Category Archives: Fatality

Kaya Centeno, and 4 siblings

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Kaya Centeno (b. 2002) disappeared while being homeschooled. Her sister S. (b. 2003) and brother B. (b. 2005) were physically, emotionally, and sexually abused by the children’s adoptive parents, Gina and Jose Centeno. It is unknown if the children’s twin adoptive siblings P. and Q. were also abused. The Centenos adopted Kaya, S., and B., who were all biological siblings,… Read more »

James Alex Hurley

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James Alex Hurley, age 12, who went by Alex, was tortured and murdered by his grandparents, James Sasser, Jr. and Patricia Batts, and their 14-year-old son, J.S. A family friend, Gage Roush, was also charged in connection with Alex’s death. Alex also lived with his 18-year-old aunt M.S. and his 6-year-old uncle H.S. Alex was homeschooled. Alex originally lived with… Read more »

Tazmir Ransom

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Tazmir Ransom, age 7, was murdered by his mother, Natasha Franks. Tazmir was not in school due to pandemic-related school closures. Tazmir had previously been in foster care and his father, Jaleel Ransom, was trying to get custody of him. His maternal aunt, Tanjala Pinckney, reported that the family knew Franks was abusing Tazmir for a few months prior to… Read more »

Alejandro Ripley

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Alejandro Ripley, age 9, was murdered by his mother, Patricia Ripley. Alejandro was being educated at home due to pandemic-related school closures. Prior to the pandemic, Alejandro, who was autistic, attended The Friendship Circle of Miami. On May 21, Ripley was caught on video pushing Alejandro into a canal. After neighbors heard his screams and rescued him, she took him… Read more »

Children of Michael and Shirley Gray

Two children–Heather “Sophie” Gray (b. 2006) and Jonathan Gray–died in the custody of their adoptive parents, Michael and Shirley Gray. Three other adopted children–M., a boy born in 2005; L., a girl born c. 2007; and T., a boy born in 2009–were imprisoned, starved, and abused by the Grays. The Grays’ adult children, Anthony “Bubba” and Carolyn Gray, lived with… Read more »

Tylee Ryan and Joshua Vallow

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Two children—Tylee Ryan, age 17; and Joshua “J.J.” Vallow, age 7—died under suspicious circumstances while under the care of their mother, Lori Vallow. The children were homeschooled. Tylee was born around 2002. Lori later married Charles Vallow, and the Vallows adopted J.J., who was autistic. The family lived in Chandler, Arizona, where the children attended school. Around 2017, Lori Vallow… Read more »

Adam Franklin

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Adam Douglas Franklin, age 7, was abused and murdered by his stepfather, Alan Suliber. Adam’s mother, Elizabeth “Katie” Franklin, knew about the abuse. Adam was homeschooled. Franklin and Adam moved to Wyoming in March 1991 and Franklin soon began dating Suliber. In July 1991, Suliber slapped Adam, who fell against the washing machine. Franklin reported the incident to authorities who… Read more »

Alek, Tyler, and Zoe Todt

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Aleksander “Alek” J. Todt (age 13), Tyler J. Todt (age 11), and Zoe Todt (age 4) were murdered by their father, Anthony Todt. Todt also killed his wife, Megan Todt, and the family dog Breezy. The children were homeschooled. The Todts lived in Colchester, Connecticut, where Anthony Todt maintained a successful physical therapy business and Megan Todt was an active… Read more »

Raylee Browning

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Raylee JoLynn Browning, age 8, was murdered by her father, Marty Browning, Browning’s partner Julie Dawn Titchenell, and Julie’s sister Sherie Titchenell. The family also lived with Julie Titchenell’s three children, including a girl, V. Raylee and V. were homeschooled. Raylee was born in 2010. Her biological mother was not actively involved in her life; Raylee lived with Browning as… Read more »

4 Children by Ryan and Sheila O’Leary

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Four children—M., an 11-year-old girl; J., age 5; C., age 3; and K., an 18-month-old boy—were starved by their parents, Ryan Patrick O’Leary and Sheila O’Leary. K. died from complications of malnutrition. The children were homeschooled. M. was Sheila’s child from a previous relationship. She was removed from Sheila’s care as a baby in Virginia in 2009 due to failure… Read more »