Arrest Made in Theft of Donations; Family Receives Support After Toddler’s Death

Police arrested a 17-year old boy in the theft of a missing jar that held donations set to be delivered to the family of 20-month old Dominic Mero who was killed last weekend in the parking lot of his Rose Avenue apartment complex from an older sibling and a pickup truck hit him while backing up. Police have stated that the 33-year old driver will most likely not face charges for the accident. According to Spring Valley police the jar which held donations from the community to help the Mero family cover costs of the ffuneral and other expenses, was stolen Monday night from the Rose Avenue Deli by Daeshawn Outerbridge. The jar was recovered but the $300 it contained was not and the boy has been charged with misdemeanor petty larceny. A new jar was placed at the deli, which a clerk states now contains about $200. On Thursday the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council stated they will be delivering a check to the Maple Avenue Cemetery, where Dominic be buried, for $2,250 to cover the burial costs obtained by donations from the community.

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