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. Joe

    goodness

    December 10, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Solemskier

    It's nice to hear that good things are happening in the world. To bad more people don't want to stop and post.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • AZ

      That is sad....if this were a story about immigration, there would be hundreds of posts by now! How sad!! But such a great story!

      December 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      So nice AZ that you could take a nice story like this and twist it to your political agenda. I bet you go to bed every night with a nice cozy feeling.

      December 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Awesome, let us never forget that even with the endless amount of bad news coming at us 24/7 that the fact remains goodness surrounds us everyday in everything.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. K

    Such a heartwarming story!! Amazing how wonderful people can be to one another – we need more stories like this in the news.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Melissa

    It's stories like this that remind you what Christmastime is all about. And also gives some hope that there is some goodness left in humanity.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Its what every day is about.

      December 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • LilMiss82

      Jim ~ that is exactly right. More people should realize that we can be this way ALL year round NOT just around the holidays. Ridiculous.

      December 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Just sayin'

    There has to be a special place in hell for people who do this sort of thing.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      I hope so since our revolving door justice system keeps turning them loose.

      December 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • rafael

      Yup, it's a wonder we have anyone left in prison. Never mind that we have the highest incarceration rate in the world. Those darn revolving doors.

      December 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LindaLou

    I hope someone donates a security system too..thieves know where the stuff is now!

    December 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eldutche

      Yea, it's called a Rem 870 Express

      December 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DougK

      Yes, like a shotgun will work when nobody's at home to use it...

      December 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Kindness counts! That's what I always tell my kids. Nice story!

    December 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. deuce

    Nice to see people helping a member of the community. It's a nice change of pace from all the selfishness and greed that usually pervades the news lately...

    December 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      To your point, I'm glad the story focused on the outpouring of gifts and support rather than the crime that triggered it.

      December 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. one love

    "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.

    This from a veteran that risked his life for his country, a true hero 🙂

    December 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lala

    After all of the horrible stories I have heard around these holidays, it is very inspirational that so many would reach out and help this family in their time of need. Being new parents is hard enough in its own right; I cannot imagine coming home to find out that my home had been vandalized. It's so sad that some people are such losers.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Saben

    what a great ending! so glad so many people are giving this family support!

    December 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Family

      @me-
      One of the many definitions of family includes: "a social unit living together" and "a group of people or animals (many species form the equivalent of a human family wherein the adults care for the young) affiliated by consanguinity, affinity or co-residence." So yes, they are a family.

      December 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzi

      Saben you are a fool!

      December 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      ME, what a narrow-minded and mean-hearted reply.

      December 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • SEAMN

      lets get off ME back. Most likely is sitting at home reading a bible watching matlock and naming his 10 cats his kids names because they would call or visit anymore. I say lets donate to ME we collect a fund to bribe his family to visit him ....50,000 a kid should cover it...maybe

      December 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bunny

    I love how the holidays bring out the generous side of people. I think that's the most beautiful part of Christmas.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. HEIDI

    Thomas Jaden, YOU ARE AN IDIOT!

    December 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      You said it all in 6 words, sister!

      December 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jennifer

    Death penalty for the burglars.

    C'mon, do you think those criminals will EVER do anything positive for society?

    At the very least, they should be sterilized.

    Also, the mother should be careful to not make another baby. One baby is ENOUGH!

    December 10, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • GuerillaGorilla

      I disagree. She should be able to have as many babies as she wants, and can support. Or should we implement a criminal penalty for having more than one child like China has.

      December 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      Who are you to judge how many babies she should have? Move to China if you so love the 1 child rule. I guarantee you'll be back living in the US within a year.

      December 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • one child

      The only good that has ever come out of the Chinese government is the one child policy. China had boom-and-starve dynamics for hundreds of years and they knew the population was out of control. The US population is out of control too. Houses are unaffordable and have you seen a LandSat image of Anywhere, USA? It's paved over like the Borg from Star Trek. Do we pave the entire nation until there's nowhere to plant crops before we stop or do we think with our larger head and use PREVENTION? It's ok to keep shagging, just cover it up.

      December 10, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
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