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Community remembers child abuse victim

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A Hinesville mother was expected in court Monday morning on a child cruelty charge in connection with the death of her two-year-old daughter, but the hearing was canceled at the last minute and delayed two weeks.

Later Monday afternoon, a special event was held to remember the toddler and kick-off Child Abuse Prevention Month, which takes place during the month of April.

Organizers called the death of Andraia Boles, 2, a clear example of abuse and neglect, with a child who was locked in a bathroom daily while her parents were at work, according to detectives. They say her punishment for clogging the toilet with toilet paper and flooding the bathroom lead to her death.

Torres Boles, her father, now waits for a grand jury as the Hinesville community continues to wrap their heads and hearts around this situation. Candace Boles, Andraia's mother, faces a child cruelty charge and remains jailed without bond.

Liberty County Chamber and Visitor's Bureau CEO Leah Poole says after years of experience of supporting and sitting on the boards of child advocacy groups, and watching the coverage of Andraia's story on WTOC and on Facebook, she decided to dedicate Monday's 400 balloon release in the little girl's memory.

"I never saw her face. I don't have to. I only know a little girl is dead and this community was gripped by the story and still is and this is something we needed to do to remember her," Poole told WTOC.

Poole says as a parent the details of the case and what has been revealed in court were too hard to hear and comprehend.

The group is hoping to create awareness about Child Abuse Month and also using balloons which are recyclable and tracking the balloons so they can be easily disposed of during a community clean-up planned later this month.

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