Grieving mum calls thieves who stole lanterns from Michaela’s grave ‘scum’

A grieving Dundee mum has hit out at the callous thieves who stole lanterns from her daughter’s grave.

Carol Hunter said today that whoever had taken them from Michaela’s grave at Birkhill Cemetery was “scum”.

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She said: “I just feel awful. I’m so upset and angry that someone felt they could take the lanterns from our lovely daughter’s grave.”

Michaela Hunter with mum and dad, Carol and David Hunter

Carol, 51, from Kirkton, said: “We had Michaela’s grave decorated for Halloween.

“We also had lanterns at the front of her grave to light it up at night.

“We didn’t want Michaela to be in the dark at night, so we positioned the lanterns.

“We’ve been going up every night and lighting the candles in the lanterns and returning in the morning to make sure they were out and that everything is OK.

“When I went up on Friday afternoon, the lanterns weren’t there.

“I had a good look around, but there was definitely no sign of them.

“It seems to me someone has taken them.

“They have left other things, but I’m so upset that the lanterns have been taken.

“How anyone could steal something from the grave of a child is beyond me.

“Whoever has done this is just scum and they should feel ashamed of themselves.

“I hope whoever took them reads this and realises the upset they have caused.

“Maybe they may even feel bad enough to return them.”

Carol said she didn’t feel there was any point in reporting the theft to the police because there is no CCTV at the cemetery.

She said: “Even if I did report it, I don’t know what the police could do, so I don’t see the point.

“I would rather appeal to the thief directly to prick their conscience.”

Michaela died on Boxing Day 2015, aged just five, after a three-year battle with cancer.

Her life was turned upside down aged only two following a series of tests when doctors found that she was suffering from AT/RT (atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumour) — a rare cancer that is usually diagnosed in children.

The illness is characterised by fast-growing tumours in the brain and spinal cord and she began gruelling chemotherapy treatment cycles to combat the disease.

In June of 2015, doctors said Michaela would live only another eight weeks, but she battled on bravely until Boxing Day. She was buried in a moving ceremony early in January 2016 when her small pink coffin was lowered into the ground as Flower of Scotland was played on the bagpipes.

Hundreds of mourners attended her funeral to pay their last respects.