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Families say graveside decorations were removed without warning in Sylacauga

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Dozens of silk flowers, angels and even some Easter decorations are in the pile. Source: WBRC Dozens of silk flowers, angels and even some Easter decorations are in the pile. Source: WBRC
TALLADEGA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Residents in Talladega County are upset after finding cemetery decorations thrown into a pile this week.

Families say they're being told new management has taken over and wants the cemetery to stick to the by-laws.

Easter decorations, American flags and a statue holding a necklace. These are just some of the many items pulled from graves Wednesday. Lynette McMinn was just one of the people who had items removed.

"Me and my dad had to dig through there to find my son's stuff that me and my kids had left there for him," said McMinn.

Sunday McMinn's son's grave was decorated with a Mickey and Minnie Mouse statue but now his gifts are gone.

"My son I had lost was a twin and his [McMinn's son who survived] favorite thing is Mickey and Minnie so for Easter that's what we had got him. A Mickey and Minnie statue," said McMinn. "It was gone. We found it up there. Mickey's arm was broken from where they threw it in a trash pile."

Meagan Ballard also knows what it's like to lose a child. Her son died nine months ago and she's been to his grave every day.

"It's hard to lose anybody, but to actually have to bury your child, and then the cemetery take what little bit you have away. We get excited when we get to bring stuff out here, and now we can't even do that," said Ballard.

Ballard got wind of what was going on and gathered everything off her son's grave before it got tossed, but she says it still hurts knowing there's nothing here for her child.

"They're removing everything we can to try to ease our minds, try to get us over it. It's just not right," said Ballard.

"I just wish I had some kind of notice. I wouldn't have mind removing my stuff," McMinn said.

A woman who answered the phone at the cemetery's office says she wasn't authorized to comment. We're waiting for someone who is authorized to call back.

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