Woman Allegedly Stole Donations Sent to 8-Year-Old Burn Victim Safyre Terry

Safyre Terry: Woman Allegedly Stole Donations Sent to 8-Year-Old Burn Victim
Kim Bradford
Rotterdam Police Dept

03/01/2016 AT 08:45 AM EST

A 41-year-old woman has been arrested in upstate New York for allegedly stealing more than $1,300 in donations from Safyre Terry, the 8-year-old girl who was severely burned in a 2013 fire that killed her father and three younger siblings.

Police in Rotterdam, New York, tell PEOPLE that Kimberly Bradford was charged with felony grand larceny last week.

The charges were the result of an extensive investigation sparked by complaints filed by volunteers from Safyre's Angels, an organization that sprung to help Safyre open the many letters and Christmas cards sent to her.

Safyre suffered burns to 75-percent of her body in the 2013 fire, which is still being investigated as a possible arson, police say.

Safyre's request for Christmas cards made headlines last December when more than a million letters from around the world were delivered to the little girl, including ones from the likes of Katy Perry and Beyoncé.

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Police say Bradford aroused suspicions within the organization last month that she was pocketing money and gift cards being sent to Safyre.

Other volunteers allegedly confronted Bradford at her home, where they found several mail bins filled with unopened letters.

According to police, Bradford had been tasked with responding to cards that had already been opened by a team of Safyre's Angels volunteers.

Police tell PEOPLE that Bradford is accused of taking $800 in cash from Safyre's cards and $550 in store-issued gift cards.

Bradford was arrested on Thursday and has pleaded not guilty to the charges. She was released on $5,000 bail and is due back in court on March 10.

Police continue with their investigation, and hint that more arrests could be forthcoming.

Attempts to contact a spokesperson for Safyre's Angels were unsuccessful Monday, and court records do not indicate whether Bradford has a lawyer to comment.
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