ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Cledus Judd may have helped you wake up in the morning as a radio personality for WQYK radio.
But Judd is not only a morning DJ; he's also a singer and songwriter. When he heard Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her daughter, two-year-old Caylee Anthony, he felt compelled to take action.
"It just broke my heart. It is not up to me to decide if she is guilty or not guilty. I just know at the end of the day, there is a precious two-year old that will never get to grow up and do all the little things little girls should be able to do," said Judd.
He decided to use his star power and talents to help other children like Caylee before it is too late.
Cledus is also a father to a six-year-old girl. He said he could not imagine not knowing where she was every second of the day.
"I put a picture of Caylee on my big screen on the computer, you know, the one with her big brown eyes staring up at you. And I went to work," said Judd.
He named the song "She's Going Places" and asked a friend, professional singer Shane Hines, to perform it.
But Judd is convinced he had help from above writing each and every lyric. "Not be to melodramatic, I would like to think that little girl helped me," he said. "She was my co-writer, you know. Every now and then, I would go 'what are you going to be doing up there? What you would like to do up there.'"
The lyrics of the song describe Caylee at peace and with a higher power. "The only solace that some of us can get is that that little girl is up there doing the things in which the song talks about. She did steal our hearts."
The song has gone viral on YouTube, getting more than 500,000 hits in less than a week, and now it will be available on iTunes.
Cledus won't see a cent of the profits. The money will go to PROTECT.ORG , an organization that helps young children in abusive households.
Executive Director Grier Weeks said, "We believe that protecting children in the home and in local communities is the most sacred obligation of all people, and "She's Going Places" will touch the heart of millions, inspiring them to this cause."
The cause for Judd is a hope that children like Caylee won't leave too soon, that all children will have a chance.
"It's almost embarrassing when someone pats you on the back. because I don't want the accolades. I don't want any notoriety nor do I want a nickel for it. To me, Caylee wrote that song, not me."
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