Family members and friends gathered in Manhattan Thursday morning for the funeral of Dominick Lubrano, the 6-month-old baby who officials believe died of abuse earlier this month.
The service was held at First United Methodist Church on Poyntz Avenue at 10:30 a.m. The boy was buried in Ogden at the Ogden Cemetery.
Lubrano died on March 18 at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City three days after police were called to his home in Ogden on reports that he was not breathing. Michael Dechant, 19, the live-in boyfriend of the boy’s mother, Sabrina Ross-Lubrano, is in police custody on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with his death.
A memorial fund for the child was set up through Kansas State Bank and the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral costs and to help raise money for a scholarship for Lubrano’s one-and-a-half-year old brother, Damian.
Shane Lohse, funeral director at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeed Funeral Home, said a few donations have been sent to the funeral home, including about $500 from an anonymous group of donors, who Lohse said are still raising money.
Lohse said the casket flowers, which can cost several hundred dollars, were donated by the vault company and said the funeral home always provides donations for funerals involving infants.
Due to privacy laws, it is not known how many donations have been sent through Kansas State Bank.
Readers still wishing to help the family can send donations to the Dominick James Lubrano Memorial Fund at Kansas State Bank, 1010 Westloop Place, or to the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, Kansas, 66502.