Candlelight Vigil Set To Honor Victim Of Grisly Murder Last Christmas

By Jeff Neumeyer

December 19, 2012 Updated Dec 19, 2012 at 6:20 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Three days until Fort Wayne re-visits a horrific crime involving a young girl slaughtered by her caregiver.

We’re talking about a service to commemorate the death of 9-year old Aliahna Lemmon.

Like the Connecticut school shooting, this is a case that tugs at the heart.

The little girl went missing before Christmas last year.

There was a full-scale search, but in the end, we learned that the babysitter, Michael Plumadore, murdered and dismembered the child.

Plumadore pleaded guilty and is now sitting in prison for the rest of his life.

Saturday at 7 p.m., a group of women intent on honoring the memory of Aliahna is organizing a candlelight vigil at Holland Elementary School.

“Wings of Innocence” is also working with others in the state of Michigan to try and get Indiana to piggyback off what is called Dominick's Law.

It's named after a young boy murdered in Michigan by his mother's boyfriend.

Dominick's Law ramps up penalties against felons who batter children, or sexually abuse them.

" Even if it's the first time, and there's actually one case right now that, it will be the first one since the law has been passed, that they're looking at,” said Lindsey Brown, a leader with Wings of Innocence.

“ I hope that it can be done here,” Brown said.

With the one-year anniversary of Aliahna’s death approaching, we reached out to try and get comment from her biological father Dawayne Maroney through Facebook.

We never heard back from him.

We also made a formal request Wednesday for an interview with Michael Plumadore in the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Southern Indiana.

At the time of this report, we were still waiting on a response to that request.




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