KREBS -- The small town of Krebs is still haunted by the drowning of a little girl back in July of 2016.
Officials said her father is responsible, claiming he was trying to “baptize” his child of “all the evil in the world.”
However, one man is hoping to ease the pain by marking the location of the drowning with a monument engraved with a promise of hope.
It happens often. People stop alongside a rural road just outside of Krebs to stop and stare. They look onto Jack Mouser’s property where a pond sits several yards from the road. The pond holds a bad memory.
“There was no purpose for some of the stuff he did,” Mouser said.
Two-year-old Emily Sizemore was found by officials on Mouser’s property, unresponsive in the water. Her father, Devin Sizemore stood nearby.
He was later arrested for the crime.
“I sure didn’t have any good thoughts about him,” Mouser said. “It was all about this little girl I never even seen.”
Mouser said he had no idea Sizemore and his daughter were living in his barn. When he got word of the drowning, he was in shock, especially of the grim details.
“In that barn we found a little 2-year-olds little old pink sandal,” Mouser said. “When I looked at that thing I about had a tear.”
Mouser has now built a monument to honor little Emily’s life.
“I just love to do stuff for people that can’t do for themselves,” he said.
The stone is engraved with a lamb followed by the toddlers name. The words “Alive Forever” send a message to those who grieve.
“She died but her being an innocent little child... she is eternally living in heaven, you know,” Mouser said.
Devin Sizemore remains in jail on a $1 million bond. His trial is set for March 8.
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