Sylvia Marie Likens (January 3, 1949 – October 26, 1965) was an American murder victim from Indiana. She was tortured to death by Gertrude Baniszewski, Gertrude’s children, and other young people from their neighborhood. Her parents, who were carnival workers, had left Likens and her sister Jenny in the care of the Baniszewski family three months before her death in exchange for $20 a week. Baniszewski and her daughter Paula and son John, plus two neighborhood youths, Coy Hubbard and Richard Hobbs, were charged with and convicted of the crime. Likens’ torture and murder were described by the prosecutor in Baniszewski’s trial as “the most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana”.