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Balloon release marks Dubuque toddler's anniversary of death


Some 75 people gathered in Dubuque's Washington Park to honor a toddler on the first anniversary of his death.

People released balloons for two-year-old Bentley Randall, who died in 2012 of head trauma and severe burns.

The injuries happened while Bentley was in the care of his mother's boyfriend, Nicholas Reed.

The man faced a first degree murder charge stemming from the incident, though prosecutors dropped that in September. He still faces related drug and child endangerment charges.

Bentley's great aunt Jamie Ingles said the family is seeking justice and answers.

"We're really glad everybody showed up today to help us grieve. It's been a year and it still feels like yesterday. We have no more answers today than we did a year ago," Ingles said at the balloon release. "I would like to see someone be held accountable for his murder. He was not-- he didn't slip and fall and get hurt and die. Someone took his life."

KWWL reached out to Nicholas Reed's lawyer for comment. We have not yet heard back.

Ingles has created a support page for Bentley on Facebook called Justice for Bentley. A link to that is HERE.

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