Liam Husted

Photo of a small boy sitting in a swing and smiling broadly at the camera.Name: Liam Husted.
Died: May 28, 2021.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Unspecified homicide.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Details:
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.

References:
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California mom jailed in Denver following son’s Vegas death

Jax Ponomarenko

Photo of a small boy standing in the snow, holding the leash to a brown dog.Name: Jax Ponomarenko.
Died: March 25, 2021.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten with baseball bat).
Location: Parma, Ohio, USA.

Details:
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.

Neighbors are leaving memorial tributes at Jax’s house.

References:
5-year-old boy killed in Parma, boy’s father arrested, police say
Matthew Ponomarenko beats autistic son, Jax, 5, to death w/ baseball bat
GRAPHIC: ‘I just killed my son after hearing voices,’ Parma, Ohio dad tells 911 dispatcher
Ohio dad admits killing autistic 5-year-old son with baseball bat

Dylan Freeman

Blurry photo of a young boy wearing a sweater and thick glasses. His dirty-blond hair is parted on the side and his expression is neutral.

Name: Dylan Freeman.
Died: August 16, 2020.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Acton, London, England, UK.

Details:
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.

References:
UK woman who killed disabled son detained in hospital indefinitely
Mum who suffocated disabled son during lockdown given hospital order
Wife of celeb photographer who suffocated disabled son, 10, given hospital order
Mother is given indefinite hospital order after she suffocated son
Mum who suffocated disabled son, 10, in lockdown given indefinite hospital order
Lockdown Contributed to Death of Disabled Boy: UK Judge
Mother admits killing disabled son, 10, while struggling to care for him in lockdown
Celebrity photographer’s autistic son was ‘suffocated with a sponge’
Celebrity photographer’s autistic son, 10, suffocated with sponge as mother ‘struggled’ to take care of him
Celeb photographer’s ex gave autistic son, 10, sleeping drug before ‘putting sponge in his mouth and tying it’
Woman in her 40s is arrested for murder after boy, 10, was found dead at house in west London
Celebrity photographer’s ex-wife charged with murder of 10yo son in London
Mother charged with murdering her autistic son, 10, is pictured arriving at court
Celeb snapper ‘can’t comprehend’ loss of son, 10, as mum charged with murder
Mum charged with murdering son, 10, she shared with celebrity photographer

La’Marion Thomure

Photo of a small boy smiling for the camera, showing his baby teeth.Name: La’Marion Thomure.
Died: July 15, 2020.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten).
Location: St. Louis, Illinois, USA.

Details:
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.

References:
Man accused of killing girlfriend’s autistic child
Man charged with fatally beating autistic boy in East St. Louis
Justice For Lamarion organized by Minnie Thomure

Joshua Vallow

Photo of JJ Vallow, a boy with straight blond hair, smiling for the camera.Name: Joshua Jackson “JJ” Vallow.
Died: June 10, 2020 (Body found).
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Rexburg, Idaho, USA.

Details:
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”.

References:
Grandparents seeking justice for J.J. and Tylee hope Daybells will face murder charges
A string of family deaths surround tragedy of Lori Vallow’s children
Why did Lori Vallow murder her kids? A look into the terrible case
Deaths of Tylee Ryan and J. J. Vallow
Funeral for ‘Cult Mom’ Lori Vallow’s kids ‘can’t be held because charred and butchered remains not released’
Documents detail horrific manner JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan were found in Chad Daybell’s yard
Brother of J.J. Vallow and Tylee Ryan Says He’s ‘Broken’ After Remains of Idaho Children Found
Doomsday Author, Wife Set for Trial for Murder of 2 Idaho ‘Zombie’ Children