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heartbreak Mother pleads for return of daughter’s ashes that were stolen during burglary

Catherine Farrell-Breen gave birth daughter to Phoenix 10 years ago, but sadly she was stillborn


Catherine Farrell-Breen an the urn containing the ashes of her stillborn daughter Pheonix

Catherine Farrell-Breen an the urn containing the ashes of her stillborn daughter Pheonix

Catherine Farrell-Breen an the urn containing the ashes of her stillborn daughter Pheonix

A heartbroken mother has pleaded for thieves to return her daughter's ashes.

It comes as the tragic baby’s urn was stolen from the Birmingham home of Catherine Farrell-Breen on February 4th.

The 31-year-old gave birth to Phoenix 10 years ago, but sadly she was stillborn.

Having kept her late daughter’s ashes close by since her death, the devastated mother said she feels as though she’s “lost her all over again”.

Pleading with the robbers she said "just leave it somewhere if you don't want to hand it in and be seen. Just leave her so she can be found, please".

After her home was broken into, she told Sky News: "It was the first thing I looked for.

“You can't do anything about it but your body is screaming to do something about it.

"It's like I have gone through the same motions that I did when I lost her.

"It's proactive at birth and you are just like, let me get everything done, but this morning, I was out looking in the bushes and that's when it properly hit me that she's gone.”


Farrell-Breen said she wanted her daughter's ashes to be with her forever.

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"I didn't separate her ashes, I kept her whole. It meant for me, that she was always going to be with me.”

“I have said to everybody, if I pass away, I want my ashes with her," she said.

Every year on Phoenix’s birthday the family marks the occasion by releasing balloons.

“We have got pictures up of her and we do a balloon release and have a party on her birthday every year.”

"My seven and eight-year-olds know what the urn means to me, they know it's one shelf not to touch. When it's her birthday we light candles around the urn. It's a big part of knowing about their older sister,” she explained.

A Nintendo switch, and cash were also stolen from her home during the invasion.

Neither Catherine or her two other children were there during the incident.

West Midlands Police said: "The urn contains the ashes of the homeowner's first child, who was stillborn almost 10 years ago, so we are desperate to get it back for her.

"She is understandably very distressed."

"They may have already discarded it somewhere, so we are hoping that someone may come across it and contact us,” they said, sharing an image of a similar urn.

"We’re asking for your help to locate a stolen urn like the one pictured."

"It was taken earlier today when someone broke into a home on Clopton Road, Garretts Green in Birmingham.

"Some cash and a Nintendo Switch were also stolen, but the urn has very little monetary value so will be of no use to the thieves."

Police asked if anyone has any information, they should get in touch via Live Chat on their website quoting crime reference 20/193726/22 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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