Name: Brahim Dukes
Died: December 29, 2001
Age at death: 18
Cause of death: Starvation
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Brahim’s birth mother abandoned him when he was an infant, and his father re-married. The family was poor. When his father went to jail because he could not pay traffic tickets, his stepmother was left to care for him. Brahim was kept in an unheated back room, in December, without food, for at least two weeks. By the time paramedics found him, he was dead. Brahim’s stepmother was initially tried for first-degree murder, then third-degree murder; but the judgment was reversed because it violated the double-jeopardy rule.
McDaniels v. Warden Cambridge Springs SCI, 070617 FED3, 14-3485
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