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Ada Mother's Wallet Stolen, Late Son's Footprints Inside


ADA, OK--An Ada mother had her wallet stolen during the weekend, and now she's asking for it back. However, probably not for the reasons you may think.

Jessica Ballard said: "My wallet was stolen on Saturday night, and it's not about the money. I don't care about getting the money or the cards back. But his footprints were in there."   

The 26-year-old mother is talking about her late son Jude who passed away in 2011 after a premature birth.

"The doctor said he was about 4 or 5 inches long, so he was a little guy," said Ballard.

Ballard says she and her family had finished eating at El Chico's restaurant in Ardmore when she realized she left her wallet there. When she returned, it was missing.

"It was no more than 10 minutes later and it was gone," she said.

Inside the wallet were Jude's original footprints. Now Ballard and her father, Travis Wingard, are just asking that they be returned.

"That's all that I have left," said Ballard. "And maybe I shouldn't have carried them on me, but I always wanted to feel like I had a part of him with me."

Wingard said, "It would mean the world to her--it would mean the world to us as a family--to get those back."

Ballard said she was just 15 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to Jude at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center. She says her family is still dealing with the loss.

"To lose a child, it is the hardest thing to go through," she said. "Whether you lose them after they've been here for a few years or you hardly get to know them."

Wingard said of his late grandson: "It's almost like losing a child of your own. Probably one of the worst days of my life."

Ballard says she credits her 5-year-old son Lathan with getting her through the pain, and she hopes to see Jude's footprints again.

"I mean that's something that's irreplaceable," she said. "So if I got those back, words couldn't even describe."

If you or someone you know has the wallet, you are asked to anonymously send the prints to our KTEN station in Denison.