Ross
(Died June 8, 2014, Age 68)
Cause of death: Neglect; untended pressure sore
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Disability: Parkinson’s disease
Perpetrator: Main Street Terrace nursing home staff
Source: Ontario man died in agony after nursing home neglected bed sore, lawsuit alleges

*Marcus, Samantha
(Died June 8, 2014, Age 17)
Cause of death: Murder (Strangulation)
Location: Waukegan, Illinois, USA
Disability: Muscular dystrophy
Perpetrator: Anthony Marcus (Father)
Source: Waukegan Man Charged With Killing Wife, Disabled Daughter

+Williams, Amareon
(Died June 9, 2014, Age 5)
Cause of death: Strangled accidentally, while unsupervised
Location: Michigan City, Indiana, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Tricia’s Playhouse and Daycare
Source: Amareon Williams

McNair, Tuarus Javon “TJ”
(Died June 12, 2014, Age 27)
Cause of death: Thorazine overdose administered as tranquilizer after TJ was beaten by another patient
Location: Indiantown, Florida, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Treasure Coast Forensic Treatment Center staff
Source: Wall of secrecy shields Florida’s mental hospitals

Brett, Robin
(Died June 14, 2014, Age 18)
Cause of death: Medical malpractice (Hospital failed to give him enough cortisol)
Location: Swindon, England, UK
Disability: Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
Perpetrator: Great Western Hospital staff
Source: Disabled teen’s death partly caused by neglect, inquest rules

!Harrison, Jason
(Died June 14, 2014, Age 68)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Disability: Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Police
Source: The last 10 seconds of Jason Harrison’s life: Body camera video shows cops gun down mentally ill man in front of his mother after he ‘lunged at them with a screwdriver’

*Kishimoto, Sayane
(Died June 15, 2014, Age 3)
Cause of death: neglect; starvation
Location: Ibaraki city, Osaka, Japan
Disability: Congenital myopathy
Perpetrator: Yuki Kishimoto (Father) and mother
Source: Parents arrested for starving 3-year-old daughter to death

Parkisson, Lisa
(Died June 23, 2014, Age 35)
Cause of death: Untreated hemorrhage, post-C-section; symptoms mistaken for mental illness
Location: Oldham, England, UK
Disability: None; assumed to have a mental illness
Perpetrator: Staff at Royal Oldham Hospital
Source: Internal review into maternity services at Pennine Acute NHS Trust hospitals

+Procko, Harry
(Died June 23, 2014, Age 4)
Cause of death: Medical neglect
Location: Nottingham, England, UK
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Queen Medical Centre
Source: Harry Procko

*Slacks, Kenyon Jakobian
(Died June 24, 2014, Age 3)
Cause of death: Murder (Poisoned with morphine)
Location: Augusta, Georgia, USA
Disability: Multiple medical problems, including Ohtahara syndrome (rare epilepsy type)
Perpetrator: Elizabeth Osei (Foster mother)
Source: Parent At Nation’s Leading For-Profit Foster Care Firm Facing Murder Charges

*+Choy, On-Yu
(Died June 25, 2014, Age 15)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed)
Location: Hong Kong, China
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Sin-hung Choy (Father)
Source: Jobless father pleads guilty to killing ‘burden’ autistic son

*Beck, Shirley
(Died June 26, 2014, Age 39)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten)
Location: Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
Disability: Unspecified (Received disability payments); abuse survivor
Perpetrator: Cynthia Dianne Skipper (Partner) and Derek M. Vicchitto, Matthew Lee Reynolds, Alphonso Richardson (Housemates)
Source: Jury to get ‘house slave’ slaying case Thursday

*Meyer, Theodore
(Died June 26, 2014, Age 91)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating)
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Disability: Dementia, heart disease
Perpetrator: Donald Ray Meyer (Son)
Source: Oklahoma City man gets 12 years in prison for fatal beating of father, 91

Burge, Malcolm
(Died June 27, 2014, Age 66)
Cause of death: Suicide (After benefits cut)
Location: Somerset, England, UK
Disability: Depression
Perpetrator: Newham Borough Council
Source: The appalling death of a man caught up in benefits nightmare

(Unknown), “Mr. A”
(Died Mid-2014, Age 70s)
Cause of death: Cardiac arrhythmia; nurses did not report signs of distress or attempt resuscitation
Location: New Zealand
Disability: Developmental disability, wheelchair user, diabetic
Perpetrator: Nurses
Source: Report in the death of Mr. A

Geiger, Krissy
(Died July 30, 2014, Age 11)
Cause of death: Multiple murder
Location: Clinton Township, Michigan, USA
Disability: Developmental delay
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Clinton Township police search for killer in cold case murder of mother and daughter

DePascale, Orlando
(Died July 3, 2014, Age 88)
Cause of death: Negligence (Head injury; left unattended, fell off bed; head injury left untreated for 24h)
Location: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Dementia
Perpetrator: Pocono Tranquil Gardens staff
Source: Fatality leads to wrongful death suit against nursing home

Bell, Steven
(Died July 4, 2014, Age 65)
Cause of death: Murder (During robbery; beaten)
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Disability: Unspecified; disabled veteran
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Crime Stoppers: Answers sought in Steven Bell murder

Creaney, Owen
(Died July 5, 2014, Age 40)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating)
Location: Craigavon, Northern Ireland, UK
Disability: Unspecified mobility impairment
Perpetrator: Shauneen Boyle and Stephen Hughes
Source: Mum-of-one accused of murder denied bail

de la Valdene, Valerie
(Died July 5, 2014, Age 47)
Cause of death: Probable murder, disguised as suicide
Location: Galápagos Islands, Belize
Disability: Bipolar disorder
Perpetrator: Unsolved; possibly drug-related
Source: Three years on, death in the Galapagos remains a mystery

Farrow, Andrew
(Died July 7, 2014, Age 48)
Cause of death: Suicide; denied hospitalization despite being acutely suicidal with a history of suicide attempts
Location: Devizes, Wiltshire, England, UK
Disability: Spinal cord injury, depression
Perpetrator: Green Lane Hospital
Source: Disabled sailor refused a hospital bed days before suicide, inquest told

!Campbell, Mitchell
(Died July 12, 2014, Age 26)
Cause of death: Uncontrolled seizures (denied medical care while in jail)
Location: Richland, Washington, USA
Disability: Schizophrenia, drug addiction
Perpetrator: Franklin County Jail
Source: Claim: Franklin County negligence led to the death of former jail inmate

Simmons, Ola
(Died July 12, 2014, Age Elder)
Cause of death: Neglect (Untended bedsores, malnutrition, sepsis)
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Dementia, incontinence
Perpetrator: Staff at Simpson House Nursing Home
Source: Simmons v. Simpson House, Inc., CIVIL ACTION No. 15-06636 (E.D. Pa. Dec. 12, 2016)

*Roy, Conrad, III
(Died July 13, 2014, Age 18)
Cause of death: Suicide (Encouraged to kill himself by girlfriend)
Location: Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA
Disability: Depression
Perpetrator: Michelle Carter (Girlfriend)
Source: Teen who urged suicide via text will stand trial, court rules

*Kanatov, Maxim
(Died July 16, 2014, Age 2)
Cause of death: Unknown causes (Died at age 2 with illegal drugs in his system)
Location: Grimsby, England, UK
Disability: Cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Tatjana Kanatov (Mother)
Source: Toddler with cerebal palsy had meow meow in his system

