Chief hails 'overwhelming' response to boy found in cemetery
HINCKLEY, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio police chief greets an "overwhelming" response to the story of a boy who was found in a cemetery two days before Christmas.
Hinckley Police Department chief David Centner said on Christmas Eve that the child, believed to be around three and a half years old, is "doing well in the loving home" of a foster family in Medina County.
Police were called to Hope Memorial Gardens Cemetery shortly after Wednesday noon, where a witness said he saw a car spin away and a young boy "ran after the car, followed by a dog." Police said the boy told authorities his name was Tony and also told them his parents' first names.
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Centner invited community members to give gifts and posted a follow-up message on Christmas Eve thanking everyone for "your kindness, thoughts, prayers and overwhelming love."
"Our lobby is full of gifts that have been given," he said in a Facebook post. "I've reached out to my friend Santa and tomorrow morning after he finishes deliveries he'll stop at HPD. We're leaving." load the sled and make one last stop to see one of our little friends. "
Centner said the child's parents had been identified and officials were working with the county's child welfare agency, but "many questions" remained. He commended the ward members for offering to take the boy in or to adopt him.
"You have all renewed my faith and appreciation for the wonderful community we live in and around us," he said. “You are all really the best! God bless you all. "
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