Mother reburies infant recovered from vandalized Memorial Mound - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Mother reburies infant recovered from vandalized Memorial Mound mausoleum

A local cemetery helped Ziegler pay for the cost of Jamerial's reburial. (Source: Family/WBRC video) A local cemetery helped Ziegler pay for the cost of Jamerial's reburial. (Source: Family/WBRC video)
Jamerial Ziegler. (Source: Family/WBRC video) Jamerial Ziegler. (Source: Family/WBRC video)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - In February of 1993 little Jamieral, Kimberly Ziegler's baby girl, was interred at Memorial Mound in Bessemer. She died of a heart condition six months after her birth.

"It was real hard. You never get, you know, over your little one passing, but time heals," said Ziegler.

But for Ziegler the healing process over nearly 23 years was time lost. She now has to deal with grief and emotions all over again after Memorial Mound was found abandoned and vandalized earlier this month. Some of the remains inside caskets had even been disturbed.

"When you bury somebody and they're finally laid to rest; not to have someone vandalize your resting place," said Ziegler.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office came to Memorial Mound last week and removed an undisclosed number of remains. They said at the time that they would care for them while they tracked down family members. Thankfully, they recovered Jamerial's remains.

The property was transferred to the state in 2010, but officials aren't assisting families with moving the remains.

"Having to do this over again, which, you know, if you don't have a second set of insurance to pay for a burial, you know, once it's already done," said Ziegler. "It's horrific....It's just crazy for someone to have to go through this again."

Ziegler went from being worried to relieved after calling Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham. She told officials her situation and they offered to assist her financially on a reburial. 

Little Jamerial now has a new resting place. She was buried on Wednesday.

"I'm satisfied that she's in a great place right now," said Ziegler. "I can come to visit her. I don't have to worry about it being locked. I don't have to worry, you know, about anybody vandalizing this place. I thank them from the bottom of my heart because those people stepped up and helped us out tremendously."

Ziegler and her family told us on Monday that the last time they had been able to get into Memorial Mound was in 2000. All other attempts in the years after were unsuccessful.

Copyright 2015 WBRC. All rights reserved.
Powered by Frankly