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Memento of slain son stolen from car, heartbroken mom wants it back

Jun 29, 2022, 7:23 PM | Updated: Jun 30, 2022, 10:25 am

SANDY, Utah — You would have to really enjoy something to look forward to Mondays.

“I didn’t realize I would like it so much,” said Samantha Hanson. “We do nine every Monday.”

For Hanson, getting on the golf course with friends is a break from the real world.

“It’s just fun to see yourself getting better,” she said.

However, this past Monday, the real world broke her.

“We were on the seventh hole and my friend called me and she’s like, someone broke into your car,” said Hanson.

Sure enough, she found shattered glass all around her car at River Oaks Golf Course in Sandy.

“The only thing they took was my purse,” said Hanson.

The thief tried to use her American Express card, but it was denied.

“Thank goodness,” said Hanson. “They used my debit card at the Wal-Mart down the street and spent close to $900.

It’s not the money Hanson is worried about the most, though.

Instead, there was one item inside her purse that is priceless.

Among all the credit cards and IDs was a stuffed elephant.

“I just want it back,” she said. “It was my son’s and he passed away. He was killed in October of 2009. And so I take the elephant everywhere with me.”

Milo Doxey was only 9 months old when he was killed by his babysitter.

That man was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to child abuse homicide, giving him less prison time.

Hanson says the stuffed elephant, which she slept with every night, is the only toy of her son’s she has left.

 

“I woke up the past two nights because I didn’t have it,” she said. “What’s so hard is I keep thinking about it, just being in the trash somewhere. Just all alone and discarded like it was nothing.”

She knows there are other stuffed animals out there that look the same, but she says none of them have what that one has.

“I don’t want another elephant. I just want the one that was his and the one that has been with me through everything,” said Hanson.

Sandy police detectives are looking into the case.

Friends and family are also offering a $2,000 reward for its return.

Hanson is hoping the thief might see this story, realize it’s more than a stuffed animal, and bring it somewhere where it can be returned.

That’s the day she’s truly looking forward to.

“It’s been all over the country with me. I just take it everywhere,” she said. “I can’t sleep without it.”

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Memento of slain son stolen from car, heartbroken mom wants it back