A little boy and his dog were abandoned at cemetery days before Christmas

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HINCKLEY, OH – The Hinckley Police Department is continuing their investigation of a boy and his dog who were abandoned two days before Christmas in an Ohio cemetery.  On December 23rd, at 12:16 pm the Hinckley Police Department responded to Hope Memorial Gardens Cemetery for a reported abandoned child. Officers arrived, meeting with the witness who advised that she had stopped at the cemetery and observed a medium blue mid-sized car parked semi blocking the drive in the northeast corner of the cemetery. As she drove around the vehicle and stopped, she observed the vehicle drive away at a high rate of speed. It was then that she observed a little boy running after the car followed by a dog. The vehicle left the cemetery and went west on SR303 towards Brunswick.

Police eventually figured out who the boy, named Tony was and handed the child over to protective custody.

“The little boy only knows his first name as Tony. He did tell officers his mom’s name was Katy and his dads name was David. He appears to be about 3 years old, in good physical condition, approximately 3 feet tall, 40lbs, short brown hair and blue eyes,” police said that night, still trying to identify his parents.

While police continued their investigation, calls and requests came in to help the boy have a Merry Christmas.  He was placed with a foster family in Medina County,


“While the investigation is still on going with a lot of questions still unanswered I want to assure everyone that Tony is doing very well in the loving home of a foster family here in Medina County. His Dad has been very cooperative with us and Children Services in the investigation. I will release further information when I can,” said Chief David Centner. “I would like to thank everyone for their kindness in wanting to buy Christmas presents for Tony, take him in and adopt him. You all are amazing people and why we have such a great community here in Hinckley, all of Medina County and beyond. If anyone would like to buy a Christmas present for Tony we will accept them at Hinckley PD and see that they get to him as soon as possible. He is a typical 3 1/2 year old little boy and is a size 4T/5T if that helps.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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