WARTBURG (WATE) – June 1 marks one year since a Morgan County toddler was found dead under suspicious circumstances.
On Monday, the Wartburg community held a balloon release in honor of 17-month-old Levi Beaty who died in 2014. This commemorative event was held at the Wartburg Walking Track.
A few dozen people were blowing up balloons and wearing blue T-shirts to honor Levi.
Last week, the boy’s mother Amanda Beaty and her boyfriend Rodger Prince appeared in court for a status hearing. Both are charged with first degree murder and both pleaded not guilty in the boy’s death.
Beaty said the toddler choked on a cookie and suffered from several medical conditions. An autopsy later revealed he had multiple blunt force injuries caused by child abuse.
The autopsy notes that a number of recent and older blunt force injuries were seen on the child’s body, including injuries to his face, a fracture of his lumbar spine, and other bone and muscular injuries.
Cyndi Wicks and others released white and blue balloons at 7:23 p.m. on Monday. That’s the time someone called 911 a year ago about Levi.
“It touches home especially when it’s in your backyard. You want to see justice every time. No baby should be hurt at all,” said Alisha Adams of Sunbright.
Wicks told WATE 6 On Your Side that she’s not giving up until she gets justice for Levi.
“On June 2, 2014, I made that baby a promise that I would be here and that I would fight for him and never give up and that’s a promise I won’t break,” said Wicks.
Baby Levi’s father, Wesley Beaty, held his own celebration of life for his son in Decatur, Tennessee at Mountain View Memorial Gardens on Monday. That’s the same place where his son was buried.
Baby Levi’s mother and her boyfriend are expected to be in court again on July 1. A trial date could be set then.