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Mason Roten died in September after a hit-and-run car accident. Friends of parents Andrew and Heather arranged to create the metal engraved bench and place it in Elkin Municipal Park.

But this week officials removed the bench and reportedly placed it in storage.

The town said in a statement that the bench did not go through the approval process and was placed on top of another memorial.

But a friend who worked with the parks department on the bench disputed that, arguing the decision was really about the religious symbols engraved on the bench.

Andrew Roten said on "Fox & Friends" that the family just wants the bench back in the park wherever officials "deem it suitable."

Heather added: "We can't have our little boy here on Earth with us. The least we can do is go sit on his bench and take my older son down there to play and feel proud that that bench is there."

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