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A community coming together to remember a life lost too soon.

Andraia Boles was found dead in her Hinesville home last month. Now her father, a fort Stewart soldier, and her mother are charged with her death.

Candice and Torres Boles are both facing several charges including felony murder.

Though they still have to be tried -- if they're convicted, Andraia's death would become one of the thousands of children who lose their lives each year to abuse.

Today, neighbors in Hinesville came together to draw attention to the problem.

Unfortunately child abuse and neglect happens every day—and Hinesville sees its fair share.

Songs and prayers resonated through the streets of Hinesville Monday.

Child advocates, like Leah Poole, raised their voices for those that are all too often unheard.

"Be aware. Be aware of what is going on in your neighborhood. Be aware of what's going on next door. Be aware of the children in the stores next to you."

Children are abused and neglected everyday…even in Hinesville. A child killed, allegedly by the very people that are supposed to keep her safe. Poole says enough is enough.

"I think the community realizes the need to come here and work on the prevention and the awareness. Things like this do happen in our community, you can't just sweep it up under the rug."

To raise awareness, and to pay tribute to little Andraia Boles, 400 balloons were released into the sky.

Hinesville Police Sergeant, Tracey Howard is a detective working the Boles investigation. As a father, he says it is a difficult and heart wrenching task.

"It's a very unfortunate circumstance that allows people to come together hopefully to bring a reduction or a stopping point to such unnecessary violence; to such undeserving recipients. It's just very tragic and it's impossible not to be touched."

While it is impossible to heal old wounds, these advocates pledged to act as warriors for children in their area, in hopes of ending pain and fear.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the number of child abuse cases in the U.S. alone is staggering.

According Childhelp.org, 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made every year.

That's one report every 10 seconds.

Those involve nearly 6 million children because most reports involve more than one child.

More than five children die every day from abuse and 80% of those are under the age of 4.

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