Toddler loses memorial bear of dead father at mall
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A family in Maine is asking for help after a 3-year-old toddler lost a special teddy bear for the ashes of his father at a mall here.
Nathaniel Lambert’s father, Jordan Lambert, died in a car crash in May, leaving behind his young son and girlfriend. Nathaniel carries around the memorial bear that represents his dead father everywhere the toddler goes, said Molly Whyte, the boy’s aunt. Whyte said the bear is called “Daddy bear.”
Nathaniel and his mother were at the Maine Mall in South Portland, Maine, on Wednesday when the bear was lost.
The bear normally wears a sweater that says it is a memorial bear but the sweater was not on the bear when it was lost, Whyte said. However, the toy is notably heavier and has a zipper down the back, she said.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Whyte explained, “This bear is heavier than most, and if you picked it up I am sure you noticed. This is his Daddy bear. He is 3 years old, and this bear is for his fathers (sic) ashes.”
She added, “If you found this bear, with the zipper up his back, please for the love of god return him to the mall. This bear is his everything since he no longer has his father.”
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