Ramsey, Megan
(Died July 16, 2014, Age 35)
Cause of death: Medical neglect; untreated perforated bowel
Location: Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Unspecified; developmental disability
Perpetrator: Devereux Pocono Center staff
Source: Devereux Pocono Center accused of negligence in death of resident

!Garner, Eric
(Died July 17, 2014, Age 43)
Cause of death: Death in restraint
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Disability: Asthma, diabetes, heart disease
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Death of Eric Garner

+Gentles, Graham
(Died July 18, 2014, Age 22)
Cause of death: Suicide after being fired and humiliated at work
Location: Pasadena, California, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Target
Source: Graham Gentles

Gallant, Kent
(Died July 22, 2014, Age 45)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbing)
Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Disability: Deaf
Perpetrator: Unnamed 17-year-old female
Source: Victim Kent Gallant ‘was loaded’ says his sister at teen murder trial

*Mihok, Katharine Renai
(Died July 23, 2014, Age 8)
Cause of death: Murder-Suicide (Shot)
Location: Norvolk, Virginia, USA
Disability: Down syndrome
Perpetrator: Karla Mae “Maizie” Mihok (Mother)
Source: UPDATE: Norfolk mother kills 8-year-old daughter before taking her own life; woman now identified

Mays, Sally
(Died July 25, 2014, Age 22)
Cause of death: Suicide (Knowing she was suicidal, Sally asked for help, but was turned away)
Location: Kingston, Hull, England, UK
Disability: Anxiety, eating disorder, emotionally unstable personality disorder, bipolar disorder
Perpetrator: NHS
Source: Sally Mays: Mum tells of fight for justice after a tragic death

!Robinson, Matthew
(Died July 27, 2014, Age 33)
Cause of death: Death in restraint
Location: Redding, California, USA
Disability: Bipolar disorder
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Lawsuit: Redding police beat, suffocated mentally ill Chico man

*Franklin, Albert
(Died Sometime after July 28, 2014, Age 67)
Cause of death: Neglect (Infected bedsores)
Location: Flint, Michigan, USA
Disability: Dementia
Perpetrator: Alice Bitters (Girlfriend) and Melissa Bardoni (Girlfriend’s niece)
Source: Woman pleads guilty to murder in elder abuse case

*+Tutko, Jarrod, Jr
(Died July 29, 2014, Age 9)
Cause of death: Starvation, dehydration
Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Fragile X
Perpetrator: Jarrod Tutko Sr. (Father), Kimberly Tutko (Mother)
Source: Jarrod Tutko, Jr.

Gumley, Joseph
(Died July 31, 2014, Age 47)
Cause of death: Bludgeoned to death with a guitar
Location: Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: A fellow patient at Shellharbor Hospital mental health unit
Source: Mental health patient ‘killed with guitar’ at Shellharbour Hospital

(Unknown), “Ernie”
(Died August 2014, Age 19)
Cause of death: Medical neglect (Bowel obstruction)
Location: Alberta, Canada
Disability: Brain injury in infancy; cerebral palsy, heart disease, kidney disease
Perpetrator: His group home staff
Source: 19-year-old Ernie: An Investigative Review

Freeman, Maurice
(Died August 1, 2014, Age 21)
Cause of death: Murder (Shooting)
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: “Special needs”
Perpetrator: Paul Kendrick
Source: Northview Heights man gets life sentence for murder

Goswell, Linda
(Died August 2, 2014, Age 52)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Bierley, Isle of Wight, England, UK
Disability: Unspecified; patient at a psychiatric hospital
Perpetrator: Fellow patient at Cygnet Hospital, Bierley
Source: Patient held over murder of Halifax woman in psychiatric hospital

!Dhu, [Ms.]
(Died August 4, 2014, Age 22)
Cause of death: Medical neglect; untreated septicemia and rib fracture
Location: Port Hedland, Western Australia, Australia
Disability: None; labeled as having “behavioral issues”; Aboriginal
Perpetrator: South Hedland police station staff
Source: Ms Dhu coronial findings show importance of teaching doctors and nurses about unconscious bias

Hall, Scott
(Died August 4, 2014, Age 28)
Cause of death: Head injury from assault
Location: Durham, England, UK
Disability: Physical and learning disabilities
Perpetrator: Two 15-year-old boys
Source: Scott Hall died from head injury days after Durham attack

*Kelley, Linda
(Died August 4, 2014, Age 18)
Cause of death: Neglect
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Disability: Spina bifida
Perpetrator: John Kelley (Father) and Lavonne Kelley (Mother)
Source: Indianapolis couple charged with neglect in death of paralyzed daughter

+Edwards, Joseph
(Died August 6, 2014, Age 17)
Cause of death: Suicide (Hanging), after falling for an online scam that caused him to believe he was in trouble with the law
Location: Windsor, Berkshire, England, UK
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Joseph Edwards

*Kostek, Sophie
(Died August 7, 2014, Age 88)
Cause of death: Murder (Punched in the face)
Location: Somerset, Maryland, USA
Disability: Unspecified
Perpetrator: Michael Kostek (Son)
Source: Somerset man pleads guilty in death of disabled mother

Hunter, Alexander
(Died weeks to months before August 8, 2014 (Body found), Age Unknown)
Cause of death: Unknown homicide (Body concealed)
Location: Nicholls, Georgia, USA
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: James Jacobs and Diana Malphus Jacobs (Owners of Rosewood Manor assisted living facility)
Source: Diana Jacobs Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Concealing A Death

*Thompson, Freddie Charles, Jr
(Died August 8, 2014, Age 21)
Cause of death: Multiple murder (Bludgeoned)
Location: Morganton, North Carolina, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Donald Eric Kincaid (Mother’s boyfriend)
Source: Man gets 120 years for Morganton triple murder

!Brown, Michael
(Died August 9, 2014, Age 18)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Ferguson, Missouri, USA
Disability: ADHD
Perpetrator: Darren Wilson (Police officer)
Source: Shooting of Michael Brown

*Sanner, Jacee L.
(Died August 10, 2014, Age 10)
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse
Location: Wilson, Oklahoma, USA
Disability: TBI in infancy
Perpetrator: Ashley N. Milligan (Mother)
Source: Four children dead or nearly died from abuse had prior DHS contact

!Ford, Ezell
(Died August 11, 2014, Age 25)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Disability: Special needs (Mental/intellectual?)
Perpetrator: Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas (Police)
Source: LAPD Accused of Shooting, Killing Unarmed Black Man With Special Needs

Meek, Jonnie
(Died August 11, 2014, Age 3)
Cause of death: Medical malpractice (Tube-fed food he was allergic to)
Location: Stafford, West Midlands, England, UK
Disability: de Grouchy syndrome
Perpetrator: Stafford Hospital
Source: Investigation launched after boy dies at hospital

*Parent, Thomas
(Died August 12, 2014, Age 59)
Cause of death: Stabbed to death
Location: Belleville, New Jersey, USA
Disability: Mobility impaired (Wheelchair user after returning from a rehabilitation center)
Perpetrator: Edwin Andujar (Housemate)
Source: Essex County Man Fatally Stabbed Wheelchair-Bound Roommate, Found Guilty

!Cusseaux, Michelle
(Died August 14, 2014, Age 50)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Percy Dupra (Police officer)
Source: Police Killing of Michelle Cusseaux Raises Questions of Wrongful Death & Handling of Mentally Ill

