Plea after British thieves steal laptops containing irreplaceable pictures of girl’s Kittitian birth family

DISTRAUGHT… Maria is appealing for the return of the laptops which stored priceless photos of her adopted daughter, Savannah’s, birth family

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, AUGUST 4TH 2011 – A little Kittitian girl who lives in the United Kingdom with her adopted parents, has been robbed of the only memories of her birth family after thieves stole laptops from her British home.

According to a the Manchester Evening News, five-year-old Savannah Williams was adopted by Maria and Derek Williams while they were working on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.

The youngster still kept in touch with her birth mum via the computer on which dozens of irreplaceable pictures and videos were stored.

But now just one printed family photo remains after thieves broke in and stole four laptops from her house on Ruby Street, Denton.

Maria, 47, said: “There were four laptops, all with pictures of Savannah and her birth family on them.

“They’re password protected, and not all of them worked. They’re not worth much to other people and we’re asking for them to be returned, or if someone’s offered you one to let us know.”

Maria and Derek were living and working on St. Kitts when they adopted Savannah when she was aged two-and-a-half.

The couple took photographs of Savannah’s birth family – including her mother and siblings – so she could see where she was born and what her blood relatives look like.

Maria said: “Savannah knows she’s adopted and we would use the computer to communicate with her birth mother. Now we can’t even do that. It’s very important for her to know where she’s from and who she is. With the photographs she would be able to recognise her sisters when she gets older.

“There was one picture which I printed off and now that’s the only picture she has of her sisters all together.”

The laptops were taken from the family’s home sometime between 10.45am and 11.45am on Thursday July 28.

Anyone who knows where the three Toshiba and one Hewlett Packard machines are can call Maria on 075395 75898. Even if they have been wiped, the images can be retrieved by specialists.

Alternatively anyone with information can contact the police on 0161 872 5050 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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