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I-Team: Children Gone But Not Forgotten
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LAS VEGAS -- Some of the valley's most vulnerable children got the recognition they deserve Wednesday. The I-Team first told you about dozens of poor, abandoned and abused children laid to rest by Clark County.

The children graves were never marked but now that has changed because of the generosity of the community.

A local child advocate discovered the unmarked graves quite by accident while attending a memorial service for a murdered foster child. If Baby Boy Charles -- as he was known -- didn't get a headstone at the time of his death, Donna Coleman wondered how many others lay unseen beneath the grass. That day, the answer was 63. Now, there are none.

Andrew Singleton III, Rosemary Halsey and Daniel Hanson are just some of the names now etched in granite. Their lives finally recognized for the first time.

"I've always fought against abuse and neglect and what can be more neglectful that to not even acknowledge a child who lived," said Coleman.

When Coleman, a local child advocate, learned dozens of children lay beneath the grass unseen she turned her outrage into action. The result was 43 markers paid for with community donations and a memorial service to honor the lives of those who rest beneath them. Some of the markers have two names.

"We commit ourselves in this remembrance to doing the best we know to provide for the welfare and the safety of children in our community," said Pastor Gard Jameson, Grace Community Church.

Foster mom Kara Thaw holds tight to her family's most recent addition, a baby boy adopted officially two weeks ago. To her, the headstones symbolize hope and heartache.

"You see faces that could've been. That could've lived a life. You see your own kids' faces and think God, what if they were mine? What if they were ours?"

To Coleman and to those in attendance the children buried here belong to everyone.

"We share with you this prayer as we release our balloons into the heavens," Jameson told the group.

Gone, but no longer forgotten.

"I'd like to think that they can now rest in peace," said Coleman.

 

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