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

Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 04:15 PM.

"I was heartbroken because it was all for him," she said.

Parker, 64, said she spent $50 on the flower arrangement — a significant amount for someone on a fixed income.

Christopher Patterson, Jolene's husband, said the thefts baffle him.

"I just don't get it ... how someone could do something like that," he said. "It's not just about the monetary value. The value is sentimental."

The incident at Kroll's grave isn't isolated. Last month, resident Tyler Peaden said thieves stole Christmas decorations from his daughter, Alana's, private grave near Old Bethel Cemetery.

The thefts concern Parker, but haven't deterred her from giving gifts to her great-grandson.

She also hopes those responsible will be caught.

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