The Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council is joining with Riverbend Head Start and Family Services, Safe From the Start, WellSpring Resources, Oasis Women’s Center, Bikers Against Child Abuse and Kohl’s in an event to remember Torian Whitaker. Torian was 5 when he was found unresponsive at his home in Glen Carbon on Sept. 29, 2013. He died after being taken to Oliver C. Anderson Hospital in Maryville.
Members of Torian’s household were charged with first-degree murder, aggravated battery to a child and endangering the life or health of a child.
To commemorate Torian’s life and his tragic death, a garden ceremony will be held at the Edwardsville Head Start Center, 710 N. Main St., Edwardsville, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Chuck Parr, president of Riverbend Head Start and Family Services, will lead the short ceremony and Judge Elizabeth Levy will say a few words on behalf of the Third Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council. A brick bearing Torian’s name will be laid in the garden where he will always be remembered.
This important and meaningful ceremony is open to the public. It is important to recognize that child abuse occurs in every community and all members need to help prevent. April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month, honors the memory of abuse victims.
For information, contact Coordinator Tina Culp at 618-465-1978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.