Category Archives: Fatality

Andrew Burd

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Andrew Burd was 4 years old when he died of salt poisoning. Exactly what happened the day of his death and why he was overdosed on salt remain a question. In her trial, the prosecution argues that Andrew’s foster mother, Hannah Overton, forced him to drink a mixture of water and Cajun spices as a punishment and waited nearly 3… Read more »

Sadie Plum, Luke Hayden, and Jessica Gutweiler

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Amanda Gutweiler Hypes (later Kelley) left her three homeschooled children, Sadie, 10, Luke, 6, and Jessica, 3, home alone while she ran an errand. When she returned, the three had perished in a house fire. Kelley was originally accused of arson and was convicted in 2002 of three counts of first-degree murder. However, this conviction was thrown out in 2006… Read more »

Marcus Holloway

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10 year old Marcus Holloway died of severe malnutrition after his mother, Candice Holloway, and her boyfriend, Private Connell C. Williams, 32, fed him only water and rice cakes over the course of several months as a punishment for eating too many sweets. During this time, Marcus was locked in a room described as being like a “dungeon.” A physician… Read more »

16 Children of Marcus Wesson

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Marcus Delon Wessen was convicted of 9 counts of first-degree murder and 14 sex crimes. He raped and molested his underage daughters, even fathering children with some of them. He homeschooled the children and taught them that he was God and that they must prepare for Armageddon. He taught the girls that they were to be his future wives, and… Read more »

Joshua and Luke Laney

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Joshua and Luke Laney were eight and six when their mother smashed in their skulls with rocks. Deanna Laney, 39, believed God had called her to stone her sons. Laney was described by neighbors as a loving and devout homeschool mother, and was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Joshua and Luke’s younger brother Aaron suffered brain damage but… Read more »

Budde Lee Clark

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6 year old Budde Lee Clark was brutally beaten to death by his stepmother, Robin Gosnell. Gosnell lived in North Carolina and homeschooled the 6 year old and her 13 year old son, although she apparently did not actually educate either child. Officials said she had homeschooled—carefully following registration requirements—in order to hide the children away and control them. Date:… Read more »

Khalil Wimes

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Six year old Khalil Wimes was savagely beaten, tortured, and starved to death by his parents, Tina Cuffie and Floyd Wimes. The child slept on a soiled mattress in a room devoid of toys, and in the end his body was entirely covered with injuries. Khalil parents claimed they were homeschooling him, but appear to have not filed the necessary… Read more »

Dashawn Harris

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Five year old Dashawn Harris was beaten to death by his mother, Lashay Patterson, 23, and her boyfriend, Christian Patrick, 25. Patrick became angry with the boy during a homeschooling session and beat the boy with a belt and hair dryer. Patterson said Patrick regularly beat the child during his kindergarten homeschooling lessons.  Date: November 30, 2012Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sean Paddock and 6 Siblings

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Sean Paddock died of suffocation after his adoptive mother, Lynn Paddock, bound him tightly in blankets to keep him from getting out of his bed. Sean’s siblings, five of whom were also adopted, testified that they were frequently beaten with plastic rods and wooden spoons. Lynn Paddock was convicted of first degree murder and it was found that her husband… Read more »

Calista Springer

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Calista Springer was sixteen when she died when a fire swept through her family’s Michigan house and she was unable to free herself from her collar. Removed from school to be homeschooled three years earlier after teachers had become to make child abuse reports, Calista, who was adopted, spent her days chained to her bed by a dog collar while… Read more »