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Abbeville mother asks for help in finding person responsible for vandalizing her child's grave

Posted at 8:37 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 15:14:17-05

A mother in Vermilion Parish is reaching out the public after her son's grave site at an Abbeville cemetery was vandalized over the weekend.

Victoria LeBlanc, says her son's grave in St Paul Cemetery in Abbeville was vandalized. The final resting place her 5 month old son Carter Jace Waller left in disarray, with pieces removed from the site and items broken and damaged.

LeBlanc says that she visits her son's grave site daily, multiple times a day. "When I’m down and out, no matter what the time may be, I go and sit with my son," she said.

On the evening of November 28, LeBlanc recalls that everything was in place. Carter has a sandbox that was built as his final resting place. It had been decorated for Halloween.

The following day, Sunday November 29 LeBlanc stopped by at around 4:00 pm and says she noticed the sandbox was gone, lights and other items around and in the box had been destroyed.

She made sure that the cemetery had not removed the box or any of the items. Leblanc says that she checked other plots nearby but no others were removed or damaged.

"Whoever has done this, it's wrong," Leblanc said. "No one deserves to go through this. No mother deserves to go to a peaceful spot where their child is and see this."

LeBlanc says that she believes that the incident may be retaliation by someone known to the family but asks that if anyone has any information that they contact law enforcement.

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating but say as of now, there are no leads. They urge the public to come forward with any information regarding the vandalism of Carter's grave site.

Vicky Sowers, Carter's grandmother, is hoping for swift justice and conviction of the person(s) responsible.

"This is heartbreaking to see. For someone to destroy property and sacred grounds of our loved ones," Sowers said.

A GoFundMe has been set up by the family. To view the page, click here.

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