Fairfield family shocked by vandalism at grave
FAIRFIELD (WGME) -- Fairfield Police say vandals struck the grave site of a six-year-old girl who died from the flu.
It happened twice this week and one time last year.
Now, police are offering a reward and the little girl's mother is talking about her frustration.
I just sit and reflect and have a moment to myself, explained Tabitha Souzer as she walked toward her daughters grave site. She had such a kind heart.
Avery Jean was six years old when she died from the flu in 2012.
Its been devastating, Souzer said.
Souzer says some days are harder than others and now someone is making the hard days even worse.
I kind of got sick to my stomach, she said.
Vandals struck Sunday night and then again on Monday.
A couple of little glass things were smashed and thrown in the woods, Souzer said.
Both times, she cleaned it up with the help of a friend, Kennebec County Sheriffs Deputy Jacob Pierce.
He found the bench on Monday in the woods, Souzer said.
Deputy Pierce was the one who responded to the 911 call back in 2012 on the day that Avery died.
He visits Avery's resting place whenever he can.
He's done everything he possibly can for my family, Souzer said. Hes just amazing.
In fact, Deputy Pierce put up some of his own money to create a reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
He put up $250 and officers put in $100, said Fairfield Police Chief Thomas Gould.
Chief Gould says donations are still pouring in from as far away as Texas.
He expects that reward will grow.
Souzer is overwhelmed by the support, but disappointed this could happen in the first place.
The fact that you can clearly see on her stone, she is just a little girl, she said. Thats why I think its so gut-wrenching and I wouldnt want it to happen to anybody else.
She wants the vandalism to stop. But says if she has to, she'll continue picking up the pieces every single day.
Fairfield Police say thanks to donations the reward is now up to $800 and growing for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.