101 fundraisers: Community rallies around children of U.P. couple killed in crash
ESCANABA, MI - At least 101 fundraisers, plus a GoFundMe, have been set up to support the children of an Upper Peninsula couple that was killed in a crash over the weekend. The couple is survived by three children, two of whom still attend Escanaba High School. RELATED: Couple killed in U.P. In addition, an account for the Weaver family has been set up at First Bank in Escanaba. Click here for the list of 101 fundraisers.mlive.com
California Deputy Public Defender Slain on Mexican Vacation: Officials
GoFundMeAn attorney working for the Orange County Public Defender’s office was killed on Saturday while celebrating his first wedding anniversary with his wife in Mexico, California officials said. Elliot D. Blair, a 33-year-old assistant public defender, died in Rosarito Beach, a popular resort town close to Mexico’s northern border, county Public Defender Martin Schwarz said in a statement given to The Orange County Register.It was not immediately clear how Blair was killed, but a GoFundMe setnews.yahoo.com
Damar Hamlin’s charity raised $8.7 million: What does he plan to do with it?
In the days since Hamlin’s collapse though, it has far surpassed that mark and sat at $8,733,790 early Wednesday morning. Again, it’s just an amazing part of what has been an incredible and inspiring story. Hamlin was released from UC Medical Center recently and has reportedly returned to Buffalo where he continues to recover. Hamlin, a McKees Rocks native, played his high school ball at Pittsburgh Central Catholic before going on to play for Pitt in college. He was a sixth-round pick of the Bills in 2021, and moved into the starting lineup following Micah Hyde’s season-ending neck injury in Week 2 this year.mlive.com
Saginaw County girl with ‘brightest soul’ dies of flu month before 4th birthday
BRIDGEPORT, MI — A month before what would have been her fourth birthday, a Saginaw County child died of an illness. As a result, a family friend has started a GoFundMe campaign to help lessen the burden of funeral costs for the late girl’s grieving parents. “By the time help made it to them, it was too late,” Scheffler wrote. Scheffler described Morgan’s mother, Courtney Ransom, as an exceptionally kind woman who would give someone in need the shirt off her back. “Her daughter, Morgan, was so much like her momma,” Scheffler wrote.mlive.com
Community rallies to try and save a Jackson bookstore from closing its doors
JACKSON, MI – The Book Cottage has been struggling to stay open and the community isn’t ready to see the store’s final chapters. Nancy and Mark Oakley have owned the Book Cottage, 531 20th St. in Jackson, for nearly 10 years. While the business grew through the years, things started to change when the Oakleys ran into a few barriers. It’s pretty amazing that the community is stepping up for them.”It’s hoped the fundraiser can be a Christmas miracle to help save the store. Those interested in helping the Book Cottage can either donate here, or by visiting the store, Fairchild said.mlive.com
Little Miss Flint aims to buyout ‘Black Panther’ screenings for Flint kids, families
Mari Copeny, also known as Little Miss Flint, is one of those people joining the cause. RELATED: Little Miss Flint sends 150 Flint kids to ‘Black Panther’ screeningCopeny raised nearly $16,000 through GoFundMe in 2018 to buy more than 150 seats for a free screening of the film at Rave Cinema in Flint Township. Black Panther gives Flint kids a chance to see themselves represented on the big screen as royalty and heroes,” Copeny said in 2018. Chadwick Boseman assisted in Disney’s Black Panther film marketing campaign and fundraising efforts by donating $10,000 of his own funds to the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem to pay for children to see Black Panther for free. The sequel Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever will be released on Nov. 11.mlive.com
Father of 6, U.P. rally racer killed in gas station crash
L’ANSE, MI – A 43-year-old father of six died when a semitruck crashed into a gas pumps and caused an “extensive” fire where he was filling up his vehicle last week. Allan Dantes Jr., of Baraga, was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead after the crash on Thursday night, Oct. 13, at the Holiday Gas Station in L’anse, WLUC reports. Dantes is the father of six daughters. RELATED: Michigan man dies after semi-truck crashes into U.P. gas station, starts ‘extensive’ fireA GoFundMe is collecting money for Dantes’ funeral and other expenses.mlive.com
Man Charged With Rape in ‘Free Spirit’ Sorority Girl’s Mysterious Death
