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Child advocates gather for memorial garden dedication
Law enforcement and Hall County district attorney's office representatives attend Monday morning's Edmonson-Telford Center's dedication of the Austin Sparks Memorial Garden built in front of The Little House as part of National Crime Victims Rights Week.
Nineteen years ago, Investigator Gerald Couch began his work on a case involving a 19-month-old beaten and killed by his babysitter. “It was a child abuse case so horrific that it shocked the conscience,” Couch said. Now Hall County Sheriff Couch and other Gainesville-area child advocates gathered Monday at the memorial garden commemorating the death of Austin Chance Sparks and others who died as a result of child abuse.