Boy abandoned in Cemetery with Dog showered with Christmas gifts


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OHIO – A boy has been showered with gifts by the community at large after being left abandoned in an Ohio cemetery just days before Christmas.

A witness reported to the Hinckley Police Department seeing a blue mid-sized car leaving Hope Memorial Gardens Cemetery with a boy and his dog chasing behind it. The woman who witnessed the scene stayed with the child after the incident and waited for the police to arrive on the scene.

The child, later identified as Tony, could only recall the first names of his parents.  Since then, Tony has been placed in a ‘loving’ foster home, police said.  Officers later reported Tony’s father contacted police after a relative identified the boy published in local media.  Tony’s father has been cooperative with police in their investigation, telling officers the child had been in the custody of his mother when they were reportedly abandoned at the cemetery. 

Since then, donations of gifts have flooded the boy coming in from across Northeastern Ohio.  Officers accepted gifts at the local police department and posted a picture on Facebook of a lobby packed with Christmas gifts for the boy.  ‘From all of us at HPD we want to thank everyone for your kindness, thoughts, prayers, and overwhelming love,’ said Hinckley Police Department Chief David Centner.

‘While the investigation is still ongoing with a lot of questions still unanswered I want to assure everyone that Tony is doing very well in the loving home of a foster family here in Medina County,’ the Hinckley Police Department said in a statement. ‘His Dad has been very cooperative with us and Children Services in the investigation. I will release further information when I can.’

No criminal charges have been filed in the case as detectives and caseworkers continue their investigation.


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