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Vandals do $20,000 in damage to nuns' prayer garden

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One of the 40 trees damaged by vandals inside the Canticle of Praise Prayer Garden on the campus of Lourdes University. One of the 40 trees damaged by vandals inside the Canticle of Praise Prayer Garden on the campus of Lourdes University.
SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Sylvania police are investigating after someone intentionally caused more than $20,000 on the property of the Sisters of St. Francis.

Vandals damaged more than 40 trees in the Canticle of Praise Prayer Garden on the campus of Lourdes University. Someone also broke the feet and left hand off of a baby Jesus statue which was part of a year-round nativity garden.

"The biggest horror for me and the worst experience is when I saw what had been done to the infant statue," said Sylvania Franciscans Master of the Grounds Jeremias Stinson.

Some trees were also spray painted, and an irrigation pipe damaged.

Sister Stinson says she is concerned for the safety of people who pray in the garden.

"It is all coming from rage and what is the next level and that is why we are, and that is why I have stepped up and said we need to really bring this information to people," said Stinson.

Sylvania Police say the incident is still under investigation. They have no suspects at this time.

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