Heartbroken Texas mother urges burglars who broke into her house to return the ashes of her infant son who died in 2016
The family hopes the burglars return the small white box that contains the ashes of their son Julien, who lost his life in September 2016 at the tender age of 11 weeks
A Texas couple was shocked to reportedly find their home and bedroom stripped of jewelry and other precious items after returning from a marathon in San Antonio last weekend. However, they are hoping the burglars have the compassion to return one item that is very close to their heart — the ashes of their infant son.
In a conversation with the Dallas Morning News, Siobhan Gracely and her husband AJ said they are pleading with the unidentified thieves to return the small white box that contains the ashes of their son Julien, who lost his life in September 2016 at the tender age of just 11 weeks. The box is decorated with a bear on its lid. "His life has already been tragically taken away from him," Gracely told the newspaper. "And then to have his ashes stolen as well. It’s just the most heart-wrenching situation."
Gracely expressed her grief in a Facebook message posted to a friend's account and urged the public to help recover the container. "This weekend our home was broken into while we were out of town for 28 hours," she said. "Jewelry was stolen but so were Julien’s ashes. We are heartbroken. We know our baby is in heaven but want his ashes back. The ashes were in a white hard plastic cube with a silver teddy bear on the top."
Gracely hopes someone will "have the heart to return" the container through the Houston Police Department or Fire Department, especially since there is a reward being offered for the gesture.
Speaking to ABC 13, the couple said the container was likely taken because the burglars believed it contained watches or jewelry. The family fears that once they realize it's just ash, they will toss the remains away. "I am certain they thought the box containing the ashes was used to store jewelry," Gracely’s sister, Caroline Kalil Baizan, wrote in a post on social media. "When they do unscrew the cube, they will throw the box along with their young son’s ashes away."
Despite the slim odds, Gracely is hoping for the best. "Hopefully, hopefully, someone will see it," she told ABC 13. "You do hear stories of these ashes found and returned."