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. (Read more Ohio stories.)

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