Name: Zoe Whitford.
Died: February 10, 2018.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Suffocated.
Location: Dublin, Ireland.
Zoe attended a Montessori school, and the principal noticed that her behavior was different and told her mother that she ought to have an assessment. At the assessment, she was given a diagnosis of borderline-to-mild autism, but her mother was convinced that she had severe autism with pathological demand avoidance. She thought her daughter would never get the right services and it would ruin her other child’s life.
Her mother suffocated her with a Minnie Mouse pillow; she died three days later in the hospital.
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Name: Omar Omran.
Died: July 10, 2017.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed).
Location: Kimmage, Dublin, Ireland.
Omar’s father remembers him as an intelligent boy who had never met a stranger. When anyone said “Hello” to him, Omar would say “hello” back. Omar loved the neighbors’ dogs. The neighbors remember his big brown eyes and his lively chatter.
His mother was a doctor from Iraq who had moved to England around the time Omar was born. His father, separated from his mother, still lived in Iraq.
Omar was stabbed to death by his mother.
Neighbors left flowers, notes, and toys outside his apartment building. One neighbor’s note says that Omar used to throw his toys over his balcony, and his neighbor used to bring them back to him. Another note said simply, “Why???? R.I.P”.
Omar’s mother had been depressed because of the autism diagnosis. She admitted to stabbing the boy, but claimed rather vaguely that “it was not me, it was the power.” At trial, she was declared not guilty by reason of insanity and hospitalized.
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Name: Tristan Neiland.
Died: January 4, 2013.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Medical neglect (Oxygen monitoring equipment not used).
Location: Dublin, Ireland.
Tristan’s parents describe him as healthy, happy boy who liked to run and play with his siblings.
Tristan had multiple disabilities, including epilepsy. He needed an oxygen monitor while he slept, and he was supposed to be checked on every fifteen minutes to make sure that he hadn’t kicked off the oxygen monitor.
Tristan died while he was in respite care. He was supposed to stay for the weekend, and his mother had given the center his oxygen monitor to attach to his big toe. But the respite center staff didn’t use the oxygen monitor, and so when Tristan had a seizure and stopped breathing, no one was there to help.
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