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Thieves steal jewelry filled with baby's ashes

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Thieves stole something one Grand Prairie family can't replace - jewelry filled with their baby's ashes.

Stevie Michael, 23, gave birth to a stillborn baby two months ago.

The day before she was scheduled to deliver, doctors told the eager mom-to-be her baby, Aria Grace, had a rare hemorrhage in her umbilical cord. The baby wasn't receiving blood or oxygen.

Michael decided to have the baby anyway, so she could hold Aria at least once.

"It was the best feeling in the world, even though my baby wasn't alive," Michael said. "I was still a mom."

Four days later, Michael and her husband had the baby cremated and turned her ashes into sterling silver jewelry.

Michael says she wanted a way to keep her baby close.

"I was always going to have her with me even though she wasn't here, just like I was supposed to," Michael said, "and so I wanted to take her home."

Michael wears her Aria necklace every day, but left other pieces of jewelry at her mother's home in Grand Prairie.

Wednesday afternoon, thieves threw a brick through the doors and ransacked the home. They took two laptops, a wedding ring and the three necklaces and bracelet holding the ashes.

Police do not have any suspects or leads in the case.

Michael's mother was also devastated by the loss.

"She left her in my care and now she's gone," Myra Miller said. "She's my grandchild, and she's my granddaughter and I lost a piece of her."

Now only pictures and a small urn with the last of her priceless ashes remain.

"There's no amount of money," Michael said, "I mean, that's my daughter."

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