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Bikers' child abuse prevention benefit is timely

RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hundreds of riders hit points across the metro area Saturday morning, and made their final stop at Got Gear in Ridgeland, for food and fun. They're also meeting some of the children that stay at Christians in Action, an emergency shelter for some kids in DHS custody.

The event raises money in the name of two-year-old Katelynn Stinnett, who didn't make it.

"It's a memorial ride for a two-year-old child that was beaten and abused, later died in Kentucky," says Alan Smith, event chairman. A female motorcycle club got together, paid for expenses of funeral."

Each state now conducts their own ride in Katelynn's honor each year. In Mississippi, the American Legion Riders and other bike groups raise money for a different charity that helps abused or neglected children.

This year, the memorial ride is timely. On Tuesday, three children, one just a baby, were found hiding in a closet in a Jackson home. There was no air conditioning and no food. Two adults are in jail facing felony child neglect charges.

"I think because it was so close to this area, so close to our event, I think it helped make people more aware there is child abuse going on. I need to do something to help this," says Linda Calvert, Director of the foundation.

"We got DHS, their people out here, we got door prizes, a drawing for a shotgun here after a while," Smith says.

This is the third year for Mississippi's Katelynn Stinnett benefit. 

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