Died: April 21, 2021.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Negligence (Left unsupervised near unsecured swimming pool).
Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA.
This 9-year-old boy lived with his father in a house with an old, dirty swimming pool out back. Despite the fact that the boy had a severe intellectual disability, the father did not bother to put a fence around the pool. Child protective services had once found him wandering alone outside.
On the day he died, the boy’s father reported that he had left the back door open, and the boy had fallen into the pool. Instead of calling emergency services, he called the child’s mother, and then only called emergency services when he demanded he did so. At first reluctant to retrieve the child from the pool because he did not like water, he was finally persuaded to fish him out with a rake and do CPR. The boy was found to be brain-dead at the hospital.
His father was arrested and charged with battery and aggravated manslaughter.
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Name: Kaycee S. Oabel.
Died: February 22, 2020.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder (Rape/Murder).
Location: Tayabas, Quezon, Philippines.
Kaycee was a 5th-grade student.
Kaycee went missing and was found dead two days later in the woods nearby; she had been raped and murdered. A suspect, with whom she had been seen hours before her disappearance, was shot by police while they were attempting to arrest him. Police said that the suspect had been holding a grenade.
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Name: Makeisha Maynard.
Died: February 9, 2020.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Beaten).
Location: Caroni, Trinidad and Tobago.
Makeisha knew her numbers, colors, and shapes, but had trouble writing. Her mother and father were separated, and her mother had left her father because he was abusive; but she was unable to get Makeisha out of the house.
Makeisha’s father beat her to death with a cutlass because she wet the bed. He hung himself the next day.
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Name: Raíssa Caparelli.
Died: September 29, 2019.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Murder (Rape/murder).
Location: São Paulo, Brazil.
Raíssa was a “sweet, docile child”, shy and afraid of strangers. She and her family lived in Anhanguera, a suburb of São Paulo.
Raíssa was attending a charity event with her family when a 12-year-old boy, a schoolmate who lived on her street, lured her away from her family. Her body was found in the woods, tied to a tree; she had been raped and strangled.
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Name: Skylea Carmack.
Died: September 4, 2019.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Murder (Strangled).
Location: Gas City, Indiana, USA.
Skylea was one of six siblings. She lived with her father and stepmother.
Skylea’s stepmother strangled her, then reported her missing, saying she had vanished from her home. Police issued a Silver Alert, announcing that Skylea had a history of running away to her mother’s home and might have an autism awareness blanket with her. Skylea’s body was found behind her home several days later.
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