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Friends, family hold toy drive in memory of murdered 2-year-old Kinsley Kinner

Friends, family hold toy drive in memory of murdered 2-year-old Kinsley Kinner
Posted at 9:36 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 22:45:52-05

TRENTON, Ohio -- Scott Senft couldn't stand to see his 2-year-old daughter's story end with a murder trial.

"He said, 'Don't bring flowers to my daughter's funeral,'" family friend Derrick Burton said. "'Bring a toy.'"

The people responsible for the death of Kinsley Kinner, who died in December 2015 after enduring a prolonged campaign of abuse at the hands of her mother's boyfriend, were each sentenced in 2016 to over 10 years in prison.

Kinsley's mother, Rebekah Kinner, will serve an 11-year sentence; the mother's boyfriend, Bradley Young, will spend the rest of his life behind bars. 

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But Senft, Burton and other family friends didn't want Kinsley's legacy to be bitter courtroom tears and crime scene photos. They wanted it to be for other children to receive the same love, care and happiness that Kinsley couldn't.

That's why Burton partnered with local businesses such as Studio B to put together a Christmas benefit for local children. 

"I didn't really even have to think about it," Studio B owner Max Murphy said. "I just thought, 'What a wonderful thing to do in memory of this precious little girl.'"

Christmas for Kinsley, which will include photo sessions with Santa at participating businesses and a toy drive for children in need, will continue until Dec. 23.

Anyone wishing to make a donation of toys or other children's items can do so at Huntington Bank at Bridgewater Falls in Liberty Township, Fox Towing in Fairfield and Studio B in Trention.