Ceremony Honors Child’s Memory - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Ceremony Honors Child’s Memory

Posted: Updated:
HINESVILLE, GA -

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Mysterious "woman in black" spotted in Tennessee

    Mysterious "woman in black" spotted in Tennessee

    A mysterious figure is capturing the attention of social media. She's been nicknamed "the woman in black" and she's been spotted in different parts of east Tennessee including Madisonville, Athens, Sweetwater and now Morgan County.
    A mysterious figure is capturing the attention of social media. She's been nicknamed "the woman in black" and she's been spotted in different parts of east Tennessee including Madisonville, Athens, Sweetwater and now Morgan County.
  • Sheriff's Office showcases "Faces of Meth" program as a lesson to all

    Sheriff's Office showcases "Faces of Meth" program as a lesson to all

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:33:26 GMT
    Faces of Meth™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. This project began when a deputy in the Corrections Division Classification Unit, Deputy Bret King, put together mug shots of persons booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Deputy King worked with his co-workers in the Classification Unit to identify people who had been in custody more than once. He then worked to verify criminal records and files to determine and assure a history of methamphetamine re...
    Faces of Meth™ is a project of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon. This project began when a deputy in the Corrections Division Classification Unit, Deputy Bret King, put together mug shots of persons booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. Deputy King worked with his co-workers in the Classification Unit to identify people who had been in custody more than once. He then worked to verify criminal records and files to determine and assure a history of methamphetamine re...
  • Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Couple arrested for having sex on Cortez Beach in front of beachgoers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:08:35 GMT
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
    Bradenton Beach police officers were dispatched to Cortez Beach after a few people called 911 and complained about a couple having sex publicly, right next to a little girl on the beach.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.