Make-a-List Monday: Child abuse homicides

In honor of little Wallace Guidroz, this list is for all the Charley Project children who were allegedly murdered by their caregivers. I’m only taking the names from the Corpus Delicti convictions list. (Imagine how depressingly long this list would be if I also included all the SUSPECTED child abuse homicides out there.) I also don’t include every case where a parent/step-parent/babysitter/whatever killed a kid; for instance I don’t think Jay-Quan Mosley counts; in my eyes it was just a regular old murder, not a child abuse murder.

Kynande Kalehje Bennett, 4 — killed by mother; both parents were indicted but only mother was convicted. There’s no confession here but the police believe Kynande was killed accidentally as a result of child abuse.
Logan Nathaniel Bowman, 5 — killed by mother and possibly her boyfriend. Mom pleaded guilty and testified against the boyfriend at trial, but he was only convicted of child neglect.
Nicole Lynn Bryner, 3 — killed by mother’s boyfriend and buried by him and the mother. This is a case where, supposedly, Nicole mysteriously died after being slapped once. As in Wallace’s case I think there was probably a lot more than that.
Lauryn Dickens, 9 months — killed by mother, who has confessed and pleaded guilty to murder.
Andrea R. Gonzalez, 5 — killed by father and stepmother. Father was convicted of manslaughter; stepmother was charged with murder but only convicted of child abuse. Stepmother admitted she’d caused Andrea’s death but says it was an accident.
James P. Higham III, 16 — killed by his one or both of his two guardians. One pleaded guilty to child endangerment and the other to reckless homicide. One of only two teenagers on this list, James was developmentally disabled.
Kendrick Terrell Jackson, 3 — killed by his father, who was convicted of murder but maintains his innocence.
Angelique James, 4 — killed by her mother, who pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter.
A’Shia Monique Jenkins, 2 months — killed by her father, who confessed and pleaded no contest to manslaughter.
Hevin Dakota James Lee Jenkins, 2 — killed by his aunt, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. He was autistic and non-verbal.
Ashley LaShay Jones, 4 — killed by her aunt, who was found guilty of second-degree murder.
Bianca Lily Jones, 2 — killed by her father, who maintains his innocence but was found guilty of murder and child abuse.
Tiana Neshelle Martin, 10 — killed by her aunt, who was her guardian. She was convicted of second-degree murder.
Jozlynn Mari Martinez, 2 — killed by her mother’s boyfriend, who admitted to smothering her and was found guilty of second-degree murder.
Justina Morales, 8 — killed by her mother’s boyfriend, who was acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter. He admitted to causing her death but said it was accidental.
Alexander Sol Olive, 4 — killed by his father, who was convicted of second-degree murder.
Tyler Christopher Payne, 4 — killed, along with his younger sister, by his father and stepmother. The sister’s body was found, but not Tyler’s. The stepmother pleaded guilty to second-degree murder; the father was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. This is as horrific a crime as I ever heard tell of.
Megan Lee Ann Pratt, 3 — killed by her stepfather and her mother. The mother pleaded guilty to child abuse and the stepfather to second-degree murder.
Alexia Anne Reale, 5 — killed by her mother and stepfather, who thought she was possessed and forced her to drink bleach to rid her body of demons. They were both convicted of murder.
Christina Marchell Richart, 14 — killed by her uncle’s wife, who was one of her guardians, her husband being the other. The aunt pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Christina is one of only two teenagers on this list; the other is James Higham.
Katelyn Selena Rivera-Helton, 1 — killed by her father after he abducted her from her mother. He maintained his innocence but was found guilty of second-degree murder.
Tiffany Roberts, 3 — killed by her mother, who pleaded guilty to murder. I have very little information on this case.
Luis Angel Sanchez, 3 — killed by his mother and her boyfriend. The boyfriend was found guilty of manslaughter and the mother of being an accessory.
Kyeimah A. Spann, 6 — killed by her mother, who confessed to it and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Alexandria Christine Suleski, 5 — killed by her father and stepmother, who were later found guilty of kidnapping (?), murder and child abuse.
Aarone Thompson, under 6 — killed by her father and probably her stepmother. Father was found guilty of murder; stepmother died before charges could be filed against her. Aarone wasn’t reported missing for some time, maybe as long as 18 months, after her disappearance, so she was probably only four or five at the time of her death.
Logan Lynn Tucker, 6 — killed by his mother, who was convicted of first-degree murder.
Alicia Breann Versluis, 3 — killed by her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, who were both convicted of second-degree murder.

A surprising number of these children were drowned: I count four, maybe five.

17 thoughts on “Make-a-List Monday: Child abuse homicides

  1. William Baraby September 22, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    This is a very sad list. One of these cases is from right here where I live, glad it was before I moved here. At least in this case the parents got life without the possability of parole. Some of these sentences are a joke.

  2. chris September 22, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    I swear this only happens in America smh.

