A west Auckland mum who had her son's placenta stolen fears it may have been eaten.
Loralie Burns from Sunnyvale, west Auckland, recently moved to a new house but left several of her appliances, including her fridge-freezer, at her old property.
However, the 35-year-old's landlord told her frozen meat was stolen from the freezer - including a tupperware container containing her son's placenta.
The shocked mum has issued a plea on the Glen Eden Facebook page for its return.
"Please to whoever went through my old house / next door & felt the need to take the meat from the freezer," she wrote. "PLEASE return the item in the blue tupperware container as it contains my son's placenta.
"I don't care how it comes back, I don't need to know who...just please get it back to me asap!
"If you know someone who brought home a few roasts last night please check your freezers."
Ms Burns had kept the placenta after her son Dante was born five months ago, and had planned to bury it somewhere significant.
She couldn't recall whether the container had been labelled by her midwife, and is worried the thief would mistakenly eat it.
Shocked friends posted messages of support on Facebook.
"Omg I hope they don't eat it," one friend wrote.
Another posted: "Dats just creepy babe..i hope u get it back.. wats wrong with people."