Manrique, Carmen
(Died August 14, 2014, Age Elderly)
Cause of death: Medical negligence; bedsores, repeated falls, poor care at nursing home
Location: Bloomingdale, Illinois, USA
Disability: Elderly, “Cognitive decline”
Perpetrator: Alden-Valley Ridge Rehabilitation and Health Care Center staff
Source: Falls, fractures and bedsores said to hasten nursing home resident’s demise – See more at: http://cookcountyrecord.com/stories/510632567-falls-fractures-and-bedsores-said-to-hasten-nursing-home-resident-s-demise#sthash.FLpvInTC.dpuf

Springer, Emily
(Died August 14, 2014, Age 95)
Cause of death: Injuries suffered when she was thrown from a wheelchair she was not strapped into properly, causing broken bones which were ignored.
Location: Waco, Texas, USA
Disability: Elderly disabled
Perpetrator: Visiting Angels employee Aimi Ariel Salazar
Source: Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Local Homecare Agency, Caregiver

+McKendrick, Elspeth
(Died August 15, 2014, Age 16)
Cause of death: Suicide, related to internalized prejudice
Location: Bury, Greater Manchester, England, UK
Disability: Asperger syndrome
Perpetrator: n/a
Source: Elspeth McKendrick

Whitehead, Ronald
(Died August 17, 2014, Age 50)
Cause of death: Murder (During robbery; beating)
Location: Lebanon, Oregon, USA
Disability: Mental disability
Perpetrator: Jesse Jimenez and Trevin King
Source: Lebanon beating victim, Ronald Whitehead, dies

Stephens, Milton, Jr
(Died August 18, 2014, Age 40)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot; during burglary)
Location: Macon, Georgia, USA
Disability: Visually impaired; diabetic
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Slain Macon man’s family files wrongful death suit against apartment management firm

+!Powell, Kajieme
(Died August 19, 2014, Age 25)
Cause of death: Police Shooting
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Kajieme Powell

*Fitzmaurice, Nancy
(Died August 21, 2014, Age 12)
Cause of death: Fluids withdrawn by court order
Location: London, England, UK
Disability: Hydrocephalus, epilepsy, neurological disorders
Perpetrator: Charlotte Fitzmaurice (Mother)
Source: ‘My daughter is no longer my daughter… the light from her eyes is now gone’: Mother tells of heartbreak behind the hardest decision any parent could make – to let her disabled child die

Fischer, Charlotte
(Died August 22, 2014, Age 90)
Cause of death: Abuse (Thrown against a wall; broken femur contributed to death)
Location: Olathe, Colorado, USA
Disability: Dementia
Perpetrator: Travis Young (Nurse’s assistant)
Source: 21-Year-Old Man Sentenced To 15 Years To Life Behind Bars For Beating Death Of Disabled Man

*Robitille, Isaac
(Died August 22, 2014, Age 13)
Cause of death: Murder (Alcohol poisoning)
Location: Hardwick, Vermont, USA
Disability: Multiple disabilities; nervous system disorder
Perpetrator: Melissa Robitille (Mother) and Walter Richter III (Mother’s boyfriend)
Source: Vermont mom, boyfriend kill disabled 13-year-old by putting alcohol in IV: cops

*(Unknown), (Male)
(Died August 25, 2014, Age 4)
Cause of death: Put into freezer; froze to death
Location: Arkhangelsk, Russia
Disability: Paralyzed from the waist down
Perpetrator: Karp and Uliana Ulyanov (Parents)
Source: Murder Charges for Couple who ‘Forgot they Put Disabled 4-Year-old Son in Fridge’

Franco, Mariana
(Died August 25, 2014, Age 22)
Cause of death: Murder; Shooting
Location: San Fernando, California, USA
Disability: Unspecified; used a wheelchair
Perpetrator: Alexander Hernandez
Source: Accused Dog Killer Alexander Hernandez Is Suspect In 3 Los Angeles Murders

Free, Warren
(Died August 28, 2014, Age 42)
Cause of death: Harassment/Bullying; murder, beaten with a metal pole
Location: Spalding, England, UK
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Jake Edwards and six other teenagers
Source: MURDER TRIAL: Spalding dad Warren Free died after ‘fast and brutal’ attack by group of juveniles with metal pole

*Hathman, Dayne
(Died August 28, 2014, Age 6)
Cause of death: Murder (Gunshot)
Location: Fulton, Missouri, USA
Disability: Down syndrome
Perpetrator: Scottie Willet (Babysitter)
Source: Slain 6-year-old loved to play, give hugs

Populus, James “Lobo”
(Died August 30, 2014, Age 58)
Cause of death: Neglect (Poor care; sepsis)
Location: Montrose, California, USA
Disability: Respiratory problems, scars from burns; broken hip
Perpetrator: Verdugo Valley Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre staff
Source: Death of a patient: State blames nursing home

Simcakoski, Jason
(Died August 30, 2014, Age 35)
Cause of death: Medical malpractice; poisoned with too much psychiatric medication
Location: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Tomah, Wisconsin VA medical center short-stay mental health unit staff
Source: VA hospital at fault in Marine veteran’s death

*Siudara, Elizabeth
(Died August 30, 2014, Age 60)
Cause of death: Left a lethal dose of pills by her husband, who knew she would take them
Location: Cheboygan, Michigan, USA
Disability: Depression, paranoia, bipolar disorder, alcohol abuse
Perpetrator: Jerry Siudara (Husband)
Source: Wife’s overdose sends doc to jail, splits Michigan town

*+Stack, Francis, Jr
(Died August 30, 2014, Age 48)
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Gunshot)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Francis Stack, Sr.
Source: Mary Stack and Francis Stack Jr.

*Stack, Joan
(Died August 30, 2014, Age 82)
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Gunshot)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Disability: arthritis and terminal cancer
Perpetrator: Francis Stack, Sr.
Source: Mary Stack and Francis Stack Jr.

*+Stack, Mary
(Died August 30, 2014, Age 57)
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Gunshot)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Francis Stack, Sr.
Source: Mary Stack and Francis Stack Jr.

Gialluisi, Peter
(Died August 31, 2014, Age 66)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbing; home invasion)
Location: Staten Island, New York, USA
Disability: Mobility impairment (Used a walker)
Perpetrator: Dante Viggiano
Source: ‘He killed my husband,’ screamed spouse of alleged murder victim, prosecutor says in opening statement

Horvath, Arpad
(Died August 31, 2014, Age 75)
Cause of death: Serial murder (Poisoned; injection, probably insulin)
Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer (Nurse; serial killer)
Source: Canadian woman killed eight nursing home patients in her care, police say

Dattalo, Dennis
(Died September 1, 2014, Age 25)
Cause of death: Felony endangerment; deprived of oxygen when his nurse deliberately went to sleep on the job instead of checking his oxygen every two hours
Location: Syracuse, New York, USA
Disability: Unknown; nonverbal, needed oxygen
Perpetrator: Tanya Lemon (Group home nurse)
Source: Paid to sleep: NY state cracks down on napping health workers

Massey, Mabel
(Died September 2014, Age 80)
Cause of death: Infected pressure sores; neglect
Location: Sheffield, England, UK
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Sheffield social services staff
Source: Sheffield pensioner who was found sobbing in her wheelchair dies from infected bed sores

