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Remembering Dillian, the 2-year-old who died of abusive head trauma

(Ross Structures / Landscape Equipment)

COOS COUNTY, Ore. - Two parents are facing charges in the death of their two-year-old son, who the county's District Attorney says was diagnosed with "Abusive Head Trauma."

As we have previously reported, the DA says 46-year-old Michael Bowman is facing first- and second-degree manslaughter charges, and 42-year-old Christine Bush is facing criminal mistreatment charges.

Christina and Justin Gray had been foster parents for several years when four-month-old Dillian came into their lives.

"We fell in love with this little boy," said Christina, one of the foster parents. "We had to wear special incense, or scented oils so he would know who we were, because that was the only senses that we could appeal to."

Dillian was diagnosed with abusive head trauma; he was deaf, blind and needed a feeding tube. The Grays cared for Dillian for about two years.

In May of 2017, the Grays became Dillian's legal parents, and in July, at the age of two, Dillian died from his previous head trauma.

"We never got to see him smile or laugh or giggle because that part of his brain was damaged," said Christina.

The couple is currently working to renovate Airport Heights park as an inclusive park for kids of all disabilities. When all is said and done, it will be called Dillian's Place.

"We're really hopeful that all of our community members will step up behind us and support this project, and realize that this is something that our community and surrounding communities really desperately need here," said Gray. "There isn't a single park in Coos County that is 100 percent ADA accessible."

Christina and Justin believe a place for other children to play and have fun, no matter their ability, is the perfect way to honor Dillian's life.

For more information on the park, you can visit www.dilliansplace.com.

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