Thieves Stole Velvet Box Containing Their Baby's Ashes

Posted Jan 10, 2009 by Nikki Weingartner
Around the globe, home burglaries are all too common, with thieves targeting big ticket items such as televisions, stereos and gaming systems. For one victim and her family, the heartless robbers took more than just monetary items.
A woman in Barrie, Canada was robbed by unknown individuals last week, taking from her home cash, a computer and her DVD player, as explained in a local news report. All of those items easily replaced. But the contents inside a stolen purple velvet jewel box can never be replaced.
Most likely mistaking the box for an item containing jewelry or something of cash value, heartless thieves took the remains of Susan Onyeobia's infant who died shortly after her premature birth. Seven years ago, the premature birth of the little girl was followed by her cremation and her remains have been their only sacred link to the child.
The family was not home at the time of the burglary but it has left them with more than a sense of personal violation as they must now deal with the loss of their child again, just in a different way.
Despite objections from the police who have no clues in the case, Susan has offered a "no questions asked" return of her daughter's remains. She still has faith in mankind and believes the world still has "good" people in it.
Until then, Susan and her husband will try to remain strong for their other children, with whom they are sharing their bed because they no longer feel safe.
If you know where it is or have any clues in this case, call Barrie Police at (705) 725-7025.