published Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Police: Baby’s ashes taken in Alabama purse-snatching

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Montgomery police are trying to locate the ashes of a newborn baby whose remains were taken in a weekend purse snatching.

Authorities say 19-year-old Monica Thomas of Montgomery was carrying the cremated remains of son Jamar Simmons Jr. when she was knocked down by a robber who took her handbag Friday night.

Police spokeswoman Martha Earnhardt says the woman was carrying the remains because she planned to bury them at her mother’s gravesite.

Earnhardt says authorities still hadn’t located the purse or the child’s remains on Monday.

Investigators don’t believe the robber knew the ashes were in the purse.

Thomas’ baby only lived for about two hours after birth. Thomas wants his remains back, and she says she won’t ask any questions if someone will just return them to her.

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