Anthony Corona

Name: Anthony "Antaba" Corona.
Died: December 9, 2016.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Death in restraint.
Location: San Bernardino, California, USA.

Details:
Anthony, called "Antaba" by his family, lived with his uncle and grandmother. He attended a special-needs school where he had been going since he was a child. He was an opera fan; whenever his grandmother tried to get him to watch cartoons, he'd change the channel so that he could watch singing. He liked to read, and liked eating at McDonald's, where he always got a Happy Meal.

On the school bus home--after enduring nearly all of the two-hour bus ride--Anthony became distressed, knocking on the window and throwing a plastic water bottle at an aide. When another student tried to help the aide "calm him down", Anthony grabbed the student's necklace, breaking it. The other student got angry and punched Anthony in the face.

In response to this fight, school staff restrained Anthony--who was still strapped into his seat--by pushing his head down between his legs, a position that made it impossible for Anthony to breathe. He suffocated and died.

References:
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Autistic San Bernardino teen's death on school bus hits family hard

Lei Wenfeng

Name: Lei Wenfeng.
Died: December 3, 2016.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Food poisoning; neglect at a center for the homeless.
Location: Shaoguan, Guangdong province, China.

Details:
Wenfeng was born in rural Hunan province; he had two sisters. Together with his father, he moved to the city where he lived in a dormitory and worked at an electronics factory. He liked durian fruit.

One night Wenfeng left the dormitory and got lost. He was picked up by police 83 miles away, but they were unable to find his identity records even though Wenfeng was able to tell them his name and his mother's name.

So Wenfeng was transferred from a hospital to an assistance center. Conditions there were horrible, and after a month the boy was suffering from food poisoning, unable to keep anything down and losing weight rapidly. He was hospitalized, but received poor care there as well. He died just short of his sixteenth birthday.

The center was investigated and it came to light that twenty other people had died there within forty-nine days. The care center has been shut down; its administrator was arrested. Only after he was dead did Wenfeng's father finally find him.

References:
Autistic boy's journey to death
Chinese police detain care centre head after 21 deaths
Autistic boy's death linked to treatment in facility
Autistic Boy’s Death One of Many Linked to Squalid ‘Care Center’ in China
4 fired, 13 held for death of autistic teen in China care centre

Chance Vanderpool

Name: Chance Vanderpool.
Died: November 22, 2016.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse; skull fracture.
Location: Glen St. Mary, Florida, USA.

Details:
Chance and three of his brothers, including his two-year-old little brother, lived with their mother. Five months before his death, his mother's boyfriend moved in with them. He was controlling and violent and beat both boys; Chance had to go to the hospital twice for head injuries. Each time his mother said they had been accidental.

On the morning of November 22, Chance was found unresponsive and taken to the hospital, but he could not be revived. Doctors found that he had a skull fracture, and saw that his body had bruises and a burn. They became worried for Chance's surviving three brothers.

Chance's little brother had been taken to the hospital along with Chance. When doctors examined the two-year-old, they found injuries consistent with abuse.

Chance's three brothers were taken into state care; his mother's boyfriend was arrested for child abuse.

References:
Baker Sheriff investigating death of 4-year-old autistic boy
Arrest made for the death of 4-year-old autistic boy in Baker
4-year-old child with autism dies; Baker County man charged with child abuse of sibling
4-year-old boy with autism dies in Baker County
Baker County child with autism dies; Man charged with abuse of sibling
Man accused of abusing 2-year-old after sibling dies

Austin Skidmore

Name: Austin Skidmore.
Died: November 20, 2016.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Death in restraint.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Details:
Austin was a resident at a hospital for autistic people. He died when he "became agitated" and three men restrained him with his arms across his chest.

Not long before that, a girl with autism at the same facility was badly burned in a hot shower.

References:
Police investigate death at same hospital where girl with autism was burned

Tyler "TJ" Caudill

Name: Tyler Joseph "TJ" Caudill.
Died: Late August 2016; body found November 13, 2016.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder (Abuse, neglect).
Location: Portsmouth, Ohio, USA.

Details:
TJ was abused and starved by his mother and her boyfriend; then he went missing. His body has been found, and his mother and her boyfriend charged with murder, but his cause of death remains unknown.

References:
UPDATE: Mother, Boyfriend charged in death of 6-year-old boy
Mother, Boyfriend Arrested in 6 Year Old Boy's Death
Portsmouth Police find body amidst search for missing 6-year-old
Scioto grand jury indicts couple in death of autistic boy

Tianna Kirchner

Name: Tianna Kirchner.
Died: October 29, 2016 (Body found); died about 4 years previously.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Unknown.
Location: Everett, Washington, USA.

Details:
Tianna's family, under investigation in her death, has given several different explanations of why Tianna died. They said she died of chicken pox or a brain tumor, that she drowned in the bathtub or that another child had drowned her.

How Tianna died is not known, but what is known is that Tianna's body was found stuffed into a concrete-filled storage container four years later.

References:
Parents Under Investigation After Missing 4-Year-Old’s Remains Found Encased in Concrete
Body of 4-year-old girl found in plastic tub in Everett; she’s been dead several years
Child’s body found in plastic storage bin in Everett
4-Year-Old Girl's Corpse Hidden For Four Years
Timeline surrounding death of child found in storage bin
Grandmother wants answers after grandchild's remains found in Everett
Body of 4-year-old girl missing for years found encased in concrete in storage container

Elisa and Martin Manrique-Lutz

Photo of Martin and Elisa. They are children with brown hair, photographed outdoors. Martin is wearing a red sweater and looking away to the left. Elisa has long, tangled hair; she is holding a feather up to her lips.Name: Elisa Manrique-Lutz.
Age at death: 11.

