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Thieves steal from Medical Lake baby's grave

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MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. -

A Medical Lake family is devastated after they say they went to visit their baby grandson's grave only to  find that sentimental toys and trinkets were stolen from it.  It happened at the Medical Lake Cemetery off of Thorpe Road.

The family believes that this was intentional because the cemetery is out of the way. It's at least a mile down a gravel road in a secluded area.

Emily Zunker says she came to visit her nephew's grave with her family on Sunday. It marked James’ third heavenly birthday. “He was stillborn,” said Zunker.

They brought balloons for him but her heart sank after noticing something was wrong at his grave. "I don't want to have to relive the pain of losing them in the first place by having all of his little things stolen,” said Zunker.

Whoever came, stole his luminescent globe that had a gnome sitting on it, among other things. Zunker took before and after pictures where it’s clear that there’s a difference. It's all sentimental.

“Why did you steal from a cemetery? Why? Our loved ones are buried out here, why would you take something that means something to the family?" she said.

Zunker says this is disheartening to have this happen and she's not the only one who has dealt with this. "I know that its happened to other people,” she said.

At the same cemetery, a Medical Lake student who died in a car crash had her resting place disturbed. Someone stole all the flowers. The community pitched in to make it look beautiful again.

They once again pulled through. While we were interviewing Zunker, a woman she had never met, had heard about what happened to James' grave and brought a surprise gift for him. Zunker is grateful for the kindness shown.

She hopes that whoever is taking from a little boy's grave and from others will stop.

"Be aware, go check up on your loved ones. Take pictures, compare it," said Zunker.

There are signs posted at the cemetery saying that a volunteer sheriff's office group patrols the area.

KHQ talked with the president of the Medical Lake Cemetery Association who said they are discussing these recent events at their next board meeting.

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