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Community "Goes Blue" for Alleged Child Abuse Victim

By Jordan Hall
By jhall@wbbjtv.com

McNAIRY COUNTY, Tenn. -- If child abuse was a color, it's blue. It symbolizes the bruises it leaves behind. In McNairy County, blue ribbons, blue lights, and blue balloons are on display all to remember 4-year-old Asher Dilworth.

"Our prayers just go out to the family. This is just such a shock to our community." Adamsville store owner Kathy Milford said

Memorial services were held Saturday for the toddler and McNairy County residents like Tammy Lopez say this is a way to bring attention to what seems to be a growing problem

"I just can't believe this has happened. I feel for the mom of Asher... I feel her pain," Lopez said.

Lopez says she can relate to Asher's family.

"I lost my daughter and it's just never been the same ... People don't realize how hurtful it is until you lose a child," Lopez said.

Residents hope their message of covering the town blue will make people speak out when they hear of a child being hurt physically or emotionally.

"This is for you Asher, stop child abuse," Lopez said as she and her son released balloons into the air.

This Thursday there will be events held in McNairy county and in Savannah in honor of Asher.

Kyrie Kyle and Anthony will both appear in court on Thursday for the toddler's death.
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