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Vigil held for 4-year-old authorities say was beaten to death

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Jamarion Swinnie. Source: Family photo/WBRC video Jamarion Swinnie. Source: Family photo/WBRC video

A Birmingham family held a vigil Monday to remember a 4-year-old boy authorities say was beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend.

Monday marks one year since authorities allege that Lakita Swinnie and Robert Lewis Martin allegedly beat Jamarion to death.

"I really wanted to have this vigil tonight to let my grandson know his death is not in vein, to pull my family closer, and let him know he's still loved and we're out here missing him," Cassandra Crawford, Jamarion's grandmother, said.

Swinnie's family came together Monday to remember Jamarion and proclaim Swinnie's innocence.

Martin was charged earlier this year with Jamarion's death and Swinnie was indicted in November on multiple charges. Authorities say that Swinnie didn't do anything to help Jamarion after Martin beat him.

However, Swinnie's family says that she would never do anything to hurt Jamarion. They believe that someone at the family's house saw something that could help Swinnie. They are asking any potential witnesses to come forward.

"My daughter is a loving mom. She never spanked her kids," said Crawford. "My grandchildren were happy."

Since Jamarion's death, Crawford feels as though her whole world has fallen apart. 

"Without him for Christmas. Visitation with my grandchildren has been suspended, my daughter has been arrested on capital murder. It's been hard," said Crawford.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue workers had taken Jamarion to Children's of Alabama shortly before his death. Hospital workers alerted authorities to bruising on the child's body, which launched the investigation. The coroner later ruled that Jamarion had died as a result of his injuries.

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