Father brings hope to other families in wake of tragedy
(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW)
(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW)
LEBANON, OH (FOX19) -
The outpouring of support continues to grow for Kinsley Kinner, a local toddler who passed away earlier this week after police said she was severely beaten by her mother’s boyfriend.
Community members gathered in Lebanon Saturday afternoon to remember Kinsley’s life and to call for justice for her tragic death.
The vigil was organized, in part, by family friend Mallorie Lunsford who says support for Kinsley Kinner has been tremendous especially on social media.
Lunsford said friends, family and even complete strangers gathered in Lebanon to remember the two year-old girl who died a tragic death and to support her father Scott Senft.
“She has brought our entire family together," said Lunsford. "Our entire community is like a family and he has all these people supporting him and we just want to show him how much we care.”
Over 100 people came to the vigil, many wearing red and carrying red balloons that were later released into to the evening sky.
Scott Senft says it's the kind of support that gives him strength through this difficult ordeal.
“If I didn't have this support I probably wouldn't be right here talking to you guys," Senft said. "I probably wouldn't have this many people around me. I wouldn't be where I'm at. I wouldn't be this comfortable with everything. I've got more support for this than I've ever had in my life for anything.”
Lunsford says that while she and other supporters rally around Scott they still want Justice for Kinsley.
“We just want to make sure that what happened to Kinsley is taken care of the way that it should be and she didn't deserve what happened to her,” she said.
Kinsley died Thursday after police say she was severely beaten.
Charged in the little girl's death are Kinsley Mother Rebecca Kinner and Kinner's boyfriend Bradley Young. Kinner told investigators she watched Young shake Kinsley and punch her in the head multiple times.
Mallorie Lunsford says there is a lesson here for other parents.
“Just to cherish their children and make sure they go home at the end of the night holding them tight," said Mallorie. "I know I'm going to hold my baby much tighter.”
Scott Senft says he been overwhelmed by the amount of support.
He says people have generously donated more than enough money to bury Kinsley and he plans to give what's left over to the families who've received Kinsley's organs.
Scott says his daughter lives on through those children who've been given another chance.
The viewing begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Vineyard Church in Franklin.
Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Vineyard Church with burial at Spring Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of donations, the family is asking that toys be brought to the viewing. Toys are being collected by A-Tech Towing and Recovery in memory of Kinsley and will be distributed to Toys for Tots and Children's Hospital.