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Baby Jesus back at home

The Roach family (from top left, clockwise: Chelsea, Candy, Matt and Allison) is pleased their nativity characters were returned. - Photo by Kassie Korich
The Roach family (from top left, clockwise: Chelsea, Candy, Matt and Allison) is pleased their nativity characters were returned.
— image credit: Photo by Kassie Korich

Much to the surprise of the Roach family, the stolen mannequin baby Jesus and king from their nativity scene have been returned after missing for nearly a month.

Candy Roach and her family were devastated when they discovered that someone had stolen the two right out of their front yard last month. The family’s house on Olympic View Road is well known in the neighborhood. The family decks the outside of the house in seasonal decorations from top to bottom. They had left their Christmas decorations up through January so that friends on military deployment could have a little bit of Christmas when they returned. But when baby Jesus and the king went missing they decided to take the decorations down and replace them with Valentine’s Day decor.

“I am in complete disbelief that someone took the time to pull them off their stakes right in our front yard,” said Roach’s son, Matt Dearinger, in an interview earlier this month. “We would really like to get them back.”

And get them back, they did.

Last week a teacher at Cougar Valley Elementary School, who was familiar with the house, was driving by and noticed the baby Jesus and king lying on the ground in front of Matt’s Jeep. The teacher told Roach’s daughter Allison, who attends Cougar Valley Elementary, who called her mom at work.

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