Remembering Wayne

9 years 6 months 5 days ago September 23, 2007 Sep 23, 2007 Sunday, September 23 2007 Sunday, September 23, 2007 11:45:38 PM CDT in News

"The only thing that runs through my mind is smiles and giggles," said Danna White, Wayne's aunt.

Wayne's mother, Christina White, faces first degree murder charges for allegedly setting the baby's crib on fire on July 11. She appeared in court on Wednesday to waive her preliminary hearing. Her lawyer said she is innocent and her previous confession was coerced. Christina's next court date is Oct. 15.

Seven-month-old Wayne suffered burns over 60 percent of his body. He died July 31 at University Hospital in Columbia.

After a month-long custody battle over Wayne's remains, Danna White said Wayne was buried in Illinois under the direction of his father. She said she was not allowed to attend the funeral, which is why a memorial was held Saturday.

Danna still blames her sister for what happened to baby Wayne.

"I think she should have the pictures of him after he was burnt in her jail cell and stare at them for the rest of her life," she said.

Other organizers of the memorial agree.

"I think she needs to spend the rest of her life in prison for this. It was a heinous act. It is probably one of the worst acts a human can do," Kristie Shrieves said.

She said Wayne's death should serve as a reminder that infanticide is a very real problem.

"I would like baby Wayne and this memorial to carry on to influence people, to touch people, to do all they can to help the children in the future," Shrieves said. "I just ask that everyone remember baby Wayne, that we do not let him fade out of our memories, and that we take this tragedy and we do something positive with it."

A memorial fund was set up in Iberia to help create Wayne's memorial garden. Donations can be sent to First State Bank, P.O. Box 306, Iberia, MO 65486. They still need about $300 to purchase the statues.

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