Many Walk Through Lake City For Payton’s Walk To Bring Awareness To Child Abuse

There was 29 people walking in the rain in Lake City Saturday morning, all to bring light to child abuse.

Saturday was the fifth annual “Payton’s Walk,” a walk for a baby that died back in December of 2012 from child abuse in Missaukee County.

Payton’s second cousin Denise says Payton died at just 18 months old from sever abuse and neglect.

Since this tragedy, Denise and others have been walking each year to keep Payton’s memory alive and bring awareness to child abuse.

All 29 people walked from the courthouse and through downtown Lake City in shirts and sweatshirts honoring Payton.

“We just want the community to know that we still do this for Payton, he’s still a huge part of our lives we want to bring awareness that child abuse is thing. It happened right here and it’s a great way to keep his memory alive,” says Denise Hoekwater, organizer.

Denise hopes this encourages those who see child abuse happening to say something and call police.

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