Woman admits to taking toy from Ohio child’s grave after video of deed circulates

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

The video above and the information in the report below are courtesy WJW FOX 8 in Cleveland.

ONTARIO, Ohio — A woman who was captured on camera while taking a stuffed animal from the grave of a young child has reportedly turned herself into police, and the camera was set up after the parents of “Tank” suffered years of thefts from their son’s grave.

The child’s family shared their story, see the video above for the interview.

FOX 8 in Cleveland reports Frieda Kay Shade of Mansfield turned herself into police after video of the incident was circulated on social media; Shade told police she had removed the stuffed animal to protect it from dogs.

Police had set up the surveillance camera after the parents of Hayden “Tank” Cole Sheridan, who died when he was 14-months-old, approached them about thefts that occurred at the grave site since about 2009. FOX 8 reports the camera was set up in 2012, but it wasn’t until recently a clear image of a person taking an item was captured.

Click here for more information about the alleged thefts over the years, and click here for details about the woman who admitted to involvement in the incident caught on camera.


  • Melanie Rangel

    How can people be so disrespectful? Last year on my baby girls 6th birthday, I put some balloons and an solar light on her lot, and when my husband & I went past they were gone.. It hurts allot, my baby girl only lived for 8 days

  • Just My Opinion

    Some People don’t seem to understand the IMPORTANCE of decorating a loved ones grave. Despicable.

Comments are closed.