+(Unknown), “Ms. A.”
(Died September 2, 2014, Age Adult)
Cause of death: Untreated brain tumor
Location: Inverness, Scotland, UK
Disability: Physical disabilities, learning difficulties, autism, chronic fatigue syndrome, and asthma
Perpetrator: NHS Highland staff
Source: NHS Highland apologise over care of learning disabled woman who died from brain tumour

Ritter, Bessie
(Died September 4, 2014, Age 84)
Cause of death: Bowel obstruction (Failure to monitor bowel movements, poor care)
Location: Medford, Oregon, USA
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Prestige Post-Acute Care staff
Source: Centralia Nursing Home Subject of Malpractice Suit

O’Brien, Maria
(Died September 5, 2014, Age 55)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed)
Location: Waterford City, Ireland
Disability: Unspecified; psychiatric unit patient
Perpetrator: Paul Cuddihy (Fellow patient)
Source: Psychiatric nurse feared for his life during attack by resident, murder trial hears

*+Coley, Raashanai
(Died September 6, 2014, Age 11)
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse; malnutrition
Location: Waukegan, Illinois, USA
Disability: Speech delay; possible autism; PTSD
Perpetrator: Nicholette Lawrence (Mother)
Source: Raashanai Coley

Crane, Robert
(Died September 6, 2014, Age 61)
Cause of death: Accidental (Fire); Negligence (Obvious symptoms of mental illness ignored; died in fire caused by cooking over open flame in cluttered apartment without electricity).
Location: Bristol, England, UK
Disability: Bipolar disorder, hoarding
Perpetrator: Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust
Source: Mental health trust pays damages to Bob Crane’s family after he died in high rise fire

Horton, Daniel
(Died September 6, 2014, Age 28)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot)
Location: Conway, Arkansas, USA
Disability: TBI
Perpetrator: Gary Lee Mallett
Source: Damascus man’s murder trial begins

!Hotton, Wayne Douglas
(Died September 6, 2014, Age 45)
Cause of death: Death while in prison; possibly suicide after long-term bullying/mistreatment
Location: Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Disability: Mental illness, methamphetamine addiction
Perpetrator: Mt Eden Corrections Facility staff
Source: Mt Eden Prison was short-staffed before the death of at-risk prisoner Wayne Hotton

*Hunt, Fletcher
(Died September 9, 2014, Age 10)
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide
Location: Lockheart, New South Wales, Australia
Disability: ADHD
Perpetrator: Geoff Hunt (Father)
Source: Revealed: Farmer DID shoot his three children and wife after years of ‘immense’ stress over her recovery from a brain injury in murder-suicide that shocked their quiet community

*Hunt, Kim
(Died September 9, 2014, Age 41)
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide
Location: Lockhart, New South Wales, Australia
Disability: TBI from car accident
Perpetrator: Geoff Hunt (Husband)
Source: Revealed: Farmer DID shoot his three children and wife after years of ‘immense’ stress over her recovery from a brain injury in murder-suicide that shocked their quiet community

Hawkins, Lamar, III
(Died September 10, 2014, Age 14)
Cause of death: Suicide (Shooting; after long-term bullying the school did not address)
Location: Lake Mary, Florida, USA
Disability: Failure to thrive
Perpetrator: n/a
Source: Mom Says Unchecked Bullying Led to Suicide

Moulton, Vance
(Died September 12, 2014, Age 65)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Ronald Eugene Heskett (Home health aide)
Source: Eudora man arrested for alleged Lawrence murder in September

Seeger, Gerald
(Died September 12, 2014, Age 89)
Cause of death: Medical neglect; untreated hernia
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Lighthouse of Columbia Heights staff
Source: Minn. victims of nursing home abuse challenge arbitration clauses

Baldwin, Ethel Joyce
(Died September 13, 2014, Age 96)
Cause of death: Beaten; died from pneumonia two weeks later
Location: Netley, England, UK
Disability: Frail elderly; vascular dementia
Perpetrator: A 36-year-old woman
Source: Reward doubled in bid for justice for Ethel

*+Zhang, (Mr.)
(Died September 13, 2014, Age 7)
Cause of death: Murder (pushed from 9th story window)
Location: Singapore
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Koh Sook Hoon (Mother)
Source: Zhang (7-year-old male)

*Simonetti, Michaelina
(Died September 15, 2014, Age 93)
Cause of death: Neglect (Starvation)
Location: New Britain, Connecticut, USA
Disability: Blind; disabled
Perpetrator: Frank Simonetti (Son)
Source: New Britain Man Charged With Manslaughter In 93-Year-Old Mother’s Death

Brange, Oliver
(Died September 19, 2014, Age 25)
Cause of death: Medical malpractice (Untreated urinary tract infection; waited 11 days to prescribe proper antibiotics; improper positioning, aspiration pneumonia)
Location: Fulwood, Preston, England, UK
Disability: Cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Royal Preston Hospital staff
Source: Parents want answers over Oliver’s death

!Miller, Edward P.
(Died September 20, 2014, Age 52)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Daytona beach, Florida, USA
Disability: Deaf
Perpetrator: Joel Hernandez (Police officer)
Source: Family: Deputy Fired 6 Shots To Kill Deaf Man Sitting In Vehicle With Licensed Weapon

Petrey, Emma Marie Shrader
(Died September 22, 2014, Age 77)
Cause of death: “Unidentified injuries”; improper care
Location: Hinton, West Virginia, USA
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Summer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Source: West Virginia Nursing Home Sued Over Death of 77 Year Old Resident

!Klessig, Tom
(Died September 23, 2014, Age 23)
Cause of death: Suffocated while restrained, in police custody
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Disability: Schizoaffective disorder
Perpetrator: Police
Source: A midnight stroll, a grab and a push: When policing the mentally ill turns deadly

*Looney, Bessie
(Died September 28, 2014, Age 82)
Cause of death: Neglect
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Disability: Unspecified; used a wheelchair
Perpetrator: Joleslie Looney (daughter) and Lauren Looney (granddaughter)
Source: 82-year-old found dead at home surrounded by flies, trash; two arrested

Caban, Lucille
(Died September 30, 2014, Age 88)
Cause of death: Neglect; dehydration, malnutrition, blow to the head
Location: Edwardsville, Michigan, USA
Disability: Elderly disabled; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Rosewood Care Center staff
Source: Edwardsville nursing home faces suit

+Smith, Ben, Jr
(Died September 30, 2014, Age 14)
Cause of death: Suicide; after years of bullying
Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
Disability: Asperger syndrome
Perpetrator: n/a
Source: Sponsors needed for memorial bowling fundraiser

Gartin, William Harold
(Died October 1, 2014, Age 80)
Cause of death: Neglect; inadequate care, causing falls and eventual death
Location: Logan, West Virginia, USA
Disability: Disabled coal miner; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Staff at Trinity Helath Care Services of Logan, Inc.
Source: Estate administrator blames nursing home operator for patient’s death

!Hamilton, Andrew
(Died October 2014, Age 27)
Cause of death: Medical neglect (Insufficient treatment for heart attack)
Location: Dumfries, Scotland, UK
Disability: Diabetes
Perpetrator: Dumfries Prison staff
Source: No paper for ECG test before inmate death

Campbell, Richie
(Died October 3, 2014, Age 31)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed); during robbery.
Location: Northolt, England, UK
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Richie Campbell, unnamed 17-year-old male, unnamed 16-year-old male
Source: Pinner man among teenagers convicted of murder of 31-year-old man in Northolt

