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    Parents who killed their child and then covered it up

    I was unable to find a list anywhere of parents who killed their child and then covered it up by saying the child had gone missing or been abducted, so I've started my own. There are many, many more children still to add to this list Please feel free to help me out by doing a brief write-up of any other cases you know of and adding them here. I thought it would be useful if we ever want to look for patterns or precedents.

    Richard J. Gelles, a professor of sociology and psychology at the University of Rhode Island who is an expert on family violence, says the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse estimates that 700 mothers kill their children each year. But only 50 or so fabricate tales of abductions, he said, citing figures from the National Center on Missing and Exploited Children in Washington.

    James Johnson (aka James Dupree Lewis), 4 years old, Pennsylvania, disappeared in 1991. Maurice Marcell Martin, the boyfriend of James' mother Debra Johnson, said that James disappeared from the car when he left him alone for a few minutes, but he was later convicted of the third-degree murder of the boy and in 1992 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for accidentally killing James. He had punished James for urinating on the kerb outside the house, and the prosecutuion argued that James died of a subdural hematoma after being hit on the head. Maurice Martin was released from prison in 2012, at the age of 46.

    Because James's body never was found, the Commonwealth offered circumstantial proof of his death, including his age, the fact that no one saw him at the supermarket parking lot, the peculiar circumstances of the preceding two days wherein James was not seen conscious or awake by anyone, the inconsistent nature of appellant's statements to police after James's "disappearance," and the failure of hundreds of search volunteers to turn up any evidence of James's whereabouts.
    In order to establish the malice necessary to prove murder, the Commonwealth provided testimony from several sources that appellant repeatedly abused James, both physically and mentally.

    After his trial, many also blamed the mother. After all, she knew of the extreme abuse and stood pat, they said.
    Charging her criminally, however, wasn't an option for police.
    "Unfortunately, we needed her cooperation to put the evidence against Maurice," Chalfant said.

    Thomas Dean Gibson, 2 years old, 1991, Oregon. Father Larry Gibson, who was the Douglas County Deputy Sheriff, claimed he disappeared from the yard whilst he went for a jog around the block. He was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in 1995. He was released from prison in 1996. Thomas' body was never found, and his father still claims he was abducted.


    Brandon Jones, 4 years old, 1992, Indiana. Brandon's mother, Michelle Jones, was convicted of murder in 1997 and sentenced to 50 years in prison.She told a friend that she had beaten Marcus to death, but his body was never found.


    Shakeima Ann Cabbabestalk, 10 years old, disappeared in 1993, South Carolina. In August 2005, twelve years after Shakeima disappearanced, her stepfather, "[Sam]Harmon was charged with murder, kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct in connection with the disappearance of his stepdaughter, Shakeima Cabbagestalk."
    In 2008 Harmon was acquitted of murder, but convicted of kidnapping and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Shakeima's body was never found.


    Andrea Gonzalez, 5 years old, disappeared in 1993, Alabama. Her father and stepmother reported that Andrea disappeared from the family trailer during the night. LE called the search of after two days because they suspected foul play. More than year later, the stepmother said she accidentally scalded Andrea, who died of her injuries.
    A jury convicted her stepmother, Kim Gonzalez, of child abuse. She admitted to putting the toddler in scalding water and dumping her remains into upper Bear Creek. Her father, Paul Gonzalez, later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
    Both parents were sentenced to ten years in jail. Andrea's body was never recovered.
    Kim Gonzalez served served four years and three months in prison, and Paul Gonzalez served two years.


    Rilya Wilson, 4 years old, 2000, Florida. Rilya disappeared in December 2000, but she wasn't reported missing until April 2002. Rilya's foster mother (who was also allegedly her biological paternal grandmother) Geralyn Graham said that someone claiming to be from the DCF had taken Rilya for an evaluation in Jan 2011, and never returned her. A social worker, Deborah Muskelly, pleaded guilty to official misconduct for falsifying records of visits to check on Rilya whilst she was missing.

