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Woman Caught Stealing Toy From A Baby’s Grave

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Frieda Kay Shade, 54-year-old woman from Mansfield was charged with stealing a stuffed duck from a boy’s grave in Mansfield Memorial Park, Ontario, Ohio. The police posted surveillance video of the theft online. The video clearly shows Shade taking a stuffed toy from the 14-month-old baby’s gravesite. Even worse, she did it on Easter.

After it was posted on Facebook, several people contacted the Ontario Police Department identifying Shade as the woman in the video. She turned herself in on April 23. According to her lawyer, she plans to plead not guilty to the first-degree misdemeanor charge. That’s pretty strange having in mind that she admitted taking the stuffed animal.

Explanation follows. Shade saw a loose dog, and she didn’t want the dog to destroy the toy, took it, and simply “forgot” to return it. Correction: the yellow duck was “returned”. Only by being thrown out of a car window and left on the side of the road by the Mansfield Memorial Park. Detective Jon Sigler said that no dog was seen in the video.

Mansfield Municipal Court records show that Shade has already made several appearances in court: for passing bad checks, unauthorized use of property and evictions. Two cases are still open. We can understand the common theft and passing bad checks, but this is really awful. One of the policemen described the scenario as bizarre and really weird.

Scott Sheridan, the father of the deceased Hayden “Tank” Cole Sheridan says: “I have no idea yet how I feel about (the arrest). I’m kind of in shock and have had no chance to think about it.” He adds that the items from the grave have been stolen repeatedly, since the baby died, in 2007. Those items were toys, solar night lights, wreaths and flowers. Other gravesites had items too, but they were left alone. That is the reason for setting up the surveillance camera on the gravesite in 2012.

Jaclyn Sheridan, the baby’s mother, noticed the toy was gone when she went to decorate the baby’s resting spot, as she always does on holidays. “We should be able to decorate his resting spot and leave things on his grave during the time we’re allowed,” she said. Also, she told that she doesn’t buy the Shade’s “dog” story. Scott Sheridan added he will continue leaving items on his son’s grave, despite the recent events.

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