Vandals Destroy Decorations For 2-Year-Old Who Won't Live To See Christmas

Colerain Township police arrested two teens who were caught vandalizing a Christmas display for a terminally ill child.

Colerain Township, OH – Police have arrested two teenagers who twice vandalized a Christmas display set up for a toddler dying of cancer.

Doctors have told the parents of two-year-old Brody Allen that their toddler will not live to see Christmas, so they decided to celebrate early, WCPO reported.

The Allen family decided to put up Christmas decorations for the little boy who had so loved the holiday lights the year before, after doctors told them Brody had only weeks to live.

“When Brody’s chemo treatment journey ended, we made a promise to each other that we were going to make each and every single day that he had left better than the next,” said McKenzie Allen, Brody’s older sister.

“And we wanted to do everything that we could and give him as much joy and happiness that we could, even though he only has a short time left,” McKenzie explained.

The Allens shared their plan on social media, and their neighbors got on board, too. Cards and gifts have been arriving daily from all over the world since the little boy’s fate became public.

Shortly after the colorful displays, which included inflatables and many feet of lights, were established, vandals came during the night and slashed several of the inflatable decorations, including Santa. FOX News reported.

Perry Matten, a neighbor who decorated for Brody, told WCPO that he’s patched up decorations twice already.

“It’s nice seeing the love, but then you got that 0.1 percent that want to kind of ruin it for that little boy, and I just don’t get it, just cowards,” Matten said.

Todd Allen, Brody’s father, told WCPO it was hard to see vandals disrespecting his little boy’s last wish, but said it hadn’t dampened their enthusiasm.

“It's Christmas - you can pop Santa, we're just going to put him right back up,” Allen said. “You can't break Christmas."

Watchful neighbors were paying attention at about 11 p.m. on Sept. 19, and saw two teenage boys slashing decoration on Niagara, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The neighbor, who had also decorated for Brody, was driving in the neighborhood when he saw the underage vandals at work.

He called the police, and officers responded quickly, catching one of the teenage boys.

The second suspect was apprehended shortly thereafter, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Colerain Township Police Chief Mark Denney said both teenagers were interviewed, and confessed to slashing the inflatable Christmas decorations.

Police have not identified the two juvenile offenders, but confirm they were both transported to juvenile detention, and that criminal charges have been filed against them, WCPO reported.

Chief Denney promised that the police department would continue to vigilantly patrol the neighborhood, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The neighborhood celebrated the capture of the mean-spirited vandals.

"This shows what a great community can do when everyone works together," Lori McMullen, a board member for community group A Greater Northbrook, told the newspaper. "Northbrook is unstoppable now. All it took was empowering residents with the task of looking out for one another. Merry Christmas."

Neighbor Renee Butler and her husband, who made the repairs to some of the damaged and deflated decorations, said the arrests gave her some peace of mind.

But she’s not confident that all of those responsible have been caught.

"I am super happy that they got them, but I have a feeling there's more out there," Butler told WCPO. "There's a group of them."

"It's not fair for that little boy," she said.

A group of neighbors met at a nearby church on Thursday evening and went Christmas caroling at the Allen’s house.

Comments (18)
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JBo
JBo

Humanity. The good...and the a______s.

Sailor
Sailor

So happy the offenders were caught. So sad about this young child. Condolences to all.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I hope the judge is very creative with whatever punishment is forced upon these cretins who tried to ruin this child's last days on earth.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Thank you to the neighbors of this family for bringing some joy and cheer to this little boy. And for watching out for the creatures who were hell bent on destroying the child's happiness. Thanks to observant neighbors, these two misfits were caught .

Mic911
Mic911

When something like this happens in this area, the people come out strong to help anyone in need! We are #Cincystrong

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Offenders should be sentenced to several hundred hours of community service in a children's oncology ward.

61mouse
61mouse

Pisses me off when these juveniles commit crimes but their names and faces can't be put out there in the public eye, because of their age . if they're old enough to commit stupid ass crimes than they're old enough to have their pictures and their names in the newspapers or but the parents names in the paper

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

I hope these two Grinches, get to spend Christmas, in detention and they each get a stocking full of coal, for their gifts. I hope the judge gives them extended detention time, for their total lack of sympathy, for a terminally ill little boy.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

I've just sent a call out to a biker group to see if maybe there might be some volunteers among them to do the "graveyard shift" guard duty so that everyone in the neighborhood can sleep and then they can be alert the rest of the time. Even the teens would be afraid of a biker sitting there on the street. The poor family don't need the stress of losing Christmas decorations to a bunch of hoodlums while caring for their precious little boy.

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

THESE LITTLE THUGS NEED TO BE SENT TO JAIL FOR A LONG TIME. THEIR FAMILIES SHOULD PAY FOR ALL DAMAGES AND PRAY TO GOD THAT THESE BOYS WILL SEE THE LIGHT BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE FOR THEM.

checksix
checksix

I'm sure the parents of these two knuckleheads are really proud of their offspring.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Glurge.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Maybe they should be given a long tour if St. Judes or another children's hospital! Probably wouldn't hit home anyway! Makes me nauseous!

jmgard555
jmgard555

I really like the St. Judes or another childrens hospital in the Cancer center. Also let them put up a LOT more decorations in the neighborhood. I am sure there are plenty of volunteers to watch the area at night.