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Lemonade stand robbery may have happy ending, donations pour in

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(CBS/AP) WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - Donations poured in to a Georgia family after word spread that a lemonade stand to raise money for a hospitalized toddler had been robbed.

Three girls were robbed of about $150 Saturday at their stand in central Georgia, authorities said. They were trying to raise money for a cousin of one of the girls, a 2-year-old who is to undergo treatment for an intestinal disease.

The sick child's mother, April Varnadoe, says the family received more than $3,000 within 12 hours of the story airing on local television.

A 13-year-old girl was holding the jar containing the money when the man snatched it from her, Houston County sheriff's Lt. Jon Holland said. Holland said.

Authorities arrested 21-year-old Amber M. Umbarger and 20-year-old Gage Allen Turner. Jail records state that both suspects are charged with robbery by sudden snatching.

WMAZ-TV reports the family of one of the robbed girls planned to leave Wednesday for Ohio, where her 2-year-old cousin is to undergo surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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