Sunday, December 31, 2017

Simon Brook

Simon Brook
1966 - 1968

Simon was born in 1966 to Donald and Phyllis Brook. On the day he went missing, he had been spotted at a park, after going missing from his own home. He was lured away by a man and never seen again, until his body was found the next day. Nobody was ever charged with Simon's death, although his parents say that they know a man named Derek Percy is responsible for kidnapping and murdering Simon.

When Simon's body was found, he had wads of newspaper stuck inside of his throat. His throat had been slit with a razor blade and he was naked from his waist down. In addition, the lower parts of his body had been mutilated. Witnesses reported seeing a man that matched Derek's description lure Simon away from the park that day. When investigators and an old friend from school asked Derek if he remembered killing Simon, Derek replied, "I wish I could. I might have. I don't remember."

Police hoped that Derek, a man that was linked to eight other child disappearances and deaths, not including Simon's, which he was also linked to, would confess to murdering Simon as well, even if he had to on his death bed. Unfortunately, in 2013 as Dereklaid dying in a hospital, he stayed silent and offered no information about what happened to Simon before his death.

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Alex Boucher

Alex Charles Boucher
January 25, 1997 - September 27, 2000

Alex was born on January 25, 1997. His parents were Diane Boucher and John Caldwell. He had two brothers named Andrew and Anthony. He had a half sister named Patricia and two half brothers named Mark and Michael. In addition, Alex had a foster brother named Jesse and two foster sisters named Kristin and Clarra. He was loved by so many friends and family members. Alex had cerebral palsy and other medical issues.

At the time of Alex's death, he was in the care of foster parents James and Jennifer Curtis. He was supposed to live with them for thirty days, although they hoped to eventually adopt him. James and Jennifer were not licensed to be foster parents, although they did pass several evaluations the agency dealing with Alex's case made and they were very interesting in caring for Alex.

Just days after Alex was sent to live with James and Jennifer, James became angry at Alex for soiling his diapers. He wrapped Alex very tightly in a blanket as a result. Alex could not move because of how tightly he was wrapped. He was left alone on a bed where he later vomited and then choked on his own vomit. He was taken for medical treatment but removed from life support two days later.

James was charged with first degree murder. He ended up pleading guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to almost fourteen years in prison. 

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Avenir and Emmanuela Bukhantsov

Emmanuela Bukhantsov
March 25, 2009 - October 23, 2012

Avenir Bukhantsov
June 21, 2010 - October 23, 2012

Emmanuela was born on March 25, 2009. Her brother, Avenir, was born on June 21, 2010. They passed away on October 23, 2012, along with their mother, Alina Bukhantsov. Their father, Denis, came home to find that two of his children and their mother were dead. His six month old son, Mark, was not harmed. Emmanuela and Avenir had been stabbed in their necks and torsos. Alina was stabbed in the chest.

Denis's brother, the uncle of Avenir and Emmanuela, Grigoriy Bukhantsov, was the only suspect in the murders. He was only nineteen years old at the time. It was said that Grigoriy was confused and distraught about being arrested and charged, but that he understood why he was being arrested and charged. When asked for his plea in court, he stared blankly ahead and did not respond. A not guilty plea was eventually entered on his behalf.

Grigoriy was ruled as competent to stand trial, despite questioning of his mental health at some points. At this time, I am unable to find anymore information about the trial. 

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Rebecca Bluff

Rebecca Suzanne Bluff
November 28, 1994 - October 21, 1998
Rebecca was born on November 28, 1994 to Todd and Ferosa Bluff. Neighbors remember the family as being very close and very attached to their daughters. The neighbors recalled that they were only asked to babysit the girls four times, even though they lived only a few blocks away and had become very good family friends.

This was partially why neighbors were so surprised when just a month after the family moved in, Rebecca was found deceased in the home that she lived in with her mother as well as Andrew and Suzanne Fedorowicz, a couple that Ferosa had met several years earlier and befriended. Ferosa had called 911 to report that Rebecca was no longer breathing. All three adults in the home told investigators that Rebecca had fallen down stairs the previous day.

