MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The Mid-South honored a 3-year-old whose body was found in a dumpster last week. Maurice Brown, Jr. was honored at a flag-raising ceremony at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.
The center raises a flag every time a child in the Mid-South dies from abuse. The flag to honor Maurice Brown, Jr. went up at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11 outside the advocacy center's office on Poplar Avenue.
This is the third time this year the center has raised a flag for a child.
People who work to fight child abuse gathered with law enforcement for Wednesday's flag-raising ceremony.
The Director of the Child Advocacy Center, Nancy Williams, says every report of child abuse is an outrage.
Less than a month ago, the flag was raised in honor of an 18-month-old who was accidentally shot by her two-year-old brother.
Williams says more and more people are taking notice of child abuse and taking action.
"We've only raised the flag three times this year, and three times is too many but we do see that there is a trend, and we hope it continues, that our community is taking care of children. And so we've had four children die at the hands of an adult."
The center has honored 47 children this way since 2005.