Swings cut down, stolen from Attleboro park built in memory of 2-year-old girl


ATTLEBORO, M.A. (WCVB) – A Massachusetts family is heartbroken after a playground built in memory of a 2-year-old girl has been vandalized for the second time.

The swings at Ariella’s Flutterby Park in Attleboro were cut down and stolen. The park’s solar lights were also broken and stolen.

The playground is named after Ariella Ouellette, who died in her sleep just six days after her second birthday in 2017. Her death was ruled a sudden unexplained death in childhood.

“It’s not fair. It’s not OK,” Ariella’s mother, Alicia Ouellette, said of the vandalism. “I mean, realistically, this could happen to anyone’s family, just like it did mine. One night, I put my daughter to bed (and) the next morning, I woke up and found her not alive. It was not a pretty thing and, unfortunately, my kids were there for that.

“Now, they’re showing up to her playground to find that people are heartless and just ruining her stuff for no reason.”

The community raised money to build the playground shortly after Ariella’s death.

Attleboro police are investigating the vandalism and they are considering the installation of surveillance cameras to ensure this does not happen again.

If you would like to donate to replace the swings and solar lights, click this link.

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