BANGOR – As police continue to search for a man wanted in connection with the overdose death of a local toddler, some are organizing a special way to remember the little girl.
Jordynn Nelligan was born in 2017 during October, which also is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
She died on Oct. 19 of last year after being exposed to fentanyl, a powerful synthetic painkiller linked to a majority of the state’s drug overdose deaths.
People from all over Maine and the nation have joined a “Justice for Jordy” Facebook page to discuss the crime.
One member from Livermore is hosting a Purple Pumpkins for Jordy event.
“I just kind of wanted to get people thinking about, about the girl, about little Jordynn and not everything you see on the news and the case,” said Crystal Sheppard, a member of the Facebook page. “You know, this is about a baby, so I wanted people to have something … as a way to honor her.”
According to the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the color purple is meant to be a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor, and dedication to ending violence.
Sheppard said it is easy to participate in her event – just paint holiday pumpkins purple.
Shane Smith, the father of Jordynn, is currently on the run and wanted for endangering the welfare of a child.
That is the same charge filed against Jordynn’s mother, Kim Nelligan.
Smith told detectives she took empty heroin baggies and rubbed them on the inside of their 1-year-old daughter’s cheek in an effort to help her sleep.