Gerrard, Brian
(Died October 3, 2014, Age 77)
Cause of death: Neglect; malnutrition
Location: Birchwood, Warrington, England, UK
Disability: Dementia
Perpetrator: Staff at Abbey Court
Source: Inquest opens into death of man who lost ‘extreme amount of weight’ after move to Abbey Court Hospital

James, Peyton
(Died October 8, 2014, Age 13)
Cause of death: Suicide; after years of bullying
Location: Georgetown, Texas, USA
Disability: Severe ADHD
Perpetrator: Hopewell Middle School
Source: Texas Teen Tragically Commits Suicide After Relentless Bullying

Scott, Simon
(Died October 9, 2014, Age 26)
Cause of death: Medical neglect; not given medication for epilepsy; SUDEP/DIB
Location: Leek, England, UK
Disability: Epilepsy, diabetes, mental illness
Perpetrator: Staff at John Munroe Hospital
Source: Tunstall man found dead in Leek mental hospital missed vital medication, inquest told

(Unknown), (Male)
(Died October 12, 2014, Age Elderly)
Cause of death: Heart attack reported by patient, ignored by staff
Location: Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA
Disability: Diabetes, lewy body dementia, glaucoma; prostate cancer survivor
Perpetrator: Summerville 17 LLC, Emeritus at Deer Creek (Nursing home staff)
Source: ‘Don’t feed him, he is dead’: Facility fined for resident’s death

+Mathieson, Melissa
(Died October 12, 2014, Age 18)
Cause of death: Murder (Strangled; intent to rape)
Location: Bristol, England, UK
Disability: Autism spectrum disorder
Perpetrator: Jason Conroy (Fellow resident)
Source: Teenager murdered girl, 18, before trying to drag her body into his bedroom to have sex with her

*Peake, Josephine
(Died October 17, 2014, Age 82)
Cause of death: Neglect (Dehydration)
Location: Fulham Gardens, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Disability: Frail elderly
Perpetrator: Michelle Catherine Peake (Daughter)
Source: Autistic woman Michelle Peake, who left mother to die on floor, acquitted of manslaughter

Egenlauf, Ronald
(Died October 18, 2014, Age 55)
Cause of death: Murder (Arson); killed along with most of his family
Location: McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Stroke
Perpetrator: Ryan Williams
Source: Hundreds mourn victims of McKeesport house fire at candlelight vigil

Gick, Katherine
(Died October 20, 2014, Age 30)
Cause of death: Murder (Rape/Murder, beating)
Location: New Haven, Indiana, USA
Disability: Mentally disabled
Perpetrator: Quinn Albers
Source: 67-year term issued in slaying at Catholic Cemetery

!McDonald, LaQuan
(Died October 20, 2014, Age 17)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Disability: PTSD; mental illness
Perpetrator: Jason Van Dyke (Police officer)
Source: Half of people killed by police suffer from mental disability: Report

Canfield, Steven Jed
(Died October 21, 2014, Age 57)
Cause of death: Hit-and-run
Location: St. George, Utah, USA
Disability: Polio survivor
Perpetrator: Gary William Fairse
Source: Nevada man pleads guilty in hit-and-run death of Utah cyclist

+Robles, Juan
(Died October 21, 2014, Age 13)
Cause of death: Negligence (Accident; lack of supervision; left school and was hit by a train)
Location: Gervais, Oregon, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Woodburn School District staff
Source: Wrongful death tort ongoing in case of seventh-grader hit by train

Rich, Carl
(Died October 23, 2014, Age Adult)
Cause of death: Died in fire because they could not get out of their home; home health agency had refused to send an aide that day.
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy; mobility impairment
Perpetrator: Hand in Heart Home Health
Source: Va. Beach family files $50M wrongful death lawsuit

Smith, Josh
(Died October 23, 2014, Age 35)
Cause of death: Died in fire because they could not get out of their home; home health agency had refused to send an aide that day.
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Disability: Cerebral palsy; mobility impairment
Perpetrator: Hand in Heart Home Health
Source: Va. Beach family files $50M wrongful death lawsuit

Gillogg, Joanne
(Died October 24, 2014, Age 65)
Cause of death: Neglect (Poor care)
Location: Melrose Park, Illinois, USA
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Staff at River Oaks Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center
Source: Nursing home accused of negligence

Collins, Ronnie
(Died October 25, 2014, Age 68)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten)
Location: Macon, Georgia, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Diaz Gholston (Fellow group home resident)
Source: Skateboard beating death lands man in prison for life

*Canfield, Joann
(Died October 26, 2014, Age 72)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot)
Location: Alameda, California, USA
Disability: Dementia
Perpetrator: Jerry Canfield (Husband)
Source: 72-year-old Alameda man charged with murder in wife’s ‘mercy killing’

Le, Xuan
(Died October 26, 2014, Age 67)
Cause of death: Murder (Raped, squeezed to death)
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Disability: MHMR patient (mental illness or developmental disability)
Perpetrator: Miguel Piedra
Source: Man accused of squeezing mentally ill woman to death gets 30 years

!Thompson, Daquentin
(Died October 26, 2014, Age 16)
Cause of death: Suicide (While in police custody; minor in adult jail; inadequate supervision for suicidal thoughts)
Location: New Iberia, Louisiana, USA
Disability: ADHD, depression
Perpetrator: Iberia Parish Jail staff
Source: Mother sues Iberia Sheriff after son hangs self in jail

Nunez, Anthony
(Died October 27, 2014, Age 21)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed; during fight; unarmed at the time)
Location: Elgin, Illinois, USA
Disability: Special needs
Perpetrator: William C. Donald (Charges dropped; self-defense ruled)
Source: Mother of stabbing victim rails against decision to dismiss murder charges

!Tyson, Daniel
(Died October 27, 2014, Age 30)
Cause of death: Police continued to use taser after Daniel had been restrained
Location: Hollywood, California, USA
Disability: Bipolar disorder
Perpetrator: Alex Ramirez and several other police officers
Source: Lawsuit Says Hollywood Police Tasered Mentally Ill Man to Death

!Donald, Kaldrick
(Died October 28, 2014, Age 24)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Gretna, Louisiana, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Fatal shooting by Gretna officer prompts community rally

+Smith, Dyasha
(Died October 28, 2014, Age 21)
Cause of death: Choking (Neglect)
Location: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Brooklyn school
Source: Dyasha Smith

!Van Zandt, Benjamin
(Died October 28, 2014, Age 21)
Cause of death: Suicide; after long-term abuse while being refused treatment in prison
Location: Fishkill, New York, USA
Disability: Schizoid personality disorder; depression with psychotic features; Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Staff at Fishkill Correctional Facility
Source: The Prison Guards So Scary They Drove a Mentally Ill Inmate to Suicide

Kardatzke, Lorraine
(Died October 31, 2014, Age 88)
Cause of death: Neglect (Pneumonia; skin breakdown)
Location: Montgomery, Illinois, USA
Disability: Elderly disabled; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Alden of Waterford LLC, Alden Management Services Inc. and Floyd Schlossberg
Source: Neglect of duties alleged in wrongful death case

