Memorial For Abused And Neglected Children

Dozens of people gathered Thursday in Winchester to remember two young lives cut tragically short.

Ten-year-old Michaela Watkins was beaten and burned. Her father and step mother are charged in her death.

Six-year-old Wesley Mullins' body was found last summer in his grandfather's garage. Family friend Louis "Buck" Ballard is accused of murder.

In all, 26 Kentucky children lost their lives last year due to child abuse or neglect, but the minister who addressed the crowd in front of the Clark County courthouse told them numbers are not what's important.

Reverend Samuel Peoples says, "The two in Winchester was too many.
There should never be any stats on something as horrendous at child abuse. To read off numbers is ridiculous when it should never occur.
And if we could reach out and help families who can't provide, families that are frustrated and take it out on their children, we could point them in the direction where they can get the help they need."

Family resource centers across Kentucky help with education not just during April, which is is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, but year round.

Memorial organizer Rosalinda Gay of Strode Station Family Resource Center says, "We have lots of parenting classes through the family and youth service centers that help parents find out what they can do when they're stressed, what they do when they feel the need to talk to someone."

Among the other participants in the memorial service was Wesley Mullins' kindergarten teacher, Amy Reece, who told 27 NEWSFIRST, "We know that his spirit will always be with us, and I try to think of him every day to help me with my patience toward the kids in my class, and he's definitely a little angel."


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  • by kim Location: corbin on Apr 18, 2008 at 11:43 AM
    I have 3 wonderful kids. That I love more then anything. How could anybody hurt a child? That need the Hell beat out of them see how it feels. But they will pay for it some day!
  • by Anonymous Location: richmond,ky on Apr 18, 2008 at 06:04 AM
    ive got a five month old daughter and i dont see how someone can stoop that low to hurt a innocent child like that.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Apr 17, 2008 at 05:43 PM
    These poor little children it just makes you want to go in a room and just cry your eyes out its a shame these little things has to go through this hell and i hope the ones that done this gets their hell soon.
  • by blah blah blah Location: kentucky on Apr 17, 2008 at 02:41 PM
    am i seeing things a story about abused children instead of horses or dogs hmm must be a misprint these days

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