Category Archives: Fatality

Janiya Thomas

clmccracken   December 3, 2015   Comments Off on Janiya Thomas

Janiya Thomas, age 10, was imprisoned, starved, tortured, and murdered by her mother, Keishanna Thomas, in January or February 2015. Janiya last attended school in May 2013; Thomas subsequently pulled her out of school to homeschool her. When Janiya missed her yearly evaluation, Thomas told the school Janiya was staying with relatives out of state. Thomas’s other school-age children, ages… Read more »

Adrian Jones, and 7 siblings

clmccracken   December 3, 2015   Comments Off on Adrian Jones, and 7 siblings

Authorities believe Adrian Jones, age 7, was murdered by his father, Michael A. Jones, and his stepmother Heather Jones. Heather Jones homeschooled Adrian and his 7 sisters (ages 11 to 1). Adrian and two girls were Michael’s children from previous relationships, while the other four girls were Michael and Heather’s biological children together. Former babysitters of the family have reported… Read more »

Jacob Davidoff

clmccracken   October 19, 2015   Comments Off on Jacob Davidoff

Jacob Davidoff, age 17, was shot to death by his mother, Dianne Michelle Davidoff. Jacob had health problems which prevented him from attending school, so he was homeschooled. Davidoff had a history of mental illness and serious financial problems; she and Jacob were in the process of moving out of their foreclosed home when she shot him. Davidoff was charged… Read more »

7 Children of David and April Bever

clmccracken   July 25, 2015   Comments Off on 7 Children of David and April Bever

Daniel (age 12), Christopher (7), and Victoria Bever (5) were stabbed to death, allegedly by their older brothers, Robert (age 18) and Michael Bever (age 16). The children’s parents, David and April Bever, were also killed, and their sister Crystal (age 13) was injured but survived. Their 2-year-old sister Autumn was not harmed. The children were “home schooled and kept… Read more »

Isaiah Torres

clmccracken   April 10, 2015   Comments Off on Isaiah Torres

Maurice Isaiah Torres, age 6, who went by Isaiah, was beaten and raped to death by his parents, Mauricio Alejandro Torres and Cathy Lynn Torres. Isaiah, his twin sister, and their 8-year-old sister were homeschooled. Isaiah had been pulled from school following an abuse investigation. Isaiah had previously been treated at a hospital for chemical burns and he had an… Read more »

Sarah, Chris, Rebecca, and Daniel Smith

clmccracken   April 6, 2015   Comments Off on Sarah, Chris, Rebecca, and Daniel Smith

Sarah Richardson (b. 1988, left) and her brother Chris Smith (b. 1990, second from left) were physically abused by their stepfather, TV hypnotist Martin Smith, who also subjected Sarah to systematic sexual abuse for a decade. Their mother, child services employee Lianne Smith, knew about the abuse but did nothing. After Sarah reported the abuse to the police and Martin… Read more »

Austin, Luke, and Cecilia Riggi

clmccracken   April 6, 2015   Comments Off on Austin, Luke, and Cecilia Riggi

Twins Augustino “Austin” and Gianluca “Luke” Riggi, age 8, and their 5-year-old sister Cecilia, were murdered by their mother, Theresa Riggi. The children were homeschooled. The children’s father, Pasquale Riggi, was an oil company employee; the Riggis, though American, had lived in Scotland for 13 years. The children were born through IVF and Theresa was extremely possessive of them, insisting… Read more »

Khyra Ishaq

clmccracken   March 30, 2015   Comments Off on Khyra Ishaq

Khyra Ishaq, age 7, was starved to death by her mother, Angela Gordon, and stepfather Junaid Abuhamza. Khyra and her five siblings were homeschooled. The children were subjected to regular beatings with a cane and punished by being forced to stand outside in the cold. The kitchen was kept locked and the children were starved and forced to vomit. Khyra… Read more »

Stoni Blair and Stephen Berry

clmccracken   March 26, 2015   Comments Off on Stoni Blair and Stephen Berry

Stoni Ann Blair (b. 2000) and Stephen Gage Berry (b. 2004) were murdered by their mother, Mitchelle Blair. The children, along with their older sister (b. 1998) and younger brother (b. 2007), were homeschooled. Both of the surviving children reported severe physical abuse, including beatings with wooden planks and extension cords. Blair told police she beat and scalded Stephen for… Read more »

Raysate Knight

clmccracken   February 17, 2015   Comments Off on Raysate Knight

Raysate Chain Knight, age 6, was starved, imprisoned, and beaten to death by her stepfather, Raymond Jefferson, and her mother Connie Knight. Knight’s four other children, girls ages 16, 13, and 8 and a 4-year-old boy, were not abused. Raysate was homeschooled. Raysate was born addicted to cocaine and removed from her mother’s custody. She lived with her grandmother, aunt… Read more »