4-year-old dies after being stomped on by stepmother

August 11, 1961 Mascoutah, Illinois 4-year-old Michele LeAnn Morgan dies from injuries inflicted by her stepmother Michele had been beaten and stomped on by her stepmother, Mary Morgan, after Michele supposedly lied about something which the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Dec. 5, 1996) reported was “so trivial [Michele’s brother] doesn’t remember what it was.” As Michele’s…

Toddler murdered by abusive adoptive mother

April 11, 1965 White Bear Lake, Minnesota Three-year-old Dennis Jurgens is murdered by his adoptive mother Adopted just after his first birthday, Dennis suffered years of abuse at the hands of his adoptive mother, Lois Jurgens. Lois had had a history of mental illnesses — including depression and psychosis — and was originally deemed unfit…