Cops: Woman Took Toy From Kid's Grave
She says she was worried a dog would get it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 26, 2014 4:41 PM CDT
A woman has been charged for taking a toy from a child's grave.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – 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 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 child died in 2007.

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Apr 29, 2014 8:16 AM CDT
Adding to my comment below: If I lived nearby or something...I could see me doing just that. Feeling bad for that Family, Easter & just flat caring about others...
Apr 29, 2014 8:10 AM CDT
Hey, what if she is telling the truth? Remember OUR constitutional rights? Innocent until proven guilty? What if, she really was going to put it back? I feel "this" is a touchy subject BUT apply it to a larger more serious charge. How about "due process"? What if it was YOU & you we're REALLY trying to protect that poor kid & his Family? If YOU want to keep YOUR better quit being Judge, Jury & Executioner !
Apr 28, 2014 7:22 AM CDT
is not nothing SACRED anymore? (meaning)highly valued and important : deserving great respect. NOW DO YOU GET IT!!! THAT SOME DON'T HERE! PERIOD!!