GoFundMeTwo weeks after 20-year-old Indiana University student Avery McMillan was found unresponsive inside a Bloomington house, cops on Wednesday arrested the homeowner in connection to her death.Eric Montgomery, 33, now faces a charge of rape when the victim is mentally disabled or deficient, as well as a charge of giving alcohol to someone underage, arrest records say. It is the only arrest to stem from McMillan’s mysterious death on Aug. 17.Additional details about what happened between McMinews.yahoo.com
GoFundMe started for Bay County family who lost father, home in recent fire
BAY COUNTY, MI — Friends of a Bay County family who lost a father and husband and their home in a recent fire have started a GoFundMe campaign to help them rebuild. The mother, Naomi Klumpp, grabbed a 3-year-old child and ran outside with her teen son, Bay County Sheriff Troy R. Cunningham previously said. Somehow, Zachary Klumpp failed to make it outside with the rest of his family. Family friend Brodi Lynch has started a GoFundMe page to help the Klumpps. Funeral arrangements for Zachary Klumpp have not yet been publicly announced.mlive.com
Paralyzed Highland Park Shooting Victim, 8, Is ‘Hopeless’ and ‘in Constant Pain,’ Family Says
via GoFundMeIn the wake of the Highland Park Fourth of July parade mass shooting, the story of 8-year-old Cooper Roberts’ survival was embraced by many following updates on the boy’s recovery.And more than a month after the massacre, Roberts is long out of intensive care—but his family says he is now in “constant pain” and “hopeless, sad, and angry” at the realization he is paralyzed.In a sobering and gut-wrenching statement released Tuesday, the Roberts family said they want people to see the unews.yahoo.com
Georgia University Prof Accused of Gunning Down 18-Year-Old Student in Parking Lot
Carrollton Police Department/GoFundMeA University of West Georgia professor fatally shot one of his own school’s students in a parking lot in the early hours of Saturday, police said. Richard Sigman, 47, is now facing a murder charge over the death of 18-year-old Anna Jones.According to Carrollton Police, Sigman threatened to whip out his gun during a verbal fight with another man in the parking lot of a pizza joint at 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The man alerted a security guard and when the guard sawnews.yahoo.com
Boy Paralyzed in Highland Park Shooting Faces Devastating New Setback
GoFundMeCooper Roberts, the 8-year-old boy who initially showed signs of improvement after his spinal cord was severed by a bullet at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade, now needs an “urgent, complex and lengthy surgery” after his condition deteriorated Tuesday, his family said.Roberts became paralyzed below the waist when he was shot in the back. Police allege deranged gunman Robert “Bobby” Crimo, 21, killed seven with a sniper rifle at the parade and injured dozens, including Roberts, hisnews.yahoo.com
Kalamazoo officer paralyzed from waist down after being hit riding motorcycle to work
KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI — A Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer who was injured in a motorcycle crash on his way to work Saturday morning is in stable condition, a department spokesperson has confirmed. According to a GoFundMe, created to benefit Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Tom Maher and the officer’s family, the officer will be paralyzed from the waist down and has had part of one leg removed as a result of the crash. Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety spokesperson Jay Shatara confirmed with the Kalamazoo Gazette/MLive Monday morning that the officer was riding his motorcycle to work when he was hit by a vehicle. Shatara could not confirm what the driver had been arrested for, as the case is being handled by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office. Neither Garnaat nor the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office responded to requests for comment from the Kalamazoo Gazette/MLive prior to deadline.mlive.com
A gas station manager who raised over $20,000 to make up for a mistake that cost him his job says company refuses to accept the money
John Szczecina lost his job after charging $0.69 per gallon for gas, a $20,000 mistake. The company said in a letter it "does not want the money raised."news.yahoo.com
Dr. June: My sister wants to use GoFundMe to pay for her dream wedding
I guess she is like a lot of other girls who dream about having a fairy-tale wedding, but she can’t afford the fairy tale. Signed, Little SisterDear Little Sister: The fairy-tale wedding, huh? Your sister falls into that category and wants what she wants to make her dreams come true. Moving the wedding date to give them time to save money and budget for their wedding is an option. Work toward their goal of a fairy-tale wedding by saving money and preparing for it without using GoFundMe, then have the wedding of their dreams once they can afford it.mlive.com
