St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - First they lost their 8-year-old in the recent heat wave, now a St. Louis family believes someone is scamming people by using their dead child's name.
The women in this family want to bury 8-year-old Altamesa Dobson, but two weeks after she died they are not only trying to figure out how to pay for a funeral, but also figure out who is making their grief even more painful.
When Altamesa Dobson was born with a medical condition known as CMV, she wasn't expected to live past the age of three.
But she beat the odds until the age of eight, when one of the deadliest St. Louis heat waves in decades contributed to her death earlier this month.
And her mother says she can't say good-bye. Without the money to pay for her funeral, her family set out to collect a donation, asking people to contribute at either the funeral home or a downtown credit union.
The Dobsons believe people have responded, but they have yet to see they money.
The funeral home confirms people have called to check on the status of the fund raising effort, believing they had donated to the cause after handing over donations to an unknown individual. But no one has turned in any money.
A funeral director, who asked to remain anonymous, is offering to cover the cost of the burial. And while the family says they are grateful, they still want to pay him back for his services.
The family has set up an account at the following location:
Neighbors Credit Union
Altamesa Dobson Funeral Fund
Downtown (inside the Post Office)
1720 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63166