Woman Accused of Removing Toy from Grave Pleads Not Guilty

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(Video captured a woman removing a stuffed animal from a baby's grave at Mansfield Memorial Cemetery on April 19, 2014/Courtesy: Ontario Police Department)

ONTARIO, Ohio — The woman who admitted to taking a toy from a child’s grave has pleaded not guilty to her charges.

Frieda Kay Shade, of Mansfield, was charged with petty theft after the incident at Mansfield Memorial Cemetery last month.

A woman was seen in surveillance video taking a large stuffed duck from a 14-month-old child’s grave site. Shade came forward after the video was circulated on social media.

She told police she had witnessed a loose dog on the property, and removed the stuffed animal to keep the dog from destroying it.

She pleaded not guilty Thursday in Ontario Mayors Court. The case was transferred to Mansfield Municipal Court, where she will have a pretrial May 28. Her trial has been set for July 30.

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