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Rhinelander community mourns death of baby


A vigil was held Friday evening for a 20-month-old baby who died in Oneida County.

Officials received a 911 call from the town of Newbold on April 14 for a toddler with shallow breathing. Avery Edwards was taken to St. Joseph's in Marshfield where he later died.

Dozens of people held candles in the air Friday night as they remembered Avery.

"I had the opportunity to care for Avery for a few days," said Rhinelander resident Denise Mecha. "I was blessed to know young Avery."

While Avery wasn't in the town of Newbold often, tears filled the faces of the lives Avery touched.

"He was a happy baby," said Mecha. "This little boy was a gift to many."

Avery's mother Lori Edwards lives in Virginia, but her grieving words were read Friday evening.

"She has asked me to read in her own words a biography of little Avery's life," said Executive Director of the Tri-County Counsel on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shellie Holmes. "My precious little boy, my gift from God that I always called my little angel now has his wings."

A touching tribute to a little boy who may be gone, but won't be forgotten.

28-year-old Ellen Tran, the boy's stepmother, has been charged with second degree reckless homicide. Preliminary autopsy results show Avery died from blunt force trauma to the head.

According to court documents, Tran told authorities the baby fell in the shower but she couldn't remember how.

Tran is back in court May 25.

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