(CBS) — The community of Barrington is preparing to bury the seven-month-old girl who police say was starved to death by her parents in January.
WBBM’s Kimberly Easton reports Rest in His Arms, a non-profit, is arranging funeral services for Mya Edwards. Rosalyn Popham says they’ve been holding services for abandoned or killed babies since 2005.
“It’s amazing to see how many people have come together to be a part of this,” Popham said.
Mya died after police say her parents had taken her and her twin off formula. The two had been fed bottles filled with just water, cereal and baby food.
First responders to the crime scene will carry Mya’s casket which will be covered with a spray of donated flowers to include pink roses and baby’s breath, a tiny white flower.
“It is going to be a hard ceremony,” Popham said. “It is not the easiest thing to see a little casket there.”
Services will be held Thursday at St. Anne Church at 10 a.m., burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington. The public is invited to attend.
Barrington Police asked Mya’s parents, 22-year old Gene Edwards and 19-year-old Markisa Jones ,who pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment, not be invited to funeral services.
Both remain free on bond and are due back in court September 8.
As for Mya’s twin, Mia she’s being treated for malnutrition at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.