Search for boy's missing stuffed monkey

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 4:39pm

The stuffed animal that helped a child get through nearly a dozen surgeries is now lost. Walt Buteau reports the Massachusetts family is desperate to get the monkey back.

A picture is all that's left of a stuffed animal and a blanket that helped a kid through what might make a grown-up cry.

2 and a half year-old Kayden Watson is running down some leads.

Missing: One monkey attached to a very comforting blanket, "Is this for your monkey friend? Say, come home monkey friend."

"He carries it everywhere. He rubs his nose with it to go to sleep. It's his best friend, and unfortunately, we just don't know where it is right now."

But one Monday, somewhere between the Attleboro Dairy Queen and their Cumberland home, little Kayden lost his best friend. Kids get attached to stuffed animals all the time, but monkey hung around with Kayden during his 11 operations for a one in a thousand disease called Short Bowel Syndrome.

"Tell him you just want it back. I just want it back."

They searched Route 1 near Attleboro for four hours. Now they're expanding their net, on any pole that'll hold a flier, replacements just won't do.

"He said no I just want my monkey. He knows the feeling of it. He knows the smell of it. He knows everything about it. It's not something that you can just replace."

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