  3. Justin September 22, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    I checked the inmate locator for Kenneth Gabriel Jenkins Jr. in the Maryland Department of Corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons in regards to the murder of his 2-month old daughter A’Shia Monique Jenkins. He isn’t in either one, so I guess he is either dead or has been released. Hoping for dead.

  4. Kat September 22, 2014 / 9:33 pm

    OT front page in my local paper, Jeffery Miles is going on trial for Angie Lynn Daley’s murder. He’s already been convicted for another murder in Hagerstown, MD, I think. That victim was Kristy Dawn Hoke. In other news, Robert Durst has a warrant out for predictably acting odd, peeing on candy at a drugstore. Great guy. Wish his money would run out so he could get rung up on something.

    • CaptK September 23, 2014 / 7:47 am

      Yes, Robert Durst continues to make tons of money so he’ll live at will…having just blown off another court date in NY where he was supposed to answer for stalking his brother. But the judge is not too worried and said that if Mr. Durst decides to show up for his next hearing all will be forgiven.

      Now the CVS exposure case, which might be a watershed moment for most other people, is just another crazy rich man’s day for Mr. Durst. Here’s the NY Post headline that sums it up: “Cross-dressing multimillionaire killer freed on bond after urinating on candy in drugstore.” Was he dressed like a woman when he peed on the Clark bars? Don’t know.

      LOL, only in America! (jk, don’t hate – 😉

      • Kat September 23, 2014 / 9:05 am

        More money than brains. I cannot believe this man is walking around free. Just waiting for the day when something else bad happens by his hand. And, no worries. I have no issues with people that don’t like me, or poke fun in good faith. It is the sweeping generalizations and unmitigated vitriol I read that blows my mind. This guy, in particular, us Americans get to claim (as well as the whole of the 90s, which I’m still apologizing for on behalf of my generation). I always wanted to visit the UK and Australia because they are so beautiful, then I got online and realized that everyone hates us. Too many Britcoms I guess gave me a false impression. We’re not all fat, loud, and obnoxious.

    • CaptK September 23, 2014 / 12:00 pm

      I agree, that kind of ignorance is very frustrating. However, don’t let those comments keep you from travelling. I’ve never been to Australia, but during my travels through Europe I almost always encounter very friendly people.

  5. Kat September 22, 2014 / 10:15 pm

    God I could only get through half of these cases, unbelievably brutal. Funny how so many kids (and people) mysteriously “hit their heads” or “leave in the middle of the night”. Disgusting. I wish all of these fools would be incarcerated and not have any more kids. Wan hope, I know. Jeez, how can anyone burn or beat a CHILD to death. I can’t fathom it. I had an awful upbringing, but I don’t think it was anything close. My son drives me nuts, but I wouldn’t, couldn’t think of doing anything like what is described here.

  6. danielle September 23, 2014 / 5:41 pm

    As a mom of young adults/late teens, I LOVE LOVE my memories of the giggles, hugs, laughter, happy faces and all the good things a parents get to see. Their first steps, holding on to me for safety, my hugs to make the kids feel safe….all the moments I wish I could have forever….. (yes older kids need mom but in a different way)….. and these sweet innocent babies just had such a sad and miserable life. Wish “we” could safe them before it’s too late…

  7. Cattt September 25, 2014 / 1:10 am

    Man…and by the ppl that should be loving them. Makes me sick, angry, and cry.

  8. Erica Manning September 28, 2014 / 6:49 am

    Wow there so many small people not even getting a chance at life because of those they are supposed to by trusted with….
    I had no idea I am Ashley Lashay Jones sister! it has been 18 years it still bothers me to this day I do not trust anyone not family not friends no one with my children for my life what I can’t believe is how she Joyce Wade Lindsey will be released from prison 2024.if you kill small child specially your niece and or family then you should rot in jail forever. I will be there when she gets released….. keep the hope n love thx for letting me share i love you ASHLEY LASHAY JONES AKA SHAYBUGGER

    • Anony October 31, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      As a little girl I watched many many real life crime shows, because my mother was completely addicted to them and consequently I can recall the exact details of dozens of homicide cases, including that of Ashley Jones. How could you not know that you were little Ashley’s sister yet was clearly identified as her older half-sister? Was it not you that your mother&stepfather initially accused your aunt of abducting? I recall that your aunt attempted to quickly return you to your home the next day and speed off unnoticed, but was physically blocked by your stepfather, while your mother called the police.I cannot fathom how you could have possibly forgotten such a dramatic ordeal.

    • Theresa Jones McCachren August 24, 2018 / 10:36 pm

      Nikki, This is the first Ive heard of her release date. Is she still in Nashville? I will take to to Nashville and we can go to Pardon and Parole Magistrate th bed that age not be released. She is a danger. A murderer. I love you sweetie. I love Ashley 💜 22 years Nikki. Breaks my heart. Still don’t have her. Godspeed babygirl Love TJ

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