Name: Liam Husted.
Died: May 28, 2021.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Unspecified homicide.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Liam loved to swim. He attended a school for autistic children and had a therapist to visit him at home for “behavioral issues”, but these services were suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He lived with his mother, who was separated from his father.
Liam’s body was found by hikers. Initially unidentified, he was called “Little Zion” until a family friend recognized his photo as that of Liam, who had gone missing along with his mother. Less than a day later, police found Liam’s mother and arrested her on suspicion of murder.
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Name: Jax Ponomarenko.
Died: March 25, 2021.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten with baseball bat).
Location: Parma, Ohio, USA.
Jax used a tablet to communicate. A relative describes him as “delicate and full of life”. Child and family services had been involved in his case before, and his father had been charged with child endangerment and made to pay a fine.
Shortly after Jax’s father returned from a behavioral health facility, he called 911, saying, “I’ve killed my son,” and claiming he had been hearing voices. He then described how he had beaten the boy to death with a baseball bat.
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Name: Dylan Freeman.
Died: August 16, 2020.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Acton, London, England, UK.
Dylan was born into a well-to-do family. His father was a celebrity photographer who, after the couple divorced, stayed fully involved in Dylan’s life.
Dylan, who was born with Cohen syndrome, used a wheelchair and communicated by making noises. His neighbors remember seeing him go to school in a specially adapted van.
Dylan’s father says, “Dylan was a beautiful, bright, inquisitive and artistic child who loved to travel, visit art galleries and swim.” He often took his son on vacation overseas.
Dylan’s mother killed him by drugging him and suffocating him with a sponge.
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Name: La’Marion Thomure.
Died: July 15, 2020.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten).
Location: St. Louis, Illinois, USA.
La’Marion was a “charming, handsome little boy [who] lightened up the whole room when he was in it. He’d make you smile even on your bad days. He loved being outdoors, playing with family.”
He was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend.
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Name: Joshua Jackson “JJ” Vallow.
Died: June 10, 2020 (Body found).
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Rexburg, Idaho, USA.
JJ’s mother and stepfather killed him and his 17-year-old half-sister, Tylee Ryan. They tried to cover up the children’s deaths by claiming they were home-schooling or that the children were staying with relatives; but their grandparents became worried and asked for a welfare check and the children were declared missing. A storage locker was found, full of the siblings’ possessions. Finally their bodies were found on their stepfather’s property. His mother reported that JJ had become a “zombie”.
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