VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Heartless criminals broke into the home where a 14 month-old girl died this week, and stole items belonging to the toddler's mother.
Adalin Bridges was found dead early Monday morning in her home at her East Hill Avenue home in Valdosta. The child's mother stayed elsewhere Tuesday night, but when she returned home Wednesday afternoon, she found that around $1,800 worth of items had been stolen.
"It's a possibility that they knew the situation and knew there was no one there overnight. criminals don't have any care for anything going on, so they probably took advantage of the fact that there was no one staying there at the time," said Valdosta Police Department Lieutenant Aaron Kirk.
The mother didn't want to do an interview Thursday, but she told WALB that whoever did this was cold hearted.
Kirk said this is a good reminder to try to get to know your neighbors so that they can keep an eye out for you when you're gone. "This is where neighbors come in. If you have neighbors that can look after your house, or neighbors that can keep an eye out anytime they see something suspicious," said Kirk.
Neighbors told WALB they had no idea the home had been broken into. "Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, and at night, I check all the doors and I make sure everybody in this house is safe," said neighbor Maurice Brown. "But, over there next door, there's too much going on and too much happening. But I'm gonna warn you, this ain't what you want."
The state medical examiner is currently conducting an investigation into Adalin Bridges' death after an autopsy Tuesday failed to determine a cause of death.