Group meets to discuss child abuse

Created: 04/04/2014 6:33 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It’s a color that reminds Darlene Hernandez who and what she fights for every single day.

“Rebecca Sanchez. She was only four years-old,” said Darlene Hernandez, who often called her granddaughter, Becky.

Becky’s father and his girlfriend are charged with her murder.

“My granddaughter was, you know, loving, caring, you know, she was my heart. She was a part of me, and I miss her each and every day,” said Hernandez.

The color blue symbolizes child abuse awareness and prevention.

A color seen throughout the convention center, where Darlene met with other grandmothers, moms, dads, sisters and brothers, who’s loved ones have also been victims of child abuse. And they weren’t only there for their own, but for other kids, they never knew, like Omaree Varela and Baby Izabellah. Varela was just nine years-old when police said his mom kicked him to death. Police said Baby Izabellah’s mom’s boyfriend is accused of abusing her. She was just four months old when she died.

“Another child gone is one too many,” added Hernandez.

Darlene said behind here with the group, fighting, helps her deal with the pain, she said, she feels every day.

She hopes that every time you see the color blue, you’ll also remember to fight against child abuse. 

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