Community remembers baby lost to child abuse

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PROVO, Utah (News4Utah) – Friends, family and community members gathered in Provo to remember 4-month-old Nevaeh King.

The child died back on March 21 after police say she suffered severe trauma while in the care of her mother’s boyfriend.

“Nevaeh may have been small but she was a pure sweet innocent angel who deserved more than what she got,” said Trisha Jenk, mourner.

For many, it was hard to fight back the emotions remembering Nevaeh. Others say it also makes them angry knowing how she suffered and died.

“She was beautiful, and I want justice for Nevaeh,” said Ken Brown, step-grandfather.

Nevaeh’s biological father says he saw his daughter just days before she died and said he knew something was wrong. He says the loss has been overwhelming.

“A father shouldn’t have to bury his own child,” said Shea Dun, father.

Nevaeh had trauma to her head, spine, and was later found to have bleeding on her brain. After 36 hours on life support she died.

Cameron Willingham, 23, who police say was watching her, was later charged with child abuse homicide.

Friday night’s vigil was not just about remembering 4-month-old Nevaeh but also trying to prevent the type of abuse that took her life.

Bikers Against Child Abuse were on hand to lend their support and condolences.
Mourners are hopeful this will serve as a warning for everyone to be aware of the dangers.

“I always thought it was just something you see on T.V. movies until I got the phone call. So, we just want to get the word out that it is and it can happen to anybody,” said Sheri Brown, step-grandmother.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect contact the DCFS 24/7 hotline: 855-323-3237. For more information, visit dcfs.utah.gov.

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