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This Memorial Wall is our tributes to those who have died as a result of child abuse, domestic violence, rape, religious abuse, or other types of abuse. Some of these people we knew personally, others we only heard of. Abuse is not a theoretical concept, it happens to real people, and costs lives. It's important to honor those we lost to abuse by telling their stories, so that the secret that killed them does not remain secret, and so that other lives might be saved, as a result of increased awareness.
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November 13th:
Tyler Joseph Caudill
died on November 13th, 2016

TJ's (Tyler Joseph) Caudill's mother, Margarita White testified that her boyfriend, Hunt, toward TJ changed after Hunt started using suboxone. White said Hunt began physically punishing TJ during potty training by making him stand in the corner on one leg for hours, smearing feces in TJ's mouth and denying him food. White says Hunt's punishments became severe and he would lock TJ in the bathroom for weeks and wouldn't allow her to feed or see him and only Hunt was allowed to feed him. White testified the last time she saw her son she told him she loved him and that he looked really bad. White testified that after TJ died, Hunt placed the body in a cooler. The mother and her boyfriend were indicted on charges of aggravated murder, murder, three counts of endangering children, tampering with evidence, and gross abuse of a corpse.


Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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November 14th:
Meika Jordan
died on November 14th, 2011

Meika was a 6yo girl from Calgary, Canada. Her parents were divorced, and shared custody. On November 10th her father and stepmother didn't return her to her mom because a few days prior they burnt her hand with a lighter and didn't want her mom to see that. Over the following weekend they beat her to death. Here's how her stepmother explained this decision:

"I woke up at about four o'clock, it was the same thing again, you get the same screaming, the spanking, probably pulling on ears, you know, just the same regular normal stuff that we normally do. She acted up the whole entire day. So that's why she was being spanked and that's why she was getting even more riled up, more angry because it wasn't stopping... we kinda decided to shove her and try to give her motivational speech and yell at her and, you know, just get her going. And she wasn't doing what she was told."

Meika sustained multiple injuries, including brain trauma from being thrown down the stairs. She was clinically dead the when paramedics arrived, but was resuscitated and rushed to a hospital, where she died the next day. "My only saving grace is they were able to get her to the hospital just long enough for us to say those final goodbyes," said her mom.


Posted by Manya on May 20th, 2016
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Jasmine McClain
died on November 14th, 2011

Jasmine was a 10yo elementary school student who was bullied because she didn't have brand-name clothing. Jasmine hanged herself. Her mom said, "I just lost it because she took her last breath in my arms. She was a loving child. I just don't understand."


Posted by Manya on February 5th, 2016
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November 15th:
Agnes Caviston
died on November 15th, 2014

Agnes Caviston was bedridden and suffering from dementia. On the last day of her life an ambulance took her from the foreclosed Grovetown home where she lived with her son to a rental house. There was no furniture, said Adam Patterson, one of the Capital City Ambulance employees who transported Ms. Caviston. It was a very cold day, he remembered, and when they got to the house, Caviston told them to put the elderly woman on the bare floor. He wouldn’t have left her but Caviston insisted he had movers coming with their furniture, Patterson testified. No movers came. Caviston testified that he borrowed a home health care aide’s vehicle to gather as many possessions as possible from the Grovetown house. When he got back to Wicklow Drive, his mother’s aide warned him the fire in the fireplace was dangerous without a screen. He told the jury he moved his mother from the den to the living room with dozens of blankets. A spark from the fire must have lodged into a blanket because he soon heard his mother scream, Caviston said. Richmond County authorities have booked aviston on murder and arson charges in the death of his elderly mother.


Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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November 16th:
Hakan Erdem
died on November 16th, 2015

Hakan Erdem father said he hadn't slept well for 10 days due to his (severely disabled)child's screaming when he drove Hazan to a randomly selected parking lot and cut throat with a kitchen knife According to his testimony. He said he didn't want him to live like that anymore, not to live without his son, he then rang his wife and 911 before cutting his own neck, wrist and abdomen. Attempted suicide.


Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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November 17th:
Jzyra Thompson
died on November 17th, 2015

19-month-old J'zyra from Texas, USA, lived with her mom, four older siblings (the oldest was 5yo), and mom's boyfriend. On November 17th, the adults put the kids to bed and went outside to get some pizza, and then to visit a relative. They were gone for about two hours, during which time one of the kids placed J'zyra in the oven and turned it on. The oven tipped over, trapping the baby inside. By the time the adults returned, J'zyra was burnt to death. Her mother was sentenced to 12 years in prison, for child endangerment, leaving the children unsupervised.


Posted by Manya on January 18th, 2018
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November 18th:
Evelyn Lupidi
died on November 18th, 2015

Samira Lupidi, 24, knifed 17-month-old Jasmine Weaver and three-year-old Evelyn Lupidi to death at a women's refuge, a court heard. She stabbed them repeatedly in the chest as they struggled, before running out of the room, yelling that she had 'killed the children'. She told officers that the girls' father - her partner Carl Weaver, 31 - slapped her twice the night before and she was scared he was going to kill her, the court heard. She was found guilty of both murders by a jury of six men and six women following just 90 minutes of deliberations.


Posted by Jane on June 19th, 2018
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November 19th:
Christina Corrigan
died on November 19th, 1996

13yo Christina from California, USA, died from childhood obesity. "All of us learned to see Christina, not as an overweight child, but for the person she was - the goodness in her heart and the sweet, understanding and friendly girl we all knew," her elementary school friend said. At the time of death Christina weighed 680 pounds, had more than 100 bedsores, and was covered in feces because she couldn't make it to the bathroom. Christina's mom was found guilty of misdemeanor child abuse and sentenced to 240 hours of community service.


Posted by Manya on June 15th, 2018
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November 20th:
Lea-Sophie
died on November 20th, 2007

On November 20, 2007, an anonymous call was placed to the authorities regarding Lea-Sophie. When authorities arrived at the home to investigate, they discovered she was only moments from death, unresponsive and curled into a tight ball, weighing only 15.4 pounds. Lea-Sophie was rushed to hospital in Schwerin, Germany, with severe deficiency symptoms, bed sores, and in excruciating pain. Doctor’s attempted to save her life, but the damage to her body was just too great, and her little heart could not keep going anymore. It has been confirmed that this little girl’s cause of death was dehydration, malnourishment and ulcers.


Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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November 21st:
Noah Serra-Morrison
died on November 21st, 2015

Noah Serra-Morrison was found dead after suffering 15 fractures to his body, including a six-inch wound across his skull. If he had survived the attack, Noah would have been severely brain-damaged. After sentencing, Detective Inspector Fraser Wylie of Bedfordshire Police said: "Their toxic partnership meant little Noah was never treated with the dignity and love that - as a beautiful, completely dependent baby - he craved and deserved. "...tiny Noah had his life brutally and mercilessly cut short as his mother turned a blind eye to the abuse that her lover was repeatedly inflicted upon him."


Posted by Jane on June 16th, 2018
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November 22nd:
Ivy Atkin
died on November 22nd, 2012

86yo Ivy Atkin from Nottinghamshire, UK, died as a result of abuse in the carehome she was placed in for only 48 days. Lead investigator said, "Sherwood Rise Ltd took on responsibility for a number of elderly people who should be well cared for and should be trusted to look after them. This is not a case where they, and the director and manager Mohammed Khan, have let standards slip slightly. Standards were almost non-existent. As far as Ivy Atkin was concerned, there were appalling failures to provide her with the care she deserved. She spent 48 days inside that care home and during that time her health plummeted. When she was eventually rescued - and that's the word we have used throughout the investigation - she was emaciated, she was dehydrated, she was malnourished and she had the most horrific bed sore to the lower part of her back which had plainly not been cared for. It is right that people have been brought to justice over her death and this case shows that the care of the elderly and vulnerable is not something that people should take lightly." Ivy Atkin's case was, nationally, the first conviction of corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter together.


Posted by Manya on March 5th, 2016
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