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Family remembers young daughter with benefit


Eau Claire (WQOW) - All that Laura Behlke has of her daughter are memories

"Peaking around the corner and laughing, doing her hair, and the shoe thing. She liked to put her shoes on and then take one off," said Alexis' mother Laura.

Twenty-two month-old Alexis died when her father's girlfriend was babysitting her back in June.

Autopsy results showed she died from the combined effects of Oxycodone, an antihistamine-- and an anti-depressant. The medical examiner says she also had a number of other injuries like fractures, bruises and cuts.

"I just remember getting the call she passed away when we were on our way to the hospital," said Behlke

Twenty two year old Amanda Butts is charged with Alexis' murder and has pled not guilty by reason of insanity.

"Know who your kids are with," Behlke said, "Not knowing her was obviously was a bad choice on my part."

The family held a fundraiser Saturday raising money to help cover funeral costs.

"To have it all paid off and not have that lingering," said Behlke "any extra money goes to my sons counseling. They were there when it happened and so they're in counseling right now."

Among the kids games costume contest and food there was sure to be something little Alexis would have enjoyed about her day.

"She loved food it was probably one of her favorite things, she liked flaming hot cheetos so we should have probably had those here."

Laura says the benefit is a way to provide closure and celebrate Alexis's life.

"It's awesome that the community is supporting it because this was a local tragedy," said Behlke.

Even with all the pink shirts, auction items, and pictures there's still one thing missing.

"She was a ball of joy," said Behlke.

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