March 20, 2008
This morning, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center had a Flag Raising as a result of yet another needless death of an innocent child. Six-year-old Charlis Flemming and his seven-year-old playmate were playing with a gun inside an apartment, when Charlis was shot in the face and killed. Parents and caretakers must remember to take all measures to keep kids safe.
Sadly, for the first time ever, two flags are now flying side-by-side at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center on Poplar Avenue, after last week’s Flag Raising for the Dotson children who were brutally killed in their home. Below is an excerpt from the Children’s Memorial Pledge, which is read aloud at each Flag Raising.
“We promise to protect the children in our care. We promise to believe children who say they have been hurt. We vow to tell the authorities if we suspect child abuse. We promise to do everything in our power to keep children safe.”
Four-year-old Cemario and two-year-old Cecil Dotson were memorialized by the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, Friday, March 14. The two brothers’ deaths were the result of a horrific and brutal crime that occurred in their home March 3. Now known as the “Lester Street Murders,” this gruesome story will not be forgotten by Memphis residents for quite some time.
Their young lives, as well as the lives of 4 adults in the home, were taken by the hands of their uncle, who now stands accused of their murders as well as the near-fatal assault on their three siblings, ranging in age from 2 months to 9 years old.
The Memphis Child Advocacy Center, a non-profit organiztion providing therapy for children who are victims of sexual and severe physical abuse, raises the Children’s Memorial Flag any time a child in the Memphis/Shelby County area dies as a result of abuse. The flag not only memorializes the child who died all-too-young, but also increases community awareness about the rampant problem of child abuse. Visit www.MemphisCAC.org to learn more about this organization.