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VIGIL HELD FOR ADELYNN MERRELL

As reported by Wolfgang Menser

Sunday, November 12th, at 5:15 p.m., at the corner of Palmetto Avenue and Bobolink Way, a vigil was held for the late 3 year-old Adelynn Merrell.  The mother’s boyfriend, Cory M. Hagwell, kicked Adelynn in the head for getting out of her car seat.  An investigation continues to determine whether Adelynn died as a result of the head trauma.  A 5-year old boy, was taken away from Destinee J. Merrell, the mother, because of the state of malnutrition the 5-year old boy was in.  Weighing only 33 pounds and being able to see his bones protruding from most regions of his body.  The mother, Destinee J. Merrell, is being held on the charges of 3 counts of child neglect without great bodily harm and one count of aggravated child battery.  The boyfriend, Cory M. Hagwell, is being held on one count of aggravated child abuse.  They both currently reside in Okaloosa County Jail.

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