Brandon Strauss

Photo of Brandon Strauss. He is a teenage boy with fair skin. He is wearing a striped polo shirt and his hair is hidden under his bulky helmet. He is leaning on something off to the right of the picture.Name: Brandon Strauss.
Died: February 20, 2017.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Murder (Drugged, burned).
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Details:
Brandon had Down syndrome, epilepsy, and autism, and was physically disabled. He had been adopted at the age of three months.

Brandon was badly burned in the shower over 12% of his body. His parents say that while his father was washing him, he had a seizure in the shower and accidentally turned on the hot water, somehow causing second- and third-degree burns before they were able to turn off the water or get Brandon out.

Brandon’s parents covered the burns with ointment and bandages, but they did not seek medical attention. As several days passed and the burns began to look worse, Brandon’s parents put off taking him to the emergency room–until one morning they found him dead. On autopsy, he was found to have dangerous levels of medication in his body.

Brandon’s parents were initially charged with murder, but eventually the charges were dropped.

References:
Murder charges against Las Vegas couple dismissed
Las Vegas couple charged with murdering their special needs son, 21
Couple charged with murder in death of their special needs son
Pair face murder charges in Vegas man’s Feb dying – Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas couple are charged with murdering their 21-year-old adopted special needs son who was found with lethal levels of medication in his system
Las Vegas couple face murder charge in death of special-needs son
Pair face murder charges in Las Vegas man’s February death

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