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Purse with infant's ashes stolen from mother's car

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Kelly Potis is searching for her late son's ashes after her purse was stolen. (Courtesy: ABC News) Kelly Potis is searching for her late son's ashes after her purse was stolen. (Courtesy: ABC News)
Frankie passed away nearly 14 years ago from leukemia (Courtesy: ABC News) Frankie passed away nearly 14 years ago from leukemia (Courtesy: ABC News)
Courtesy: ABC News Courtesy: ABC News
TACOMA, Wash. -

A Tacoma, Washington mother has been searching dumpsters after the ashes of her infant son were stolen from her car.

Kelly Potis said the ashes belonged to her one-year-old son, Frankie, who passed away nearly 14 years ago from leukemia.
 
Since then, she has kept his ashes sealed in a baby block and also kept his baby blanket, pacifier and photos.

Potis was planning to share the ashes with her other two children on Frankie's birthday.

For her son Dylan, 25, who just recently returned from serving in Afghanistan, Potis had the ashes added to a statue of an angel wearing a backwards baseball cap. For her daughter Gracie, 11, Potis added the ashes to a silver cross pendant.

On March 16, when Potis was going to deliver the gifts, she stopped by a gas station for a bottle of water.

While she was gone, someone broke into her car and stole her purse with the gifts.

"It was his birthday and he could have been thrown in a garbage. I just feel I lost him again," Potis said.

Thieves typically discard items they no longer want in the trash, according to police.

Potis has been going through dumpsters in her area, in hopes of finding the purse.

*ABC News and KOMO News contributed this report.

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