By Alan Shope, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
SWEET SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) -
Generous KCTV5 viewers have stepped forward to give a proper burial to a baby who died suddenly.
Jaydah Yvette Wood was born prematurely and died in her sleep on April 3. She was just three months old.
The devastated family didn't have the money to pay for her funeral, which was almost $2,000. So the family had donation jars put out at businesses to help raise funds, but was about $400 short.
Other family members also put on donation jars in Jaydah's name, but pocketed the change, her devastated father, Eric Browder, said.
After KCTV5 aired a report on the scam and sad situation, outraged viewers stepped up including Keith Carr and Katherine Cochran. After seeing the report, the couple called the funeral home and paid the balance.
Keith Carr said Jaydah's family needed to focus on grieving and not unpaid bills or a scam by relatives.
"It hurt my heart when I heard the story," Carr recalled. "It enraged me. I spilled my coffee all over the kitchen. I just thought it was time to give Eric and his family some peace. Kathy and I decided we were going to do it. He deserves a break."
Browder was overwhelmed by the compassionate gesture.
"It's just a moving moment whenever somebody out of the goodness of their own heart and they give to a baby who was a very special person," he said. "She was my everything. I think you. I thank you very much from the bottom of my heart."
Browder said the fake collection jars were placed around the Lake of the Ozarks. He said when he has learned of each one that he has contacted the businesses to have it removed as well as law authorities, who have not filed any charges.
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