*Mosoeu, Esihle Xoliswa
(Died October 31, 2014, Age 2)
Cause of death: Murder (Strangled)
Location: Pomeroy, South Africa
Disability: Disabled child who could not sit or stand on her own
Perpetrator: Nontobeko Mosoeu (Mother)
Source: Child murder ‘was an act of despair’

*Rowland, Betty
(Died October 31, 2014, Age 86)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed)
Location: Columbia, Missouri, USA
Disability: Stroke; used a wheelchair
Perpetrator: Donald Rowland (Husband)
Source: 88-year-old man receives probation for stabbing his wife

*(Unknown), “Patrick”
(Died November 2014, Age 17)
Cause of death: Neglect; multiple organ failure
Location: Bedford, England, UK
Disability: Coffin-Lowry syndrome
Perpetrator: His grandmother
Source: Patrick Final Report for PUBLICATION 23.5.16

Jacobson, Julie
(Died November 2014, Age 51)
Cause of death: Neglect (Denied overnight care; died of a heart attack at night)
Location: Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
Disability: Amputee (Both legs)
Perpetrator: Lifestyle Solutions Staff
Source: Top disability services provider Lifestyle Solutions investigated over series of deaths

!Yearby, David
(Died November 2, 2014, Age 27)
Cause of death: Beaten while in police custody; broken neck
Location: North Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Disability: Mental illness, asthma
Perpetrator: Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center staff
Source: Dad still seeks justice after son’s 2014 jailhouse death

*Adams, Jean Carol
(Died November 3, 2014, Age 77)
Cause of death: Murder (Shot)
Location: Waco, Texas, USA
Disability: Leukemia; hospice patient
Perpetrator: Alvin Adams (Husband)
Source: Texas husband shot, killed 77-year-old ill wife in possible mercy killing: police

*+McCabe, London
(Died November 3, 2014, Age 6)
Cause of death: Murder (Thrown off a bridge)
Location: Seal Rock, Oregon, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Jillian McCabe (Mother)
Source: London McCabe

+Lindley, David
(Died November 4, 2014, Age 16)
Cause of death: Hit by a car at an intersection with a known mistimed traffic light
Location: Palms, Los Angeles, California, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: City transportation officials
Source: Parents of autistic teen killed in Palms crosswalk sue city

Frustini, Louis
(Died November 6, 2014, Age 86)
Cause of death: Neglect (Bedsores)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Aria Post Acute Care staff
Source: Nursing home blamed for pressure sores in wrongful death suit

!Williams, Matthew
(Died November 6, 2014, Age 34)
Cause of death: Death in police custody (Taser/restraint), during arrest for murder
Location: Argoed, Wales, UK
Disability: Psychotic episode brought on by drug use and mental illness
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Killer who died after being tasered had psychosis ‘brought on by drug use’

Kasanda, Natasha
(Died November 7, 2014, Age 19)
Cause of death: Suicide (Discharged from counseling after suicide attempt because she was “not responding”; completed suicide soon after)
Location: Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England, UK
Disability: Depression/anxiety
Perpetrator: University of Hull counseling services
Source: University of Hull student Natasha Kasanda killed herself after buying poison online

Priebe, Richard “Richie”
(Died November 7, 2014, Age 50)
Cause of death: Murder (Throat slashed, set on fire; Killed by three homeless men he invited inside to escape the cold; they had an argument over beer)
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Disability: Unspecified; injuries from car accident
Perpetrator: Roger Alan Davis, John Liebek, Angie Marie Smith
Source: Alcohol-fueled spat over beer preceded November slaying

!Longmire, Dai’yaan Qamar
(Died November 8, 2014, Age 19)
Cause of death: Suicide; inadequate supervision, solitary confinement, no access to mental health treatment despite suicide threats and history of mental illness
Location: Chesapeake, Virginia, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Staff at Indian Creek Correctional Center
Source: Prison guards could have saved Virginia Beach man, lawsuit says. Instead, they found him hanging from a bed sheet.

*McFall, Tyrael Emory Alexander
(Died November 8, 2014, Age 2)
Cause of death: Poisoned with codeine
Location: Austell, Georgia, USA
Disability: TBI from previous abuse; blind
Perpetrator: Erica White (Mother) and Michael Schullerman (Stepfather)
Source: Cobb mom charged with murder in 2-year-old’s overdose death

Pierce, Sylvia
(Died November 8, 2014, Age 95)
Cause of death: Medical malpractice (Antipsychotics used as chemical restraint)
Location: Milford, Delaware, USA
Disability: Dementia
Perpetrator: Milford Center staff
Source: Pierce Complaint

*+(Unknown), (Male)
(Died November 10, 2014, Age 21)
Cause of death: Gunshot; murder-suicide
Location: Udon Thaini, Muang district, Thailand
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: His father
Source: 21-year-old male, Name unknown

!Donelson, Sylvia
(Died November 11, 2014, Age 47)
Cause of death: Medical neglect; death in police custody (Heart disease)
Location: Berryville, Arkansas, USA
Disability: Bipolar disorder, chronic illness
Perpetrator: Carroll County Jail employees
Source: Family Files Lawsuit After Woman Dies In Carroll County Jail

!McBrayer, David Daniel
(Died November 11, 2014, Age 24)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Dale Edwards (Police officer)
Source: Lawsuit against Jacksonville police seeks better training for mental-illness cases

!Cleveland, Paul
(Died November 12, 2014, Age 72)
Cause of death: Medical neglect while in prison
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Disability: Bipolar disorder, heart disease, diabetes
Perpetrator: East Baton Rouge Parish Prison staff
Source: Federal judge refuses to toss prison wrongful-death suit

!Proudman, Trevor
(Died November 12, 2014, Age 32)
Cause of death: Death in restraint; hands cuffed behind back, left alone; positional asphyxia
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Disability: Prader Willi syndrome
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Obese, disabled man suffocated after being handcuffed, medical examiner report shows

!Anderson, Tanisha
(Died November 13, 2014, Age 37)
Cause of death: Suffocated in restraint
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Disability: Bipolar disorder
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Tanisha Anderson was restrained in prone position; death ruled homicide

Ramirez, Elvin
(Died November 13, 2014, Age 63)
Cause of death: Murder (Bludgeoned)
Location: Bronx, New York, USA
Disability: Unspecified
Perpetrator: Armando (Roommate)
Source: Bronx man, 63, found bludgeoned next to shovel in his apartment

De Cicco, Pietro
(Died November 14, 2014, Age Elder)
Cause of death: Head injury; possibly overmedication, neglect
Location: Oakden, South Australia, Australia
Disability: Unspecified; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Older Persons Mental Health staff
Source: Daughter of Pietro De Cicco, who died at Oakden nursing home in 2014 wants full coronial investigation

*Fuentes, Maria
(Died November 14, 2014, Age Adult)
Cause of death: Abuse (Beaten)
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Disability: “Physically and mentally disabled”
Perpetrator: Patrici Devonne Reader (Caregiver)
Source: Autopsy reveals disabled patient suffered ‘painful’ death at hands of caregiver

*Simms, Jenhyla
(Died November 14, 2014, Age 6)
Cause of death: Neglect (Left alone in bathtub)
Location: Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Destiny T. Oglesby (Mother)
Source: Saginaw woman gets 1 year in jail for drowning of 6-year-old daughter

Borer, Gary “Bill”
(Died November 15, 2014, Age Adult)
Cause of death: Murder (Tortured, stabbed; motive was his pain medication)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Disability: Wheelchair user
Perpetrator: Anthony King
Source: DNA helps police link 38-year-old to 2014 murder of wheelchair-bound man in his home

!Rana, Vicky
(Died November 15, 2014, Age 27)
Cause of death: Death in police custody; torture suspected
Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Disability: Epilepsy
Perpetrator: ACP Reema Munshi, VJ Gadhvi, NJ Chaudhari, and Bharatbhai (Police)
Source: 4 cops booked for murder

Sample, Evelyn
(Died November 15, 2014, Age 89)
Cause of death: Aspiration/suffocation; left to lie flat despite feeding tube requirement to be propped up.
Location: Cleveland, Tennessee, USA
Disability: Disabled elder; heart disease; nursing home resident
Perpetrator: Staff at Life Care
Source: Estate of Evelyn Sample v. Life Care Centers of America, Inc., Et Al.

