purseHaving your purse snatched is a terrible experience for any woman. But that terror was compounded with unimaginable grief for one mom who was robbed while carrying the ashes of her newborn child. Monica Thomas was walking down the street when she was approached by a young man who knocked her down and grabbed her bag. But that's not even the worst part of the story.

The ashes were in a small box and had the baby's name and birthdate written on it. Monica had made plans to bury the remains of her son, who had only lived a couple hours after his birth, the next morning at her mother's grave site. The next day also happened to be Monica's 20th birthday. Absolutely heartbreaking.

I hope this robber got the shock of his life when he opened that purse. The crime he committed was despicable enough, but the contents add a whole new layer of menace to the crime. It's especially shameful, as far as I am concerned. With any luck, it will make him swear off a life of crime. At the very least, he should be haunted and racked with guilt over what he did.

The woman was not hurt physically, but this must be a crushing situation for her. Without her son's remains, she may never have the closure she needs. I doubt this man had any idea what the purse contained. He was likely looking for money or a phone he could sell. Still, it's horrifying. Police hope the robber's conscience will get the better of him and he'll be moved to return the ashes to the crematorium (the name of which was written on the box). Let's just hope he does.

Do you think the purse snatcher will return the ashes?

 

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