Braun court bar hopes to raise $50K, help revitalize Kerrytown area
The pizza oven would help the bar expand its operation, Farrell said, while renovations would allow it to utilize the patio and downstairs area. During the COVID-19 pandemic, The Bar at 327 Braun Court, located at 327 Braun Court, pivoted away from the chicken sandwiches and pasta it previously served, offering pizzas and novelty ice cream treats instead. Related: Local Eats: Ann Arbor’s 327 Braun Court pivots to Neapolitan pizza, novelty ice creamBut Braun Court has been struggling since the pandemic, with many of the houses that make up the commercial courtyard now sitting vacant. Related: Last call for Ann Arbor’s Braun Court? Bar among last businesses standing“We’re not coming out of the pandemic flush with cash by any stretch of the imagination,” Farrell said.mlive.com
GoFundMe started after vandals destroy St. Stan’s press box in Bay City
BAY CITY, MI - The community sprang into action after the St. Stan’s Athletic Club’s press box was severely damaged by vandals. Vandals broke into the St. Stan’s Athletic Club press box and destroyed everything that was in it. The St. Stan’s AC grounds are home to the St. Stan’s Polish Festival, which is set to be held form June 23 - 26 this year. One of the sports teams that call the St. Stan’s AC complex home is the Bay City All Saints Football Team. More from MLive‘Pure devastation’ after vandals destroy St. Stan’s press box in Bay CitySee who’s running in Bay County 2022 for the August primaryA sign of life?mlive.com
Fire destroys Black Brook town super's home
Apr. 26—AuSABLE FORKS — A GoFundMe page set up to support Black Brook Town Supervisor Jon Douglass and his family, who lost their home to fire over the weekend, had already exceeded its $25,000 goal Monday. Additionally, local residents have organized a fundraiser at Riverside Park, slated for May 7. "Supervisor Douglass and his wife, Jessie, are active community members who are always ...news.yahoo.com
Donations pour in for families of Atlanta shooting victims
(AP Photo/Ben Gray)Shortly after his mother was killed in the Atlanta-area shootings, Randy Park launched a GoFundMe page asking for $20,000 to pay for funeral expenses. For now, donors to victims of the Atlanta shootings must scour individual GoFundMe accounts. A page for Yong Yue’s family drew more than $115,000. AdPark's family was the first to launch a GoFundMe page. This is simply a change in my life,” Park wrote to the 70,000 people who had contributed as of Sunday afternoon.
Officers raise money to get Ann Arbor boy who survived terrible crash wheelchair accessible vehicle
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Last year a boy from Ann Arbor survived a terrible crash and his life was forever changed. His journey touched the lives of the Wayne officers who answered the call. He’s my superhero,” said Lindsay Vierk, whose son was paralyzed in the crash. AdThe Wayne officers that responded that day say Butler is a boy they will never forget. AdRead more: Ann Arbor headlines
Ann Arbor parents launch GoFundMe to start PAC as school district mulls staying virtual
ANN ARBOR – A GoFundMe organized by parent group Ann Arbor Reasonable Return has surpassed its $30,000 goal in under 24 hours. “Ann Arbor Reasonable Return is exploring all options to get relief for families in the Ann Arbor Public Schools who have been in virtual only learning since March 13, 2020,” reads the GoFundMe page. “We are raising funds for establishing a political action committee (PAC) that can then take steps like retain professional legal and lobbying counsel. According to the Board of Education, if they vote to keep school virtual, children with the greatest needs will be able to return to buildings at the end of March. AdCo-founder of Ann Arbor Reasonable Return Lena Kauffman said that the group is currently in the process of signing with the firm.
Ann Arbor woman raising money to provide homeless with phone charging kits
READ: Former homeless woman hands out phone charger kits to those in need in Ann ArborAside from not having a safe place to stay, another problem was created. Many homeless people do keep a cell phone, that is how they can stay connected to services offering help. A formerly homeless woman in Ann Arbor found a solution but is asking for help. Ariah Schgat, 28, said when she was homeless her phone was her lifeline to doctors, shelter services and more. READ: Michigan nonprofit aims to help homeless, dismiss stereotypes“It’s very nerve-wracking because every percent going down is another chance you could miss the call that could get you off the streets,” she said.
