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3 kids in custody in connection with vandalism at Sitdown Strikers' Memorial

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Three juveniles have been identified, accused of vandalizing the UAW Sitdown Strikers’ Memorial in Flint.

It happened overnight on Saturday and was noticed on Sunday.

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Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said that three suspects, aged 9, 10, and 11, splashed white house paint over several of the statues and broke several of the lights in the garden.

A witness told police they saw the children running to a house. When officials went to that home, they found evidence connected to the vandalism.

"They painted some of the statues. They painted on some of the marble, painted around the floating ball," said Steve Dawes, with UAW Region 1-D.

The memorial is dedicated to the men and women whose sit-down strike helped created the United Autoworkers Union. 

"It's heartbreaking because we put this here in the community. We maintain it. The people in the neighborhood really love it. They come here to visit and to spend time," Dawes said.

Dawes said the park means a lot to everybody in the area, especially women.

"It memorializes on the people of the great sit-down strike like the immigrants and the Americans that came to work in the General Motors facility. A big part of this is a tribute to women and all the great things women have done for this country," Dawes said.

The vandalism was cleaned-up earlier this week, and everything is ready for the Labor Day celebration that will happen at the memorial on Monday.

"It's not going to deter us. This is a little bump in the road, not a setback. We will have this thing cleaned up and ready to go by Labor Day," Dawes said.

The three juveniles were taken into custody, their names have not been released because of their age.

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