OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — A Facebook picture taken of an Ozark yard has spread across social media after it showed several dolls hanging from objects with words such as “Boo Hoo”, the letters KKK, and other obscenities.
“It don’t take a genius to see a black doll, with a rope around its neck, hanging from a post or a tree with KKK,” resident Leonard Herring said.
Videos show the dolls hanging from a fence facing another neighbor’s yard. At the scene, many neighbors were unwilling to talk on-camera with WDHN as they feared retaliation. However, they did say there have been numerous attempts to have the dolls taken completely down, but no success has been made.
“Up until Saturday, that was our scenery for the last two weeks of our lives,” Herring said.
Reports said police were able to persuade the dolls’ owner to put the dolls on the other side of the fence, but that hasn’t stopped the creation of even more dolls.
“The recent doll that she put up with cry baby on it after the police came out and told them that they had to take that down,” Herring said.
Residents told News 18 police have helped the situation and have continued to patrol the area frequently. Meanwhile, police said they are very much aware of the situation and are working to ensure everyone’s safety.
“We take the threats of our citizens living comfortably in Ozark very seriously,” Ozark Police Sergeant Everett Evans said. “We’re doing everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
The dolls’ owner has been identified as Cheryl Pytleski. Police say on Oct. 18, a warrant was issued for her arrest, and she was taken into custody on harassment charges.
She has since been released.
WDHN did attempt to contact the other neighbors. However, the neighbors’ yard had several “Do Not Trespass” signs posted and WDHN honored that.
While WDHN was at the scene, a man did appear in a window and began to film us. WDHN motioned to communicate with the individual, but he did not respond.
WDHN left a business card in the mailbox if the residents are interested in sharing their side of the story.