$10,000 wedding ring found by 6-year-old girl who learned to "do the right thing"


DUBLIN, Ohio - Imagine losing the most special item you own and it's worth more than $10,000.

That's what happened to one local mom who lost her diamond rings at a park in Dublin.

There are some things in life that are priceless.

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"The fact that he was able to get his money together and get these rings, there's a sentimental value to them and I wanted to pass them down to my kids one day," Caitlin Adkins explains about her wedding and engagement rings.

That was the plan for Caitlin Adkins and her husband Jake until those rings turned up missing after a trip to Ballantrae Community Park.

"I took them off and put them in my pocket because I didn't want to get sunscreen on them, that was my worry," she says.

But when Caitlin got home from the park, she realized her rings were missing.

"I was hysterical," she explains, "My daughter said, 'Mommy what's wrong? what's wrong?' And I was just like, 'Mommy can't find her rings.' I was trying not to worry her."

Caitlin then told her husband to head back to the park and check the bathroom but at that point, the door was locked, so he called Dublin Police.

"He called me right away and said somebody turned in rings that day. I was sitting in bed sobbing with the kids and when he said that, I was so happy. But I had to know who that person was because I was in disbelief somebody would do that," she says while sobbing.

That 'someone' didn't even know the price of what she found. Six-year-old Tiny Dutton and her mom's friend, John, happened to be at the park the same day.

"I found Caitlin's rings in the bathroom," Tiny says, "I said these are some magic princess'."

Tiny showed the rings to John, who realized they were very valuable.

"I told her we have to do the right thing. They're not ours and what you do when people aren't watching is the integrity and character your mom talks about," John said.

Characteristics John says he didn't have just five years ago. John is a recovering addict and admits back then those rings would have ended up in a pawn shop.

But that day he learned recovery is real. Tiny learned something too, how making just one good decision, can change someone's world.

"Just to be such a young 6-year-old girl to do something so right and to make people so happy, I think forever she's going to carry that with her for the rest of her life," Caitlin says.

After Caitlin found him on Facebook, John, Tiny, her mom and Caitlin's family all met each other to say "thank you."