Things are tough right now for Amy Nelson. The 36-year-old is facing eviction, fighting for custody of her seven children -- and to top it off, last week, she said her dead daughter's ashes were stolen from her Green Bay home.
"It was hard enough to lose her but this is, this is just unnecessary and cruel," said Nelson.
Nelson's daughter Marisa died in 1999. At just the age of four, she suffered a fatal asthma attack. "She was everything. She was so strong. She was everything I wish I could be," said Nelson, while holding back tears.
For 10 years, Nelson has carried with her two things: the pain of losing Marisa and Marisa's ashes.
"They are in a big, beautiful ceramic heart container. It's cream colored with pink roses all on top," said Nelson.
She said she's not ready to let go of her daughter, which is why she is desperate to get the ashes back.
According to Nelson, it all started early Friday morning. Nelson said she and some friends had stayed up until almost 5 a.m. Soon after they feel asleep, Nelson said two other people tried to break-in to the home.
When police arrived they arrested 20-year-old Kayla Kleczka for criminal damage to property and 24-year-old Deandre Bluntson for resisting an officer and cocaine possession. Nelson said she was hit in the head during the break-in and taken to the hospital.
Police said, at the time, Nelson was uncooperative and hard to understand.
When she returned to her home hours later, Nelson claims it was ransacked and a number of her things were missing: money, prescription drugs, and her daughter's ashes.
Nelson said she may know who took the ashes but contends she has no idea why anyone would want to.
"Everyone who knows me, knows my daughter died and knows her ashes are here. People that don't know me wouldn't know that. I don't know who took them," added Nelson.
There are many questions; however, about who may have had access to the home. Nelson said friends were staying with her because she was scared to spend the night alone.
But police records paint a completely different picture of what was going on at the property. Officers have responded to 1372 Elm Street repeatedly for late night and early morning disturbances and noise complaints.
In fact, so far in July, Green Bay police have been called to Nelson's home six times for a variety of disturbances. The spokesperson for Green Bay Police Department would not go on camera for our story, but Capt. Karl Fleury said investigators are not searching for Marisa's ashes.
Nelson said she filed a theft report but police just don't care. "The Green Bay Police Department is well aware of the incident," said Nelson.
She admits it is likely someone she knows who took the ashes.
Nelson is just praying that they return her beloved Marisa.
We spoke with Nelson's landlord who tells us he is trying to evict her from the property. Nelson's seven children continue to live with her parents. Nelson said she is focused on turning her life around and it would mean the world to her if Marisa's ashes are returned.