I am always asked why?

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– Answer: For the Children.

WHY talk about these things?

– Answer: To bring awareness.

WHY are the stories so descriptive?

– Answer: The real lives and deaths of these

children were far worse then my descriptions

ever could explain.

That is the horrible truth.

LOVING ACTS is dedicated to Educating the public, Finding the Missing, Helping the the Endangered and bringing awareness to these issues.


What is SAYV:  It’s an acronym for Saving Americas Youngest Victims.

SAVY is dedicated to Saving our Children through Education,  Information, Protection and hopefully the ultimate goal of Elimination of Child Abuse as it exists World Wide.

These are just a few of the innocent faces of abuse.


Where Do The Children Grow
© Christy R. Dawson

When you see a smiling face
Their happiness all over the place
Singing, laughing, cries of glee,
Come they say, Play with me
The slide, the swing, the monkey bars.
Look at them close to see who they are.
Lots of races, Ready, Set, Go.
This is how the children grow.

If you watch them everyday
You’ll see they learn as they play
They’ll do what they see, and say what they hear.
You’re their teacher though out the years.
Their ideas and thoughts in their eyes shine.
Imagination is a glimpse of their mind
When you’re not looking, don’t you know
This is when the children grow.

Watch them as they learn to walk
Listen to them when they talk
Keep them safe, away from harm
Wrap them gently within your arms
Teach them to share and how to take turns.
Set good examples from which they will learn.
At home, at school, wherever they go
This is where the children grow.


I have research this issue thoroughly over the past nine years.  The last four years in preparation to bring a Child’s Advocate Program to my home town.  After this much time I have found that I now know these kids, these stories, these images, the updates and the outcomes, and although these stories continue to frustrate and enrage me I have found “a calling” if you will, a desire to apply my knowledge, my background and my personal  strengths to make others aware of these kids.

I want you to know these kids, to know their faces, to know their smiles and to know their stories.   Then to see the faces of the monsters who abused them so their dirty little secrets shall be hidden no more.

My voice shall rise on behalf of all those who have been silenced.

What about you, wont you help save a life?


From the Author:

Initially, this was just a blog set up to voice my frustration over the abuse and neglect of America’s children and to post real, true,  researched information and statistics about these issues. As, the stories started to come, so did the faces and the voices of the children needing to be represented.  As you look through the pages and read the stories and information provided herein you will find the children themselves have redirected the focus to where it is most needed, this website now has a mind of its own and the subjects on here now include the ones who “survived” and varies from “the missing” to the “lethally abused”.

I have found during my search, the Missing seem to fall into a dark hole.  The vast majority of missing children do not generally qualify for the Amber Alert, nor do they fall into any specific category.  Instead, usually, presumed to be runaways they are not investigated for hours, days, even sometimes, weeks.  Thus, possible crimes scenes are not investigated or held, clues are few and far between and sightings and suspects are even harder to confirm.

The other issue I see is that we generally here about the very worst of the these case which I cant argue are  important to know about, cases like Kaylee Anthony and Brianna Lopez, but there are so many, many, many, many children abused, neglected and missing that no one knows about or whose stories are no longer, or never were, front page news.

The missing and abused seem to be forgotten as their stories are moved father back on the newspaper each week, maybe tucked away in the corner somewhere and eventually removed all together, shelved and forgotten.  It is my promise that here they are never forgotten.

My Mission:

I will continue to encourage hope for those who are missing or in need  and I will honor the memories of those who have passed.

It is my personal mission to tell all the  stories needing to be told and to bring awareness to the dirty little secrets that have been swept under our own carpets for far to long.

Please know these things do exists, they exists next door, down the street, on your block, in your town and maybe within your own home.

It’s Time to ACT.  It’s time to SAYV these children.

Yours Truly,

Rheanna Raynes






This is his story and my main motivation behind Loving Acts.                  


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Phillips, 27, looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as he has during the rest of the two-week trial. He made no statement before he was sentenced.

Chandler’s family members whispered an emphatic “Yes!” and held onto one another as they heard Phillips convicted on all counts.

“It would be an understatement to tell you this case was horrific,” prosecutor Verna Carpenter told the judge before Phillips was sentenced, struggling to control her emotions.

Phillips was convicted of causing Chandler to die of starvation and dehydration while keeping him locked in a dark linen closet, surrounded by his excrement, while crying and screaming for something to eat or drink.

Autopsy photos showed him so emaciated that his eye sockets and most bones in his body stuck out. The little hair that hadn’t fallen out from malnutrition was still standing up in the spikes that the little boy favored.

