Grave of Plymouth baby damaged on 10th anniversary of her death
A HORRIFIED mother has spoken of her shock at finding ornaments lefts at the grave of her baby girl smashed and missing – on the 10 year anniversary of her death.
Tragic tot Stacey Mortimore was just nine-months-old when she died on February 26, 2003.
Her family have regularly attended her graveside at Weston Mill Cemetery.
But on the anniversary this year, her 15-year-old sister Zoe came across the "mess" apparently left by vandals.
Mum-of-eleven Irene told The Herald she was "upset and angry".
She said at lunch time on the anniversary Zoe had taken her friend to the grave to pay their respects and lay some flowers.
"Zoe rang me from the graveside and told me that someone had smashed the ornaments and even taken windmills we had put on the grave," Irene said.
"She was upset about it and only told me after she had tidied it up because she didn't want me seeing the mess when I went up later."
Baby Stacey was one of 10 children born to Irene and her partner Steven.
A postmortem examination revealed the youngster had died after choking on her own vomit.
The family said had placed ornaments, flowers and windmills to brighten up Stacey's grave.
They reported the mess to staff at the cemetery office.
"I just hate that at night people can go into the cemetery and damage peoples graves," Irene added.
"It's just not fair that people who go to visit their loved-ones, they have to go through what we are going through.
"We are there to show our respects.
"When we are feeling low it's nice to be able to go there to be with her. I'm just upset and angry."