Man charged with mutilating body in connection with missing 29-year-old Livingston County woman
DETROIT – Dowan Knighton, 47, is in jail in connection with the recently discovered remains of 29-year-old Kayla Pierce of Livingston County. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Knighton with mutilation of a dead body, concealing the death of an individual and tampering with evidence. Detroit police said Pierce’s mother reported her missing on Nov. 24, 2020. He is expected to return to court Feb. 25. A GoFundMe has been set up to help Pierce’s family pay for funeral expenses.
Former homeless woman hands out phone charger kits to those in need in Ann Arbor
Ariah Schugat recently came to the Ann Arbor area and experienced these challenges. With restaurants, cafes and the Ann Arbor District Libraries closed, the pack helped keep her phone charged and, in turn, connected with those who could help. When asked why she started the project, Schugat said she wanted to spread kindness, since it is ultimately what got her off the streets. “The need is far greater than just the phone kits. Every time they come out (of jail), they’re two steps further back.”With plans to expand the project, Schugat said more funding is needed.
Suspected drunk driver awaits charges in Taylor crash that killed 12-year-old girl
TAYLOR, Mich. – A Metro Detroit family is grieving while awaiting charges against a suspected drunk driver who crashed into another vehicle this week, killing a 12-year-old girl. UPDATE: Man accused of driving drunk faces 9 felony charges in Taylor crash that killed 12-year-old girlOn Wednesday, Feb. 3, 12-year-old Phoebe Elliot was a passenger in her aunt’s vehicle, traveling westbound on Northline Road. Taylor Police Chief John Blair says the driver who crashed into Elliot’s vehicle will more than likely be facing charges. “I think this is about supporting this 12-year-old girl’s family,” Blair said. Original story: Driver accused of running red light in Taylor crash that killed 12-year-old girlMore: Local news
Jim Toy Community Center to close office, starts GoFundMe campaign
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Jim Toy Community Center announced Tuesday that the doors of its physical office space, located at 319 Braun Court, would close at the end of January. Jim Toy Community Center has also launched a GoFundMe campaign to help with the expenses of the volunteer-run nonprofit. If you can, please help by contributing to the GoFundMe Campaign to ensure a vibrant and active countywide #LGBTQ resource center exists in the future. After the Jim Toy Community Center board of directors meeting in December, Joe Schoch was elected as board president in 2021. He is replacing Travis Radina, who was elected as an Ann Arbor City Council member representing Ward 3 in November.
Longtime Ann Arbor firefighter passes away after battling cancer
ANN ARBOR – Retired training officer with the Ann Arbor Fire Department, Craig Sidelinger, passed away on Monday morning after a nearly two-year battle with colon cancer. Sidelinger joined AAFD as a firefighter in 2000. He held the position for 10 years before advancing to training officer -- a role he also held for 10 years. According to AAFD, Sidelinger was the longest-serving training officer in the department. “He also helped teach public outreach such as Safety Town, Ann Arbor Ready, and the City Citizen’s Academy.
Married couple identified in fatal Corktown collision
DETROIT – Family and friends of Rodney and Marlene Rodriguez are remembering the two after they died in a two-car collision on Michigan Avenue. According to a GoFundMe page, Rodney and Marlene were married for 43 years. Rodney just picked up his wife from work at a city casino when the crash happened on New Year’s Eve night. Larry and Tahisha Smith had just left MGM Casino when they saw the crash. Police said Rodney and Marlene were in their Mercury Sable which was split in half in the collision.
Pinball Pete’s asks for help keeping the lights on amid pandemic
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Whether it’s a first date, birthday party or family game night, everyone has a story about Pinball Pete’s. So Pinball Pete’s has started a GoFundMe campaign and is asking its legions of loyal fans for help. “The response that we’ve received initially has been outstanding,” said Nick Reynolds, son of Pinball Pete’s owner Mike Reynolds. Those who donate between $1-$50 will be mentioned in a thank you post on the Pinball Pete’s Facebook pages. Pinball Pete’s is at 1214 S. University Ave in Ann Arbor and 220 Albert St. in East Lansing, Michigan.