    Foster mother Geralyn Graham was convicted in 2013 of aggravated child abuse and kidnapping and sentenced to 55 years in prison. Graham allegedly admitted to a fellow inmate that she smothed Rilya and buried her body. A mistrial was declared on the murder charge when one juror voted not to convict. Rilya's body was never found.


    Alicia Breann Versluis, 5 years old, disappeared in 2000, California. Mother Simona Denise Demery said that she was in a park with the children and when she took her eyes off them for a few moments to read, when she looked up Alicia had vanished. Her twin sister said that their mother "took Sissy and wrapped Sissy in a jacket and put her in the drain." In 2001 Simona Demery and her boyfriend Jeffrey Jones were convicted of her murder and both sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

    Jurors convicted the couple... of second-degree murder, child abuse, corporal injury to a child, conspiracy to commit assaults and two other conspiracy charges.

    Ricky Holland, 7 years old, July 2005, Michigan. Adoptive parents Tim and Lisa Holland reported Ricky as being missing from his bedroom, and said he had run away from home before. He had been found in neighbours homes in the past, eating their food because his parents were starving him. In January 2006, Tim Holland led LE to Ricky's remains, which had been put into a garbage bag and thrown in a swamp. Tim Holland said his wife had beaten the boy and hit him in the head with a tack hammer, and he had died a week later. He was sentenced to 30 - 60 years in prison for second degree murder. Lisa Holland was found guilty of first-degree felony murder and first-degree child abuse and sentenced to life in prison.


    Marcus Fiesel, 2 years old, 2006, Ohio. Marcus' foster mother Liz Carroll claimed Marcus disappeared when she fainted at a fair. She held a press conference pleading for the boy's return. In reality she, her husband and a friend duct-taped and restrained the boy, then went away for the weekend and left him to die in a hot closet. Traces of his incinerated remains were found in the fireplace of a derelict house. Liz Carroll was sentenced to 59 years to life in prison for murder and other charges, David Carroll was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison and Amy Baker was given immunity for testifying against the other two.


    Lauryn Dickens, 9 months old, Tennessee, 2010. Mother Shakara Dickens claimed she gave her away to a stranger who claimed to know the girl's father. Cadaver dogs alerted to the mother's apartment and car. After being found guilty of second-degree murder in 2012, Shakara Dickens admitted in court to smothering Lauryn because she wouldn't stop crying, and then throwing her body in the trash. She was sentenced to 19 years in prison. No body was ever found.


    Jhessye Shockley, 5 years old, disappeared in October 2011, Arizona. Jhessye's mother, Jerice Hunter, was convicted of first-degree murder and child abuse in 2015. The prosecution said that she shut Jhessye in a closet and deprived her of food and water until she died, then threw her body in the trash. No body was ever found.


    Colton Brandt Turner, 2 years old, reported missing in Sept 2014, Texas after a family friend told LE she had seen pictures of the boy on facebook with suspicious bruises and cuts. LE spoke to his mother, Meagan Work, who gave several conflicting stories about his whereabouts (he was with a friend, he was abducted when she left him in her car for a few minutes, she gave him away to a stranger...). LE also questioned her boyfriend, Michael Brandt Turner, who soon admitted that Colton was dead and led LE to the boy's shallow grave. Turner said that Colton had died in July. Turner and Work said that Colton had died after falling and hitting his head whilst being beaten. In 2016 Michael Turner pleaded guilty to two count of tampering with evdence (for burying Colton's body) and one count of 2nd degree Reckless Injury to a Child by Omission. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Meagan Work is still awaiting trial.


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    little Malik Drummond Searcy AR and of course Caylee
    Suzanne Marie Sevakis Welcome home.

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    Alexis "Lexie" Agyepong-Glover, 13 years old, 2009, Virginia. Her (adoptive) mother reported her missing and pleaded in the media for her return, saying that Lexie had autism, developmental delay and other issues (this was disputed by Lexie's former councellors, who said that Lexie had reactive attachment disorder but was a bright, loving girl).

