Friday memorial for slain Prince William girl
Alfreedia L. Gregg-Glover, 45, recently came before a judge to learn her punishment for leaving her 13-year-old adopted daugher to die in a frigid stream. During the Prince William Circuit Court hearing, only prosecutors who had never met Alexis "Lexie" Agyepong-Glover could talk about the loss of a little girl who loved butterflies and school.
Under Virginia state law, only victims of crimes, or family members of those who were murdered, can testify about the impact of the crime at sentencing.
Lexie "couldn't speak for herself and she really had no blood kin who could," Prince William County Commonwealth's Attorney Paul B. Ebert said after the hearing.
But Friday evening, (Feb. 26) educators, school bus drivers, friends and others who knew Lexie are planning a memorial in her honor. It is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Lexie's former school, Pace West School, 14550 John Marshall Highway, Haymarket.
"It's a way for everyone to be together so Alexis isn't forgotten," said Amy Beddoo Thomas, a social worker who knew Lexie. "We don't want this to happen again. We can all do a better job of listening to the kids."
Lexie liked writing poems and drawing, those who knew her said. She liked to chat with other girls on the school bus. "She was a very smart, loving, really easy going kid," Beddoo Thomas said.
Gregg-Glover, 45, dumped Lexie, still alive, in an icy Woodbridge area creek in January 2009 and reported the girl missing. The girl died of drowning and exposure to the cold.
Lexie’s story sparked reforms to the county’s handling of child abuse reports after it became clear that the she had long been abused and that people concerned about her had contacted police, social service workers and school officials.
After Lexie's death, The Washington Post found that bus drivers, neighbors and others had reported suspected abuse to county agencies. The girl was seen bruised and cut, being driven off in the trunk of a car and at bus stop wearing only a diaper.
But she was never removed from Gregg-Glover's home.
Several investigations were launched to determine whether the case had been mishandled, and policies were revamped. One county social services employee was fired, and two were disciplined. Three police employees were disciplined.
Gregg-Glover pleaded guilty in July to felony murder, felony child abuse and filing a false police report. She was sentenced to 26 years in prison.
February 24, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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