Par­ents’ heartache as thieves steal baby’s re­mains:

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON

ACOUPLE have been left ‘ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated’ af­ter sick thieves stole a memo­rial con­tain­ing their un­born baby’s re­mains from their new home.

Kyle Livesey and Paige Rhodes were heart­bro­ken af­ter their baby died on May 1 this year from a mis­car­riage when Paige was around three months preg­nant.

How­ever, just one day af­ter mov­ing into their new home on Whal­ley Road in Clay­ton-le-Moors a special plant pot memo­rial con­tain­ing the baby’s re­mains was stolen from their back yard.

Kyle, 20, said it was the ‘fi­nal rest­ing place for our lit­tle baby and we need it back more than any­thing’.

He told the Observer: “It has ab­so­lutely no face value to any­body else. It is purely sen­ti­men­tal to my­self and my part­ner. It makes no sense why any­one would do this.

“We are ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated. It’s all we’ve got as a re­minder to our baby.

“I’ve grown up in Clay­ton. All my fam­ily live in Clay­ton. We were re­ally ex­cited to move in.

“It was a new start for us both and things were look­ing a lot bet­ter un­til some­one had done this ab­so­lutely hor­ri­ble thing to us.

“We are both a bit lost now with what to do. It’s like we have gone through los­ing the baby all over again.”

Kyle, who is study­ing an on­line Open Univer­sity course, said he first re­alised the baby memo­rial was miss­ing from the back yard on the morn­ing of Fri­day, Au­gust 18, along with a large bro­ken tele­vi­sion be­long­ing to the pre­vi­ous tenant.

When he broke the news to Black­burn Col- lege stu­dent Paige, 17, he said she ‘in­stantly got re­ally up­set’.

Kyle said: “I was still in shock. We just didn’t know what to do. It was a very strange sit­u­a­tion.

“The first thing I did was knock on neigh­bours and a shop next door to see if they had seen any­thing. They all said they had seen the pot but had no idea what had hap­pened to it.”

Kyle said they did not re­port the theft to po­lice straight away, hop­ing the thief would ‘gain a con­science’ and re­turn it.

The memo­rial in­cluded a heart-shape plaque placed in the pot which read: ‘In lov­ing mem­ory of our sleep­ing angel. 01/05/2017. Even the small­est of foot­prints have the power to leave an ever­last­ing im­print on the Earth’.

Paige and Kyle did not know whether they were due to have a boy or a girl.

Kyle said: “We thought if one of them had taken it then they would gain a con­science and put it back so we did leave it for over a day hop­ing it would ap­pear back in the gar­den but that didn’t hap­pen.

“We still walk around and have a look in back al­leys just hop­ing some­body might have thrown it out some­where and we could find it.

“We just want as many peo­ple to know about it as pos­si­ble be­cause it will heighten our chances.

“We don’t re­ally care about the per­son or the rea­son why they’ve done it. We don’t care, we just want it back.

“More than any­thing we just want it back.”

‘It’s all we’ve got as a re­minder to our baby’

Kyle Livesey and Paige Rhodes; Right, their baby’s memo­rial

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