Wichita toddler's bag of medical equipment stolen

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A Wichita mother may have to spend thousands on new medical equipment for her toddler, after she became the victim of a smash and grab.

Rachel Butler said she went out for a rare night out this weekend, and parked her car overnight near Old Town. She took a Lyft home, and when she returned the next day she discovered her back window was shattered. What makes the matter worse, her toddler's bag with vital medical equipment was also stolen.

"It was stuff that she needs," Butler said. "She has a feeding tube. So if we go out and she needs to eat that was our backup feeding kit."

Her 2-year-old daughter, Ava, has Moebius Syndrome, it's a neurological disorder with freezes her face muscles. She can't eat normal food so she needs special food and a tube most times. But she was also born with a form of Club Foot, and needs  a special shoe to help her walk. Those were stolen too, because she had already packed them for a physical therapy appointment.

"They have to fit her feet, they have to go in and she gets casted," she said. "It's not like we can go to J.C. Penny and buy a new pair, they're customized."

There were no signs of the bag in the area and surveillance cameras weren't aimed at her vehicle.

"It meant nothing to anybody else, it was stuff that was customized to her," Butler said.

She wasn't surprised to learn that stats posted on the City of Wichita's website show police have received 8,738 larceny reports this year. Last year, more than 16,000 were reported.

She knows the chances of finding that bag are slim but said she feels her daughter is the victim, more than she is.

"They're stealing from a little girl who already works hard for things," she said. "Now we're working two times harder for something we've worked so hard to get in the first place."

She's working with insurance companies to see how much she will need to spend for new equipment. To her knowledge, Butler said Ava is the only girl with Moebius Syndrome in the state of Kansas.

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