Vigil to be held for Fergus Falls Boy

Vigil to be held for Fergus Falls Boy Click to Enlarge

FERGUS FALLS (KBRF) - The impact of the death of a 6-year-old child who passed away early Monday morning at Lake Region Healthcare has deeply affected the community of Fergus Falls and Otter Tail County.

In response, volunteers are organizing a candlelight vigil for the child. The ceremony will be held Monday, April 16th at 7pm at the Hilltop Celebration Church located across from Prairie Wetlands Learning Center on Highway 210 in Fergus Falls. Donations are also being accepted at Cleveland Elementary School for a memorial fund.

According to a court complaint, between March 9th and April 9th, a six-year-old boy in their care was disciplined by harsh methods such as whipping with a belt, being duck taped against a wall and standing in corners for long periods of time. The victim was brought to Lake Region Hospital early Monday morning and was not breathing.

Attempts to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful. The court complaint states that earlier in the morning, the child needed disciplining. Bishop allegedly told investigators that Wynhoff went into the boy’s room and struck him in the face with a board that was found with blood on it. The boy was reportedly groggy and had slurred speech and handed Bishop a tooth that had been knocked from his mouth.

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