Copan woman asks thieves to return keepsakes from infant son's funeral

By: Lynn Casey

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COPAN, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • A Copan family is reaching out after someone stole keepsakes from an infant's funeral.
  • Someone broke into their home and stole a safe containing a photo album and keepsakes from the baby's funeral.
  • They are asking for the suspects to return the keepsakes, no questions asked.
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A Copan woman is reaching out after she says thieves stole keepsakes from her son's funeral.

Harlie Tatum says someone broke into her home and stole a safe containing a photo album and keepsakes from her son's funeral.

Her son, Elijah, died in his sleep almost six years ago. Family members had made Tatum a photo album with all the pictures from the infant's short life.

Tatum says she kept the safe containing the items in a closet, and she says she and her husband were not staying in the home when someone broke in because a storm damaged their roof last spring and recent rains prompted them to stay with family.


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She says she came home to find the home trashed and things stolen.

The family is asking the thieves to return the safe, no questions asked. She even posted the passcode online so thieves can see that there is nothing other than the album and funeral keepsakes inside.

Tatum says she takes the album out when she feels like she wants to remember Elijah or needs a good cry. She says it always gave her some healing, like it put a piece back in her heart when she felt like it would go missing.

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