The adults went on to tell investigators that they thought Rebecca was okay until she began complaining of her stomach hurting and then threw up. They said she was put in a bath of cold water, after which she fainted twice. They said that after she fainted the second time, she never woke up again.

Rebecca's autopsy ruled her cause of death as "multiple non-accidental blunt force injuries." It was said that the amount of trauma to Rebecca's body amounted to torture. The medical examiner could see that Rebecca had been assaulted physically and sexually over the course of one to three days. She had been assaulted with objects. She had bruises all over her body including her head, buttocks, genitals, and the soles of her feet. There were also injuries on her arms and legs suggesting that she had been restrained. There was such a degree of bleeding into and between layers of soft tissue that her official cause of death was acute blood loss.

During a search of the apartment Rebecca lived in, police found a "cat-o'-nine-tails-like-cord." The injuries on Rebecca's buttocks were consistent with this cord being used on her. The cat o' nine tails is a whip made of nine knotted lines or cords fastened to one handle, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. In the apartment, a video tape of Ferosa and Suzanne involved in acts using the cord that was found was also discovered.

Ferosa, Suzanne, and Andrew were charged with murder, child abuse, and sexual abuse. After Ferosa and Andrew waived a preliminary hearing, charges were dropped against Suzanne. Ferosa and Andrew were both sentenced to life in prison. Ferosa and Andrew both continue to deny that they had anything to do with Rebecca's abuse or death.

Both Ferosa and Andrew maintain that officials committed felonies by lying under oath and conspiring against them. They also said that they did research after the trial and believe that Rebecca died due to a blood disorder that was not tested for at the time Rebecca passed away. The two have the opportunity to be released in 2019, but it is improbable due to their insistence that they did not harm Rebecca

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Skylar Brewer

Skylar Isabella Brewer
January 28, 2015 - April 21, 2015

Skylar was born on January 28, 2015 to Heather Keylon. Heather had six other children. Four of them did not live with her at the time of Skylar's death. The Department of Children's Services had previously been involved with Heather's four oldest children. When Skylar as born, she was already dependent on opiates that her mother had used during pregnancy. Skylar had to spend six weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit as a result. 

Skylar had a doctor's examination in March of 2015 that stated she was doing well and developing normally on bottle feeding in her mother's care, although she did appear to be slightly smaller than average for her age at that time. On the afternoon of the day Skylar died, officers received a call about an unresponsive infant in an apartment. 

Heather told officers that she had put Skylar down to sleep on the couch and that when she came to check on her a short period of time later, Skylar was not breathing. Skylar's eighteen-month old sibling was also sleeping on the couch. Skylar was sleeping face-up with a heavy blanket over her. By the time help arrived, Skylar was already dead.

Skylar's autopsy report noted that some of Skylar's ribs were broken, consistent with attempts to save her life through CPR. Her official cause of death was ruled as a Subutex overdose. Subutex is a substance usually given as a tablet that is intended to be dissolved under the patient's tongue. The drug is frequently given to people suffering from opiate withdrawal for stopping drug cravings. It is highly unlikely that the amount of Subutex in Skylar's body was from being breastfed by a mother who took Subutex, as only very small traces would have been seen in her body if so, if any at all.

It was alleged that Heather had knowingly and purposefully given Skylar Subutex. She was charged with felony murder in Skylar's death as well as aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect. In addition, her two other children that were still in her custody were put into foster care. Heather's trial is scheduled for January of 2018

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Maurice Brown

Maurice Brown Jr.
--- - July 3, 2012
Maurice passed away when he was three years old. His father, Maurice Brown Sr. had reported that he took a nap that lasted about two hours, waking up to find that Maurice was gone and the door to his home was open. He told police that he thought gang members had taken Maurice as an act of revenge against him.

