WARTBURG (WATE) – A toddler’s death two months ago has stirred the emotions of many in his community.
Saturday night they gathered to remember him and continue the call for justice.
17-month-old Levi Beaty died at his home in Morgan county June 1.
An autopsy report showed blunt force injuries–but the child’s mother claims he had previous health problems.
“He was a very special little boy and he deserves justice,” said Levi’s babysitter Cyndi Wicks.
Levi died two months ago, his mother claiming he choked on a cookie, but investigators say the autopsy did not show any evidence of that.
Instead, they say he died from blunt force trauma.
Saturday night dozens gathered lighting candles and remembering Levi’s short life.
“He loved to give hugs and when he would give you a hug he’d raise his head up just smiling so big,” said Wicks.
They hope to bring attention to the case but also child abuse awareness in general.
“I held him. I comforted him. I fed him, and it really brought, shined light to me that this is an epidemic and it has to be stopped,” said Wicks.
They hope one bad situation could prevent any other young lives lost.
Levi’s mom stands by her story.
No charges have been filed.
The sheriffs office and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are still investigating.