Name: Bryleigh Klino.
Died: February 25, 2022.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect (Unspecified; death in the setting of neglect, severe bedsores).
Location: Auburn, New York, USA.
Bryleigh, who had Rett syndrome, loved the cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants and would watch it as much as she could. Many of her things were SpongeBob-themed. She also enjoyed listening to country music and traveling.
When Bryleigh died, hospital personnel noticed that she had severe, untreated bedsores and called the authorities, who arrested Bryleigh’s parents and charged them with endangering the welfare of a child.
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Name: Lacey Fletcher.
Died: January 3, 2022.
Age at death: 36.
Cause of death: Neglect (Starvation, pressure sores).
Location: Slaughter, Louisiana, USA.
Lacey lived with her parents. She attended school until the ninth grade, and then was home-schooled.
Her parents say that she refused to leave the couch and had severe anxiety; but she had her last medical appointment more than a decade before she died. Her parents say they considered getting a commitment order, but nothing was ever done to help her.
Lacey’s body was found sitting on a filthy couch at home. She had multiple pressure sores and infections, was underweight, and tested positive for Covid-19. According to the coroner who ruled her death a homicide, she had suffered “at least a decade of neglect”.
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Name: Kendrick Lee.
Died: October 4, 2021 (Body found; died November 20, 2020).
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Abuse (Traumatic injury).
Location: Houston, Texas, USA.
Kendrick lived in an apartment with his siblings, aged 7, 10, and 15, two of whom were also autistic. When his 15-year-old brother called emergency services, begging for help and saying that his brother was dead in the house with him, police arrived to find the children starving, the ten-year-old with broken bones, and Kendrick’s body, which had been there for nearly a year. Neighbors say they had been giving the 15-year-old food, but were not aware that he had apparently been living alone with his siblings. After Kendrick’s brothers told police that his stepfather had beaten Kendrick to death, Kendrick’s parents were arrested.
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Name: Richard B. Wix Jr.
Died: September 23, 2021.
Age at death: 30.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.
Richard’s body was found in his home, where he lived with his father, about a week after his death. The home itself was in such bad shape that it was condemned; Richard’s father was arrested on suspicion of having fatally neglected or abused him. Officials say he “did not seek appropriate medical attention” for Richard.
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Name: Chelsea Hill.
Name: Connor Hill.
Died: August 5, 2021.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Neglect (Starvation).
Location: Silverdale, Washington, USA.
Twin siblings Chelsea and Connor’s mother presented herself at an emergency room and said she was suicidal, and that there were two people dead at her home. When investigators checked the home, they found Chelsea and Connor dead, and police arrested their mother, who told them that she had “lost track of time” and forgotten to feed Chelsea and Connor.
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