“She gave me new meaning on life,” baby’s grave marker found shattered

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NINNEKAH, Okla.-- Tucked away in the Ninnekah cemetery, you'll find a young angel under an old shade tree, with a vandalized grave site.

The damage has appalled the small community, and the family who found their little girl's grave marker ruined.

Little Bella had only 38 minutes on this earth.

"When I was five months pregnant, I found out she was Trisomy 18. So I had the option to abort or to have her, and I couldn`t give up on her," explained her mother, Pamela McCoy. "She lived for about 38 minutes."

Five years after her untimely death, the bond between Bella and Mom holds strong.

"We all held an angel, not many people can say that," said McCoy. "She gave me new meaning on life."

Every day for five years, family have stopped by her grave site to reflect on a donated bench.

The bench is now no more, left shattered in the back of McCoy's truck.

"It was hard, we had just seen somebody had just ran over it," she said.

Today, tiles still litter the ground around the site, as Pamela tries to process why it happened.

"I would pray that it wasn`t intentional I really do," said McCoy. "I would never blame anybody, and I don`t want anything from anybody, I just would like to have known."

Bella's memory though remains, in heartfelt messages left on her tombstones by older sisters, and in her little sister's piercing blue eyes.

Pamela says she plans on replacing the bench, she's just not yet sure how, or with what.

She's happy to announce, she is expecting another little girl to join the family soon.

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