‘That’s all I have’: Virginia mom pleads for return of infant daughter’s stolen ashes


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Virginia family was forced to grieve the loss of their daughter for a second time after an urn containing her ashes was stolen from their car.

Now they’re hoping whoever is responsible has a change of heart.

Brandy Kaufman told NewsNation affiliate WRIC her dream came true when she found out she was pregnant with a daughter in 2006.

She received some devastating news a week and a half before her due date.

“I went for a check-up and they told me they couldn’t find her heartbeat,” Kaufman said. “My doctor sat down and cried with me having to tell me that she’d passed.”

JulieAnne Hope Kaufman was stillborn on Nov. 14, 2006.

Her ashes were placed in a handcrafted urn with her name, birthday and a quote inscribed on it. The quote read: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”

The ashes of JulieAnne Hope Kaufman were placed in a handcrafted urn for the Kaufman family. (Photo: Submitted)

This year, Kaufman said she got a new job in Florida and before her family made the drive down, she decided to spend Thanksgiving with her parents in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Sometime between Friday night into Saturday morning, she said their car was broken into.

“I was in shock,” Kaufman said. “My kids were screaming.”

The culprit swiped several large duffel bags that included clothes, tools and the handcrafted urn which contained the ashes of Kaufman’s daughter.

“It hit me that her ashes were in the back corner of the trunk and I ran back to the car and that’s when I said, ‘oh my god, they’re gone’ and I just broke down because I can’t get them back,” she said. ”I have no way to replace that.”

Now, the family is hoping for a miracle.

“I’ve cried and I’ve sobbed,” Kaufman said. “Words can’t describe; everything else can be replaced. Anything else that was taken from my car, I’m not concerned with. I just want her back.”

The family is offering a $1,000 reward for the return of their priceless items.

Chesterfield County Police are investigating this incident and ask anyone with information to give them a call.

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