Mum burgled while at bedside of newborn daughter

Michelle Greenwood who lost her daughter Laila five days before Christmas and her mother Sandra Allen .
Michelle Greenwood who lost her daughter Laila five days before Christmas and her mother Sandra Allen .
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A mum was burgled while at the hospital bedside of her newborn daughter - who tragically died two weeks later.

Around 200 pictures of tiny Laila Greenwood were on a computer broken by burglar Brian Smith during a raid on her mother Michelle’s Morecambe home.

Smith, 40, who pleaded guilty to burglary at Lancaster Crown Court, also stole baby clothes after breaking into the Bold Street property by smashing a window.

Heartbroken Michelle, 32, was so distraught she could not return to her home, instead taking her three other children to her mum’s house nearby.

Michelle said: “I just feel completely sick.

“They took the only thing I had of her before she went in hospital.”

Laila was born on September 24 last year butwas taken into hospital 13 days later.

She had sniffles so the family called the doctor and took her to the Queen Victoria Hospital at Morecambe.

She was transferred to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and then on to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after she was found to have multiple problems with her heart.

Despite the efforts of doctors, she pased away on December 20.

Michelle’s mum Sandra Allen said her daughter was devastated by the tragedy and the loss of the photographs.

She said: “It was a lot of stress on her and me, it was awful.

“The other kids are heartbroken but I’m trying to keep it together for all of them.

“He has wrecked our lives on top of everything that has happened.

“They trashed the house, it stunk of wee and beer.

“They had been through every room and thrown stuff around everywhere, it was a real mess.

“She was struggling and finding it really hard to go and see Laila every day.

“Michelle doesn’t sleep, she is up all night long.”

Sandra said that Michelle’s other three children Sabrina, Shauna and Jack, who attend Heysham High and West End Primary, were devastated.

It has just devastated them.

Michelle said: “I just feel completely sick.

“I don’t want to go back to the house either.

“They took the only thing I had of her before she went in hospital.”

Smith, of Sefton Road, initially stood trial for the burglary, which he carried out on October 20, 2012, but pleaded guilty at a later stage.


During the burglary he also stole three Wii games, jewellery, a rucksack, a portable DVD player, a laptop, a guitar, a laptop case, a Wii and Wii controller and a webcam.

He is due to be sentenced on May 16.