Ronald McDonald Statue's Feet, Head Cut Off
'Sad,' says Ronald McDonald House director
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 23, 2015 2:24 PM CDT
   (Kristine Bickford)
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(Newser) – Vandals have burned, decapitated, and cut the feet off a smiling Ronald McDonald statue that sat outside a Ronald McDonald House in Vermont. The statue had occupied a bench outside the Burlington home for years, welcoming sick children and families who need to be close to the University of Vermont Children's Hospital. Executive Director Kristine Bickford tells New England Cable News that volunteers moved the statue's remains into storage because children were upset by seeing it.

She says that over the course of three nights, vandals burned the statue's face, took off its head, and sawed off its feet. The head was discovered dumped near the city's waterfront. Bickford estimates it will cost $7,500 to buy a new statue. She says the new statue will be kept indoors. She filed a police report, but because the vandals struck at night and there are no surveillance cameras, she says police won't have much to go on. "Isn't this sad?" she says. "The kids were traumatized."