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Flag raised to honor child abuse victims

(WMC-TV) – The Child Advocacy Center raised a flag today to honor two children who police say were killed by their caretakers.

The flag serves as a reminder from those who serve on the front lines protecting Mid-South children.

A group of people gathered for Thursday's short ceremony in the courtyard at the Child Advocacy Center.

The flag was raised for 21-month-old Adrien Hickerson whose parents have been indicted on criminal charges for his death.

It was also raised for Anaya Jones whose uncle is charged with shaking her to death.

Child advocates say raising a flag for each is important.

"It's the right thing to do to honor and memorialize these kids," said Nancy Williams, of the Child Advocacy Center.

Prosecutors say they will build criminal cases against anyone accused of hurting children.

"They are frustrating and they make you angry, but at the end of the day, you have a job as a prosecutor to make sure justice is done," said Amy Weirich, Shelby County District Attorney General.

This is the fourth such gathering of 2011, but it never gets easier.

"What goes through my mind is just inescapable sadness," Williams said.

However, people at the memorial said it's a call to fight and make sure the ceremony happens less often, if ever at all.

"Just so that we're not all standing in this courtyard next year, a week after Christmas memorializing two young people that never saw their second birthdays," said Weirich.

In 2009, there were 12 such ceremonies. Over the past two years there haven't been that many combined, but child advocates argue even once a year is too often.

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