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Thief Steals Money Meant For 7-Year-Old On Life Support

5:58 AM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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St. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A thief made off with close to $300 dollars meant for a 7 year old boy fighting for his life.

"This is where they tore the screen to get in here, and we haven't fixed it yet," said Outback Crab Shack Owner Margaret Tuttle.

Breaking in to the Crab Shack in St. Augustine might be easy, but Tuttle says it's what the thief did that's hard to swallow.

"It's not hard to get in here, but what he did was just so uncalled for," she said.

Survalliance video shows a young man walking in to the bar area of the restaurant and taking a gallon jug full of money meant for Jesse Stratton, a 7 year-old critically injured weeks ago.

"It just breaks my heart to think that little boy is struggling to live and someone can take from him," she said.

Jesse's family is trying to raise money to bring him home from the hospital and provide the round the clock care he'll need after falling in a neighbors pool.

He's still on life support at Wolfson's Children's Hospital.

The crab shack raised almost 9-thousand dollars for the family, and while what was in the bucket was only a small fraction of that amount, it could have gone a long way.

"God will deal with it in his own way, they must have needed it," said his father, Bradley Stratton.  

He says Jesse is still on life support, but opened his eyes for the first time today.

"He's a fighter, he really is. He's got a wild spirit," he said.

The Crab Shack is still accepting donations for Jesse.

His family will likely not be able to bring him home for a few months.

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