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Workshop aims to stop violence against children

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It has been a violent few weeks in Louisville. And far too often, children have been the victims. That's why Louisville Metro Police and several other agencies are working to educate the public. They believe it could help save lives.

In December of last year, police say Johnny Juliot beat 4-year-old Tony Hack to death.

"I knew that he was bad news," said Tony's grandmother, Catherine Milliner.

Milliner says all of the warning signs were there.  "Every time I called my daughter there would always be a confrontation."

Milliner says she didn't know who to call or what to do about her daughter's controlling boyfriend.

"He kept Tara and my grandson on the move all the time, to where I couldn't find them," Milliner said.

And when she did find them, it was too late. "I think the last words that Tony said to her were...bye mommy, I'll see you when you get home."

But Tony suffered a brutal beating and wouldn't live to see his mother come home.

"He had three skull fractures and he knocked his lower tooth out," Milliner said.

It is a tragedy that has continues to repeat itself in Metro Louisville. Last week, a 3-year-old Shively boy was allegedly beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend, and a 15-month-old continues to fight for his life after he too was allegedly beaten by his mother's boyfriend.

And Monday afternoon, Charice Moss was arraigned for allegedly throwing a lit cigarette at a 6-month-old child.

"I've seen horrible cases of violence perpetrated ... between husbands and wives, between parents and children, said Jefferson County District Court Judge Angela Bisig. It's heartbreaking every time you see it."

Judge Bisig is one of several high profile people lending her name to the "Bring Peace Home" workshop.

"The whole idea is preventative community networking," Bisig said.

University of Louisville coaches Charlie Strong and Jeff Walz are also involved. The goal is to educate the public about the warning signs of abuse.

"So having the athletics and the other community partners involved really helps," Bisig said. " I think people feel really open to come and get the information."

The "Bring Peace Home" workshop was set for Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Walnut Street Baptist Church.


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