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Crime Tracker: Our Kids: Our Business Campaign Remembers Victims Of Abuse

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The homicide investigation into the death of 18-month-old Rylee Castner comes as local children advocates launch their seventh year of Our Kids: Our Business, a campaign dedicated to nurturing Spokane kids. The month of April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  

Castner's death is just the latest is a long list of child abuse deaths in the Inland Northwest over the last seven years. 3-year-old Dominick Boyd was beaten to death in Grangeville, Idaho. Last year, his mother and her boyfriend were charged with killing him. 1-year-old Santiago McCreight was shaken to death by his mother's boyfriend in 2010. Both Nevaeh Miller and Izayah Denison were killed before their first birthday in 2008. Their mothers' boyfriends were charged with their murders.  And finally, four-year-old Summer Phelps died from abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother in 2007. The deaths are just a handful of the abuse cases that have occurred over the last seven years.   

The stories reiterate the importance of children advocates. Our Kids: Our Business is made up of dozens of local agencies dedicated to nurturing children. They say each person can do their part by being the eyes and ears for local kids who may be facing abuse. They also say a person can do their part by fostering relationships with children through volunteering or helping support local children advocacy groups. The Our Kids: Our Business campaign runs through April.

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