Southwestern Illinois stolen funeral donations
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Police say someone went to a southwestern Illinois woman's funeral and looted a box containing donations meant for the woman's 3-year-old daughter.
Authorities in Fairview Heights say relatives of 28-year-old Krystle Flaherty say the money was stolen during the Swansea woman's funeral Saturday at a church. Only a $50 check and torn-open envelopes were left inside.
Krystle Flaherty died Oct. 20 at a Belleville hospital.
A grandmother of the surviving girl says she called police after opening the box at her home. Terri Halvachs of Belleville says friends and relatives told her they had made donations. Halvachs says she's "totally appalled and in shock" at the case of "stealing from a little girl during her mother's funeral."