April Zavala

Name: April Heather Zavala.
Died: June 14, 2020.
Age at death: 24.
Cause of death: Strangled.
Location: Elko, Nevada, USA.

Details:
Whether April had a medical diagnosis of autism is unknown. However, her mother labeled her as having autism after doing research on her own, saying that April had “high-functioning autism” and that she had recently undergone a “chemical change” in her brain that made her much harder to care for.

April’s mother strangled her because she wanted to dress herself instead of letting her mother dress her. She said that caring for April during the COVID pandemic had become too stressful. At the time of her death, April had not seen a doctor in several years.

April’s mother was convicted of murder and sentenced to 10-25 years in prison.

References:
Elko woman convicted of 2nd degree-murder in 24-year-old daughter’s death
Mom bound over to district court in daughter’s death
Mom says stress led to daughter’s strangulation

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