Parents upset when nightlight stolen from baby’s grave

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A metro couple suffered the loss of a newborn and then discovered someone has ripped off the nightlight they’d placed on their baby girl’s grave.

In fact, it was one of several nightlights stolen from the Holy Innocents section of Resurrection Cemetery.

John Morris and Meredith Kern's baby Stella died six days after birth from heart complications.

A little angel watched over her grave in the form of a nightlight. The parents bought the solar nightlight that stood over her headstone.

“We were really proud of our little light for our baby,” Morris said.

Then a few weeks ago, the nightlight keeping away the dark at their baby’s grave was stolen. It’s a problem Resurrection Cemetery said is ongoing.

“We got a little sick to our stomach on top of everything else because we couldn’t imagine somebody stealing something from a grave, let alone a child’s grave,” said Morris.

Morris felt helpless. He wasn’t able to protect his daughter. That’s why he's telling her story. Someone might have stolen her light but her memory still shines bright for her parents.

Resurrection Cemetery said it has contacted police and will provide extra patrols around the area especially at night, protecting the $20 nightlights parents have bought for their children’s graves.