Memorial dedicated to boy killed in 2010 child abuse case

Published: Apr. 27, 2016 at 9:54 PM EDT
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Christmas Eve 2010, trooper Bryan Layne responded to a call in Magoffin County that he said he will never forget.

"It was a very difficult call to be on, which we had received word that the child had died from possible physical abuse," said Layne.

Trooper Layne said four-year-old, Cameron Bryce Mullins, had died the day before, on December 23rd, after his father and his father's live-in girlfriend abused him.

"It is just something you will never forget as a police officer. Being here and going home to your family and your own children, it made you stop for a minute and think of your blessings that you have," said Layne.

April is child abuse awareness month, and Wednesday, family, friends, and community members gathered as a memorial bench and sign was unveiled on Dawkins Trail in Cameron's name.

"I still miss him every day but the only thing that gets me through it is that I know he is with the Lord and he will never have any more pain. He will never hurt again," said Dorothy Mullins, Cameron's grandmother.

Social workers said they hope the sign will bring attention to the problem of child abuse.

"It not only effected the family, it effected the whole community. This community here in Magoffin County is very close, it is a tight knit community," said Misty Snipes, Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Hoping others will join in, to put a stop to child abuse.

If you need to report a case of child abuse you can call the child abuse hotline at 1-877-KYSAFE1.