‘Zombie Nativity’ stays past Ohio township’s deadline

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A “Zombie Nativity” scene remains undead past the deadline to remove it in a southwest Ohio township.

Sycamore Township sent resident Jasen Dixon two zoning violation notices. Officials said they received complaints about debris at the home and concluded that the nativity violates rules on size and placement of yard structures.

Facing a fine and legal action, Dixon kept the display up past the township’s Dec. 26 deadline. He has begun crowdfunding online and a Facebook page urges support for “freedom of expression.”

The scene has eerie figures including a demonic-looking creature sitting up in the manger where the baby Jesus would be in traditional Christmas nativities.

Township officials have said it’s not an anti-zombie issue, but pro-zoning rules. Messages were left Tuesday seeking township comment.

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