Diaper Thieves

There are certain things new parents should not have to worry about:

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The cooing and cuddling with a newborn is among the most precious memories any parent can have. But for Megan McGinnis, that peaceful moment was terribly interrupted when her little girl of only a week became a victim of crime.

“We were like, ‘Why are my dogs in the house?’ And then the door was open and then I saw all our stuff gone … our TV, everything,” McGinnis explained.

Thieves broke into the family’s St. Paul home around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. It happened just a short time after Megan and baby Bria had driven to a relative’s home.

McGinnis said they were gone only briefly, saying, “An hour, just an hour.”

By the time the mother and infant returned home, the burglars had carted off a big screen television, several electric guitars and a backpack filled with McGinnis’ college textbooks.

But the worst discovery was when McGinnis walked into the baby’s room. Ten large boxes of diapers and a closet full of baby clothes were all gone.

“This is what really hurts me — stealing stuff from my baby … really bad, because she’s my world,” added Megan, while fighting away the tears.

On Wednesday afternoon, the tears softened slightly when she and her grandmother visited the office of “Birthright,” a local non-profit that supports the needs of expectant mothers.

McGinnis was given an emergency supply of diapers, baby jumpers and blankets. The basket full of goods is just enough to help the family get by.

“It’s nice that we can help out,” said Mary Ann Gruba with Birthright.

Though the clearance rate for burglaries in the US is low (around 14% in the US annually), I sure would like for police to apprehend these diaper thieves.

When they do, I'll bring the tar if someone else can provide the feathers.

35 comments:

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

I'm not sure what it says about me, but I'm way more upset that someone stole diapers and baby clothes than I am that they stole the TV and guitars!

Miranda Hardy said...

I'll bring the feathers. That's awful. Crazy how low people will stoop. What a horrible feeling.

The Blonde Duck said...

I want to kill the burglars. Ben and I want to start trying for kids soon, and the thought of someone stealing our baby's clothes and diapers fills me with un-whimsical rage.

Pat Hatt said...

The cat will go out and snack on some birds and collect the feathers for you. This is just down right patheti. I hope they get caught and strung up in the sqaure and pelted with diapers, full ones.

Little Ms. Fun said...

To steal from a baby? Really? I honestly believe that the universe will dish out to a person what they put into it. They will get what they deserve. But..let's try and think in a more positive note. Somewhere out there perhaps there is a child with a clean diaper that wouldn't have had one otherwise.

Shirley Wells said...

I love Little Ms. Fun's take on this. :)

I'll certainly bring the feathers!

Diane said...

Those diapers are expensive items nowadays! Makes me wonder if one of them just had a baby and was filling the coffers for it. :O(

Rachna Chhabria said...

How can someone steal a baby's stuff. Its despicable. I would really like to strangle these burglars.

Hilary said...

Is there a market for baby clothes and diapers? Really? Or was this thief a little desperate, perhaps?

Either way.. it's poopy...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I can't imagine bringing a newborn home after all that - so unsettling and upsetting.

Christina Lee said...

Ridiculous! I'm just glad no one stole the baby (as bad as that sounds) b/c I have a hard time reading those kind of tragedies most!

Lydia Kang said...

I feel so sorry for them! Having your personal stuff taken--your lives screwed up--it just blows my mind.

Chip Allen said...

I happen to know where there's a Purdue chicken farm and I'd be happy to bring a truck load of feathers.

Carol Kilgore said...

She needs dogs like mine. The burglars would have left the tv, diapers, and blood.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

Seriously . . . what's wrong with some people!

terri said...

I don't think you can get much lower than stealing from a baby. Makes me sick.

rachelsjunkinthetrunk said...

Arghghhhhh....wow.... Glad Mommie and baby are fine.Yeah for "Birthright"!

Maxi said...

Makes you wonder if there was a female involved in this burglary; I doubt that men would steal diapers.

Either way, I'm savin' feathers.

Janet Johnson said...

What an awful feeling to have thieves break into your home! And stealing diapers? Heartless.

Nike Chillemi said...

Stealing baby clothes and diapers is really, really low.

Nike Chillemi
http://nikechillemi.wordpress.com/

Arlee Bird said...

This is one of the most despicable intrusions any of us deals with in life and when it happens it can be devastating in many ways. It's sad that we have to live in a world such as this with low lifes who will do such things. I've had it happen to me too and I know what it can be like.

Lee
The Roswell Story continues on Wrote By Rote on Saturday 11/19/11

Amie Kaufman said...

Man, what a low thing to do. Hard to imagine them boasting about that to their dodgy pals. A diaper theft.

Momma Fargo said...

Thieves and liars. Have no use for either of them.

WomanHonorThyself said...

people are flawed and defective but it's good to know some good ones like you Slam! hope you are having a super weekend my friend~!.:)

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Goodness, this is so sad.... Diapers, really? I feel so bad for the woman and her baby :(

Ed Pilolla said...

what a vulnerable feeling to be robbed as such. i know the feeling, the helplessness. that's no fun at all. good to know there was an organization that could help her out in time of need.

Ron aka TheOldGeezer said...

I hope they put those diaper dudes in prison and make them clean toilets!

God bless organizations like Birthright.

Take Care and Have a Nice Day :-)

~Ron... *TOGB

Michael Offutt, Expert Critic said...

Crime is crime. I don't see why a person who has committed in his mind to steal from someone would balk at doing so from a child. Stealing is stealing...there is no difference in my opinion.

julie fedderson said...

Diapers are the new hot commodity? I remember they were darn expensive. I feel so bad for that family--to have the violation of being stolen from and then to have baby clothes taken, too! It's a cowardly and lazy crime.

jodeeluna said...

What a travesty. Where do you find these interesting stories?

James (SeattleDad) said...

Really? I will bring all the feathers I can find.

dikvipreal said...

Thank you for sharing.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Geezus...the depths of depravity know NO bounds with some thieves.

I would advise that everyone keep track of WHO may be scoping their house out, because you can bet the mortgage that SOMEONE is...just waiting for the homeowner to "slip up".
If need be, keep track of suspicious vehicles and people seen in the neighborhood, and report it to local authorities.
Don't be afraid to take pictures and get tag numbers.
Get together with neighbors to watch one another's house.

Never give thieves a chance.

Stay safe out there.

Angela Ackerman said...

W-O-W. That has to be an all-time low. Just like those thieves that steal Christmas gifts from under the tree. Some people don't know the meaning of slime.

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Miss Caitlin S. said...

"Raising Arizona" anyone???? I love the scene where he steals the diapers! "That son'a b*tch!"