Statue stolen from memorial for 3-year-old Chardon boy

CHARDON, Ohio-- Police in Chardon are trying to identify the thief who stole a statue of an angel from a memorial for a 3-year-old boy who was killed earlier this month.

The small memorial sits on the side of Park Avenue in Chardon as a solemn reminder that a child lost his life there. Liam Bryant was struck by a car as he was trying to cross the street on Sept. 18.

"He and his brother had been together. They were apparently walking a dog. The brother made it to the other side of the street, which would be the south side of the street. When Liam went to cross, he stepped off in front of a car and was struck. Unfortunately, he was fatally injured," Police Chief Scot Niehus said. "I mean, this strikes you to the core and you know, we struggle with it as well."

"I would describe it as being despicable. These folks in the community are grieving the loss of this little boy," Niehus said.

The theft of the gold angel statue struck a nerve with many residents of Chardon, still shaken by Liam's death.

"Utterly ridiculous. I mean, I don't have words for somebody. Contemptible would be the word for it," Ceceilia Knoblock said.

"You know, I would hope they would see the news media that's being generated by this and they would find it in their heart to return the item so that it can be back in its rightful place," Niehus said.