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Balloons released in honor of injured eastern Iowa toddler

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MONONA (KWWL) -

People gathered in Monona and all across the country and world Saturday to show their support of an injured eastern Iowa toddler. Police say 18-month-old Myah Larson was severely injured after she was beaten by her mother's boyfriend. Larson is currently staying at a hospice home near Des Moines, according to Monona Police Chief Jane Scott-Quandahl. Police say they are still looking for Larson's mother's boyfriend, Troy Laufenberg. He is wanted for child endangerment and several drug-related charges

"Troy is still on the run," Scott-Quandahl said. "We have been exhausting every tip that we possibly come upon. We thought that we were coming close this week but he is still on the run."

Saturday morning, more than 100 pink balloons were released in Monona for Larson. The balloons were a way to wish get better to the injured toddler.

Melissa Adams was one of many that showed up at Monona's City Hall to release balloons.

"I have four kids of my own," she said. "I just can't imagine going through what the family is going through."

People around the country and the world also released balloons after hearing about Myah on the news or social media.

"We have been praying for Myah the last couple of weeks, the whole family. We put her in our prayer list at church and we just wish the family and Myah the best." Adams said.

Anybody with information on Troy Laufenberg's whereabouts can call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-5510 or DCI Agent Mike Krapfl at 563-599-4239.

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