Holli Strickland


Age: 33

Massachusetts woman who was accused of severely abusing her 11-year-old adoptive daughter Haleigh Poutre when she and her husband Jason D. Strickland pleaded innocent in Westfield District Court to charges of child abuse after the girl had been beaten with a baseball bat, thrown down stairs and made to stand in hot water according to court documents (Haleigh remains in a Boston rehabilitation hospital with a near-fatal brain injury and became the subject of a legal controversy regarding the removal of life support for patients in persistent vegetative states), but who posted bail and was later released less than two weeks after the trial earlier in September 2005.

Cause of Death: Shot to death in a murder-suicide

Born: May 28, 1972

Died: September 22, 2005

West Springfield, Massachusetts