Stillborn baby's ashes stolen during home burglary

Ranesha Williams was lost her chance to be a mother to a precious little boy, and now she's been robbed of his ashes.

"I completely lost it," Williams said. "It was like a piece of me was missing."

An urn holding the cremated remains of William's stillborn son were taken in a home burglary on the 8000 block of Albany Drive Tuesday afternoon in Stockton. The initials "ZT" were inscribed on the front of the urn, which was sitting in a small blue velvet box.

"It was like losing him all over again," Williams said.

Williams was 22 weeks pregnant when she lost him. She had already picked out his name - Za'kari Tolliver. She has a 5-year-old daughter and imagined Za'kari completing their family photos. Williams even bought matching shirts for him and his dad.

"He's a part of the family," Williams said.

When Williams came home from work Tuesday afternoon, her house was ransacked. The burglars almost broke through a wall. She thinks they broke in through her daughter's bedroom.

"They came through this window," Williams explained. "It was completely off the hinges."

The crooks stole nearly everything in the home, including her rent money. Her daughter's closet is now empty.

A church group has donated supplies. But, all she wants back is the urn.

"Everything else I can replace," Williams said. "I can't replace him."

William has lived in her home for about a month. She doesn't know if someone burglarized her home randomly or if she was targeted for some reason. She is pleading with the burglars to have a heart.

"I need him back," Williams said.

The Stockton Police Department asked citizens to call if they have information about this burglary. The police department's phone number is (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous.

Citizens may also text information from their cell phones to 'CRIMES' (274637) and type the keyword TIPSPD and then their tip or log on to the Stockton Police Department's Facebook page and click 'Submit A Tip'. If you have any information that may lead to an arrest, contact Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000.


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