Pinball Pete’s in Ann Arbor to reopen Saturday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – We hope you’ve been saving up your quarters. Pinball and arcade game players can Ann Arbor’s historic arcade, Pinball Pete’s, between noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday. According to the businesses’ Facebook page, masks are required, hand sanitizer stations are posted throughout the store and machines are sanitized as they are used. The East Lansing Pinball Pete’s location will on January 1, 2021 with limited hours and capacity. Pinball Pete’s is at 1214 S. University Ave.
Sterling Heights police help family in need after parents die from COVID
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – A couple who died after battling COVID-19 left behind three children. Those children now need help paying the bills. However, the Sterling Heights Police Department decided officers could help, too. If you would like to help the family, there is a GoFundMe. More: Sterling Heights news
Michigan restaurant supplier works to raise money for food service workers
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – With little government assistance, the food service in the United States has been decimated by the pandemic. In lieu of government assistance, one Metro Detroit supplier is stepping in to help as much as they can. That’s why they set up the Local Love campaign, an online application for restaurant owners to fill out and also a GoFundMe page to raise money for these restaurants. So anyone that is able to help should help,” Floyd said. According to the National Restaurant Association, 83% of restaurants owners expect sales to decline over winter and 37% believe they’ll be able to remain open in six months without government help.
Officials identify body found on Grand Valley State University campus as first-year student from Royal Oak
ALLENDALE, Mich. – Dozens are mourning the sudden loss of Grand Valley State University first-year student Taylor DeRosa. DeRosa’s body was found on Dec. 12 by a jogger near the athletic field on the university’s Allendale campus. Police are investigating her death as suspicious. PREVIOUS: Police investigating suspicious death after body found on Grand Valley campusThe manner of death is not being revealed at this time. Anyone who has information is asked to call the Grand Valley State University Police Department at 616-331-3255.
Family of 12-year-old boy fatally shot in Oak Park needs help with funeral
OAK PARK, Mich. – Family and friends of LaDamien Williams is asking for help covering the boy’s funeral costs. LaDamien was just 12 years old when he was fatally shot Monday inside a home in Oak Park. Here is the statement from the fund organizer:“My friend dedicated her life to saving other peoples lives. She has worked in the healthcare field saving lives every day being there for other people’s family members. She did not have any life insurance for her children and we need to help give this young man, this innocent young man a proper burial.
Bike built for boy with cerebral palsy stolen from Shelby Township home
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A family in Macomb County is asking a thief to return a stolen bike -- no questions asked. It’s no ordinary bike -- it was built specifically for their 12-year-old son with cerebral palsy so he could ride with his sisters. “The bike itself was bought because he can’t really do a two-wheel,” said Jennifer Kraft. Like Leland, the bike was one-of-a-kind -- a tricycle built and modified so he could join his sisters on their rides. “It was more so about his independence,” Nicholas Kraft said.
Bike built for boy with cerebral palsy stolen from Shelby Township home
Bike built for boy with cerebral palsy stolen from Shelby Township homePublished: August 30, 2020, 11:29 pm“It just seems like all that hard work we did to get it shipped here because of everything that’s going on, and my brother in-law’s work on the bike it -- just seems like it went to waste,” said Nicholas Kraft.
SCRAP Creative Reuse hopes to keep doors open with Save Our SCRAP project
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – One Ann Arbor nonprofit is reaching out to the community to help to keep it afloat during the global health crisis. SCRAP Creative Reuse is a nonprofit organization located in Ann Arbor dedicated to education on sustainability and recycling used materials. The drop in business inspired SCRAP Creative Reuse to open up the Save our SCRAP project, a Gofundme with a goal of $20,000. Saturday Aug. 29, SCRAP Creative Reuse will also be having a back-to-school sale with buy one get one free fill-a-bags, special deals for teachers, and discounts on school and office supplies. To donate visit the Save our SCRAP Gofundme, or visit the SCRAP Creative Reuse website for more information.
