Just two days after the six-year anniversary of her premature baby’s death, 37-year-old Amy-Jo Selby’s house was broken in to by a ‘disrespectful’ burglar.
Amy-Jo called her ‘Baby Hinchliffe’ after the death at 20 weeks.
The culprit also stole her four-year-old son’s Nintendo Switch - his Christmas present - among a number of other items, including a chain with her baby’s ashes in.
She said: “It happened last Thursday at about school time as my mum picks my son up at about 3pm.
“She saw someone at the front door and confronted him but then he ran off.
“My little boy’s Nintendo Switch was stolen as was my phone charger - probably because they thought it was for the Switch.
“I’ve got an urn with my baby’s ashes in and they’ve kicked that over and taken a chain with the ashes too - it’s absolutely heartbreaking with it being two days after the anniversary.
“It’s so disrespectful and it’s just disregarding a life.
“Even yesterday I went to look in the freezer and they’ve stolen some food - it’s disgusting and heartless.”
Amy-Jo, who has a son and a 17-year-old daughter, said she’s now petrified in her own home and is frightened about what could happen next.
“I’ve been cleaning since, as they went through the house and the drawers,” she added.
“They’ve done it in broad daylight - it’s absolutely disgusting.
“My car was pinched last year as well - it’s just one thing after another.
“I now don’t even feel safe in my own home and I’m putting the chain on every night - I’m absolutely petrified at the minute.
“Even my 17-year-old daughter who is doing her public services course has said she’s scared.
“I’m just wanting the chain with the ashes back now.
“If someone has bought it, I’d hope that I’d be able to get it back.
“I just want to make other people aware in the area because they’ve done it in broad daylight here.”
After the burglary, a fundraiser was set up to gain enough money for her son to buy a new Nintendo Switch - and the funds were raised the very same day.
Amy-Jo’s friends and family came together and two people even donated £100 each.
“I can’t thank them enough for raising the money for the Switch,” she added.
“It’s been ordered and I’m so thankful for my friends and neighbours for doing that - it’s one of the nicest things anyone has ever tried to do.
“It shows that not all people are bad and there is some good out there.”