An Ohio woman surrendered to police this week after being caught on camera removing a stuffed animal from a child's gravesite. Frieda Kay Shade, 54, (pictured above) turned herself in to police in Ontario, north of Columbus.


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A video camera had been set up near the grave by police a few years ago after the Sheridan family reported that items had gone missing. Their 14-month-old son, Hayden "Tank" Cole Sheridan, passed away in 2007.

Shade claims she walked off with the stuffed duck to keep it away from a dog that was running loose nearby. Her attorney says she'll plead not guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge.

Read more details below from the the Mansfield News Journal:

According to Mansfield Municipal Court records, Shade has made several appearances in court for criminal and civil charges including passing bad checks, unauthorized use of property and evictions. Shade has two open cases in Richland County Common Pleas Court Ohio in reference to state taxes.

"I have no idea yet how I feel about (the arrest). I'm kind of in shock and have had no chance to think about it," said Scott Sheridan, father of Hayden, who died in 2007.

Sheridan and his wife believe the grave has been targeted by thieves over the years; stolen items have included flowers, wreaths and toy tanks. That in turn led the Ontario Police Department to set up a surveillance camera, a kind typically used by hunters, near the gravesite in July 2012.

"They've definitely experienced enough theft over the years to make them feel that way," Detective Jon Sigler said of the Sheridans. "In 2012, they noticed some solar lights were gone when all the graves around had theirs."

Sigler said several people contacted the Ontario Police Department identifying Shade as the woman in the video after it was posted on Facebook.

"I don't know if we would have gotten this case solved without that. The scenario is bizarre. It's really weird," he said. But Sigler also credited the value of surveillance video to his department.

"We recognized its utility long ago and use it whenever possible. It has motion detection, night vision. It really serves a purpose," he said.


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