Desecration of child's grave 'hurtful'; God 'will deal with (thieves)'


Christopher Patterson and his wife, Jolene Parker Patterson, visit Joshua Devin Kroll's gravesite this week at Old Bethel Cemetery. Multiple items have been taken from her son's grave since his 2005 death, Jolene said.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 04:15 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Jolene Parker Patterson laid her infant son, Joshua Devin Kroll II, to rest in 2005.

Since then, family members have placed several items — a small marble bench, floral arrangements, angel figurines and shepherd's hooks —  at Joshua's Old Bethel Cemetery gravesite. Some items weren't cheap, but all were sentimental, and they recently went missing.

Patterson, who visits her son's grave monthly with family members, says the thefts compound her grief. 

"It's very hurtful to those that have lost someone," she said. "We have no other way to give them anything. This is our human way of expressing that."

Two miniature Precious Moments angels particularly hold sentimental value for Patterson. Kroll was 2 months old when he succumbed to sudden infant death syndrome. A family member placed the two angels on his grave shortly after he died.  

"I would really like to have those back," Patterson said.

Joyce Parker, Jolene's grandmother, said she was devastated after learning a Christmas-themed synthetic floral arrangement went missing.

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