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Stolen teddy bear holds dead daughter’s ashes, mom says

By Doug Phillips • Oct 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The teddy bear looks like any other. But not to La’Quinta McKinney — because it holds the ashes of her daughter, La’Vea.

The child died in 2016 at just 2 months old of what doctors determined was sudden infant death syndrome, according to McKinney.

“All I want is my baby back,” an emotional McKinney posted on Facebook after discovering that, while trying to move from her Hollywood apartment, someone made off with a bunch of her belongings — including the teddy bear.

The theft happened Monday, McKinney explains in her posting, as she and her young children were in the process of moving from their three-bedroom apartment. “After my daughter and I took everything out of the house, we realized that it couldn’t fit in my truck,” McKinney wrote.

They left to rent a commercial truck and upon returning discovered that someone helped themselves to some of the items that were outside — clothes, furniture and the teddy bear that held La’Vea’s ashes.

“They just ripped through my stuff like it was theirs,” McKinney told WPLG-Ch. 10.

Hollywood police are investigating the theft that happened in front of McKinney’s apartment on the 300 block of N. 61st Terrace, the station reported.

McKinney urged her Facebook friends to share her posting in the hopes of getting the teddy bear back.

“The bear is more than a bear,” she told WFOR-Ch. 4. “She’s my daughter. My daughter’s remains is in that.”

McKinney pleaded that she’s not interested in pursuing charges and just wants whoever has the bear to return it to the Hollywood Police Department she told the station.


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