Fairfield, CA — A 66-year-old grandmother was arrested this week, along with a 27-year-old man as they tried to deliver toys to a shelter for migrant children.The toys were part of a campaign to comfort the children who have reportedly been separated from their parents while crossing the border, according to the group "Solidaridad con Niños."
The man and woman, identified as Elizabeth DeCou and Jesse Ingber were part of a caravan consisting of 35 volunteers that traveled to the Baptist Child and Family Services shelter Sunday to deliver toys and books to the children.
"Our group, consisting of mostly mothers and grandmothers and childcare providers, intended to deliver toys and books to the children, and also sing them lullabies in Spanish," S Hayley Steele, a member of Solidaridad con Niños said.
Steele explained that as the others sang, two members of the group, DeCou and Ingber continued to peacefully approach the facility with toys in their hands.
"Why won't you let us see these kids?" DeCou asked the uniformed man.
"Are you going to step back on the sidewalk or no?" the officer asked, to which DeCou replied, "no."
In response to DeCou's answer, the officer pulled the basket of toys from her hand, removed her purse and she was handcuffed and dragged away.