Kaleb Bogan

Photo of a young boy with dark skin, grinning at the camera, lying back on a pillow, wearing an orange tank top printed with "Let's" (the rest of the message is out of frame).Name: Kaleb Bogan.
Died: January 15, 2023.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Blunt trauma and burns.
Location: Tupelo, Mississippi, USA.

Details:
Kaleb’s aunt, who is raising money for his funeral, remembers him as “the sweetest, happiest, and [most] loving 5-year-old.”

Paramedics were called to Kaleb’s home, where he was unresponsive. They performed CPR but were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Kaleb’s body was covered in scars and burns. His mother was arrested and charged with felony child abuse and neglect.

Sources:
Tupelo woman charged with child abuse after 5 year old autistic child died over weekend
Tupelo woman charged after five-year-old autistic son dies
Tupelo mom charged in death of 5-year-old son
Funeral Expenses for Kaleb Bogan, organized by Leslie Harris

Samuel Clemons

Photo of a young man with long light-brown hair in a ponytail; he has fair skin and is smiling for the camera. He is wearing glasses with brown half-rims and a navy blue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-shirt.Name: Samuel Michael “Sammy” Clemons.
Died: January 10, 2023.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Homicide (Stabbed).
Location: Columbia, Missouri, USA.

Details:
Sammy was a sophomore at the University of Missouri, studying biology and genomic research and holding down a job at Sonic Drive-In. He volunteered for an organization that helped trap and neuter community cats, and cared about the study and conservation of bats and bees. For fun, he collected DC comics, played video games, watched funny or scary movies, and created drawings.

Sammy’s mother, worried because she hadn’t been able to contact him, asked for a welfare check. Police found that he had hired a driver to take him to a woman’s house; when they checked the house, they found Sammy’s body in a burn pit in the backyard. The woman who lived there was arrested and charged with murder.

Sources:
Sammy Clemons remembered by loved ones as ‘a beautiful, sweet and gentle soul’
Samuel Michael ‘Sammy’ Clemons
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Missouri woman charged with murder of autistic student: police
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Athena Brownfield

Photo of a small girl with light-brown hair and fair skin, wearing a blue flannel shirt and a giant light-blue bow in her hair.Name: Athena Brownfield.
Died: January 17, 2023 (Body found; died December 25, 2022).
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Homicide (Blunt trauma).
Location: Cyril, Oklahoma, USA.

Details:
Athena and her five-year-old sister lived with a couple who served as their caregivers. On a cold January day, Athena’s sister was found wandering her neighborhood by the mail carrier, but Athena herself was nowhere to be found. Police questioned their caregivers and, after reportedly finding evidence on one of the caregivers’ cell phones indicating that he had beaten Athena to death, arrested and charged their caregivers with first-degree murder and child neglect. Police believe they have found Athena’s body, though it has not yet been positively identified.

Sources:
Body found in search for missing four-year-old Athena Brownfield after caregiver charged with murder
Man Faces Murder Charge In Case Of Missing 4-Year-Old Girl
OSBI, OHP and others searching for missing little girl
Athena Brownfield update: Male caregiver faces murder charge in missing 4-year-old girl, police say
A married couple taking care of a 4-year-old girl is under arrest and face charges in her disappearance, Oklahoma officials say
Second caregiver faces murder charge after disappearance of 4-year-old Oklahoma girl
AZ court docs: Second caregiver of missing Oklahoma child arrested on murder, neglect complaints

Megan Frix

Photo of a young woman with fair skin and short brown hair, laughing; she is wearing a black and white blouse.Name: Megan Frix.
Died: January 8, 2023.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Homicide-Suicide (Unspecified).
Location: Cumming, Georgia, USA.

Details:
Megan’s friends remember that she “was able to brighten the day of everyone who had the luxury of being in her circle of friends and acquaintances.” She liked coffee and the music of rockabilly singer Conway Twitty. She would go through Kohl’s ads and pick out what she wanted to buy; but she hated tags on shirts.

Megan was killed by her father in a homicide suicide. She is preceded in death by her mother, who died a few years before Megan. Community rehabilitation program staff who knew Megan say that her father had plenty of help taking care of her, but somehow still felt like she was “too much”.

Sources:
Forsyth murder victim honored by those who knew her
Days after alleged murder-suicide of father and disabled daughter, FoCo service group sheds light on larger issue
Ga. Father Murdered Adult Daughter with Special Needs Before Killing Himself
Forsyth County father and daughter dead in murder-suicide, deputies say
Adult with special needs allegedly killed by father in murder-suicide in Forsyth County
Megan Frix Obituary

Arya Smith

Photo of a girl with brown skin and black hair done in small braids, decorated with barrettes, wearing a blue sleeveless shirt; she is smiling for the camera.Name: Arya Smith.
Died: December 27, 2022.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Homicide (Stabbed).
Location: Miami Beach, Florida, USA.

Details:
Arya and her mother were Jamaican, and lived in Florida. Arya’s mother was a “holistic health coach” who had a Web site about wellness and healthy eating. Arya was being evaluated for autism and her mother had just received an eviction notice when she allegedly stabbed Arya to death.

Sources:
‘She loved her baby,’ says dad of J’can held for killing 3-y-o in US | Loop Cayman Islands
Mother charged in stabbing death of daughter, 3, in North Miami Beach apartment
Stepfather of mother who stabbed, killed daughter says woman was ‘stressed’