Family devastated over grave theft

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VERMONTVILLE, Michigan (WOOD) – The temporary grave marker of a little boy who died recently was taken from a cemetery. His family wants it back.

Michelle Malloy lost her 6-year-old son Zion Maldenado just weeks ago to a congenital brain defect.

“He beat the odds. They said he would never make it out of the womb. He did. They said he would never smile or laugh on his own but, oh, he did,” his mother said.

In his short life, Zion made a big impact.

“He was a vibrant little boy at heart,” Malloy said.

But eventually, the odds caught up with Zion.

“We woke up and he had went in his sleep. He must have been really tired,” she said.

“I miss my baby,” she added.

When it was time to bury little Zion at a cemetery in Vermontville, a small town northeast of Charlotte in Eaton County, his parents wanted to mark his grave with something special.

“His dad found this little fire truck and it had solar headlights, ’cause he didn’t like the dark. And we thought that was perfect because he liked cars,” Malloy said.


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