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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.  

Craig Caulkins February 04, 2013 at 12:29 PM
I live on niantic river road, we have put various items out at the curb before and they don't last long. One case in particular I left something and before I could get half way up the driveway someone had stopped to take them.
Rachel O'Brien February 04, 2013 at 02:15 PM
These bins were stacked two high and served as a makeshift table. Two chairs placed behind them with a sign "bubbles 25 cents". It was not more than 5-7 minutes we left unattended and when we came back the chair, bins, even bubbles were gone. The sign had blown off so hard to say what happened. All I know it every baby doll, dresses, beddings, baby bottles my daughter owned were in those bins. Just stuff I keep telling myself but what is really heartbreaking is MY babytender love was gone too. She is a blond hair doll, worn from the years wearing a white dress with pale blue flowers. In fact this dress was actually my baby dress as an infant...irreplacable! Now I am left we trying to explain to my four year old why some one took her dollie's. Heartbreaking!
Rachel O'Brien February 04, 2013 at 02:20 PM
One last comment.. these items were not on the curb but on the corner of OUR yard! Could this still be a mistake? I guess time will tell. I intend to leave the sign up through next weekend...the person who mistakenly took them should see it at some point.
Cheryl L February 04, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Bib brothers/big sisters was doing pick ups of donattions in the waterford area this weekend.
Rachel O'Brien February 04, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Thank you! I will call them.
Rachel O'Brien February 04, 2013 at 02:41 PM
No luck there, according to Big Brother the items they pick up are scheduled items that are labeld with a particular form. Thanks for the suggestions. I appreciate it.
Rachel O'Brien February 04, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I want to say how incredibly touched I am. I came home this evening with my daughter and in our front driveway was a beautiful Valentine's bag and inside was a Lala Loopsies doll for Mikayla sent from "someone who cares"! Whoever sent this to her please know how much this means to her and me. First, she has been asking for this doll since the holidays (mom forgot to put it on the list so she never got one). Needless to say she it thrilled beyond words. Second, I have really been down about the whole ordeal. There is nothing worse than looking into the eyes of a beautiful little girl and see nothing but sadness and confusion. Trying to explain the happening to her has been hard. Any way, THANK YOU your kindess as brought tears to my eyes and has made my heart a little lighter. You have reminded me that there are beautiful people out there. You have also taught this very important lesson to a 4 year old better than I could have ever done on my own. The fact that someone took her dollies may stay with her for a while but now it will be followed by...but a beautiful friend bought me a new dollie.Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 2 minutes ago · Like
Tara Crossley February 05, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Hi Rachel, I have a daughter too and I've had the same doll for 30 years and hope to pass him on to my little girl. I was so sad when I read your story!! I am glad mikayla likes her lala loopsie and it was my absolute pleasure to go get it today. I hope the bins come back!! Happy valentines day!
Rachel O'Brien February 05, 2013 at 02:30 AM
So nice to put a name to mikayla's angel. Thank you Tara I have really been sad and you really lifted my spirits. I hope it was a mistake and the bins come back. Happy Valentines to you and G-d Bless you!
Tara Crossley February 05, 2013 at 02:38 AM
:) I can imagine. I'd be devistated if I lost my baby Danny let alone all of my daughters dolls <3
wtfdrez February 05, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Bless you all, but seriously, by putting a name to your extreme generousity, you kinda ruined it for me. I am sure you will be this little girl's hero for a long time, but perhaps remaining anonymous would have been better. These dolls are objects, and hopefully the lesson will be that objects can be replaced but family members and your love for one another cannot. I know I will get crap for this comment but it's the truth.
Rachel O'Brien February 05, 2013 at 04:33 AM
That's okay. The truth should always be commended fortunately it was not about you or what is or is not ruined for you. I am sorry if you thought it was. Another good lesson...do not leave anything too close to the curb ;).
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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