Statues vandalized at Dayton church

A statue at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church was vandalized/Darren King

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Several statues at a Dayton church were vandalized overnight from Tuesday into Wednesday morning.

The incident happened at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church on South Smithville Road.

Church officials say someone vandalized the Shrine of Our Lady Bel-Mont, which was originally dedicated in 1958.

Four of the nine statues, which were made in Italy, were vandalized.

Some of the statues were knocked off their bases, suffering significant damage.

Yellow caution tape was seen strung around the area where the damage occurred.

Church officials say this is the third time the shrine has been vandalized.

The first time, someone poured tar on the statues. The second time, someone drew satanic symbols in the shrine.

Church officials say they’re disappointed because the area is often used as a place for prayer and reflection. They say actions like this hurt the community.

Dayton Police are investigating the incident. There is surveillance video, but it has not been released.

Police have not released any suspect information yet. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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