Jennifer Rucci: Woman heartbroken after box containing her baby daughter's ashes are stolen from car

Christine Rucci, on behalf of her sister Jennifer, is asking the public to be on the lookout for a box that holds the child’s ashes

Jennifer Rucci: Woman heartbroken after box containing her baby daughter's ashes are stolen from car
Jennifer Rucci and her baby Sophie (L), who died in 2007, and the smashed car window (R) after the theft of the box with the child's ashes (YouTube/WCCO- CBS Minnesota)
ADVERTISEMENT

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: In a devastating turn of events, a family is saddened by a car theft that has taken away from them what they value the most — a daughter’s ashes. The incident is said to have happened on Thursday, November 3, when a box containing the ashes of the little girl was stolen from the mother’s car, along with some of her other belongings.

ADVERTISEMENT

Jennifer Rucci had plans to move into her new apartment and was temporarily staying at her sister’s place until her new place was ready for inhabiting. However, she had many moving boxes in her car that she was to take to her new place that were all stolen. While Jennifer Rucci is not so concerned about her material losses, she is utterly devastated about losing the box containing her daughter’s ashes.

ADVERTISEMENT

READ MORE

Maryland family gets casket as Halloween prop, discover dead woman's ashes, personal items inside

Man scatters his mom's ashes 3,000 miles around UK from helicopter as he 'wants her to see new places'

ADVERTISEMENT

A report by CBS Minnesota has stated that Christine Rucci, on behalf of her sister Jennifer, is asking the public to be on the lookout for a box that has the child’s ashes. She has said that Jennifer’s car was left parked at the 2nd Avenue South, near the 3rd Avenue South in the Whittier neighborhood, right outside Christine’s apartment. Overnight, all the boxes were stolen after the car’s window was smashed open.

ADVERTISEMENT

Jennifer Rucci and her sister Christine. (WCCO- CBS Minnesota/YouTube)
Jennifer Rucci and her sister Christine. (WCCO- CBS Minnesota/YouTube)                   

"They smashed the passenger side window over where I live on 2nd Avenue in the apartments over there and took all the boxes in the back," Christine said. "It's like we're missing a child or something, it's a weird thing. It's devastating, you know, it's just so painful, it really is," Christine said. "[My sister is] very sad … she feels horrible about this."

ADVERTISEMENT

The stolen box. (WCCO- CBS Minnesota/ YouTube)
The stolen box. (WCCO- CBS Minnesota/ YouTube)

Apart from the stolen ashes, a printer, some shoes, and a drill were also stolen. A description of the box was given by Christine- she says the box is made of wood and is designed with ducks and bunnies. The box is engraved with the words ‘Sophie D. Brooks’ on the side- along with her birth and death date. The baby had passed away three weeks after her birth more than a decade ago in 2007.

ADVERTISEMENT

"Jennifer's had her with her everywhere she goes, the whole time. She just wanted her to be buried with her, and it made sense to us. That's her only child. I just know whoever took her didn't try to, they didn't know," Christine said. "I'm just hoping they have a heart and will return her."

ADVERTISEMENT

Share this article: Jennifer Rucci: Woman heartbroken after box containing her baby daughter's ashes are stolen from car