- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

BARTON, Vt. (AP) - A county sheriff’s department in Vermont is investigating the disturbance of an infant’s coffin interred at a village cemetery.

The Caledonian Record reports (https://bit.ly/2dEYoIq ) the infant’s coffin was opened through a five-inch hole. Authorities say they’re awaiting permission to exhume the body to see if the remains were disturbed.

Family members in September found the earth over the coffin had been dug into and then covered up.

Authorities said they are treating the breach as vandalism. WCAX-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2ditx6g) that the baby girl was days old when she died in 1982 and was interred at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Officials say the identity of the child and her family is not being released due to the investigation and for privacy.

Brooks said he hoped the community would help solve the mystery.

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