Pinwheels For Prevention in the Parks honors the memory of abused children

Jacqueline Franchetti, a Long Island mother, is on a mission to honor the memories of 745 abused children in New York state and to raise awareness of how their deaths could have been prevented.

News 12 Staff

Apr 2, 2022, 9:11 PM

Updated 746 days ago

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Jacqueline Franchetti, a Long Island mother, is on a mission to honor the memories of 745 abused children in New York state and to raise awareness of how their deaths could have been prevented.
The Pinwheels for Prevention in the Parks group planted pinwheels in local parks to call attention to the problem of child abuse.
Franchetti's 2-year-old daughter Kyra was killed by her father six years ago. On Saturday, one of the pinwheels planted was in her memory. She says the other 744 children who died or were killed in the last decade were hidden by Child Protective Services.
"What happened to Kyra could happen to someone you know and love unless changes are made," says Franchetti.
She hopes the pinwheel displays will push lawmakers to pass Kyra's Law, and several others, that aim to increase judicial training and to make child safety a top priority in child custody cases.
According to Franchetti, there is already have 50 co-sponsors of the Kyra's Law bill and has wide bipartisan support.
The Pinwheels will be on display until April 18.


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