Stolen images of baby's first, last moments recovered

Photos of newborn's final moments returned

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A couple of weeks ago, NBC Charlotte shared a story with all of you about a photographer who captures images of babies who are not expected to live long after their birth; after doing such a shoot, her camera, that held the memory card with some of the family's only photos of their son, was stolen. We are so happy to report the images have been recovered.

Faith Massey shared on her Facebook page Wednesday morning that the memory card was mailed to a local news station. The equipment, however, was not returned.

In her Facebook post, Massey wrote:

Just wanted to post a huge praise God and thank you to all who passed along the story of my stolen equipment and images and prayed for us! The card was mailed to the news station today and verified that it contains Amaris images, both the family and I are incredibly grateful for the community support and help in getting these back. My equipment has not been found but so glad the most important part has been! Praise God! Please repost so everyone knows how thankful I am :)

Massey captures moments that become a family's legacy. Through a group called "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep," Massey takes pictures of babies who will live only minute or hours. Babies who are too sick to survive.

Amari Reid was one of those babies. Massey first began taking pictures of his mom April McLean when she was expecting. McLean and dad Marcus Reid knew their baby was very sick. They asked Massey to share the intimate moments of Amari's birth, and his last breath.

"He was beautiful," said Massey of baby Amari.

"He had a ton of hair. He had beautiful tiny feet," she said.

Amari Reid would live only minutes.

"I think she was hopeful he would live longer because they really didn't know," said Massey.

"To watch a dad lose a child is just heartbreaking," she said.

Except for two cell phone pictures, the photos that Massey took would be the only images of Amari. Earlier this month, Massey's camera bag was stolen out of her car while it was parked in her own driveway-- with the card full of pictures.

"I don't think they knew what was on the card, obviously. Probably just looking for quick money," she said.

Both mom and dad asked, pleading for help. Those pleas did not fall upon deaf ears.

"The only picture with me holding my baby is in that camera," said mom, April McLean, in a statement.

Marcus Reid, Amari's father said in a statement to NBC Charlotte at the time, "It just hurts me to know that camera that contains the only pictures of my baby boy Amari has been stolen. I'm still thankful for the time we did get to spend together. It was a blessing," he wrote.

He went on to say, "I would love to have those pictures to cherish the moments. It's nothing like the love of a father and son."

"That God can intervene and touch the heart of the person who comes across that card because it's out there somewhere," she said.

The Canon camera had a 50 mm 1.2 USM lens and other lenses, plus a black bag with hot pink accents. Those items are still missing.

A Go Fund Me page has been established to raise money to replace the stolen equipment. See it here.


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