Rep. Andy Ogles won’t share where nearly $25K for child burial garden went

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: U.S. Rep.-elect Andy Ogles (R-TN) casts his vote in the House Chamber during the fourth day of elections for Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2023 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives is meeting to vote for the next Speaker after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) failed to earn more than 218 votes on several ballots; the first time in 100 years that the Speaker was not elected on the first ballot. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Recently, Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 Investigates investigated Tennessee’s freshman GOP Congressman Andy Ogles after a GoFundMe campaign that raised nearly $25,000 appeared to be a scam. Rep. Andy Ogles shared the news with the public about a personal tragedy he faced when he had the stillborn death of his child, Lincoln. Two days after the loss of the child in 2014, Ogles used a photo of his stillborn baby for a GoFundMe campaign for “Lincoln’s Place.” It implored: “Help us help other families. No family should have to bury their child; no child should be alone.” In the campaign, Lincoln’s Place was described as a promised burial garden that would “create a place for Lincoln’s new play friend”, “a life-size statue of Jesus watching over the children”, and “benches for families to sit while surrounded by flowers.” After sharing an emotional plea for support, people responded by donating almost $25,000 to the campaign. GoFundMe confirmed that Ogles got the money, however, nothing that was promised has been delivered. After NewsChannel 5 reached out to Ogles and his office multiple times, with questions surrounding the money, he has refused to answer.

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