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Thieves steal mementos from child's grave

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Thieves recently stole toys left on the grave of a little boy buried at a cemetery in Sullivan (Credit: KMOV). Thieves recently stole toys left on the grave of a little boy buried at a cemetery in Sullivan (Credit: KMOV).
Diego Barch died last year just days before his third birthday after losing a nearly two year battle with cancer (Credit: Barch family). Diego Barch died last year just days before his third birthday after losing a nearly two year battle with cancer (Credit: Barch family).
The Barch family (Credit: Barch family). The Barch family (Credit: Barch family).
SULLIVAN, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Thieves recently stole toys left on the grave of a little boy buried at a cemetery in Sullivan. The crime has created community outrage, and upset the boy's mother, Hannah Barch, who told News 4, "Stealing off any grave is just horrible."

Diego Barch died in 2015 just days before his third birthday after losing a nearly two year battle with cancer. His mother says he loved playing with cars and trucks. 

"He was a boys boy, liked cars, monster trucks, Superman, 4-wheelers, dirt bikes, he loved all that stuff," Barch said.

The family decorated his grave at the I.O.O.F. Memorial Cemetery, with toy cars and trucks, but last week they noticed someone had stolen a toy semi that was filled with Hot Wheels cars.

Barch said, "There's no price tag on something like that, we can replace it but it won't be the one Diego played with."

Cemetery trustee Scott Morrow told News 4 this is the first theft of this kind that he can recall in the last five years but there have been others. 

"It hasn't really been that often, but a few times I've been out here and seen people take flowers off of one grave and put them on another," said Morrow.

Barch said she's grateful for the anonymous donors who've left sets of cars at Diego's grave similar to the one that were stolen, but she said the theft still causes pain to her and her family. 

"These aren't just trinkets that we put out just so the graves look nice, they're things that help us remember our loved ones by and they really mean something. It's not just a 97 cent Hot Wheel it's something my son cherished with his grandpa and his whole family," said Barch.

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