Shah, Kurban
(Died November 16, 2014, Age 28)
Cause of death: Murder (Hanging)
Location: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Disability: TBI from motorcycle accident
Perpetrator: 8-12 medical students and junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital
Source: Kolkata: Mentally-challenged man brutally murdered in NRS Medical College, no arrest yet

Williams, Christian
(Died November 18, 2014, Age 43)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating, stomping; robbery/hate-crime)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Disability: Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Robert John Marshall
Source: 20 years jail for bashing ‘defenseless’ intellectually disabled, homeless man to death

+Rai, Buddhi
(Died November 20, 2014, Age 31)
Cause of death: Neglect (Drowned in bathtub while unsupervised)
Location: Arvada, Colorado, USA
Disability: Multiple disabilities (Impulse control disorder, intellectual disability, autism, seizure disorder, dysphagia)
Perpetrator: Victoria Pletting and Joanita Serwadda (Staff at Secrest House)
Source: 2 die in long-term care facilities; police searching for suspects

!Du, Puong Na “Tony”
(Died November 22, 2014, Age 51)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Disability: Schizophrenia
Perpetrator: Police
Source: Two Vancouver police officers won’t face charges for civilian death

!Rice, Tamir
(Died November 22, 2014, Age 12)
Cause of death: Police shooting
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Disability: Developmental disability or learning disability (Attended special education classes)
Perpetrator: Timothy Loehmann (Police officer)
Source: Sheriff’s department completes Tamir Rice investigation

*Gailey, Daryne
(Died November 23, 2014, Age 29)
Cause of death: Murder (Throat slit)
Location: Oxford, Michigan, USA
Disability: Epilepsy, Developmental disability
Perpetrator: Sylvia Majewska (Mother)
Source: Records show darker side to grandma accused of murder

*Hendricks, Charley Lillian
(Died November 23, 2014, Age 7 months)
Cause of death: Murder (Throat slit)
Location: Oxford, Michigan, USA
Disability: None; child of disabled father
Perpetrator: Sylvia Majewska (Grandmother)
Source: Records show darker side to grandma accused of murder

Lam, Tai
(Died November 24, 2014, Age 67)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten, while sleeping on the street)
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Disability: Polio survivor; wore leg braces
Perpetrator: Joseph Stull and David Peters
Source: Two arrested in ‘savage’ fatal 2014 stomping of disabled homeless man in San Francisco

*Larson, Camaron
(Died November 24, 2014, Age 11)
Cause of death: Neglect
Location: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA
Disability: Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease, leukoencephalopathy
Perpetrator: Robert McKay (Father) and Sarah McKay (Mother)
Source: Jury Recommends Life For Tulsa Couple Convicted In Death Of Son

*Gage, Brielle
(Died November 25, 2014, Age 3)
Cause of death: Murder (Abuse; beaten)
Location: Nashua, New Hampshire, USA
Disability: “Special Needs”
Perpetrator: Katlyn Marin (Mother)
Source: Legal team casts doubt on key witness in Brielle Gage murder case

Horpedahl, Harriett
(Died November 25, 2014, Age 93)
Cause of death: Medical neglect (According to anonymous letter, Harriett’s requests for medical help were ignored the day of her death)
Location: Reedley, California, USA
Disability: Elderly disabled
Perpetrator: Palm Village Retirement Center
Source: Anonymous letter tips Valley family to potentially deadly trouble at retirement home

*+Page, Samauri
(Died November 30, 2014, Age 14)
Cause of death: Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Disability: Autism, juvenile diabetes
Perpetrator: Bakari Page (Father), possibly
Source: Samauri Page

Smith, Eddie Ray, Jr
(Died November 30, 2014, Age 43)
Cause of death: Murder (Beating)
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Disability: Back problems; “visibly disabled”
Perpetrator: Jordan English and Tyshaun Vasquez
Source: Disabled man stomped to death: ‘Heinous crime’ killer sentenced

Hanson, Harvey Gordon
(Died December 2014, Age 92)
Cause of death: Neglect/Maplractice (Overmedicated with tranquilizers, died of overdose plus malnutrition)
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Disability: Dementia
Perpetrator: Avamere Riverpark staff
Source: Eugene nursing home sued in death of couple, ages 92 and 91

Jones, John
(Died December 2014, Age Elderly)
Cause of death: Negligence (Untreated pneumonia)
Location: Springfield, Illinois, USA
Disability: Dementia, mobility impaired
Perpetrator: St. Mary’s Hospital, North Church Nursing & Rehab, and Gateway Regional Medical Center staff
Source: Lawsuit claims negligence in man’s death

van Eaton, Darren
(Died December 2014, Age 54)
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Disability: Unspecified; received social security disability payments
Perpetrator: Craig Michael Strong
Source: PD: Man extradited from Seattle to Phoenix, faces charges in unreported 2014 murder

Wills, Peter
(Died December 3, 2014, Age 80)
Cause of death: Accident; dangerous driving
Location: Dunblane, Scotland, UK
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user
Perpetrator: Scott Hamilton (bin lorry driver)
Source: Bin lorry driver on trial over death of 80-year-old motorised wheelchair user

*Woolum, Georgianne
(Died December 3, 2014, Age 90)
Cause of death: Murder-Suicide (Shot)
Location: Keller, Texas, USA
Disability: Stroke, congestive heart failure, colectomy
Perpetrator: Joe Woolum (Husband)
Source: Murder-Suicide At Keller Living Center

+Edwards, Stanley “TC”
(Died December 7, 2014, Age 40)
Cause of death: Gunshot (Homicide)
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Stanley “TC” Edwards

Delamater, Ian Charles
(Died December 8, 2014, Age 3)
Cause of death: Negligence (Misuse of bus and equipment; called dispatch instead of taking Ian to a hospital one block away)
Location: Beaumont, Texas, USA
Disability: Developmental disability, physical disability
Perpetrator: Beaumont ISD school bus driver and attendant
Source: Family sues BISD after child dies on bus

Wrightson, Angela
(Died December 8, 2014, Age 39)
Cause of death: Murder (slashed, beaten)
Location: Hartlepool, England, UK
Disability: Personality disorder, alcohol addiction
Perpetrator: “Olivia” and “Yasmine”, ages 14 and 13
Source: Murder of vulnerable woman by teenagers ‘could not have been prevented’

(Unknown), (Male)
(Died December 10, 2014, Age Elder)
Cause of death: Negligence (Head injury, fell from wheelchair; unsupervised, seat belt not fastened)
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Disability: Dementia, diabetes
Perpetrator: Laguna Honda staff
Source: Laguna Honda Hospital Fined For Patient Death