Name: Martin Manrique-Lutz.
Age at death: 10.

Died: October 17, 2016.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide (Poisoning).
Location: Davidson, Sydney, Australia.

Details:
Elisa and Martin were from Colombia and lived in Australia. Their neighbors often saw them playing in the front yard. At school, Elisa used to take teachers' hands and take them on walks. Martin was a talented and precocious artist.

Elisa, Martin, and their mother Maria were killed in a murder-suicide by their father, who had installed pipes to turn the house into a gas chamber and released carbon monoxide into the children's bedrooms, killing the whole family.

References:
Martin, Elisa, Maria
'An exceptional family': community mourns after family of four found dead in Sydney
Community left in shock as a family of four are found dead in their Sydney home
Davidson deaths: Police investigate murder-suicide at horror home where family of four were killed
Details Of Family Found Dead In Syd Emerge After Suspected Murder-Suicide
Family of four found dead in Davidson, Sydney identified
Fernando Manrique and Maria Claudia Lutz Pena named in Davidson family deaths
Grisly aftermath of tragic Sydney 'murder-suicide' as family-of-four found dead
Man, woman, two children and pet dog found dead inside Davidson, northern Sydney home
Two adults, two children dead found dead in Sydney suburb of Davidson
Davidson death house’s grisly layout revealed
'It's a horrific thing that has happened to this suburb': a young family's death
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Leah Ratheram

Photo of Leah Ratheram. She is a young woman with pale skin and black hair in a pixie cut. She is wearing dark-red lipstick and dark mascara, a formal black dress, and a necklace shaped like an ornate brass key.Name: Leah Ratheram.
Died: October 7, 2016.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Suicide (Hanging), after long-term bullying/assault, inadequate mental health care.
Location: Birmingham, England, UK.

Details:
Leah Ratheram, who was living with autism and fetal alcohol syndrome, had the misfortune of also living next door to the neighbors from hell.

Two of her neighbors forced their way into her home and beat her severely with a metal dog chain. They threw her friend, who was staying with her, off their third-story balcony; he survived, but with injuries so severe that he was left with a permanently damaged hip joint. And as if beating her with a dog lead wasn't enough, the invaders poured vinegar into Leah's wounds before leaving. They were caught and sentenced to prison, but Leah's mental health began to suffer after the incident.

Already a domestic violence survivor and prone to mood swings, Leah was transferred from one mental health agency to another, and the new agency talked about but never scheduled proper assessments. Unable to find help, Leah succumbed to depression and committed suicide.

References:
Woman killed herself after she was beaten with dog lead and vinegar was poured in wounds
Leah Ratheram killed herself months after attack, inquest hears
This is the tragic woman driven to suicide by neighbour from hell

Carl Gregory

Photo of Carl Gregory. He is in his late teens, with short brown hair, fair skin, brown eyes, and fuzz on his chin. His face is somewhat asymmetrical and he is smiling slightly.Name: Carl Gregory.
Died: October 4, 2016.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten, strangled).
Location: Broadstairs, England, UK.

Details:
His family describes Carl Gregory as a very typical 20-year-old who loved gaming, modern technology, and Pokémon Go. He had a girlfriend named Chloe, with whom he'd broken up; but they had remained friends and were considering going back to dating again. He was a Marlowe Academy graduate who worked as an online personal shopper for Sainsbury's.

Carl may have been playing Pokémon Go when he was out in a supermarket parking lot. Two men, acquaintances of his, attacked and killed him by beating and strangling him. Initially called "the first Pokémon Go murder" and widely covered, Carl's death fell out of the media spotlight when Chloe and his family explained that the mobile game had nothing to do with the murder. Apparently, Carl had shared a tasteless meme on Facebook, and the bullies decided that this was grounds for murder.

The prosecutor in the case has stated that he believes there were "elements of vulnerability" involved in the murder because of Carl's Asperger syndrome.

References:
John Dickson and Christopher Pollard in court accused of murdering Carl Gregory near Westwood Cross
Carl Gregory 'murder' in Broadstairs: Girlfriend's tributes as Pokemon Go connection is ruled out
Carl Gregory is beaten to death in car park 'in fight over Pokemon Go'
Murdered Carl Gregory argued with girlfriend over smartphone game just hours before his death
Pokemon Go murder: Two charged over Carl Gregory murder in Broadstairs, Kent
Two men have been charged with the murder of Carl Gregory in Westwood
UPDATE: Two men charged with murder following the death of Carl Gregory in Broadstairs are due to appear in court this morning
Pair deny killing Pokemon Go fan who died in girlfriend's arms at shopping mall
Ramsgate's Carl Gregory was 'murdered over a Facebook picture'
Autistic man 'murdered by pair over Facebook pic of woman jumping over penises'
Man choked to death in car park 'after Facebook row with ex'
As it happened: Updates from the murder trial of the pair alleged to have killed Carl Gregory
Alleged murderer John Dickson tells of Carl Gregory's final moments in Broadstairs car park

Leslie Ramirez

Name: Leslie Ramirez.
Died: August 29, 2016.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Heat stroke.
Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA.

Details:
Leslie was one of five siblings. They lived with their parents and grandmother.

Leslie's mother left her in the family van at 3 p.m. on a summer day. At 7 p.m., Leslie's father returned home to find her still in the van four hours later. She was dead.

Her mother was charged with manslaughter and child neglect.

References:
Mother of autistic girl found dead in a hot van insists it was an accident
Mother charged in death of 3-year-old daughter in Durham