Mother horrified as her stillborn daughter’s grave is destroyed in arson attack
A mother has been left devastated after her baby daughter’s grave was desecrated by arsonists.
Susan Chi regularly visits the grave of her daughter Jaya, who was stillborn in August 2003, at Saffron Hill Cemetery in Leicester but on Saturday she arrived to discover that it had been set on fire.
A metal plaque mourning the baby was left twisted and scorched by the blaze while other items such as the stone border that used to surround the grave had been stolen.
Susan, the 40-year-old from Braunstone in Leicestershire, said: “When I saw what had happened to Jaya’s grave I was just in shock.
“The plaque was destroyed and lots of things were gone. There had been a little windmill, a toadstool, a solar light and a prayer book on the grave and they were gone.
“They had obviously used something to start the fire and I just have no idea why anyone would want to do this.
“There’s no security here or any CCTV but you wouldn’t expect anyone to do something like this to a baby’s grave. It’s disgusting.”
Susan, who has reported the incident to the police, last visited the grave two weeks earlier.
Valerie Llewellyn, Susan’s 61-year-old mother, said: “It just seems unreal.
“Susan rang me on Saturday to say what had happened and I couldn’t believe it.
“We rang up the police and they were disgusted to hear about it too. Hopefully they can get some fingerprints off the grave or something.
“Poor Susan is sobbing her heart out about what happened. We’re all completely disgusted and we’re just trying to understand why anyone would want to do this.
“None of the other graves had been damaged so it feels like it was targeted at us but we don’t know why.
“What kind of person can do that sort of thing? The sooner we find out who it was the better really.
“We’re in touch with the police and hoping this can be resolved as quickly as possible.”
Leicestershire Police issued the following statement:
“We can confirm that we are investigating an incident of fire damage at Saffron Hill Cemetery.
“We would urge anyone with any information to come forward.”