Community remembers little girl whose life taken too soon

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Family, friends, and an entire community remember a little girl, whose life was taken much too soon.

Alexis Behlke was just 22-months old. She was found at her father's home in Osseo and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A month later, Amanda Butts, the girlfriend of Alexis’s dad was charged with killing the toddler.

Saturday Lexi’s mom Laura Behlke spoke for the first time since her daughter's death.
Behlke said the event in Lexi’s honor on Saturday was about celebrating the life of her little girl and remembering what a fun-loving, bright kid Alexis was.

“Every mom dreams of a little girl to do fun stuff with,” said Behlke.

Something she says was stripped away from her, as her only daughter was taken just before her second birthday.

“You get a lot of should have, could have, would have; for the first months, I was just really mad, I was just a very angry person,” said Behlke.

Alexis died while staying at her dad's house.
Behlke says he had custody of Lexi and her two brothers every other weekend and one month during the summer.

“It's not something you save for, for one of your kids; to have to use for one of your kids,” said Behlke.

She never thought she'd be planning her daughter's funeral and finding the means to pay for a headstone.

“I think it touches a lot of people's hearts just because of the tragedy to it, and so It's awesome to see that kind of the support in the community,” explained Behlke.

Saturday, many friends, family, and community members showed they care, by celebrating Alexis’s life at a benefit and silent auction at a VFW in Eau Claire.

“With such a sad thing that happened we just want to support the family you know; you wouldn't wish this on your worst enemy,” said event attendee Margaret Casten.

Businesses all across the Chippewa Valley donated food and items for the silent auction, so Alexis can have a memorial headstone decorated with her favorite things- hearts, angels and shoes.

“It was one of her favorite toys- to carry around the shoes and wear them; it's a fun memory that we would like to remember,” added Behlke.

Behlke says some of the proceeds will help pay for therapy for Alexis’s two brothers who are five and six years old. They were at the same house in Osseo when Lexi passed away.