Home burglarized while vet, fiancee welcome baby
December 10th, 2010
02:04 PM ET

Home burglarized while vet, fiancee welcome baby

An Iraq war veteran and his fiancee are receiving an outpouring of support after their home was burglarized while the woman was giving birth, CNN affiliate WBNS reports.

While Tonya Verduga was giving birth at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital with military veteran Tom Sheehan at her side, thieves were ransacking their house and making off with TVs, a laptop, jewelry and Christmas presents for the baby and for Verduga's two sons from a previous marriage, the station reported.

"From the ultimate high to just wanting to scream," said Sheehan, who returned from his most recent tour in Iraq in August. "(I'm) just so angry and upset."

But their community is making things right. Members of the Liberty Township Fire Department are adopting the family, and two VFW posts are collecting gifts and donations, WBNS reported.

Philanthropist Mae McCorkle wrote the couple a check for $5,000.

"It's an overwhelming feeling, knowing that you can get care like that from a complete stranger. ... It makes your heart melt knowing that there's people who would do that for you," Sheehan told the station.

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  1. Meistro

    They made off with their 2 sons??? 🙂

    December 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Angela McPherson

    The label "fiance" attempts to give respectability to people who violate moral standards. More appropriate labels would be the "veteran and his live-in-girlfriend."

    December 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. disgusted

    I am disgusted by the people who say "where was my handout"!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS? You were upset because you did not get a handout? pulleez! For those of you commenting on your family member had this happen, I am sorry that happened. However, one should not ever expect a handout...I suppose it's a good thing they had someone like "you" around to give them their handout. If you did not receive love and support when it happened, maybe you should look at yourself and wonder why? Were you there when your friends and family needed you? Are you there for strangers when they need someone? What goes around comes around.

    And like others, I too thought the best gift these parents could give their kids would be a wedding because if you are not committed enough to each other for a wedding, you sure as heck should not be having a child together!

    I'm glad to see the community rally around this family. That is the way charity should work...you see a worthy cause and you help out. Not like others who just ASSume they should have a freebie-handout!

    This is a great lesson for all of...and yes, charity can be all year long, not just at CHRISTmas time!

    Merry Christmas all...and keep Christ in CHRISTmas!

    December 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lalaloopsy

    One Child,
    I agree with you on some levels. However, China is seeing a larger amount of boy vs. girl babies being born. Pretty soon there won't be enough women to carry on the gene pool. I completely agree w/limiting the children born to even out the population. I think that people like the Duggars and and Gosslin's are completely out of line. However, the biological reason to have children to replace the parents in the gene pool. You are not doing that w/one child. One child replaces one parent. I believe that 2 children should be the limit. Any more than that and you are over flowing the pool and over population leads to underfed people w/no room or space. Other groups of animals stop having babies all together when their group becomes over populated. Humans could take a lesson from mother nature in this.

    In the instants of this family, having 1 child still keeps the gene pool even, since the mother of this child has no other children.

    I hope this family has a very merry holiday and can enjoy the birth of this little bundle. Congrats to them!

    December 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • abehs00

      Well people who are that concerned can have zero children and let people who really want to be parents have them. Some people just shouldn't be parents, other people make fantastic parents. It might be a little over kill to have 20 children but I have three and love them very much and can't imagine life with just two so to hear someone say people should only be allowed to have one or two sounds terrible to me. There are a lot of people who choose not to have children. I'm glad my children have multiple siblings, I'm sure it will be even more fun to get together as they grow and have their own families.

      December 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sash

    What a shame there are so many terrible people in the world. But what a delight that there are so many wonderful people who are willing to help this family.

    December 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Thatguy371

    Quite a good story to read. Too bad there are so many venomous comments on this thread. Some of you would probably beat the h@%% out of each other... and then try to figure out why you did it later.

    December 10, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MARY

    do you see how they say the thieves took off with their two sons? That's weird!

    December 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar


    December 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar


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  10. helenhull102951

    WET-BACK AT WORK.. This is why the law should be 50.00 per head (Law should say wets wanted DEAD OR DEADER) the more holes,the more pay! NO WOUNDS will be paid..

    December 11, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Irony

    So let me get this straight, vet who was "defending America's way of life" in Iraq had his family's house ransacked as they were delivering a newborn. I would love to hear if he'd be willing to "defend our way of life" again if this is all that America has become, a group of thieving, lying, sports and celelebrity watching drones. So what part again did he defend of our America? Oh it must be the right to government searches, intrusion in our lives, monitoring of all our communications and your right to welfare. God Bless America.
    I hope for his sake he learns from this experience and leaves this God-forsaken country with his new family before the next swell of thieves (the IRS and both political parties) come to take whatever's left of his family's future like all of ours.
    As a fellow Veteran I just want to say thank you to Tom Sheehan for your service and hope the best for you and your family. Now do what's best for them and start looking for a better country to move to since this one is too far gone. Written from my Not Made in the USA laptop because we no longer manufacture items of quality because American has “Obama’s Stash” to pay for everything we need, including all that jobs use to provide like dignity.

    December 11, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. james

    i think your home should be your castle – and people who break into your castle should be treated like foreign invaders and sentenced to death.

    December 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    @Lisa and @Katie. You are not trolls. You are a couple of chumps.

    December 12, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    @Joe, goodness? Goodness? You're a chump, Joe.

    December 12, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fellow Veteran

    That was sad such things happen like that, but it was real nice some-one stepped in to help, I do hope they have a better holiday with their new born baby and all. Early Merry Christmas to the family and veteran. Hope nothing else goes wrong. And Semper Fi.

    December 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
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