Police asked others if they knew anything about what might have happened to Maurice. One witness told them that they saw Maurice Sr. leave his apartment around 8:30 p.m. that night with Maurice draped over his shoulder, contradicting the story that Maurice Sr. had originally told them.

Maurice's mother, LaToya Kaeneh, told police that she had brought Maurice, whom she affectionately called "Junior", to visit his father for the summer. LaToya's mother, Maurice's grandmother, reported that Maurice Sr. had a violent past. Charges had previously been filed that Maurice Sr. had physically abused LaToya on a past Valentine's Day. Those charges were later dropped.

After Maurice was reported missing, his body was found in a dumpster. Maurice Sr. was charged with aggravated child neglect and endangerment. In his apartment, blood belonging to Maurice was found and it appeared that he had been brutally beaten. Later, Maurice Sr. was charged with first degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated child neglect, and resisting official detention.

Maurice's cause of death was ruled as blunt force trauma. He had deep tissue bruising, massive internal bleeding, five broken ribs, a lacerated liver, and bleeding in his brain. Maurice Sr. said that he did not kill his son, but he did admit to becoming angry with Maurice when Maurice accidentally wet himself and then got bath water on the floor. He said that he chased Maurice around the apartment while swinging at him with a belt. 

Maurice Sr. said that while he was chasing Maurice, Maurice fell down and hit his head on the table and then the floor. He then said that Maurice threw up on the kitchen, so he chased him again, angry that he had not thrown up in the garbage can instead. He said that Maurice had slipped in water on the bathroom floor and hit his head again. Maurice Sr. said that after this fall, he saw Maurice's eyes roll back in his head.

Maurice Sr. said that soon after the second chase, he felt bad because he had "never spanked him like that before", so he put him to bed. He said that when he went to check on his son later, he found that he was not breathing. He tried to save Maurice with CPR, but was not successful. Maurice had only been wearing underwear, so Maurice Sr. dressed him in a Batman T-shirt and jeans. Then he carried him out to the car.

Maurice Sr. said that he had been planning on taking Maurice to the hospital, but that as he was driving, "My life flashed before my eyes. The only thing I could think about was my mama." He said that while he drove, "weird things began popping into my head." He said he panicked as he drove and saw an alleyway where he disposed of his body in a garbage can. Maurice Sr. maintained that he had not killed Maurice, but just "messed up."

Maurice Sr. was found guilty of first degree murder for beating Maurice to death and was sentenced to life in prison.

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Dillon Belanger

Dillon Breana Belanger
November 29, 2005 - October 26, 2010
Dillon was born on November 29, 2005 to Mary Belanger. Shortly after her birth, Dillon was removed from Mary's custody. She was placed with a loving foster family. While in the care of her foster family, Dillon received love and attention. It was said that she had an amazing vocabulary at only three years old. Her speech was compared to that of a much older child. She thrived while in foster care. Her friends and family affectionately called her by her middle name, "Breana."

Dillon lived with her foster family for around three and a half years. Then, it was decided that she should go back into the care of her biological mother, Mary. Living in Dillon's new home was her, her mother, her mother's boyfriend, and two other children aged thirteen years old and eighteen months old.

Dillon lived with her mother for around a year before Dillon was taken to the hospital where she later passed away due to her injuries. Mary told investigators that Dillon had climbed onto a counter, fell, climbed up the counter again, and fell a second time. Medical professionals saw that Dillon had injuries much more severe than would have been caused by two accidental falls. It was clear to them that Dillon had been assaulted.

The previous month before Dillon's death, her family had been visited by Child and Family Services. Her foster family had concerns about her welfare too. After Dillon's death, Mary's boyfriend was said to have acted devastated. He said that he believed that what happened to Dillon was an accident. Child and Family services removed the other two children in the home from their custody. One of the other children had been there on the day Dillon was beaten. Mary was charged with second degree murder for Dillon's death. Unfortunately, I am unable to find any information about Mary's case and how it turned out.

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