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Bellevue family says statue was taken from grave site

Posted at 12:46 PM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-15 17:50:34-04

A Bellevue family is reeling after they say someone vandalized the grave of their infant son at the Bellevue Cemetery. 

It's not the first time this has happened, back in 2014 balloons and toys  placed for Brayden Skilling's birthday were stolen.

Now - this family wants answers.  

The Skillings family came here to Bellevue cemetery on Mother's Day to visit the little boys grave and were shocked to find a statue of a baseball player missing from his graveside.

Brayden Skillings passed away from sudden infant death syndrome in 2008, at only a few weeks old. 

His family returns to his graveside often to visit. There - they discovered their statue of a little boy in a baseball cap with a bat missing. It's of sentimental importance and Brayden's family hopes who ever took the statue has the heart to return it. 

The Bellevue Cemetery says staff did not remove the statue.

Since sharing about the vandalism on Facebook, several others have reached out to the Skillings family also saying they've had items stolen from graves at Bellevue cemetery.

The family says they would like to see increased security at the cemetery and the gates locked to prevent future vandalism.