STANTON — Maddie’s House, the Stanton park dedicated to Maddie Trimper who died at age 7 in 2005 of metachromatic leukodystrophy disorder, was vandalized last week.
Damage was done to the bear statue, along with the treehouse.
“A couple of kids skipped school and went up to Maddie’s House and did a significant amount of damage,” said Maddie’s father Jeff Trimper. “It looks like they sat in the house and kicked the walls of the house out. The bear is also damaged with an ear and arm broken off.”
Trimper said a Stanton city worker saw the boys and called police, but when the duo saw the patrol car, they fled.
Central Montcalm Public School Superintendent Jake Helms said the district knows the suspects are two eighth-grade males and disciplinary action will be taken.
“It’s disappointing because so many people have put so much effort into it, and to see what they did is sad,” said Trimper.
The city has temporarily repaired the house with boards, “but it will never be the same,” Trimper added.