Child Abuse victim laid to rest
WICHITA, KS – A couple dozen people including family, friends and community members gathered at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 145 S. Millwood Ave., Thursday morning to say their final goodbyes to two-year-old Tony Bunn.
“Nobody knows how many times I’ve broken down and cried, I want to tell you something, there won’t be any doubt, you’re so wonderful to think about, but so hard to be without.”
Zak Woolheater doesn’t know the author of this poem, but it’s helped him put into words the pain his family feels at the loss of his grandson, Tony Bunn.
“He was the most amazing kid you’ll ever see,” Zak says.
First responders were called to Tony’s home on May 4. Police say he wasn’t breathing. He was hospitalized and died two days later.
An autopsy report showed he had blunt force trauma injuries.
The family’s attorney said Thursday was not only about Tony but about keeping other children safe and never having another child taken from abuse.
“We are still trying to figure out what all needs to be done, it’s certainly not just a DCF problem, and not just a law enforcement problem. That is a systemic breakdown,” said Shayla Johnston, the Woolheater family’s attorney.
Tony was buried St. Mary’s Allepo Cemetery in Garden Plain.
His mother, Elizabeth Woolheater and her boyfriend, Lucas Diel, are charged with first-degree murder in his death.
They are set to be back in court next week.