Cruel yobs vandalise tot’s grave after she dies from swallowing button battery

Heartless yobs have repeatedly vandalised the grave of a child who died after swallowing a battery.

In recent weeks the children's section at Carmountside Crematorium in Stoke has been targeted by sick vandals.

Little Harper-Lee Fanthorpe has been in her final resting place for just six weeks, and already her grave has been tampered with on several occasions, causing her grief-stricken mother to beg those responsible to stop.

“Leave the babies alone. Let them be at peace. That’s their resting place. As a mum I’m begging you just please leave the babies alone," Stacy-Marie Nicklin pleaded via Stoke on Trent Live.

The two-year-old girl died in hospital after putting the small button battery in her mouth.

The tiny battery, which had been easily removed from a remote control, caused Harper-Lee fatal internal injuries.

Recent events have compounded Stacy-Marie's misery.

“I’m already grieving, so for somebody to do that, there’s no words really,” she said.

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“Harper’s been in that cemetery for six weeks. For somebody to go to her resting place and purposely break her stuff, as a mum that breaks my heart even more."

“Other parents who go there to sit with our babies, that’s where we’re at peace. So for somebody to go and damage their property, it’s just beyond me."

Stacy described how she went down to visit Harper’s grave, as she does every day, only to discover that parts of it were missing or had been tampered with.

“On three separate occasions, some of the stuff was damaged. I went back down there the other day, and I brought Harper a little train to go on her grave that spelled out her name.

“Somebody has broken one of the letters and tried to put it back together with chewing gum.”

And sadly it’s not just Harper-Lee’s grave that is being vandalised, with the shameless perpetrators also disturbing the graves of several children in the cemetery at Carmountside.

“It’s the majority of the babies on that area that are getting damaged," said Stacy.

Since her little girl's death, Stacy, 35, has been fighting for reform to the laws around button batteries, with the campaign winning the support of thousands of people.

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