Malachi Lawson

A small boy with thick glasses, front teeth missing, hair in cornrows, wearing a soccer shirt.Name: Malachi Lawson.
Died: August 4, 2019.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse (burned with hot water).
Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Details:
Malachi loved Paw Patrol and Mickey Mouse. He liked dancing and his favorite color was blue. He had been taken into foster care, but returned to his mother and stepmother. He was suspected to be on the autism spectrum, and walked with a limp because of a fractured thighbone from when he was a baby.

Malachi’s mother and her partner initially reported him missing. Later, they admitted they had burned him by making him sit in a bathtub full of hot water after he had a potty-training accident. His body was found in a dumpster.

References:
Missing Baltimore 4-Year-Old Found Dead in a Dumpster: Police
‘Remembering Our Superhero’ | 4-Year-Old Malachi Lawson Laid To Rest Tuesday
Family says goodbye to 4-year old Baltimore boy with songs, praise and a comic book in a tearful service

Dante Mullinix

Photo of Dante Mullinix, a small boy with a mop of curly blond hair, wearing an orange polo shirt and looking at the camera.Name: Dante Mullinix.
Died: September 15, 2018.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse (Head injury, strangulation).
Location: Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA.

Details:
Dante was a happy baby. He had a developmental delay; he hadn’t yet learned to walk, and had difficulty chewing and swallowing. He could say a few words, like “ew” and “yeah”, but was generally nonverbal. He was being evaluated for autism.

His aunt called him “Monkey Man” because he had a favorite blanket with a monkey on it which he carried everywhere. Before he went to sleep, he rubbed his face against his blanket.

Dante’s mother left him with her boyfriend, who was arrested and charged with murder. Dante was brought to the hospital, unresponsive, with bruises, a compressed neck, and a brain injury, and died a few days later.

References:
‘This poor kid was doomed from the beginning:’ The tragic life and death of Dante Mullinix

Tamira Billingslea

Photo of Tamira Billingslea, a toddler girl with dark-brown skin and black hair in braids decorated with pink beads. She is wearing a colorful sweater, and eating chips from a bag of Doritos.Name: Tamira Billingslea.
Died: July 9, 2018.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Neglect (Left unsupervised; drowned).
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana, USA.

Details:
When Tamira went missing, her mother waited more than an hour before she called the police. Tamira was found drowned in a pond.

She loved TV, McDonald’s, and chicken nuggets and fries, and she gave kisses only to her father.

Editor’s note: I consider this a borderline case. Tamira’s mother is African-American, and among American blacks, waiting an hour or more before calling the police is not unsurprising. However, an hour’s delay before calling the police to help find a three-year-old could very well have sealed the little girl’s fate. Tamira’s mother was charged with neglect of a dependent.

References:
Attorney: Evidence challenges claims of neglect in drowning death of Valparaiso girl
Tamira Billingslea remembered by father as ‘one of a kind’ as Valpo resident works to raise money for child’s burial
Valparaiso mom charged in 3-year-old girl’s drowning; waited an hour before calling police, court records say
Judge enters not guilty plea for Valparaiso mom charged with neglect in daughter’s death

Je’Hyrah Daniels

Name: Je’Hyrah Daniels.
Died: June 22, 2018.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder (Drowned in the river).
Location: Tampa, Florida, USA.

Details:
Je’Hyrah’s neighbors remember that her mother was often negligent. Je’Hyrah was allowed to walk barefoot near broken glass; she was often left alone at home, and strangers came and went from their apartment. A Child and Family Services case had been opened, but closed for lack of evidence of mistreatment.

Two days after the DCFS decided Je’Hyrah was safe, Je’Hyrah’s mother stole a car from a dealership and used it to drive them to the Hillsborough River. She picked up the little girl and walked into the water as Je’Hyrah struggled and screamed for help. When she reached deep water, she tossed Je’Hyrah into the river and walked away.

Bystanders called the police, and Je’Hyrah was found by divers less than a half hour later; but she had drowned and could not be resuscitated.

References:
Mother Murders Autistic Daughter By Drowning Her in a River
Neighbor: Mother ‘didn’t care’ about daughter tossed into Hillsborough River
Witnesses: Girl struggled, screamed as mother dragged her into Hillsborough River
Child protective investigation found no concerns about 4-year-old days before her death in Hillsborough River
Report: Mother upset daughter had disability
Shakayla Denson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Girl dead after mother seen throwing her into Hillsborough River, Tampa police chief says
Mom charged with murder after tossing child in river
Shakayla Denson throws Je’Hyrah Daniels four year old autistic daughter to her Tampa river drowning death
True Crime: Mom arrested after throwing 4-year-old autistic daughter into a river
Twisted mum ‘hurled her four-year-old daughter from bridge into river’
Girl dies after ‘mum throws 4-year-old daughter into river’ in Florida
Girl, 4, who was ‘drowned in a river by mother’ was nonverbal autistic
Report: Girl dragged to death in river non-verbal, ‘fixated on water’
Mother Sought Help for Autism Before Murder of Her Daughter
Mom who ‘drowned 4yo daughter’ had just been cleared of child abuse
Tampa Police Investigate Drowning Death of Girl in River
Mother stated that victim was ‘pure’ and was with her grandmother.”
Mom sang ‘It’s Raining, It’s Pouring’ as she threw autistic daughter into river, killing her: Court
Mom pleads not guilty in river drowning death
Mother who ‘drowned screaming daughter, 4, in river’ unfit for murder trial

Samvith

Photo of Samvith, a small boy with olive-toned skin and dark-brown hair, wearing a printed tank top. He has his mouth open and is looking at the camera happily.Name: Samvith.
Died: March 28, 2018.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide (Strangled).
Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.

Details:
Samvith had been denied entrance to two schools because of his autism, so his father poisoned and strangled him, then hung himself. He left a note to his wife that said, “It was not bearable to spend two days with my son. How have you been managing the kid since so many days?”

References:
KSRP cop strangles 4-year-old son to death, hangs self
Bengaluru: Cop kills differently abled son, hangs self
KSRP head constable kills autistic son, hangs self