Memorial Wall : victims of child abuse

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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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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 23rd:
Athena Angeles
died on November 23rd, 2011

3yo Athena from Connecticut, USA, was living with her mom, older sister, and mom's boyfriend. In October the man punched Athena in the face because she refused to eat. A family advocate from her preschool was making a home visit on October 18th and noted that her eyes "were both black, and her face was so swollen that Athena could barely open her eyes". In November Athena had to go to a hospital to get staples for cuts on her head that her mom's boyfriend inflicted. And when Athena was discharged, he punched her in the stomach, which resulted in internal bleeding that led to her death.


Posted by Manya on March 7th, 2016
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November 24th:
Andrea Ruth
died on November 24th, 2012

12yo Andrea from Tennessee, USA, died of infected bedsores and gangrene. She had special needs, a history of asthma, hypertension and obesity. Andrea was scheduled to have her legs amputated because of the gangrene, but the family missed that and apparently all subsequent medical appointments. At the time of the Andrea's death paramedics reported that the girl's sores were so advanced that bones in her toes were visible. Her father was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and aggravated child neglect. Her mother and a health care worker were charged with her first-degree murder.


Posted by Jane on June 15th, 2018
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Miranda Crockett
died on November 24th, 2012

Miranda was a 10yo girl from Oregon, USA, who lived with her dad, stepmom, and stepmom's kids. She was homeschooled, and neighbors were surprised to find out she lived there. The stepmother punished Miranda in strange ways, for example - by making her sleep in a closed box that was placed in the bathroom. On November 24th she tied the child up and placed her in an ice bath. Miranda drowned.


Posted by Manya on March 7th, 2016
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