BELFAST – Dozens of people are calling for justice following the death of a girl who police say was beaten by her mother and stepfather in Stockton Springs.

People from as far away as Kittery joined in the vigil Saturday evening on behalf of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy in downtown Belfast.

WLBZ-TV reports that many criticized child welfare officials for failing to protect the girl.

Organizer Nancy Barlow said “that little girl slipped through the cracks.” Another organizer, Patti Beeton, said, “She was failed.”

The group lit candles, sang and spoke out, according to a NewsCenter Maine report.

Julio and Sharon Carrillo, of Stockton Springs, are charged with murder in the girl’s death.

Former neighbors say they reported abuse months ago to police and state health and human services officials.

The couple has been ordered held on $500,000 cash bail.

Dozens of people gather in Belfast for a candlelight vigil to call for action after the killing of a 10-year-old girl in Stockton Springs. NewsCenter Maine photo

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