Stranger helps to replace items stolen from child's grave in Tomball


by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 12:40 AM

TOMBALL, Texas – A grieving mother whose daughter’s grave was hit by thieves is getting help from a stranger.

Jessica Winter showed up at her daughter’s grave in the Klein Memorial Park to find that a brass vase was snatched.

“We came out here to a big hole,” said Winter. “People don’t understand. You don’t heal from losing a child, you don’t heal from it.”

Miles away in Montgomery, Steve Newman watched Winter’s story.

“I don’t know her at all. I just but I can feel the pain,” he said.

Newman said he felt pain for a grieving mother and anger for Donald Brown, Talina Westerman and Michael Johnson. The trio is charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of items from local cemeteries.

“It’s just the whole thing that someone would be so low to steal off any grave, but a baby’s grave. There’s the hottest place in hell saved for those people,” he said.

Newman was moved to help and has offered to pay to replace what was stolen.

Winter was overwhelmed with the gesture.

“I thank God for people like that,” admitted Winter. “I know there’s good people out there. It’s an overwhelming feeling when somebody is touched.”