3-year-old girl killed in Florida will be laid to rest in Kansas

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A 3-year-old girl from Kansas who was allegedly killed by her mother's boyfriend in Florida earlier this month will be laid to rest this weekend.

Adelynn Merrell's funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lincoln, Kansas, with interment at All Saints Cemetery in Salina. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Hall Chapel in Lincoln. 

Adelynn died on November 10 in Okaloosa County. Her mother's boyfriend is accused of kicking the little girl in the head on November 9 because she got out of her car seat. He then allegedly locked her in a bedroom closet.

A deputy found Adelynn's body in a wooded area after the couple reported her missing.

Authorities: 3-year-old dies after being kicked for getting out of car seat

Cory Hagwell is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse, and Adelynn's mother, Destinee Merrell, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder, aggravated child abuse and three counts of child neglect.

Donations can be made at all five Bank of Tescott locations in Salina, Lindsborg, Tescott and Lincoln. An online fund has also been established. 

Adelynn's father, Francisco Merrell, released the following statement to KAKE News last week:

"It is important for people to know that these precious children are and always have been very much loved by their father and family. Even though this is a tragedy, it is also important to only focus on spreading love and joy, remembering all of the precious memories we have of our loved ones who have passed, instead of focusing on the negative because there is too much hatred in the world. We absolutely do not want you to focus on what happened, but to instead remember her beautiful face and know that even though she is not here on earth with us, she will always be here with us in spirit. She will never again experience pain and will always be happy. This beautiful girl is an angel and hero for her brothers and all children. We hope that Adelynn will make a true difference!"

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