Thieves have returned sentimental baby items belonging to bereaved parents following a public appeal.


The baby's father, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was left destroyed by the theft and made a public appeal for thieves to return the items that provided them with memories.


The couple were out shopping in Dartford, Kent for their deceased baby’s upcoming birthday when thieves stole their car.


Following a public appeal, the precious items were returned to Kent Police this week, according to ITV News.



The items included a blue, grey and black striped blanket in which the baby boy was wrapped at birth, a red toy dinosaur and a baby blue mirror that were inside the black Ford Fiesta. A Stokke iZi Go BeSafe baby car seat, Maxi-Cosi car seat, and a blue buggy with a tan leather handle grip were also stored in the car.

Following the theft of the black Ford Fiesta, the baby’s father spoke out about the priceless memories their son’s items had.


He told the Press Association: "I've got his birthday coming up. I can't sleep. I'm all over the place at the moment, my partner's in absolute pieces.”


He spoke about how the theft had made them revisit the trauma of their young son’s death: "It's that heartbreak feeling again which we had when we had to bury him. It's destroyed me inside, to be honest."

He had pleaded with the car thieves to consider the irreplaceability of their son’s items: "I know that the belongings mean absolutely nothing to them. They might make a few pounds out of them but it's the memories for us, the sentimental value of it all that no-one can replace."



Kent Sergeant Becky Jones said: "When this car was stolen, it contained several items which belonged to the victim's deceased child, and this has caused a great deal of upset and distress for the whole family.”

Police said the car was stolen from Mead Road, Dartford, on April 19.


The Fiesta’s licence plate begins with 'X389', but police say it may have now been removed. The car also has a faulty bonnet which does not close properly.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01474 366149, quoting reference XY/017626/17. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.