School adds memorial to 9-year-old
Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 6:00 pm
By: By The Associated Press
The Messenger 05.10.12
ELKTON, Ky. (AP) — A memorial for a 9-year-old girl who was beaten to death has been installed at the western Kentucky school she attended.
The stone bench placed at South Todd Elementary on Monday includes a photo of Amy Dye and the dates of her birth and death.
Principal Camille Dill-ingham told The Kentucky New Era it has been difficult for the school to cope with the death and she appreciates the donation from retired dump truck driver Mike Taylor.
He said he held a fundraiser and received donations to pay for the $1,700 monument after hearing about the child’s death. Dye’s adoptive brother, Garrett Dye, pleaded guilty to killing her.
The case received attention because school officials reported suspicious injuries to Dye multiple times in the two years prior to her death. Taylor said he hopes the memorial brings more attention to abused children.
“I just want the kids to understand that there is help out there and for the community not to let this happen again,” Taylor said. “Not to let another one slip through the system. This should have never happened.”
Information from: Kentucky New Era, http://www.kentuckynewera.com