Carpenter said she has her own 7-year-old, blond, blue-eyed son, and then broke off, choking back tears that she had held at bay during the weeks of trial. Prosecutor David Lamb came to stand beside her.

“There is not a sentence long enough for Jon Phillips,” she said. “He deserves the maximum you can give him. That’s what justice requires.”

“This case has taken an emotional toll on everyone,” Judge John Madden said as he imposed the sentence.

Phillips’ mother sobbed into the chest of public defender Darren Cantor after her son was led from the courtroom by deputies. Cantor hugged her and whispered, “Sorry.”

Phillips’ parents left the courthouse, going down a side stairway to avoid reporters.

‘Justice was done’
Chandler’s grandmother, Sandra Younger, said, “We really feel that justice was done here. We are thankful.”

She said she is glad that Phillips will be behind bars for the rest of his life. “I think he’s a sociopath without a conscience.”

Younger told the judge before sentencing, “I hope every day he suffers the way my baby did. I want him to live in the terror Chandler must have lived in. He is a monster.”

Chandler’s mother, Christina Grafner, wasn’t present for the verdict. Younger said she was in the hospital.

Chandler’s aunt, Stefanie Evilsizer, told the judge before sentencing that her nephew’s “beautiful spirit was broken down by the monster sitting before us. He tore our entire world apart.”

As he left the courtroom where he has sat for much of the trial, Chandler’s biological father, Josh Norris said, “I’ve gotten a lot of closure today.”

Norris and Christina Younger also issued a joint statement through an attorney thanking the Denver District Attorney’s Office for “its hard work” in winning the convictions and the community for “its support and continued prayers.”

“We continue to grieve the loss of our little boy. Chandler will never be forgotten.”

Jurors, who sat in the back of the courtroom for the sentencing hearing, declined to talk to reporters but clearly rejected the defense contention that Chandler died from undiagnosed diabetes.

Phillip’s girlfriend, Sarah Berry, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder, sparing her a possible life sentence for a first-degree murder conviction.

Younger said she supported the plea bargain because Berry had “manned up, she took responsibility and admitted what she did.”

Defense attorneys and one expert pathologist contended that Chandler died of undiagnosed diabetes that caused his body to feed on itself.

However, the bulk of medical experts who testified said there was no sign of diabetes in Chandler’s body. Phillips and Berry had not sought medical care for Chandler in the weeks before he died, while he was wasting away.

Boy fell through cracks
Among the damning evidence was a cell-phone call in which Berry asked Phillips what to do after Chandler became so desperate for water that he threatened to escape from the closet, get a knife and kill them if they didn’t give him a drink. That call was made nine days before he died.

During the two-week trial, jurors were given a grim description of Chandler’s final days. A mortuary worker who weighed him when he delivered his body to the coroner said he weighed 31 pounds.

Doctors said it would have taken a week or two for Chandler to reach the level of starvation and dehydration he had when paramedics were summoned May 6, 2007, to find he was already dead.

Prosecutors contended that Phillips and Berry waited several hours to call 911 while they ripped up and disposed of the feces-encrusted carpet from the linen closet.

In the spring of 2007, Chandler had attracted the attention of teachers, social workers and police, after he came to school with his ear black. He told teachers “my daddy clobbered me” but later changed his story to say he had slipped in the shower.

Chandler fell through the social services cracks and was returned to Phillips and Berry with no follow-up.

His death prompted major efforts to examine what went wrong with his case.

Lamb asked the jury for a first-degree murder conviction during his closing argument, saying, “Anything less than that is a gift of mercy to a man who showed none.”





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– Chandlers story outraged me and began me thinking about how I could help.


– The story of Brianna Lopez pushed me into action.

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DOB 02/14/02 – DOD 07/19/02

The story of Baby Brianna is a hard one, but it is the ugly reality of child abuse.  Violent family members caused her death while others hid what they knew was going on.

“They raped her; they beat her,” said District Attorney Susana Martinez who prosecuted the case.  “She had bite marks on her face, cheek, head, arms, legs, chest, torso, everywhere.

“Literally bruised from head to toe, from the top of her head all throughout her body all the way to the big toe on her right foot.”

She was beaten and raped by her own family.

“Massive bruising on the head, and then her little fingers were lacerated, toes,” said Detective Lindell Wright who was the first officer on the scene.

Brianna died on July 19, 2002.

For more information about Baby Brianna, please read The Unbelievable Truth, under Meet the Children.