Officials: Ronald McDonald statue burned, decapitated in Vt.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – Officials say vandals burned, decapitated and cut the feet off a smiling clown statue that had sat outside a Ronald McDonald House in Burlington.

A Ronald McDonald statue had occupied a bench outside the home for years.

Executive Director Kristine Bickford tells WPTZ-TV that volunteers had to move the remains of the statue into storage because children were traumatized from seeing the mangled Ronald McDonald statue.

She says on three separate occasions vandals burned the statues face, took off its head and sawed off its feet. The head was later discovered dumped near the city’s waterfront.

Bickford estimates it will cost about $7,500 to buy a new statue and that the house is waiting on an insurance claim. She says the new statue will be kept indoors.

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