"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
The murder last week of Jordyn Dumont is nothing short of heartbreaking.
The 3-year-old Bessemer City girl was found wrapped in a sheet not far from her Gaston County home.
Right now, there are more questions than answers as to how and why this tragedy took place.
We do know police were called to the home on sixteen occasions in the short nine months the family lived there.
And we know the Department of Health & Human Services had visited the family several times to check on the welfare of the two children in the home.
Still, in the end, little Jordyn tragically fell through the cracks.
We're not assigning blame, but our hope is that involved agencies will investigate how such a sad turn of events could have unfolded.
Let’s prevent something like this from ever happening again.
We were heartened to see more than a thousand people – friends, family and complete strangers – turn out in support at the candlelight vigil held in Jordan's honor.
Still, each of us is at least partially responsible when an innocent life is taken.
It really does take a village to raise – and protect – our children.
There aren't enough police and social workers to catch every sign of trouble.
So, “if you see something, say something.”
As a community, it’s up to each of us to ask: "What can I do to help?"