Community rallies to help Ferndale poet facing eviction
FERNDALE, Mich. – Sparrow Karas is a beloved member of the Ferndale community and her neighbors are joining forces to help. After living in the same house for 30 years, Karas is facing eviction. She said her believe is that humans are extraordinary, which makes our current world a mystery to her. The owner wants to sell the house and Karas is facing eviction. The goal is to raise enough money to make the down payment on the house, buy it and gift it to her.
Video of Detroit man using custom wheelchair goes viral, family asks for help
DETROIT – It’s been decades since one Detroit grandfather has been able to walk due to multiple sclerosis. It’s designed to help the user stand upright and be able to walk. “The last time I saw him stand up was in college,” Melinda said. “I understand we’re in the middle of a pandemic and a civil rights movement, but hope is not canceled and courage is not canceled,” Melinda said. “My father is the most courageous man I know.”A GoFundMe has been set up for the family.
Iconic 45-year-old Ann Arbor bookstore launches GoFundMe to weather coronavirus pandemic
In 1975, Jay Platt opened West Side Book Shop on W. Liberty St. seven years after graduating from the University of Michigan. Platt launched the “HELP WEST SIDE BOOKS SURVIVE” GoFundMe campaign on April 28 with the goal of raising $75,000. Additionally, Platt has had to cancel this year’s Ann Arbor Book Fair -- an event he has organized for more than 25 years that benefits University of Michigan’s Clements Library. “We are vintage, like many of our books,” wrote Platt. West Side Book Shop is at 113 W. Liberty Street Ann Arbor.
Michigan school district finds unique way to raise money after residents vote against bond proposal
BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan school district has launched a GoFundMe-style fundraising campaign for school upgrades after residents voted against a bond proposal in 2018. MLive reports that Northwest Community Schools District started the Invest in Northwest portal in January. The district hopes to encourage people to give by sharing success stories on the website. The online portal does not have a timeline or total price tag. Some projects have money goals, while others don’t.
Company gifts family accessible van after teen shot in head at Detroit gas station
In June of 2019, Johnson and his family were getting pizza and stopped at a gas station at 7 Mile and Telegraph roads in Detroit. The first company to call us back was Freedom Motors USA. Right away, Freedom Motors USA jumped into action. Sales Manager Justin Lerette said, “The name Freedom Motors USA means more than a company name. (WDIV)When Local 4 showed Brathwaite her new van, thanks to Freedom Motors USA, she was overwhelmed.
GoFundMe set up for family of 1-year-old boy killed in I-94 crash
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. – A donation account has been set up to help the family of a 1-year-old boy who was killed Tuesday morning when someone struck his mother’s car on eastbound I-94 in Macomb County. Police said the preliminary investigation showed a van was traveling in the left center lane on eastbound I-94 at Martin Road about 6 a.m. when it changed into the left lane and rear-ended the car. She stopped the car on the interstate and was waiting for help when the van hit the car. The family says the boy’s mother suffered serious injuries and will have a long road to recovery. This GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for the child’s funeral.
Boy, 5, Thrown From Mall of America Balcony by Stranger Now Recovering at Home
A 5-year-old boy who was thrown off a third-story balcony at the Mall of America in a random attack nearly five months ago has recovered enough to leave the hospital, his loved ones said. Landen completed inpatient rehabilitation and has entered the next phase of recovery, which will take place at his home, his family said Tuesday on GoFundMe. Landen will undergo continued outpatient rehabilitation for multiple injuries and adjusting to life back at home and school, his family said. Landen was with his family at the Minnesota mall on April 12 when a stranger grabbed him and threw him over the balcony, officials said. RELATED STORIESMan Who Threw Boy at Mall of America Gets 19 Years in PrisonMore Than $500K Raised for Little Boy Thrown Off Mall of America BalconyToddler Is Recovering After Being Hit by Shrapnel, Losing Teeth in Texas Shooting
Pa. duo faked birth, death for GoFundMe
The couple raised a total of $550 from the GoFundMe, according to a company spokeswoman. Photographs of baby Easton were posted on the couple's Facebook pages, and the baby matched the "appearance of a newborn look-a-like baby doll," the complaint said. Police say they were unable to find any record that baby Easton ever existed. Police checked with the coroner's office in Somerset and Cambria County and neither had records of an Easton Lang, according to the complaint. CNN has also attempted to reach out to the people who gave the couple money and gifts.