UPDATE | Man arrested in donation jar theft in Ashland

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ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 7/17/19 @ 9:55 p.m.
A man was arrested in connection with theft from a donation intended to help a 2-year-old girl fighting for her life.

Joshua Boggs, 34, faces a misdemeanor charge after investigators say he stole about $500 from a donation jar meant to help a 2-year-old girl struggling for her life. The incident took place in May at a convenience store in Ashland, Kentucky.

Joshua Boggs, 34, faces a misdemeanor charge after investigators say he stole about $500.

The incident took place in May at a convenience store in Ashland. Boggs is accused of reaching his hand into the jar and walking off with the entire day's worth of donations.

The money was meant for a 2-year-old girl who, at the time, was fighting for her life after her mother's boyfriend severely shook her.

Boggs is set to be in court in August. He was taken to the Boyd County Detention Center.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/14/19
Several communities and organizations have been coming together to help the family of a 2-year-old girl who is fighting for her life after police say her mother's boyfriend severely shook her.

In Ashland, Taj Sardar's convenience store on Greenup Avenue has been collecting donations for medical expenses. On Monday, he says some stuck their hand in the jar and took off with the day's collections.

"My blood was boiling," said Sardar. "I was like, 'How can he do that to a child that is fighting for her life right now?' She needs all the help she can get. I was like that's unbelievable."

The jar, and signs around the store, clearly explains what the donations are for. They even have pictures of the little girl in the hospital.

“I never thought that somebody would just open and put their hand in it,” said Sardar. “That person is heartless.”

Thankfully, the store empties the jar out at the end of every day, so only in that days donations were missing. Sardar says they’ve also made changes to make the jar more secure.


Joshua Boggs, 34, faces a misdemeanor charge after investigators say he stole about $500 from a donation jar meant to help a 2-year-old girl struggling for her life. The incident took place in May at a convenience store in Ashland, Kentucky.