Sarah Dubois-Gilbeau, age 5, was beaten to death by her father, Brandon Reynolds. Sarah was homeschooled.
Sarah liked fishing at Tingley Beach and once won a fishing contest. Her favorite colors were pink, purple, and blue. Reynolds had sole custody of Sarah due to her mother’s drug use. Neighbors described him as “very strict” and stated that Sarah was not allowed to go anywhere or have friends because Reynolds “didn’t want her to grow up in this society.” The neighbors suspected abuse but did not report it.
The abuse came to light when Reynolds beat Sarah unconscious with a shoe because she wouldn’t do her homework. He did not call emergency services until several hours later; when they arrived Sarah did not have a pulse and was covered in bruises. She later died at the hospital. Reynolds was charged with child abuse resulting in death.
Date: April 5, 2019
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico