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Hancock High School students help to raise awareness of child abuse

April 02, 2012

HANCOCK — More than 20 Hancock High School students hung blue ribbons around town Monday as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

The month’s events will culminate Saturday, April 28, with the second annual Walk to End Child Abuse, Police Chief T.J. Buskirk said.

This year’s walk will also include a 5K run and bicycle ride, said Diane McCusker, the great-grandmother of Bella Appel, an infant who died as a result of child abuse in 2010.

A Warfordsburg, Pa., man, Nicholas McKee was convicted of causing Bella Appel’s death and was sentenced to 35 years in state prison.

Last year’s inaugural walk attracted about 400 people and raised thousands of dollars for the Safe Place Child Advocacy Center of Washington County.

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