FARMINGTON — The grandfather of a 4-year-old girl who died Thursday in Arizona is trying to raise money to go out and get his granddaughter’s ashes and bring them back here to be buried.

A car wash is planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Circle K Big Stop on routes 2 and 4, the Wilton Road in Farmington.

Ruben Arangure’s granddaughter, Toryn Buckman, is the victim of child abuse and died because of injuries inflicted, the Farmington man said. There are several news reports on the Internet including www.myfoxphoenix.com about Toryn’s death.

A representative of the Phoenix Police Department was not available for comments

Arangure said he moved to Farmington in 2002 and works at Mosher Seafood and Circle K restaurant. Toryn was born to his daughter, Ashley Buckman, and Joel Buckman of Jay in 2008, he said.

His daughter, Ashley, a graduate of Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, and her boyfriend, James Edwards, 22, both of Arizona, are facing child abuse charges, which Arangure said he expects to be upgraded since Toryn died.

According to www.myfoxphoenix.com story, Ashley Buckman was arrested after police found Toryn not breathing at an apartment Thursday. Buckman and Edwards abused the little girl with clothes hangers, remote controls and hot water, the article quotes police paperwork.

The child had injuries from head to toe, according to the article and her grandfather.

“Police say the round of abuse that led to the girl’s death started because she soiled her bed,” the article states and the grandfather said.

Arangure is trying to raise money to buy plane tickets and other expenses for him and Toryn’s father to fly out to Arizona to bring Toryn’s ashes back home.

He has set up an account at Franklin Somerset Federal Credit Union in Farmington for donations.

Checks may be made out to Ruben Arangure with Toryn Buckman fund in the check memo. Donations can be sent to Franklin Somerset Federal Credit Union, 485 Wilton Road, Farmington, ME 04938.

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