Car­bon­ear res­i­dents like idea of memo­rial on Hay­den Heights for Quinn Butt Com­mu­nity cal­en­dar

Five-year-old girl’s shock­ing death hap­pened a year ago

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS edi­tor@the­com­pass.ca

The home in Car­bon­ear where the al­leged mur­der of five-yearold Quinn Butt oc­curred has since been torn down.

The prop­erty, which served as a re­minder of Quinn’s death in­side a burn­ing home in April of 2016, is noth­ing more than an empty plot of land now.

The CIBC re­cently com­mit­ted to pass­ing that plot of land over to the Town of Car­bon­ear, who have not yet de­cided what to do with it, though word of a memo­rial has been passed around at coun­cil meet­ings, as well as within the com­mu­nity. Along with this the CIBC do­nated $5,000 to O’Shaugh­nessy House in Car­bon­ear, a shel­ter for women and chil­dren in need of a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

The idea of a memo­rial seems to be a rather pop­u­lar one, as sev­eral res­i­dents of the area told The Com­pass that they feel as though some kind of mon­u­ment in mem­ory of Quinn

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would be the best way to deal with the now va­cant prop­erty.

“I think a memo­rial would be lovely,” said Amanda Clarke, a res­i­dent of Car­bon­ear. Clarke said she found it emo­tion­ally tax­ing to fol­low the story of Quinn Butt and her mother. Ever since the home has been de­mol­ished, Clarke told The Com­pass she was hop­ing that some kind of memo­rial would be placed on the land, rather than a new build­ing pre­tend­ing noth­ing had CHANGE OF LO­CA­TION — Bay Roberts Cul­tural Foun­da­tion will be chang­ing its lo­ca­tion ef­fec­tive May 1. Due to in­creased in­ter­est, the game will be re­lo­cat­ing from the Bay Roberts Le­gion to the Shearstown Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. The es­ti­mated jack­pot is $16,000. Ticket sales 7-8:45 p.m., draw con­ducted at 9 p.m. In ad­di­tion to lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment, there is also a weekly 50/50 draw. Thank you to all our pa­trons for your con­tin­ued sup­port. ever hap­pened.

“Maybe a play­ground would be nice, like the one they have over in Har­bour Grace,” added Clarke.

The play­ground Clarke men­tioned was a climb­ing and slid­ing struc­ture built on the H. Ross Shep­pard Memo­rial Play­ground in Har­bour Grace on Novem­ber of 2016. It was built in mem­ory of Quinn, and dec­o­rated in pur­ple and pink – two of Quinn’s favourite colours.

The play struc­ture is not the only of its kind, as a play­ground was re­cently built in Quinn’s mem­ory at Par­adise El­e­men­tary School, where the fiveyear-old would have started kinder­garten last fall.

Daniel Hil­lier is a res­i­dent of St. John’s, but trav­els through Car­bon­ear on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. He said he couldn’t see the town do­ing any­thing other than plac­ing a memo­rial on the prop­erty.

“If some­one is look­ing to move to a new home, they’re go­ing to want to know the his­tory of (the prop­erty),” ex­plained Hil­lier.

“If a new house was go­ing to be built there, no one would be com­fort­able liv­ing there, know­ing the story and the his­tory. No one’s go­ing to hear that aw­ful story and feel OK liv­ing right where it hap­pened. No one.”

Trent Butt, Quinn’s fa­ther, is ac­cused of first-de­gree mur­der and arson. Butt pleaded not guilty to these charges on March 1, 2017 in Supreme Court in St. John’s. His trial be­gins in March of 2018.

“I can’t imag­ine the town would build a new house or build­ing there any­way. That just feels dis­re­spect­ful, to move on and just for­get about it,” added Hil­lier.

As of yet, noth­ing has been of­fi­cially de­cided for the prop­erty at 12 Hay­den Heights.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

The prop­erty where Trent Butt’s home once stood now lays empty.

Quinn Butt died a year ago at the age of five.

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