RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
An emotional vigil was held Tuesday night for a two-year-old Richmond boy who died of blunt force trauma to his abdomen while in the care of a babysitter.
Family and friends from across the country were there to remember O'ustin Spratley. His mother, so overcome with grief, left the vigil early as dozens lit candles and released blue balloons into the sky.
“He was so adorable,” said O'ustin's cousin Alisea Berry. “He was the quiet one out of the bunch.”
While the two-year-old may have lived a short time, his life is one those closest to him will always remember.
“It kind of hurt me right now cause he's gone,” said O'ustin's cousin Devante Moseley.
Last week police were called to O'ustin's home on Oakhurst Lane off Jahnke Road. 43-year-old Kevin Webb, the mother's boyfriend, was babysitting.
Officers say the boy had bruises and a broken rib. He was taken to the hospital where he died.
“I appreciate all the support and everything that everybody did for us,” said O'ustin's grandfather George Row.
O'ustin's mother, so overcome with grief, left her son's vigil early but the young boy's grandfather said his grief has turned to anger.
“The one that did this to little O'ustin, you better stay in there as long as you can,” said Row.
O'ustin's family members believe they'll see him again...as his memories live on in their hearts. He will be laid to rest Wednesday.
His family says they hope his death reminds all parents to pay close attention to your children.