Spokane Father Raising Awareness

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James VanCuren, with pictures of his son Izayah

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON – It’s a pain that never goes away: losing a son or daughter to child abuse. According to childhelp.org, every ten seconds a child abuse report is made. Also, more than three million reports of child abuse are made in the United States every year.

It’s an issue that is all too familiar to James VanCuren. His son, Izayah Dennison, was about two months old when he was brought to the hospital in critical condition.

“December 26, 2008, I got a call about 9:30, 10 o’clock that my son was in the hospital,” aid VanCuren. “He was beat from head to toe.”

Izayah’s mother’s boyfriend at the time, Andrew Whitmire, told police Izayah stopped breathing and went limp after he shook him three times. Whitmire later pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

“The gentleman that did it told the cops he gave him something to cry about,” said VanCuren.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. VanCuren has been on a mission to raise awareness that child abuse is never OK.

“I just want to get out here and get everybody to know that I’m tired of seeing all these little kids die for no reason. None at all,” said VanCuren.

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