Community helps get Muncie baby a headstone

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MUNCIE, Ind. (September 11, 2015)- A 5-month-old baby was laid to rest without a headstone.

For seven months, Jensen Wallace didn’t have anything that said his name or his birthday. It was just a bare grave.

“No one would have known he was here in a big cemetery like this,” explains Bryce Troxell, who visited Jensen’s grave.

In February, firefighters responded to a house fire at Jensen’s home. Jensen was dead, but not from the fire. Cory Wallace, the baby's father, was arrested in August.  He admitted to investigators that he dropped Jensen, "freaked out," and started a fire in the baby’s room.  Earlier this week, Jensen’s mom Sheryl Wallace was also arrested.

The community stepped in to make sure Jensen was honored at his final resting place.  Strangers were calling Elm Ridge Funeral Home wanting to help.

“We were very fortunate today that a memorial came in and even more fortunate that the engraver that does the work for the memorials was there and he stopped and did everything for us,” explains Ted Hoffman, with Elm Ridge Funeral Home.

Jensen’s headstone is engraved with ‘forever in our hearts.’  Next to the headstone were flowers and a cookie monster toy.  Even though Jensen won’t get the chance to meet all the strangers that helped him, they want him to know they care.

“That’s what he deserves, he really does,” said Kylie Troxell.

Funeral directors told FOX59 Jensen’s grandma was able to see the headstone today and was touched.

Cory and Sheryl Wallace are both charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and obstruction of justice.