April 13, 2011

Gage Turner And Amber Umbarger - Charged With Robbing Little Girl's Lemonade Stand For Child With Birth Defects

Logan Varnado Story and Donation Site
Gage Turner MySpace Cached Version
Amber Umbarger MySpace Cached Version

Warner Robins, Georgia (The Weekly Vice) - Gage Allen Turner, 20, and Amber Michelle Umbarger, 21 were jailed after they allegedly robbed a 13-year-old's lemonade stand. A lemonade stand that was set up to raise money for a toddler who suffers from birth defects.

According to the Houston County Sheriff's Office, 13-year-old Chelsea Edwards and two of her friends were selling lemonade Saturday to raise money for her 2-year-old cousin, Logan Varnadoe.

Logan was born with part of his brain missing and is also suffering from hernias and gastro-intestinal problems. The child has endured several surgeries due to his medical issues and requires ongoing treatments.

He and his family were scheduled to be flown from Georgia to Cincinnati for advanced treatment. The lemonade sales were meant to help pay for the family's travel and the child's medical expenses.

Investigators say while the children were selling lemonade, a couple approached their stand and inquired about the cost of the lemonade. Turner spotted the jar full of money (approximately $130), grabbed it, and sped off in the vehicle, leaving his girlfriend behind.

The woman, later identified as Umbarger, was apprehended at the scene. Turner, was arrested on Tuesday at around 3:00 a.m. He was found inside a vacant apartment.

The victim's grandmother stated that the seventh grader has been very distraught over the incident. She stated that the child has been depressed and has also had trouble sleeping at night over the incident.

Neighbors and friends have been chipping in to try and replace the stolen cash. Donations are being accepted a website set up on the family's behalf. The family reportedly received more than $3,000 within 12 hours of the story airing on local television.

Umbarger and Turner were booked into jail and charged with three counts of robbery by sudden snatching. Both suspects remain in custody, pending initial court appearances Thursday.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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