Woman accused of stealing money raised for toddler’s funeral

Woman accused of stealing money raised for toddler’s funeral

VANDERBURGH CO., Ind. (WFIE) - An Evansville woman is accused of taking money raised for funeral expenses of a young child.

Caroline Rich, 37, was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on theft and fraud charges.

Deputies say she worked as Family Service Counselor at Alexander Memorial Park/Funeral Home.

They say she stole more than $19,000 from the family of three-year-old Oliver Dill.

“This family entrusted this person with paying off the debt of the funeral and memorial. You get a little disgusted with what has occurred. You had such a tragic incident that started this, where you had a young baby pass away," said Sheriff Dave Wedding.

Oliver died in July after deputies say he was accidentally left inside a hot car at the University of Southern Indiana.

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Deputies say some of the money was raised by a GoFund Me account and was supposed to be for burial plots and headstones.

The woman who created the GoFund Me posted about the arrest on Facebook.

Ashley Nanninga says "... When [Oliver’s Mom] told me I cried harder than I have in a long time and she comforted me. And then it dawned on me - while it is devastating and awful, I don’t want to focus on the hatred and negativity.

Instead I want use this as an opportunity to share what the Dills have been doing in honor of Ollie. You may have seen the trending #bekindforollie being shared. Instead of focusing on hatred I challenge each of you to do 3 random acts of kindness in HONOR of Ollie, then share below. Or just share a picture of what you are doing and include the tag #bekindforollie

This weekend is a GLVC game at USI honoring Ollie. Money raised at this game will go to Easter Seals as a way to honor his memory..."

Oliver Dill
Oliver Dill (Source: Dignity Memorial)

Rich made her first court appearance on Thursday. Her bond was set at $500 and she is scheduled to be back in court on September 17.

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