Lei Wenfeng

Name: Lei Wenfeng.
Died: December 3, 2016.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Food poisoning; neglect at a center for the homeless.
Location: Shaoguan, Guangdong province, China.

Details:
Wenfeng was born in rural Hunan province; he had two sisters. Together with his father, he moved to the city where he lived in a dormitory and worked at an electronics factory. He liked durian fruit.

One night Wenfeng left the dormitory and got lost. He was picked up by police 83 miles away, but they were unable to find his identity records even though Wenfeng was able to tell them his name and his mother’s name.

So Wenfeng was transferred from a hospital to an assistance center. Conditions there were horrible, and after a month the boy was suffering from food poisoning, unable to keep anything down and losing weight rapidly. He was hospitalized, but received poor care there as well. He died just short of his sixteenth birthday.

The center was investigated and it came to light that twenty other people had died there within forty-nine days. The care center has been shut down; its administrator was arrested. Only after he was dead did Wenfeng’s father finally find him.

References:
Autistic boy’s journey to death
Chinese police detain care centre head after 21 deaths
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Autistic Boy’s Death One of Many Linked to Squalid ‘Care Center’ in China
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Chinese court sentences 20 in care centre scandal

(Boy) Leung

Name: (Mr.) Leung.
Died: August 23, 2016.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Accident (Fall from window).
Location: Hong Kong, China.

Details:
Young Mr. Leung, whose first name is not known, was staying in a rehabilitation facility. The facility had a questionable history; its director had been twice accused and then acquitted of indecent assault on the patients.

Leung had called his father and begged to come home, but his father could not take him home. He was becoming more and more depressed.

The fourteen-year-old sneaked into a vacant room on the fourth floor of the building and removed the window grille. Then he climbed out the window, possibly trying to escape or to commit suicide. He slipped and fell out the window to his death.

References:
Autistic boy falls to death from care facility in Kwai Chung
Autistic boy, 14, falls to his death from Hong Kong home for disabled
At least 5 suspicious deaths reported in Hong Kong scandal-hit nursing home for mentally disabled

On-Yu Choy

Name: On-Yu Choy.
Died: June 25, 2014.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed).
Location: Yuen Long, Hong Kong, China.

Details:
On-Yu lived with his brother and parents. He was autistic and had trouble communicating.

With his mother gone to the Chinese mainland on a business trip, On-yu’s father killed him by stabbing him more than 100 times with a pair of kitchen knives. The killer reasoned that “if he is gone, the whole family will have peace”.

On-yu had a ten-year-old brother, who was not home at the time and was not hurt.

The killer pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison.

References:
Family tragedy rings alarm over plight of caregivers EJINSIGHT – ejinsight.com
Man, 61, kills autistic teenage son because he felt burden was ‘tough for the whole family’
Jobless father pleads guilty to killing ‘burden’ autistic son
A martyr for his family? Hong Kong court jails father four years for killing autistic son

Jia Jia Zhang

Photo of Jia Jia. He is a Chinese toddler dressed in a heavy coat and hat. An adult is pushing his chin up with a finger to make him look at the camera. He has his lips pursed as though he is kissing the camera.Name: Jia Jia Zhang
Died: April 27, 2016
Age at death: 3
Cause of death: Untreated pneumonia
Location: Guangzhou, China

Details:
When Jia Jia was diagnosed with autism, his mother began searching for a cure. When she read about a treatment center that claimed to have cured children of autism, she sent Jia Jia.

The autism "treatment center" where Jia Jia had been sent forced him to walk long distances each day. The toddler was made to walk 19 km a day while dressed in heavy coats, tied to a staff member by a rope to force him to keep going.

The center is run by a practitioner who believes that autism is a disease of spoiled, lazy rich children. The children were given a diet of rice, vegetables, and fruit (a protein-poor diet), force-fed water, and made to lie in hot saunas. They were cut off from all contact with their parents.

Jia Jia collapsed and died at the end of one of the long walks. He had been suffering from viral pneumonia for several weeks, and it had been untreated. Despite his fever and illness, he had been made to do the usual day's exercise. He wasn't taken to the hospital until he had been unconscious for half an hour.

A medical examiner concluded that Jia Jia died of "bleeding from the lungs and an inflammation of the brain, and hand, foot, and mouth disease", just a few months short of his fourth birthday.

The center was closed, and ten other children there were sent home.

References:
3-year-old with autism dies after being made to walk 19km by dubious treatment center
Autistic boy aged 4 dies after 'punishing regime' at alternative therapy centre
Three-year-old autistic boy dies at alternative clinic in China
Autistic boy dies at therapy centre to 'cure disease' in Guangzhou, China
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Autistic boy aged 4 dies after 'punishing regime' at alternative therapy centre
Autistic boy, four, dies at Chinese recovery centre after 'being forced to walk 12 miles a day as part of new rehabilitation training'
Autistic Chinese boy, 4, dies after rehab centre’s long walks
Autistic toddler dies at clinic in China that claims to ‘cure disease of lazy rich’ with tough exercise regimes
Death of autistic boy after long marches highlights dubious cures
Guangzhou probes autistic boy's death
Investigation launched into the death of autistic child
Probe launched into the death of autistic child
Three-year-old autistic boy dies at alternative clinic in China
Toddler Jia Jia’s Death Highlights Autism Ignorance
Xinhua Insight: Autistic boy dies after treatment program of 20-km walks
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Sze-ming Chan

Name: Sze-ming Chan
Died: September 5, 2015
Age at death: 10
Cause of death: Murder (Fed rat poison)
Location: Hong Kong, China

Details:
Sze-ming Chan attended a special-education public school. He had a little brother, Sze-ho, and he lived with his father. His father owned a factory, but had lost a lot of money after he let a dishonest relative run it and had to close the factory.

Sze-ming's father poisoned him by feeding him a lethal dose of rat poison. He tried to kill his little brother, who survived the poison; but about five or six days later, with Sze-ming's body still in the apartment, his father killed himself and Sze-ming’s eight-year-old brother Sze-ho by filling the apartment with charcoal smoke.

When Sze-ming failed to show up for classes on the first day of school and his father could not be contacted, the school called his aunt. She had a locksmith open the door and found the whole family dead.

References:
Hong Kong father who killed his sons in murder-suicide ‘saw his fortune disappear after inviting dishonest relative to run his business’
Triple murder-suicide: Hong Kong father took son for breakfast before returning to flat to burn charcoal