– With AAP
1. Baby girl dies after parents plead for return of stolen phone full of photos of her.
A terminally ill 11-month-old Melbourne baby has died just days after her parents pleaded for public help to return a stolen mobile phone full of photos of their daughter.
Jay Windross, the father of baby Amiyah Windross, shared the news of Amiyah’s death “with utter sadness” in a Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon.
“Amiyah’s last hours were spent peacefully and calmly, cuddling in Mummy’s and Daddy’s arms – which is what she loved most,” he wrote.
“Amiyah battled hard and fought an undiagnosed neurological issue from the day she was born. Her strength, her courage, and her unrelenting fight was on display from her first breath, all the way till her last.
“She held on and fought every minute to stay cuddling with her Mummy and Daddy for as long as she could and we can’t begin to describe how brave and courageous she was.
“As incredibly empty as we are feeling right now, we are relieved that Amiyah is no longer in any more pain or distress.”
He said that although their time with Amiyah was short, she had taught them so much in her 11 months and made them stronger and more courageous than they ever thought they could be.
“We will never stop thinking about you and those chubby cheeks,” Jay wrote to his daughter. “That infectious big toothy smile that you would show us when we cuddled with you will stay in our minds forever.