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Mother says thieves stole box full of late son's belongings

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SANDPOINT, Idaho -

“He was just so happy, always happy, funny, running around always getting into things. (He) had the goofiest little smile with big buck teeth.”

Katelynn Bailey is a mother who lives a busy life.

As she flips through photos of her son, Vaiden, she can’t help but hold back emotions.

Because the pictures are all she has left.

“The 29th will be the two year anniversary that he passed away,” Bailey said.

In April 2016, the toddler drowned in Jewel Lake.

Bailey says the day before he died; she and Vaiden found a turtle near the road and brought it back to the water.

The next morning, Bailey says she realized her son wasn’t inside so she sprinted out.

“I just had a gut feeling and then I ran down there and that's where I found him,” Bailey said.

Vaiden was life-flighted to Kootenai Health and then taken to Sacred Heart where he spent his final moments.

Katelynn kept everything that once belonged to her precious boy: his shoes, clothing, and blankets, all in a box inside a Sandpoint storage unit.

But last week, Bailey says she noticed a new lock had been put on the door.

When she got it open, her heart sank.

“His two boxes were gone,” Bailey said.

She reported everything to Sandpoint Police, but she has a message for whoever took her memories of her son.

“I'll never get my son back and so at least hopefully whoever took it sees this and give me back all I do have left of him,” she said.

Anyone with information on this theft is urged to call the Sandpoint Police Department. The case number is 18-006089.

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