HIGGINSPORT, Ohio (AP) - A property owner knocked down a makeshift memorial to a young boy killed by his foster parents and whose body was burned at the site, saying he grew tired of mourners
and their litter.
Mike Cales initially tolerated the memorial - a stone wall built out of an abandoned chimney in rural Brown County where investigators said the body of 3-year-old Marcus Fiesel was burned last year. Stuffed animals, flowers, poems and a wooden cross were among the items left behind by visitors wishing to pay their respects.
But at times, they also left emptied packs of cigarettes, bottles of beer and soda cans.
Cales knocked down the stones Wednesday so they can be hauled away.
"Finally after a while you say this is my property ... and I'm sick and tired of it," he said.
Dave Richey, 66, who lives nearby and built the wall memorial with Cales' permission, said he's heartbroken by the landowner's decision. The wall was a sign of love for the slain boy, he said.
Fiesel lived in the Cincinnati-area home of Liz and David Carroll Jr., who left the boy bound inside a closet for two days while they attended a family reunion in Kentucky and found him dead when they returned.
Liz Carroll was convicted of murder and her husband, David Carroll Jr., pleaded guilty to murder. Both are serving life sentences for his death.
Cales said the property where the chimney and wall once stood will one day return to agricultural use.
--- Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com
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