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Candlelight Vigil Held to Send Prayers to 3 Year Old as Family Prepares for Heartbreak

DANVILLE, Pa. -- Gathered at Memorial Park in Danville, dozens of people came out with heavy hearts for little 3-year-old Arabella Parker.

Arabella has been in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center for more than a month.

State police say her mother's boyfriend, Jahrid Burgess, 19, brutally beat the child inside her home near Trevorton on October 10.

The candlelight vigil was to send prayers to Arabella as her family prepares to do the unthinkable.

“We're going to remove her from the breathing machine tomorrow and see if she makes it. If not, she's just going to go to heaven,” said her aunt, Mandy Kegler.

Kegler is Arabella's legal guardian since Arabella's mother, Samantha Delcamp, and her grandmother, Christy Willis, were also charged in this investigation.

They and Burgess remain locked up.

“It's very emotional. It's so hard. Never in a million years thought that we would ever have to deal with anything like this,” said Sarah Delcamp, Arabella’s other aunt.

“Please, please pray for this little girl, even after you go home, even if you don't believe in it, have someone do it for you. She really needs our help,” organizer Anna Maxwell told the crowd. “And there are blue ribbons over there. It is for child abuse awareness.”

Organizers here believe what happened to Arabella struck such a strong chord with people because, after they announced this vigil, other communities responded, saying they too would hold a vigil to support the little girl.

“Trevorton, we had Bloomsburg, New Columbia, we had some in the UK, all over the UK, yeah, they're everywhere, Florida,” said Maxwell.

Investigators say if Arabella does pass away, Jahrid Burgess will be charged with homicide.


  • lamestream r

    Dear God, please place your hands on this child and continue her life on this earth. Do not let the hands of evil, take this child’s life from this World. Please give those in charge of this child the strength not to pull her life support, since we know healing takes time! Gracious Lord, we ask this as a Community and as believers of the almighty, Amen!

    • Rusty Knyffe

      Why, what? Why did some knuckle-walking abuser beat a child into a permanent coma, why do these women keep choosing loser men, or why is the family making the gut-wrenching decision to remover said child from life support?

  • chaz918

    ANOTHER “Mother’s boyfriend” situation. How many times do we have to hear this? Also, anytime you see multiple satellite dishes on the roof you know the scum resides therein.

  • savescrantonhistory

    Hopefully they put the boyfriend in general population. They’ll take care of the situation and save the taxpayers some money while saving the actual caring members of the little girl’s family more grief from having to relive what happened to her at a trial.

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