A HEARTBROKEN Dublin family have appealed for information about a 5ft tall headstone which went missing from their baby son's grave over Christmas.
When Kathleen Deeney from Donnycarney visited baby Craig's grave on Christmas Eve in Fingal cemetery she discovered the tall granite headstone was completely missing. Just two weeks before the headstone was there but there was no sight of it on December 24.
The granite surround had been left on the grave and a statue of the Virgin Mary which had been standing in an arch in the headstone was lying face down on the grave itself.
Kathleen's brother Liam Fennel said: "She was so upset she called me and I went up on Christmas morning but there was no sign of it anywhere."
Liam explained that four-month-old Craig had died in a cot death 14 years ago and the gravestone was erected about 11 years ago.
"It was made from rough, unpolished granite and was so heavy you'd need a crane to take it away," Liam said.
Craig's dad James is currently working in construction in Norway but had come home for Christmas.
"The two of them are very very upset," said Liam.
He got in touch with the cemetery authorities to find out if they could shed some light on the missing stone.
"It took me two days to get hold of anyone," he said. "The man I talked to rang back and said one of the workers in the graveyard had mentioned that the stone had blown over but nobody knows where it's gone."
He described how Craig's grave was close to the main gate of the graveyard and was in a corner plot.
"There were two reinforcing rods in the headstone. One is still standing but the other one is gone," he said.
"We're completely baffled. It would take some force to knock over the headstone.
"It was a lovely simple stone. I can't see what use it would be to anyone else but they'd take anything these days."
Liam, from nearby Donaghmede, said: "We just want to get answers, to know what happened."