INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis woman says she won't stop her fight against child abuse, one year after her granddaughter was killed.
Police say three year old Carmen Ellis was beaten to death in August of 2012 by her mother’s boyfriend.
Her grandmother, Tina Ellis, says Thursday will mark one year since Carmen’s death.
She sat down again with 24-Hour News 8 to explain why she won’t stop sharing her family’s story.
“Raising awareness about child abuse is my goal now. It’s my purpose in life,” said Ellis.
Police say 3-year-old Carmen was beaten and thrown against a television by Ellis’ daughter’s boyfriend, all because she’d soiled herself.
Ellis’ daughter Samantha is in jail, now facing neglect charges.
Samantha's boyfriend, Jose Cruz, faces life in prison for Carmen's death.
24-Hour News 8 spoke to Tina Ellis the day she learned her granddaughter had died.
Today, she says she hopes people see what her family has been through, and speak up if they suspect anything.
“Sometimes that’s the hardest part, is going with your gut. Knowing something’s wrong, and taking action on it,” said Ellis.
Court documents showed DCS investigated Carmen's situation, and Jose Cruz, but didn't find any abuse, and the case was closed.
That was not even a month, before Carmen's death.
Ellis says she wishes she would have known what was going on before it was too late.
“We have to protect the children, they’re innocent,” she added.
Ellis is planning the second annual Carmen Ellis Memorial motorcycle ride this Saturday, August 24, all in the name of fighting child abuse.
She says it will raise money for Lutheran Family and Child Services in Indianapolis, an organization that helps families in times of need.
The ride starts at 11 a.m. at the American Legion on 38th Street.
Sign in begins at 9:30 a.m.
There is also a Carmen Ellis Memorial Fund set up at PNC Bank.
For more information, click here.
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