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ALBION, Ind. (WFFT)- Misty Matson is going through a mother's worst nightmare after letting her daughter stay with a neighbor after Halloween.
"I still remember it like it was yesterday. I wasn't going to take them trick or treating because it had been cold, and Railee was sick a couple weeks beforehand. One of the girls next door said 'Hey we're going to go trick or treating, do you want us to take the girls?' I said you guys can go ahead and take them I guess," Matson said.
She dressed Railee up as a purple cat this year for Halloween. That night Railee stayed at Trevor Werts home where she was struck in the head and kicked multiple times in the buttocks as she was trying to leave the bathroom after turning on the faucet to the bathtub according to court documents.
"I got to hug her, but I didn't get to kiss her when she left because she was all excited about going trick or treating and getting some candy."
The last time she held her was before the ambulance took Railee to the hospital.
"I don't know how many times I've woken up and she's dumped cheese, shredded cheese, all over my floor, but no child ever deserves what he did to her. Period," she added.
A release from the Noble County prosecutor said Raliee had bruises and tearing injuries from physical and sexual abuse.
Wert faces 45 years to 65 years if convicted of murder.
He faces 20 to 50 years for child molesting.
Investigators say this was one of the most brutal abuse cases they've seen.
"He did the most gruesome thing that anyone could ever think of doing and to a child. A child. An innocent, innocent baby, that's the thing, he didn't have to go to the extent that he did. I don't know why he did what he did. I'm never going to understand, and i'm probably never going to know why," she explained.
She's hoping to at least give her daughter a proper burial.
Some friends and family have stepped up, but she still needs a little more help.
That's where the United Motorcycle Enthusiasts have stepped in to give a benefit in honor of little Railee.
"I appreciate everything they are doing for me. I could not have asked for better people in this community ever. I never thought that something like this would happen for me."
The benefit taking place in December will help her get the funds to do so.
In the meantime, she said she's taking it day by day praying to get a headstone not just for her, but for Raliee's 7 year old sister Kaeann so she can see her in some way.
The benefit will be Dec 1st from noon until 10 pm at the Elk’s Lodge located at 120 Weston Ave Kendallville, Indiana 46755.
If you would like to make a donation, checks can be mailed to Misty Matson P.O Box 244 South Milford, IN 46786.