Newborn's Ashes Stolen From Broken-Hearted Mother's Home
|Hey, thieves, please return this urn|
ABC7 has the exclusive story on Michiko Kiyoi, who has had a tough year. After her newborn son died in January, she found herself homeless for a short stint before she finally moved with her three children into a house in Antioch a few months ago.
Then on Wednesday, brazen thieves ransacked her home, stealing TVs, electronics, jewelry, a video game system, and her kid's Christmas presents. But the family's most cherished item was taken: The urn that holds her baby's ashes.
"That is all I have of my baby, please don't throw it away, don't discard it," Michiko told the news station.
Michiko arrived home at 10 p.m. to find shattered glass and her home in shambles. She looked in her own closet, and saw the burglars had taken the urn that contained the remains of her infant son, Gabriel, who died just three hours after he was born.
The silver, heart-shaped urn is only about 4 inches wide and 2 inches tall. It is engraved with the baby's name. It was inside a box on a closet shelf.
Michiko doesn't care about the stolen televisions or the camcorder -- she just desperately wants the ashes back. "Whether you know you have it or not, please return the urn," she says.
Michiko says anyone who may have the urn can drop it in her mailbox or at the front door. You You can also call police anonymously through their tip line. Just text the word "ANTIOCH" to the number 274637.