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Deer head found on Apollo playground equipment

Jacob Tierney
| Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

A 4-year-old girl found a deer’s severed head on a playground merry-go-round at Owens Grove Park in Apollo on Friday, according to Tiffany Crawford, the girl’s mother.

“I was just sitting on the bench … and she came running up to me screaming and crying, and said she saw a head just laying there,” Crawford said.

As Crawford walked to the merry-go-round to check it out, she at first thought it was a stuffed animal — until she got close enough to see that it was the decapitated head of a deer.

Apollo police confirmed they had received a report about the deer and that the head has been removed from the park.

Police could not immediately provide more information.

It is unknown who placed the head in the park, or if police are investigating.

Crawford said she grew up in Apollo, and knows Owens Grove Park has long attracted vandals.

“The grove isn’t anyplace fun,” she said.

She thinks the deer head was a “sick joke.”

She took her daughter to the park because it is close to their home, and Crawford doesn’t drive, but she won’t be going back there anytime soon, she said.

“My family said they’ll take us to a different park,” Crawford said.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, jtierney@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Soolseem.

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