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Texarkana Police: Kids behind vandalism at Stateline Cemetery


Texarkana, Arkansas Police say six children, led by a 13-year-old female ringleader, are behind months of vandalism occurring at the Stateline Cemetery.

Authorities say the arrests of four juvenile boys and girls, and the identification of two juveniles too young to be charged, solve the case.

TAPD's Criminal Investigation Division have prepared felony cases on four of the juveniles and have forwarded the cases to the prosecutor's office.

Two of the young people, one aged 10 and the other even younger, could not be charged with a crime because of their age. Authorities will require those children and their parents to appear before a juvenile circuit judge.

The ring consisted of three boys and three girls. Four of them lived in the area near the cemetery. Their leader is believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

Authorities will not release the names or photos of the children because of their ages.

In June, close to 100 headstones were vandalized. Around 20 of them were knocked over on the Stateline side of the cemetery. Some of the grave sites there date back to 1815.

At the time, the President of the Stateline Cemetery Association estimated at least $20,000 worth of damage had been done.

And last month, some 15 headstones and family plots in a different section of the cemetery were vandalized.

"To desecrate a grave is one of the most heinous types of crimes because these people have no voice," Stateline Cemetery Association President Emily Tarr said in September.

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