    Her mother, Alfreedia Gregg-Glover, reported Lexie missing two days before the girl's body was found; police later discovered that Gregg-Glover had left Lexie in the creek to die days before. Gregg-Glover pleaded guilty to charges of felony murder, felony child abuse, and filing a false police report in July.
    Lexie had asked many people for help before her death, telling that her mother starved and beat her, and wanted to kill her. Teachers and neighbours had reported abuse to the authorities. Her mother told authorities that Lexie was a compulsive liar. Alexis died of drowning and hypothermia, but her body had the marks of past and recent abuse and her death was ruled a homicide.

    In 2010, Alfreedia Gregg-Glover was sentenced to 26 years in prison.


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    Tyler Dasher, 13 months old, 2011, Missouri. Mother Shelby Dasher reported Tyler missing, saying he had disappeared from his crib overnight. His body was found left in a wooded area about a mile from their home a few hours later. Within a day, his mother was charged with 2nd degree murder. She admitted beating Tyler to death in a drunken rage because he wouldn't stop crying. In 2014 she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.


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    Zahra Clare Baker (November 16, 1999 - September 24, 2010) was born in Wagga Wagga, Australia and was reported missing on October 9, 2010. Only 10 years old at the time of her death, her dismembered remains were found in November 2010. Because of the crime's gruesome nature and the series of events leading up to her death, Zahra's murder received worldwide media coverage.[1] In September 2011, the victim's stepmother, Elisa Baker, plead guilty to murdering Zahra, and was sentenced to eighteen years in prison. She was subsequently given an additional 10 years in 2013 for drug related charges
    Kyron, HALEIGH, ADJI & Gabriel NEEDS PRAYERS NOW TO FIND THEM!. Zahra & Jonathan in heaven
    Justice for Hailey!!!!
    No Justice for Caylee Marie..........

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    Texas USA
    I'd add Bryeon Hunter and Dontrell Melvin. Both have threads here

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    Bella Neveah Amoroso Bond (August 18, 2012 – May or June 2015), previously known as the Deer Island Jane Doe and "Baby Doe",was an American child found dead in a plastic bag on the shore of Deer Island in Boston, Massachusetts on June 25, 2015.[12] Authorities pursued investigation into discovering who the child was until her identification in September 2015.
    Kyron, HALEIGH, ADJI & Gabriel NEEDS PRAYERS NOW TO FIND THEM!. Zahra & Jonathan in heaven
    Justice for Hailey!!!!
    No Justice for Caylee Marie..........

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    Aveion Malik Lewis, 2 years old, 2010, Virginia. An Amber Alert was issued when Aveion's mother and step-father reported that he had been abducted from their home. Stepfather claimed that at least 3 men invaded the home, knocked him unconscious and when he awoke Aveion was missing and the 4 year old child was tied up.

    While the search for Aveion continued, many had stated their initial doubts regarding the step-father’s story as well as his demeanor.

    Some of the statements that Brandon Lockett made did not ring true with many readers. Comments have been made on television programs and Internet forums regarding Brandon Lockett’s demeanor as well. There were also parallels between Brandon Lockett’s account of the kidnapping and the Jon Benet Ramsey case.

    Though the family lived in the projects in Virginia, Lockett had claimed a ransom note was left on the back of a bill that the kidnappers found in the home. The family did not have money, yet the ransom note was for $10,000. There was also no additional information or further contact, where the money was to be left or deposited.
    Days later, Aveion's stepfather Brandon Lockett had admitted to police that the boy was dead, and two weeks later his body was found in a landfill. Cause of death could not be determined, although the body showed signs of abuse and neglect.

    But they don't need that to press murder charges against his stepfather, Brandon Lockett, and his mother, Morgan Lockett, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Sandra Workman said.

    "The cause of death ultimately is for the jury to decide," Workman said. "We don't intend to invade the province of the jury by saying that Aveion died of X."
    The stepfather and the mother, Morgan Lockett, were both charged with murder in February 2010.

