Mum says thieves stole £4,000 of Christmas gifts for disabled baby and her Xbox

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A heartbroken carer mum says callous thieves ransacked her home and stole Christmas gifts for her disabled baby worth £4,000 – as well as her brand new Xbox.

Courtney Farnell, 21, returned home to find burglars had left her with “absolutely nothing” just a day before Christmas.

Her 16-month-old tot Minnie-mae was born with Cytomegalovirus, which means she suffers from brain damage, epilepsy, muscle stiffness and a host of other issues.

Courtney said it means she lives every day in fear that it could be Minnie-mae's last and wanted to give her daughter the “best Christmas a mother could give”.

But on Wednesday night the baby girl had been struggling to settle so Courtney took her out for a 30-minute drive to calm her down.

When she returned to her home in Morley in Leeds, West Yorks., at around midnight, she found her home had been turned upside down and all the presents had been stolen.

Christmas gifts including a brand new £700 Xbox had been stolen from their home, with belongings strewn across the living room.

Courtney said: “It’s so heart-breaking. I’ve worked from when I was very young for it all to be taken away from us just before Christmas.

“We came through the front door. I got Minnie out of the car and went closer to the house. I could see all my belongings everywhere.

“All of the presents were gone. Everything I’d gotten for my family, for my daughter.

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“They didn’t just steal from me – they stole from my baby girl.

“I couldn’t believe it. My daughter is severely disabled and I don’t know how long she’s got left and now she could spend Christmas with nothing. It’s not right.

“I worked all year to buy the presents and it’s so important for me that she knows she has everything for Christmas.

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“I just wanted to give her the best Christmas a mother could ever give her daughter.”

The callous criminals were caught on CCTV footage and the police are currently investigating the burglary.

But Courtney, who works as a full-time carer for Minnie-mae, said she no longer feels like her home is her home.

The mum-of-one said: “I don’t feel like it’s my home anymore. It doesn’t feel right.

“Even if we replace the items they’re not our items. I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am, it feels awful for someone to just take it all away from us like this.”

Kind hearted strangers have rallied together to “save Christmas” and raised more than £2,000 to replace the gifts and items stolen.

Courtney has thanked everyone for their immense support and generosity who have reminded her of the “true spirit” of Christmas.

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