Lost blanket brings heartache to Missouri girl

Published On: Aug 23 2013 07:15:30 AM HST

A Northland woman is struggling to deal with a heartbreaking mystery about the fate of a missing blanket that means everything to her daughter.

Misty Fee said she and her two children were shopping at a Gladstone Walmart store on Tuesday evening. As they drove back home, they all realized that something extremely valuable had been left behind.

Her daughter Allison lost a worn, turquoise blanket and has been inconsolable since it's been gone.

"That blanket is her life," Fee said. "She says, 'I miss it. I need it. I can't calm down,' you know?"

Her 6-year-old has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. The blanket is something Allison smells, touches and holds close to soothe her. It's one of the few things that truly offers her comfort.

Since the blanket was inadvertently left behind in a shopping cart, Allison has slept very little and frequently asked her mother about it. Fee said she has checked with the store, but no one has turned it in.

"Every time she goes anywhere, whether it be to the doctor or school, sports, anywhere, even in the car to the grocery store, she takes it with her," Fee said. "She always has to be touching it."

Fee said she hopes that whoever may have grabbed the blanket will notice that it has a patch from years of wear. The small, purple patch says "Princess in Training."

Fee said finding that blanket may be the only way to make things better.

"Breaks my heart," she said.

The family hopes anyone who found the blanket at the Gladstone Walmart will simply bring it back there and turn it in.


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