Special group buries baby who died of severe abuse

Burial for indigent babies

(WVUE) - "It was the worst case our officers had ever seen," says Arthur Lawson.

Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson says little Aaron Avila lost his life to a senseless act of violence.

"This was a severe case of abuse. It has to be a horrible situation that this child went through. There was bruising down the back and his skull was completely crushed," says Lawson.

Aaron was taken off life support on his first birthday. His mother, Jennifer Avila, was arrested for obstruction of justice. Her boyfriend, Fernando DaRoche, was arrested for first-degree murder.

"Two things a child deserves is justice and a proper funeral," says Lawson.

"Every life is valuable. Every life is sacred and deserves a proper burial, and that's what we're all about," says Lise Naccari.

The non-profit organization CBIB or Compassionate Burials for Indigent Babies will bury Aaron Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the St. Patrick #1 Cemetery.

"It's a labor of love because it's something we really do believe in," says Naccari.

Since 2003, CBIB buried 144 babies. In one case, 14 stillborn babies were laid to rest in one day. CBIB provides everything from handmade clothing, to a handmade coffin, to a service, to flowers - and even the burial site.

"It's about love and showing respect. The coffin for this baby has his name written on a pillow," says Naccari.

"That's a wonderful program. You really realize the value of those types of programs in a situation like this," says Lawson.

The founder of CBIB, Lise Naccari, says each funeral is about remembering the value of life and giving these small human beings the final resting place they deserve.

"That's what it's all about, and we're glad to be a part of it. It's really beautiful," says Naccari.

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