Family and friends will gather Thursday at a Birmingham funeral home to celebrate a life cut too short, with public viewing for a child authorities say died at the hands of her father.
Graveside service will be Friday for Aydah Grace DiMaso, who had just turned 3 years old.
The child was found dead on Oct. 4 in a bathtub at a home in the 700 block of Crestview Drive, when police went to the home on a welfare check, requested by a family member.
That family member, Capt. Scott Lumpkin said, told police the girl's father had called saying she was unresponsive.
The father, Nikolas DiMaso, 23, was arrested and charged the same day with capital murder for the death of a child under the age of 14. He remains in the Etowah County Detention Center.
A memorial GoFundMe account has been established for the family, to help with the cost of her memorial and "to fund a trust to ensure the the family can get #JusticeForAydah."
Organizer Sacha Wolfe-Daimpre wrote on the GoFundMe page, describing what happened to Aydah as "unthinkable."
"Aydah was a sweet soul with an infectious giggle, loved deeply by her Grandparents who had been fighting for custody of her," she said. "The system let her down, and so sadly, this tragedy was utterly preventable."
Viewing for Aydah will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Arrington Funeral Home in Birmingham, with Friday's service at Oakland Memorial Gardens in Birmingham
Contact Gadsden Times reporter Donna Thornton at 256-393-3284 or email@example.com.
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