What started as a fun night with her friend ended in heartbreak for a Connecticut woman who had a necklace stolen that contained the ashes of her deceased son.
On Saturday night, LeAnn Winn, of South Windsor, left her purse in her best friend’s car while the pair had a drink at a bar in Hartford, Winn tells PEOPLE. Inside the purse was a silver necklace containing the ashes of her 3-month-old son, Jayden Xavier Winn, who died in 2009.
“We both are single mothers so we never get a chance [to go out],” Winn says. “So we both got babysitters and we were like, ‘Lets go for an hour.’ ”
When Winn and her friend returned to the vehicle later that night, one of the car windows was smashed in. Winn’s purse, along with some of her friend’s belongings, were gone.
At first, she says, she didn’t remember taking off her necklace and putting it into her purse for safe-keeping. But the next morning, when she went to put on her purse, she remembered.
“It just hit me,” she recalls, adding that she feels “violated” and “devastated” by the loss.