Precious rock stolen from Geraldton mother

Lisa Favazzo and Elise Van AkenMidwest Times
Monique Burton's handpainted rock depicting the image of her late son, Kaiden Lee Balaam.
Camera IconMonique Burton's handpainted rock depicting the image of her late son, Kaiden Lee Balaam. Credit: Picture: Supplied

Thieves broke into a heavily pregnant Geraldton woman’s car and stole her wallet last week, but it was not the change or credit cards that she will miss the most.

Tucked inside the large black wallet sat a handmade painted rock and cherished reminder of Monique Burton’s son, who she lost to illness in September 2019. 

Her “sunshine” was barely a toddler when he passed away.

The rock featured a 15-month-old Kaiden Lee Balaam’s face, and a short poem about love.

It read: “Sometimes love is for a moment. Sometimes love is for a lifetime. Sometimes a moment is a life time”.

Her car was parked on Pollett Street in Spalding when the incident occurred.

It couldn’t have come at a worse time, as Ms Burton is due to give birth to her next child — or rainbow baby — in a matter of days.

She has plead with thieves on Facebook to return the item, as it “doesn’t mean anything to anyone else”.

Her post was shared nearly 100 times, with friends offering their sympathy and pushing her to not give up hope. 

“I don't care about loosing my cards and wallet but there are photos of my kids in there which I would like to get back if possible,” she said.

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