EPPING (AP) – Tears fell and parents hugged their children as a Brentwood couple dedicated a bench in memory of their young daughter and son who died six months ago in the care of a mentally ill aunt.

Kaleigh Lambert, 5, and Shane Lambert, 4, died January 11 when their aunt, Marci Thibault, intentionally carried them into traffic on Interstate 495 in Lowell, Mass. Their parents said Thibault was suffering from a sudden psychotic or delusional episode.

On Saturday, Ken and Danielle Lambert gathered with friends at the Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library in Epping to dedicate a bench bearing the children’s names and pictures.

“As I know that both Kaleigh and Shane are listening to us and watching us right now, I want to tell them that I love them and miss them – every day and every hour,” Ken Lambert said.

He said he hoped Kaleigh and Shane would like the bench.

“I hope you see that many of your little friends will get to use it at the library, and also think of you when they are here,” he said.

The couple also is starting a campaign to raise awareness of mental illness and push for changes in the mental health care industry.

On the Net: www.keepsoundminds.org

Information from: New Hampshire Union Leader, http://www.unionleader.com

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