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A mother's plea to return handmade quilt for NICU baby

Quilt stolen from package delivered to Upper Fells Point home
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Posted at 2:30 PM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 19:23:32-05

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore mom just wants her quilt back.

Claire Hanway gave birth to her son Cas when he was only 25-weeks old. The early term baby was born at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he has stayed in the NICU since he was born in mid-September.

The new mother said a friend from Oregon, where she grew up, wanted to make something special, a gift worth more than money can buy. For the last two months that friend has been hand stitching a quilt for baby Cas, sending picture updates to mom along the way.

But as the heartfelt present traveled from the west-coast to Baltimore, it ended up in the hands of someone else.

Hanway said she got a notification from her neighbor that someone had stolen two packages from her house, ripped them open, and then left them a few blocks away. At Gough and Chester, Hanway found out that the quilt she had been waiting for was not going to make it to her beloved baby.

“My heart sunk because I knew how much effort had gone into making it. I mean hours and hours and hours. And just to know that is irreplaceable and it was discarded and stolen like that is hard," Hanway said.

The friend who made the quilt was aiming to have it done before Cas's due date, which was on Sunday. When Hanway called and told her the news, she said she started to cry. Hanway said her friend put a lot of effort into this quilt and they were both looking forward to the happy ending of it being used on the baby.

Through all of the emotions and frustration, Hanway said she doesn't want to get anyone in trouble, she just wants her quilt back.

The neighbor who notified her about her stolen packages was able to send surveillance footage, showing a couple walking with her two packages.

If you took the quilt or you have seen it, you can return it to 328 S. Duncan Street, Baltimore, or email