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Tri-Cities Joins Cities Across the Country in March Against Child Abuse

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RICHLAND, WA - People from all different backgrounds gathered at John Dam Plaza in Richland on Saturday, for the Million March Against Child Abuse (MACA).

The march was one of hundreds of walks happening in cities, across the country, to raise awareness about crimes against children.  It's estimated, over 10 children die each day in the United States as a result of child abuse.

The family of Ryder Morrison, the one-year-old who died almost three years ago after allegedly being dropped on his head by his babysitter, was also at the march. Ryder's grandmother says there needs to be tougher laws for people convicted of child crimes. 

"We just need to somehow get Congress involved to change the laws of what happens to people convicted," said Carey Gavaert, Ryder's grandmother. "You get more jail time for people who are convicted for drugs and other things than what they get for killing a child."

A jury couldn't reach a verdict in the first trial of Ryder's babysitter, Kelli Jacobsen. The family says a second trial is expected to start sometime next month.


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