As the sunset in Linden Saturday evening, hundreds paid tribute to a boy whose life ended too soon.
But it isn TMt the child TMs age that haunts most at this vigil, it is the violence with which he was taken out of the world.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says 4-year-old Dominick Calhoun wasn TMt simply murdered. He was tortured for days before he died.
This shouldn TMt happen, says Dominick TMs maternal grandmother Julie Baker. Something needs to change.
Folks at the vigil have a plan for change. They have started a movement they say they will carry out for an innocent boy who had no voice in life.
It TMs called Dominick TMs Law.
We need tougher laws and penalties for those who commit crimes against the most innocent victims, says Jodi Alber.
The Genesee County mom says she will be gathering signatures in an effort to pass a law in this child TMs honor. She is not sure how it will be worded, but says first degree child abuse should be a life offense. Right now it is a 15-year felony.
She expects the tens of thousands of fans who have joined the Justice for Dominick Calhoun facebook page will help her.
Dominick TMs grandparents say the thought of Dominick TMs Law helps them heal.
They can TMt help but wish the little boy who had so much love to offer could have another chance.
He was always offering hugs and kisses, says Dominick TMs maternal grandfather Martin Baker. I really miss him. I wish he were here right now.
Meantime, Dominick TMs mother TMs boyfriend 24-year-old Brandon Joshua Frederick Hayes is charged in his death. He faces 9 counts, including torture and first degree pre-meditated murder charges. Both are life offenses. He is in the Genesee County Jail with no bond offered.
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