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Vigil raises awareness of child abuse

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Albany/HV: Vigil raises awareness of child abuse
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A North Country community gathers to raise awareness about the effects of child abuse. It comes days after a five-year-old Glens Falls child died from an alleged blow to the head. Our Brooke Selby brings us more on the vigil.

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- Hands Across New York is holding this demonstration not only to remember Gary Carpenter III, but other victims across the state as well.

Kylie Smith said, "No more child abuse. We're not going to take it!"

The recent death of an innocent five-year-old boy from Glens Falls makes more than seven high profile child related abuse cases in the area since 2007.

Chad Aratare said, "My brother got abused and I wanted to help so nobody abused anybody else. I just don't want any more children to be abused."

Grassroots organizations like this one are focused on helping children in need of any kind.

The President of Hands Across America, Colleen Lyon, said, "After losing Jesse in February and now Lil Wolfy, this is just enough is enough. As we stand here today, people are turning their heads from our signs. That's got to stop."

Patty Bills of Queensbury said, "I came out today because it’s not right our children have become disposable and I would lay down and die for my children and that's what we're supposed to do as parents."

In the wake of Gary's death, some here are questioning the actions of not only the parents, but also state agencies. Lyon said the suspects in Gary's death have a newborn baby that was removed from the home.

Lyon said, "She did have a newborn baby that was removed from and placed into foster care."

So many are wondering why Gary was left in the home.

Lyon said she has "Taken children in for years and I've seen it myself where they've left one child and taken another.”

DSS is unable to confirm these allegations due to the sensitive nature of the case. Regardless, one message still resonates: There's no excuse for child abuse.

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