WARREN - When Miriam Fife spoke of Charles Nicholas Partin, she affectionately called him ''Nicholas.''
She spoke of his favorite stuffed monkey and his love of cottage cheese, and then Fife - a victim's advocate from the county Prosecutor's Office - told how the 4-year-old Bazetta boy had been murdered.
Fife watched again Tuesday as the symbolic flag from the organization known as Parents of Murdered Children was raised in front of the Trumbull County Jail.
Tribune Chronicle photos / R. Michael Semple
Wanda Nussbaumer of Bazetta, center, great-grandmother of 4-year-old murder victim Charles Nicholas Partin, is comforted by her great-niece Melissa Land of Akron, left, and her niece Marilyn White of Cortland. The Parents of Murdered Children flag was raised Tuesday afternoon in front of the Trumbull County Jail.
The flag shows the outline of a child in the middle holding hands of other children on each side of the outline. The flag symbolizes the missing child.
A local pastor pointed out to family members of Nicholas that the flag also is a reminder that Nicholas' family is not the only family that suffered a similar loss.
Fife said the flag has been raised in front of the jail and in the home community of where the murder took place since May 1999 when Bridget Wetzl, 10, of Weathersfield, was found after being kidnapped, raped and murdered.
''He (Nicholas) was just a joyful, happy little boy,'' said his great-grandmother, Wanda Nussbaumer.
''He loved to watch me cook. He even learned how to crack open the eggs,'' she said. ''I can't tell you how much I miss him.''
Nicholas' mother, Jennifer Light, and her live-in boyfriend, Scott Henry Walker, both 33, have been indicted in the boy's murder June 15. A coroner's ruling said he died of blunt force trauma to the stomach.