    In Jan 2012, Morgan Lockett was sentenced to 40 years in prison, after pleading no-contact to 2nd degree murder and child abuse. Brandon Lockett was sentenced to 50 years in prison for 2nd degree murder and child abuse.



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    Malachi Magana, two and a half years old, 2009, California.
    Mother Belinda Magana reported that Malachi had gone missing from the park. But in fact, she badly scalded him, and then she and boyfriend Naresh Narine beat him with their hands or a belt over the next couple of days when his crying or moaning disturbed them. Cause of death was either blunt-force trauma to his head, or sepsis from untreated scalding injuries. They buried him in a shallow grave in Mother's Day.

    They called 911 and, in calm voices, described how Malachi went missing. Police, bloodhounds and a helicopter with a PA system alerted the neighborhood about the missing child.
    “Everyone is frantically looking for Malachi except for Belinda Magana and Naresh Narine,” Calhoun said.
    Within hours, the story unraveled, first with Magana talking to investigators. “She tells this story and takes herself out of it, blaming it all on Mr. Narine,” and she led investigators to the boy’s body, Calhoun said.
    In 2015, they were both found guilty of first- degree murder, torture, aggravated mayhem and assault on a child resulting in great bodily injury, and jurors found true a special circumstance allegation of inflicting torture in the commission of a murder.
    They were sentenced to death.


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    Kiesha Weippert

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    OMG. Heartbreaking. There are no words. HOW can any parent do those things to their own children?
    JMO. MOO.

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    Trial starting shortly:

    Timothy Wiltsey, 5 years old, 1991, New Jersey. Mother Michelle Lodzinski said that she left her son standing in line for a ride at a carnival for a few minutes whilst she went to buy a soda, and when she returned he was gone. She changed this story several times, inventing various abductors. No credible witnesses recalled seeing Timothy at the carnival.

    Timothy's remains were found 11 months after he disappeared, close to an industrial estate where his mother had once worked. In 1994, in an odd twist, she was arrested and eventually confessed to lying about being kidnapped by federal agents, to avoid appearing before s grand jury in Timothy's case.

    The case went cold for years, but in 2014 Lodzinski was charged with murder. Jury selection has begun for her trial.




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    Christina Holt, 7 years old, 1994, Florida.

    In one hand, Pauline Zile clutched a stuffed animal. With the other, she wiped the tears streaming from her red, swollen eyes.

    Looking into the TV camera, she made a near-hysterical plea for the return of her 7-year-old daughter, claiming Christina Holt had been abducted from a restroom at a flea market.
    A couple of weeks after Christina was reported missing, her stepfather Walter John Zile led police to the body, which was buried behind a convenience store. He had beaten and suffocated her - he said her death was an accident, he had just intended to discipline her. Walter Zile and Pauline Zile were sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder - Pauline's murder conviction was for failing to protect her daughter from Walter.



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    Currently awaiting trial

    Aniston Walker, 7 weeks old, 2014,Tennessee.
    Mother Andrea Walker claimed that Aniston vanished when she left her home alone. Aniston's body was found by a passer-by in a ditch 11 miles away, 6 weeks later. Less than 24 hours later, Andrea Walker was charged with first-degree murder. The baby's cause of death was found to be homicidal violence, although no injuries were found.




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    Seth Kehoe, age 2, 2008, Iowa.
    Michelle Lynn Kehoe knocked on a neighbour's door, bleeding from the neck, and said that a man had killed her two sons and tried to kill her. Police found the two boys with their throats cut. But Michelle had miscalculated - the older boy, aged 7, had only passed out, and was still alive when police found him. He was found sitting in the family van, hugging his knees to his chest, staring at the pond where Seth's body lay. Seth had a first aid kit next to his body - his brother explained that he had left it there after trying to save his brother. He told them that his mother was the one who had hurt him - duct taping his eyes, nose and mouth and then cutting his throat.

    In 2009 Michelle Kehoe was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. She was sentenced to life without parole.




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