2005-05-13 / Community

Funeral Set On May 21 For Toddler Found On Beach

By Brian Magoolaghan

Funeral arrangements have been set for the boy whose body – wrapped in a Disney blanket and stuffed in a duffle bag – washed up here in February, The Wave has learned.

The gesture will provide a proper resting place and could actually help solve the mystery of his death.

The Children of Hope Foundation and detectives from the 100 Precinct made the arrangements for the service, which will take place in Far Rockaway and on Long Island on Saturday, May 21, according to foundation president Tim Jaccard.

Mourners will gather at the American Legion Post No. 1273, 3484 Park Avenue, Wantagh at 8 a.m. Police department busses will take them to St. Mary Star of the Sea R.C. Church in Far Rockaway for a 10 a.m. service. Burial at the Island of Hope, the foundation’s special section of the Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, will follow.

The funeral is under the direction of the Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home in Wantagh.

The plan for the funeral follows the ME’s recent ruling that the toddler’s death is a homicide and the subsequent release of his body.

The remains, covered in beach debris, were discovered February 5 by two women walking a dog on the beach at Beach 110 Street. A memorial quickly grew at that spot but has since been washed away by the tide. The ME’s office said they boy was about 3-years-old, about 3 feet tall and weighed about 30 pounds.

An image of the Disney characters blanket, in which his body was wrapped before it was stuffed into a duffle bag and wound up in the ocean, was released to media outlets. The blanket features Mickey Mouse dressed in firefighter clothing and holding a fire hose. Despite being featured in several stories in print and TV broadcasts, detectives don’t have a single lead in the case.

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t look good. I feel bad,” said a source close to the investigation.

But a funeral service is also sure to garner additional news coverage, which would be another chance for the blanket or vague descriptions of the boy and the duffle bag to be recognized by someone.

The Children of Hope is a not-for-profit organization and has helped bury about 80 abandoned infants since 1998. Donations to assist with the costs of burying the child may be sent to: The Children of Hope Foundation, 1490 Franklin Avenue, Mineola, New York 11501.

Anyone with information about the boy is asked to call the Detective McFarland of the 100 Precinct Squad at (718) 318-4221.

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