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November 12, 2008 9:24 AM

Life could be worse: Parents with newborn lose all their savings

Posted by Jerry Brewer

Did the Seahawks L in Miami leave you feeling like all was lost?

Don't use that cliche this week. It's been reserved by Dennis Deschamp and his girlfriend, Ashley English. The couple from Massachusetts just celebrated the birth of their first child, Zachary Michael, but now they're in financial despair.

Deschamp lost all of their savings -- $8,000 -- while unloading his car at the hospital. Check out the excerpt:

When it came time to leave the hospital with his girlfriend and their new son on Sunday, Deschamp carried the lock box out of the hospital in a baby blue gift bag with baby outfits on top. He also carried another bag and a large box containing a baby swing.

Deschamp set the two bags down in the parking lot while he carried the box about 30 feet to his SUV. He loaded the box into his vehicle in less than a minute, he said.

He went back for the two bags and saw the one with the money was gone and the other one had been moved about 10 or 15 feet. His stomach dropped and he began to cry. He alerted hospital security and the police, but nobody found the missing bag.

CNN did a story on this, too, which you can find here. Some people have speculated the couple made up this tale to get sympathy money, but my compassionate side prefers to believe they're telling the truth. Deschamp made a sad, heartbreaking mistake.

Funny, the Mariners are making the same claim about some of the $118 million they squandered. Richie Sexson, Carlos Silva, Jarrod Washburn and the rest just stole the Mariners' money bags while they weren't looking, right?

If it comes down to it, I wonder if Clay Bennett will make Deschamp's claim when Seattle comes looking for that extra $30 mil.

But, anyway, let the sad tale of Deschamp be a reminder for our loss-burdened city: Life could be worse.

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