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6 and 7-year-olds vandalize a cemetery in Eastern Iowa


CENTRAL CITY, Iowa (CNN) - Some little kids are making big news in Iowa.

A group of six and seven year olds reportedly confessed to vandalizing a central city graveyard.

Police say the trio knocked over dozens of headstones causing thousands of dollars in damages.

The recent vandalism of dozens of headstones here at Oak Hill Cemetery in Central City has been the talk of the town lately, both because of the age of the culprits, and the age of the headstones that were knocked over.

Many of the headstones are engraved with death dates from the mid 1800's.

Some are so weather-worn you can no longer read them.

Several were pushed off their bases, a few others torn from the ground completely.

"My maiden name is Shakespeare, and this is the Shakespeare lot right here," Mary Somers, Central City, Iowa resident said.

Mary Somers has relatives here.

When we told her about what had happened, she asked us to show her around the grounds.

"These were my grandparents, Hiram and Mary," Somers said.

Somers was relieved to see that their burial plots were left untouched.

She's seen Oak Hill Cemetery vandalized before, and disappointed that it happened again.

"It makes me wonder who would do such things, or why. I wonder what benefit somebody gets from doing something like that," Somers said.

Despite the vandalism being noteworthy enough to make the front page of the local newspaper, the cemetery's board of trustees declined to comment on-camera about it, saying only that they're working to repair the damage as soon as possible.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says the board of trustees for the cemetery is working with the parents of the children, and no charges will be filed.

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