Name: David Almond.
Died: October 21, 2020.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Neglect (Starvation; drugged with Fentanyl).
Location: Fall River, Massachusetts, USA.
At school, David had been a happy boy with a good sense of humor. His schoolmates described him as the “mayor” of the school. He was good at reading and took pride in this ability. He participated in school plays. He and his brothers had invented their own language to communicate between them. David liked cartoons, toys, and video games.
David was one of a set of triplets. All three boys were autistic, and they lived with their father and his girlfriend and their three-year-old brother. The triplets had been staying at an institution, but at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, two of the boys were sent home, while the third was able to tell the judge that he did not want to return.
The boys’ guardians abused drugs and neglected them until David was found unresponsive, weighing only 80 pounds at 5 feet 10 inches tall and with fentanyl (an opiate drug) in his system. Paramedics could not save David’s life, and he was declared dead. His brother Michael, also suffering from malnutrition, was taken to the hospital. The third triplet returned to the institution, and their three-year-old brother was taken by family services. David’s father and his girlfriend were arrested and charged with killing David and neglecting his brother.
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