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Please put my girl's teddies back on her grave.. we've been through enough pain.

Byline: KATHRYN HAYES

A GRIEVING mum has told how teddy bears were stolen from her baby girl's grave.

Mary McCarthy, 35, has made a desperate plea for the toys to be returned to Skylar Hanley's plot in Limerick.

The tot was diagnosed with a Congenital Diathragmatic Hernia after she was born and died the following day.

She was buried on September 10 in Kilteely cemetery and her family makes regular trips to the site. Ms McCarthy, who only saw her daughter for 10 seconds after she was born, said: "We go to the grave every Saturday. Last Saturday we went down at 1pm to discover all her teddies were stolen off the grave.

"We had taken another teddy down with 'I love you' written on it and went into town shopping. We came back out at 6pm to discover that teddy was gone as well."

Ms McCarthy added there were five toys at the headstone.

She said: "I just want the original teddies that were placed on the grave the day she was buried to be returned. "It's just a sick joke in my eyes. "We have been through enough already without this. It's just cruel.

"The flowers and the guardian angels were left.

"There is just the teddies that were taken so that's why I think it might have been teenagers who took them."

Mary and partner Anthony are still struggling to come to terms with their loss.

They are planning to marry in the New Year but Mary added: "Our lives will never be the same.

"It's still so unreal. This is just pure devastation."

It's just a sick joke in my eyes. It's just cruel MARY MCCARTHY

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DEVASTATED 3Mary McCarthy wants daughter's teddy bears to be handed back

TRAGIC Little Skylar Hanley
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 27, 2012
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