2 teens charged with vandalizing Christmas decorations meant for child with cancer
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - Police say that they have arrested two teens after some Christmas decorations were vandalized.
The Christmas decorations that were put up early in September were meant for 2-year-old Brody Allen, who has a rare form of brain cancer and isn't expected to make it to Christmas.
Brody's neighbors decided to put up decorations so that Christmas could come to Brody. Since the news broke, many have joined in on the cause and donated decorations and lights so that Brody's neighborhood could become a beacon of Christmas spirit.
"I really appreciate everyone coming by, dropping off stuff, sending gifts and letters. Brody loves opening letters. We all enjoy it; it's like a little Christmas every day for him," said Brody's brother, Andrew Allen.
Sometime after the decorations were put up, it was noticed that a few of the decorations were vandalized. Some of the inflatables had been slashed. Several other incidents were reported. There were reportedly repeat victims.
But one neighbor, George Reiter has a security camera and caught one of the incidents on video. The Colerain Police Department were able to track down and apprehend two teens, 16 and 17 years old, who confessed to several of the incidents.
Both suspects were taken to the Juvenile Detention Center and charges have been filed. They're charged with curfew violations and criminal damaging. One of the teens is also charged with fleeing police, and the other teen has three outstanding warrants for other charges.
Many people have heard Brody's story and are joining #TeamBrody. The Bengals running backs posted a video of themselves wishing Brody a Merry Christmas and radio station WARM 98 will be playing Christmas music on their station for the 2-year-old.
Colerain Township will be hosting an event in honor of Brody on Sunday, September 23rd. Neighbors will also carol at his home Thursday night.