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Parents Of Murdered Children Conference
It's an organization no one wants to belong to, but thousands all over the country do... Parents of Murdered Children.
You may not know it started here in Cincinnati 35 years ago, with the murder of a Cincinnati couples'
daughter. Now, it is a powerful national organization that addresses issues, such as truth in sentencing.
At this hour, hundreds of members have arrived in the city for the national conference going on downtown.
Local 12 News Reporter Deborah Dixon shows us the emotional event that will open the convention.
Benjamin Baldwin leans into a panel of names. There it is... Emma Marie Baldwin.
The Independence, Kentucky father sees this as a tribute to two year-old Emma, beaten to death 9 months ago by her mother's boyfriend.
Both are charged. The boyfriend faces the death penalty.
Benjamin Baldwin, Survivor of Murder:
"It's important to me, I'm proud of my daughter."
"For her being able to be remembered, not legacy, but its another home for her."
The murder wall is about honoring memories.
"Honored and remember for who she is, not just another statistic."
The Parents of Murdered Children national office is here in Cincinnati, where POMC started 35 years ago. There are 60 chapters, thousands of members, and powerful programs, such as parole watch, truth in sentencing and second opinion service.
That service led to the exhumation of Kristy Harris' body from a Clermont County grave in 1994. The 19 year old was already buried with no cause of death. A pathologist's second opinion was murder. Her boyfriend is now in prison.
Benjamin Baldwin will attend the conference to learn from other survivors
Sherry Nolan, Survivor of Murder:
"We believe there is living before and learning how to live after, we now serve thousands of survivors throughout the years."
When the wall goes up, it will have 32 panels, 38 hundred names, birth and death dates, 250 are from Cincinnati, and it all started here.
We will have that memorial wall reveal covered when it happens and share it with you on Local 12 at 11pm.