Fairhaven Mother’s Only Photos Of Deceased Daughter Stolen

BOSTON (CBS) – A Fairhaven woman is afraid the only photos of her infant daughter who died a year ago may be gone. They were stolen from her car while she was visiting the cemetery.

Samantha Melanson’s daughter Emma was stillborn last June 30th.

“She went for her appointment and they couldn’t detect a heartbeat,” Samantha’s mother Cathy said.

Everyday since then Samantha and Cathy have visited the infant’s grave at Riverside Cemetery.

They were planting flowers at her daughter’s grave on Sunday, when they noticed a man acting suspiciously near her car.

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports.

Her mom Cathy described witnessing the theft. “My granddaughter said, ‘oh I think that’s a jogger.’ That’s when my daughter said, ‘No that’s not a jogger; he’s too close to the car.’ My daughter said, ‘Hey!’ He looked up at her and ran.”

“When I got down there, I noticed that my cell phone was gone and he had taken my cell phone and ran off,” Samantha told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Wednesday.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

She said the $300 Motorola phone meant “the world to her” because it had her only pictures of her daughter.

“It had her original ultrasound pictures and some other pictures,” explains Cathy. “She’s dumbfounded, sad, angry. All those emotions are the same ones she had a year ago.”

Police arrested 26-year-old Shaun Davis of New Bedford Tuesday night.

He’s charged with larceny over $250 and breaking and entering into a motor vehicle in the daytime with intent to commit a felony.

But police have not found the phone and Fairhaven Sgt. Kevin Kobza says Davis isn’t cooperating with police.

“I have pictures of her on there that I don’t have anywhere else,” she said. “I would only want to ask for my memory card back. If he wants my phone that bad, he can keep it. All I want is that memory card back.”

If anyone has information about cell phone, please call the Fairhaven Police Department at 508-997-7421.

WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez contributed to this report.

  • Anthony

    No honor among thieves. It is bad economy. People today steal and don’t think twice

  • Shawn

    I feel bad for the lady but this should be a lesson to all. Backup important files and pictures. I would backup all personal photos to three seperate locations with one of those locations being away from home in case of fire or theft. I nearly lost all my data when my laptop crashed in January and I knew better. I bought an external hd but didn’t get around to backing up my data until it was too late. I was lucky. I was able to retrieve my data.

  • Rick M

    Also never EVER leave anything in plain sight some people will smash out a car window for a pack of cigarettes these days .Some people have no regard for personal property. T

  • Mikki Centeio Pereira

    Hope someone turns it in

  • Kerry Gonsalves

    if the woman can read this a similiar thing happen to me but i was able to recoop my pics thru motoroblur and didnt ev en know it, she should call the phone carrier she might be surprised that all she has to do is go on the internet

  • Rick M

    why not send the photos to a free yahoo account I mean why keep something so precious in such a vulnerable unsafe place for such a long time? I’m in no way saying she deserved to have this happen to her & there are those out there that will say I am. So again I’m NOT saying she is deserving of this misfortune however it could have been avoided in one of several ways . I never EVER leave anything of value visible in a car. these are common sense thing folks we have to smarten up in this day and age with so many Oxy freaks running ramped.who would sell there big toe if someone would buy it from them. Be careful folks it’s us against them. You see I leave valuables in my car but there is a reason I do what I do , I’m hunting

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  • Harry


    Seems like a great kid, and his girl says he’s innocent so he must have been framed…

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