Burglars dump baby's ashes, parents want home videos back

Burglars dump baby's ashes, parents want home videos back

Burglars dump baby's ashes, parents want home videos back

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by Reggie Aqui and Michael Rollins, KGW Staff

KREM.com

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

SHERWOOD -- The ashes of a 6-month-old baby are likely gone forever, and videos of the boy remain missing after a burglary in which police have made two arrests.

"There's no value in a family urn except to that family," said Barney Grant, father of baby Luke, "and we know now the people who did steal it, they dumped it out after they knew exactly what it was."

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome took Luke away from Grant and his wife Katie in 2010. Burglars took him a second time May 9, breaking into the Grant's rural home.

The house was ransacked and thieves took guns, a safe and electronics including a laptop computer and a flip camera with the only video images of Luke.

"For someone to take something that brought comfort to us," Katie said, "it's another loss. Someone taking your child away."

Investigators learned that the ashes were dumped to sell the urn, said Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County sheriff's office.

Police Monday arrested Shawn Johnson, 27, of Newberg and Crystal Castillo, 34, of Tigard. Johnson was accused of burglary, theft and felon in possession of a firearm. Castillo was accused of first and second-degree abuse of a corpse. She also was a parole violator out of Yamhill County.

The family has offered a reward of $1,000 for the return of the laptop, a silver Gateway model. More: Reward Details

Despite their loss, the Grants have something to look foward to. Katie is expecting a baby girl in about seven weeks.

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