Historic Revolutionary War cemetery desecrated (PHOTOS+VIDEO)

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Knocking over head stones and digging up graves of Revolutionary, Confederate and World War I soldiers and also some children, grave robbers desecrated one of Georgia’s oldest cemeteries. Located in Burke County, Old Church Cemetery dates back to 1758 and is maintained by American Legion Post 120. “Somebody is very sick to do something like this, to desecrate a grave,” said Post Commander Leroy Bell Jr.

According to Sgt. Sean Cochran of Burke County Sheriff’s Office, “Any of the artifacts that would have been buried on some of these soldiers is most likely what the grave robbers were hunting for, whether to keep them for themselves or to sell.” Authorities said buttons were taken from military vestments and a toddler’s bones were spilled on the ground.

Investigators are offering a $2,000 reward for information regarding the crime.

Desecrated: A small cast iron casket that contained the remains of a 14-month-old girl is seen after being dug up and its contents spilled on the ground at the Old Church Cemetery near Waynesboro, Georgia

Vandalized: Caretakers at the Old Church Cemetery are offering a reward for information leading to the suspects who left bones exposed and the uniform of a buried soldier lying on the ground

No honor: Among the soldiers desecrated were those dating back to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World War I

 

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