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Burton mum says 'grave robbers stole my baby'

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

Aneela Afzal believes her son Eamon has been stolen by thieves.

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A MOTHER whose son died hours after birth today claimed his body was stolen by thieves who may have used it for black magic.

Aneela Afzal, 24, fears her baby Eamon was snatched by raiders who trashed a graveyard where he was buried near Islamabad, in Pakistan.

The healthcare assistant, who was living in Burton when she gave birth three months early, revealed she ‘did not know what to do’ after learning her son’s remains had been taken from her family burial plot.

She said: “Things like that happen every day in that country but I never expected it would happen to my baby. One theory was that the body had been taken to be used for black magic.”

Their son was born in a car in January 2012 after Mrs Afzal was rushed to Queen’s Hospital from their Burton home by husband Kasim. He lived for just four hours.

The pair, who have no other children, were left devastated by his death and decided to bury him at her family’s cemetery near Islamabad.

The couple had started to rebuild their lives when they received a shock phone call from a relative to say that the the cemetery had been vandalised and Eamon’s body had been taken.

Mrs Afzal said: “I’m still very upset about it and am thinking about trying counselling to help me cope.

“I just want to know that my son is at peace somewhere now.”

Special laws were passed earlier this year to make desecrating a grave punishable by life in prison in Pakistan after a huge jump in the number of incidents.

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