By Matt Popovich
(Milan, Ind.) - A fundraiser for a 12-year-old local boy severely injured in a lawn-mower accident was bittered by a theft last weekend.
“He would be absolutely upset. He’d be mad,” said Danny Baas, referring to if he were to tell his son about what happened following his benefit party this past Saturday, September 14 at Baker Memorial Park in Milan.
Johnathon Baas’ foot was amputated mid-way between his toes and ankle in the lawnmower accident last May. He underwent a grueling four-hour long surgery to re-attach his severed foot at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital.
Much of the news since then has been good as Jonathon bounces back, Danny said. Feeling is slowly returning to Jonathon’s foot and he continues to undergo therapy. Still, he has made a remarkable recovery since his accident.
Some of the costs of the medical treatments were to be offset by a benefit party held in Milan Saturday. The party included beer, which had been stored in a trailer left at the park for the remainder of the weekend. Sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, 35 cases of the alcohol had disappeared from that trailer, Baas said.
Baas was notified of the theft after employees of Craig Distributing called him and informed him there were only 18 cases of beer left on the trailer. Somebody had cut the lock from the beer trailer and took some of what remained after the party.
The stolen cases of beer had a combined value of $590, according to the father. Inevitably, the Baas family had to pay the cost of the stolen beer out of the funds they raised during Jonathon’s benefit.
“They didn’t steal the beer from me. They stole the beer from Children’s Hospital, because 100 percent of the proceeds from the party were going to be used to pay the surgeons who re-attached my son’s foot,” said Baas.
The family is working with the Milan Police Department, but as of Wednesday there have been no arrests.
If you have any information regarding the theft, contact the Milan Police at (812) 654-2211.