Hooker, Mary
(Died December 11, 2014, Age 44)
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten)
Location: Chatham, Virginia, USA
Disability: Unspecified; received disability payments
Perpetrator: Henry Doss
Source: Doss indicted for murder in alleged beating death

*Ruddy, Carol
(Died December 12, 2014, Age 54)
Cause of death: Multiple murder (Drugged, strangled)
Location: Newcastle, England, UK
Disability: Stroke
Perpetrator: Martin Ruddy (Son)
Source: Martin Ruddy jailed for 35 years for killing parents

Teut, Taylor Marie
(Died December 12, 2014, Age 19)
Cause of death: Turned away from hospital after poisoning herself; died two weeks later from the overdose.
Location: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Disability: Mental illness (Self-injury, suicide attempt)
Perpetrator: Staff at Crawford County Memorial Hospital
Source: Small Iowa hospital hit with four wrongful death suits in two years

*Nundi, Pendo Emmanuelle
(Died late December 2014, Age 4)
Cause of death: Missing, presumed dead
Location: Mwanza, Tanzania
Disability: Albinism
Perpetrator: 15 people, including her father
Source: Tanzania police offer reward for missing albino girl

Cunningham, Sean
(Died December 16, 2014, Age 73)
Cause of death: Choking (Neglect; left alone to feed himself)
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Disability: Dementia
Perpetrator: Staff at St. Gabriel’s Nursing Home
Source: Family of pensioner who choked to death in nursing home awarded €110,000

Overbay, Rufus, Jr
(Died December 16, 2014, Age 43)
Cause of death: Hit-and-run
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Disability: Unspecified injury from a fall off some scaffolding
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Son’s death leaves mom wondering who did it

+Gibbs, Sarah
(Died December 19, 2014, Age 34)
Cause of death: Homicide (Assault)
Location: Warsaw, Indiana, USA
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Unsolved
Source: Sarah Gibbs

*Voronova, Yana
(Died December 19, 2014, Age 7)
Cause of death: Decapitated
Location: Yekaterinburg, Russia
Disability: Cerebral palsy
Perpetrator: Nadejda Voronova (Mother)
Source: Mother decapitates her disabled seven-year-old daughter and tells police ‘demons made her do it’ in Russia

*(Unknown), (Male)
(Died December 20, 2014, Age 30)
Cause of death: Murder; arson involved
Location: Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Disability: Unspecified
Perpetrator: His brother
Source: Case of fratricide coming before a Luxembourg court

+Davies, Stephen
(Died December 20, 2014, Age 46)
Cause of death: Negligence (Broken neck due to poor supervision; went undetected for months)
Location: Bridgend, Wales, UK
Disability: Autism, epilepsy
Perpetrator: Princess of Wales Hospital staff
Source: Princess of Wales staff did not spot patient’s broken neck

!High, Jamie
(Died December 23, 2014, Age 40)
Cause of death: Death in custody; arrested due to breaking probation because he had gone to the mental ward
Location: London, England, UK
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre staff
Source: Indiscernible: Silenced by mental illness and a broken jail system, Jamie High’s voice deserves to be heard

*+Robinson, Alex
(Died December 23, 2014, Age 9)
Cause of death: Murder (Drowned)
Location: Lincoln, England, UK
Disability: Autism
Perpetrator: Stewart Greene (Grandfather)
Source: Alex Robinson murder trial: Grandfather drowned autistic grandson, 9, court told

+Pickett, Makayla
(Died December 24, 2014, Age 14)
Cause of death: Fire (Arson)
Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Disability: Autism, blindness
Perpetrator: Harry Levert Davis
Source: Makayla Pickett

*Vincent, Rosemary
(Died December 24, 2014, Age 58)
Cause of death: Neglect
Location: McConnelsville, Ohio, USA
Disability: Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease
Perpetrator: Jerry Campbell II (Cousin) and Shannon Campbell (Cousin’s wife)
Source: Couple charged with neglect, theft in malnourished woman’s death

!Jewett, Clarence
(Died December 26, 2014, Age 62)
Cause of death: Medical neglect; untreated perforated esophagus
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Mental illness
Perpetrator: Staff at Pittsburgh county jail
Source: Daughter of Pittsburgh man who died after jail stay sues county, Corizon in federal court

*Collins, William
(Died December 27, 2014, Age 92)
Cause of death: Murder (Abuse; head trauma, broken neck)
Location: Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Unspecified; Elderly; wheelchair user
Perpetrator: Judith Marc and William Mayo (Caregivers)
Source: Coroner’s inquest finds Tobyhanna caregiver responsible for murder

*Johnson, Kendrea
(Died December 27, 2014, Age 6)
Cause of death: Suicide (Denied mental health treatment despite constant suicidal/homicidal symptoms)
Location: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA
Disability: PTSD
Perpetrator: Tannise Nawaqavou (foster mother); child and family services
Source: Did 6-year-old Brooklyn Park girl kill herself? Police wonder

(Unknown), “Mr. QR”
(Died December 29, 2014, Age Elder)
Cause of death: Suicide (Labeled as “factitious disorder”, denied treatment, discharged with no follow-up; committed suicide)
Location: Scotland, UK
Disability: Depression, Suicidal crisis
Perpetrator: Hospital staff
Source: Investigation into the care and treatment of Mr QR by NHS Board D

Middleton, Kamahl
(Died December 29, 2014, Age 36)
Cause of death: Murder; during robbery
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Disability: Unspecified; used a wheelchair
Perpetrator: Khalil Phanor, Carl Young, Gregory Foote
Source: Three East Bay men plead not guilty to murder of man in wheelchair in Berkeley parking lot

*Ruller, Hope
(Died December 29, 2014, Age 93)
Cause of death: Suspicious death (Body found ~14mo after death; cause of death inconclusive)
Location: Gloversville, New York, USA
Disability: Dementia, hearing impairment
Perpetrator: Mary Kerstig (Daughter)
Source: Daughter arrested, accused of leaving dead mother and collecting Social Security checks

Bunch, Christopher Scott Cody
(Died December 30, 2014, Age 23)
Cause of death: Accidental shooting from unsafe handling of guns
Location: Clinton, Tennessee, USA
Disability: Spina bifida
Perpetrator: Joseph McClane, Joshua Hutchins, Robert and Melissa Kemp
Source: $6 million lawsuit filed in Anderson County over disabled man’s shooting death

*Lavoie, Katherine
(Died December 30, 2014, Age 49)
Cause of death: Murder (Gunshot)
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Disability: Bipolar disorder
Perpetrator: Mark Lavoie (Husband)
Source: New Hampshire ‘double suicide’ wife’s death ruled homicide

*Brotherton, Sandra
(Died December 31, 2014, Age 60)
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed)
Location: Bredbury, Stockport, England, UK
Disability: Asthma, osteoarthritis, kidney stones
Perpetrator: David Brotherton (Son, manslaughter by diminished responsibility)
Source: Devoted mum who was killed by son who called her ‘Satan’ had agreed to call for help just hours before fatal attack

Ricketts, Catherine
(Died December 31, 2014, Age 70)
Cause of death: Died in house fire. Negligence; unsafe electric wheelchair caused a fire
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Disability: Wheelchair user
Perpetrator: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
Source: Wheelchair caused fire and Pittsburgh woman’s death, lawsuit says