HINCKLEY, Ohio — A boy who was abandoned at a Hinckley cemetery has been reunited with his father, Hinckley police Chief David Centner said.
“This week he (Tony) was placed back in the care of his father and reunited with his dog,” Centner announced in a Facebook post on New Year’s Eve. “I spoke with his father this morning and he expressed his appreciation to everyone for their generosity and said Tony is doing very well. I want to make it clear that the father was in no way involved with this incident and has been extremely cooperative with HPD and Children Services.”
Tony’s mother, who has not been identified pending charges, is the “focus of our investigation,” he said, and is in a local medical facility. Police are working with the city’s law director to determine charges are appropriate when she is released from the hospital, Centner said.
Tony was found after noon Dec. 23 at Hope Memorial Gardens on Center Road just west of Stony Hill Road.
A witness said she saw a blue mid-size car parked in the cemetery. When she drove around the vehicle and stopped, she saw it drive away with a little boy running after it followed by a dog. Tony was immediately placed into protective custody before being released to his father.
Since the story of Tony has been published, the Hinckley Police Department received an outpour of gifts, phone calls, emails from people who have been offering their support and love for Tony, Centner said.