NEW PORT RICHEY - A grieving grandmother tries to keep it together after a newborn was killed at the age of seven weeks, her daughter -- the child's own mother -- charged with murder, and no money to bury baby Emilio.
Elethea Dampier says she gave her grand baby Emilio his first bath. Just weeks later, she wondered how she would give him a proper goodbye.
Elethea's daughter, Chekayla Dampier, sits in jail facing second-degree murder charges in the baby’s death. Deputies say the 18-year-old admits she beat and burned Emilio with scalding water. The infant died of his injuries April 28 after 12 days in the hospital.
The grandmother drives a school bus for a living. She had no means to provide her grandchild with a proper burial, a story we shared with Tom Dobies of Dobies Funeral Home.
Both Dobies Funeral Home and Curlew Hills Cemetery immediately offered to cover all expenses for a graveside service and burial.
On Saturday, the family gathered, shed more tears and said goodbye.
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