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Burglars steal Leighton Buzzard toddler's ashes

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Media captionDaniel Caird's ashes were in a silver teardrop pendant

A Bedfordshire mother has appealed for the return of her two-year-old son's ashes, which were stolen in a burglary.

Thieves broke into Kelly Caird's home in Leighton Buzzard on Wednesday and took a gold pendant containing the remains of her son Daniel, who died in 2009.

"It was the last little bit of him that we had left," she said.

Pleading for anyone with information to contact police, she said: "I just really want my son back."

Bedfordshire Police said the offenders forced open the door of Ms Caird's Linwood Grove house between 14:45 BST and 16:50, a fortnight before the anniversary of her son's death.

Items were taken from a shrine to Daniel, who died of a brain haemorrhage suffered as a result of an accident in the garden.

Last present

Thieves stole three items including a gold necklace with a gold teardrop pendant which contained the ashes and a gold bracelet inscribed with the word Mum, a gift from her two daughters.

Also taken was a gold necklace with a heart-shaped charm with the word Mum written on it, which was the last Christmas present Daniel gave to his mother before his death.

Image caption Police have asked anyone who may have been offered a gold teardrop pendant to come forward

"I kept the pendant with his ashes because that's my little bit of him," she said.

"Having that bit of him up there with the pictures, is kind of like a calming thing, I knew he was there."

Ms Caird, said it was "like a whirlwind had gone through the house" but all they stole was the three items of jewellery.

"They wrecked my house and that is all they took, three pieces of jewellery which were clearly from children to a parent," she said.

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