Donation comes after candlight vigil, help from local businesses
Alpha House got a sizeable donation of money in memory of Trinity Monique Hanna, a three-year-old girl who died last month, the latest victim of child abuse in the area.
A group of Taft residents held a fundraiser in the wake of the little girl's death to bring more awareness to the problem of child abuse in Taft and several businesses participated, helping raise money to donate to Taft's shelter for battered and homeless women.
Thursday night, Jennifer Howard, Ashley Hopkins and Sarah Davis presented the $2,157.88donation and a plaque to Alpha House Director Holi Allen.
The funding came from the sale of T-Shirts at and other services and items donated by local businesses.
Hanna's death was the second confirmed child abuse murder in Taft in just one year and a young Maricopa boy died last fall under mysterious circumstances.
James Fanshier, 3, died at a home on the 200 block of Van Buren Street on Jan. 23, 2011.
five months later, Dustin Wedel, 26 was arrested and charged with his murder.
He has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.
Eric Foster, the boyfriend of Trinity's mother Angela Vickery, has been charged with that girl's death
The Kern County Coroner has not released the exact cause of death of Airick Amy, a 2-month-old infant who died in Maricopa on Sept. 28.
Alpha House received the donation in memory of Trinity Hanna on the same night it was holding a fundraiser of its own. The shelter held a chili dinner Thursday night with proceeds going to help fund the shelter.