Woman charged with taking toy from child's grave

ONTARIO, Ohio - Police in northern Ohio say they've charged a woman who was seen on a surveillance video taking a stuffed animal from a child's grave.
 
Ontario police say 54-year-old Frieda Kay Shade turned herself in Wednesday after the cemetery surveillance video was widely viewed on the Internet and TV news.
 
Shade told authorities that she took a stuffed toy duck from the grave of 14-month-old Hayden "Tank" Cole Sheridan on Saturday because a dog was running loose in the area, and she didn't want it to destroy the toy.
 
Her attorney said she'll plead not guilty May 8 to one count of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor.
 
Shade is accused of taking the stuffed animal hours after the child's family left it for Easter. The 14-month-old boy died in 2007 and the family said this is not the first time something has been taken from his gravesite.

"They explained that their sweet little boy, Hayden “Tank” Cole Sheridan, had passed away in 2007 and someone has been stealing toys and solar night lights from his gravesite ever since. We set up a camera to catch the thieves and we watched as items disappeared but never got an image that was good enough to identify the suspect," Ontario police said.

"On April 19, 2014 approximately four to five hours after the family placed a yellow stuffed duck at his gravesite for Easter, someone took it. The family wants the person who did this to be held accountable however they recognize that this person is probably not responsible for all of thefts from 'Tanks' gravesite. Most of all, the family just wants some assurance that they can leave a night light and a stuffed animal at their son’s grave without someone stealing it."

Watch the surveillance video posted by Ontario police below.

 

 

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