Did Someone Accidentally Break a 4-Year-Old’s Heart?

Four bins were taken from Niantic River Road Saturday, perhaps by accident, with one holding a doll that is very special to a mother and her 4-year-old daughter. Can you help them out?

All Rachel O’Brien’s 4-year-old wants is her doll back.

On Saturday, O’Brien’s children put four pink bins, a chair and some bubbles outside on the corner of Ninth Ave and Niantic River Road to create a stand to sell bubbles. The kids went inside to grab some supplies for all of 10 minutes, and when they came back outside, everything was gone.

Inside one of those pink bins was a doll that Rachel O’Brien had as a child and passed on to her 4-year-old daughter. All O’Brien and her daughter want is the doll back.

O’Brien is not sure if somebody took the bins because they thought they were put out there to take for free or if somebody just outright stole them. Either way, she doesn’t care, she just wants “dollie” back.

If you know anything, email paul.petrone@patch.com and we will get you in contact with O’Brien.  

Genie710 February 05, 2013 at 11:33 AM
I would like to think this was a mistake. But mostly I pray for her safe and speedy return. I had something stolen last weekend, and a bystander said to pray to St. Anthony--the saint of lost items. This was new to me, but the lady and I did pray, and soon the police returned the item to me. I have become a believer, so I will pray to him for "dollie's" safe return.
Rachel O'Brien February 05, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Thank you!
Tara Crossley February 12, 2013 at 12:09 AM
wtfdrez, wow, maybe that was the attitude of whomever took her dolls. Perhaps doing something nice for another person would make you feel better about the world.and "material objects". I am so sorry that you obviously never had a special toy or doll. Sorry to ruin it for you, and more sorry, that you're so engrossed in someone else's misfortune that you felt you had to leave such an inconsiderate comment. Shame on you pal.
Tara Crossley February 12, 2013 at 12:10 AM
@ Rachel, is there any update??? I am assuming no. :( I have been keeping my eyes peeled on the resale sites.
Rachel O'Brien February 12, 2013 at 02:42 AM
HI Tara, so nice to hear from you and thank you for checking in. Your comment was nicely put to the aboves women's inconsiderate comment. The point was completly lost on her wasn't it. It was never about dolls and objects but about memories and a piece of my childhood being handed down to my child. Any way, no the items have not been returned. We took in the sign on Friday due to the storm and maybe by the end of the week we will put back out again for another week in hopes that the person who took them has yet to see it. One thing I would like to mention was that on Friday I got a knock on the door about 6p and it was a women from New London. Her mother lives in the area and she saw our sign so she came by to deliver to Mikayla a new baby doll. In a world where harmless children are being gunned down in their classrooms I think it is important to mention the little things. Her name was Tina and having two daughters of her own she wanted to contribute to re-building Mikayla's doll collection. What a wonderful community we live in! Last week Facebook had over 300 hits on this event all with people commenting on your random act of kindness. I hope you got to see it because it was really touching all the support the story received in Waterford. It is nice to know we live in a community that cares about the little things and were willing to offer me a kind word or a no longer played with doll from their childs own collection. I will keep you posted.


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