West St. Paul police say theft of 2-year-old’s wheelchair 'disheartening', strangers step up

Eric Chaloux
Updated: September 30, 2020 06:11 PM
Created: September 30, 2020 02:44 PM

The West. Paul Police Department tweeted last week asking for the community to help locate a stolen specialized wheelchair that belonged to a two-year-old boy.

Little Levi has cerebral palsy and needs that custom wheelchair to eat, communicate, and get to therapy appointments, according to his mother Holli Magee.

“Everything stopped, I didn't know what I was going to do, I was completely lost," Magee said. "I think everybody in the neighborhood heard me yell... it was just a straight kick... like somebody literally knocked me down, it was horrible."

The wheelchair was left in Magee’s parked car at their apartment complex on Thompson Avenue.

West St. Paul’s Police Chief Brian Sturgeon called it “disheartening” that there have been no leads or arrests in the case.

Wheelchair for 2-year-old boy with Cerebral Palsy stolen in West St. Paul

In the meantime, family members created a fundraising page that helped raise more than $6,000 for a customized wheelchair.

"It's just good to know that there are still people out there that are good,” Magee said.

But as Levi's story spread, a family also reached out to Magee and gave them a wheelchair that belonged to their late daughter, whose name was Charlie.

It's that little girl's name 'Charlie' that Magee said took her breath away.

"Before all of this happened my grandfather passed about a week ago, and his name was Charlie... so it seems like they met up there and did their thing,” Magee said. "Yes, definitely angels.”

The family is deciding if they will customize the donated wheelchair or use the donated funds to build a brand new chair for little Levi.

If you have any information to help West St. Paul Police with their investigation, click on their Tip Line to submit information.

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