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Bowness holds candlelight vigil for "Baby Jane"

Last Updated Jan 4, 2018 at 5:47 am MDT

Tears were shed and messages of sympathy shared as Calgarians came together to honour “Baby Jane” in a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening only steps away from where she was found.

The infant was discovered dead in between some recycle bins in a grocery store parking lot in Bowness on Christmas Eve.

Investigators are still looking for the mother.

Organizer Dayna Bramston lives only a block away from the lot and felt compelled to do something.

“Wow is all I can say, I’m trying to hold it together until the end,” she said. “We’re here for a cause other than ourselves, we’re here to bring peace to a baby who died before she had a chance to live and to pay respects to the families who have lost children and to mothers who are struggling in crisis in their own pregnancies.”

Bramston is hopeful this will also raise awareness for increased crisis care for women who are pregnant.

“We can’t judge what we don’t know, we don’t know her circumstance, we don’t know her life and without that knowledge passing judgement is almost cruel in this situation, she’s been through enough and we just don’t need to put her through any more,” she said of the mother.

“It was really important for me to support the baby and I have no judgement on the mother whatsoever,” said Cathy Reitz who knows the pain of losing a child. “When you’re supposed to be family together and in the spirit of the season and love, that’s why I don’t hold any judgement to the mom.”

Roughly 60 people showed up holding candles, stuffed animals and messages of support.

MLA Deborah Drever, was also in attendance, she is vowing to fight for more mental support for the region once the Legislature resumes.