By Davion Smith, BVI News Journalist
Realising he made what can be described as the single worst blunder of his life, Michael Fearon clutched the lifeless body of his beloved 11-month-old child, wrapped her in his arms, and crashed to the ground. He wailed inconsolably.
His daughter, baby Zaria died after being left alone in a vehicle for hours.
“I can’t see how he’s going to get over this,” said a close family friend, who told BVI News the grieving father has been placed on suicide watch at Peebles Hospital.
On the ill-fated day of April 30, Fearon left home with baby Zaria to carry out his daily routine of transporting her to the daycare before heading to work.
But, with a high-stress job weighing on his mind on the morning in question, Fearon unwittingly skipped his usual daycare stop and headed straight for the Ritter Building on Wickham’s Cay II, where he works as the Chief Financial Officer for a trust company.
He did not realise the fatal oversight until the end of the workday — Zaria was pronounced dead at 5:30pm.
“Michael would never do anything to hurt that child. It’s just that, I figure, a million and one things are on his mind,” the family friend told BVI News.
“It’s not that I’m finding excuses. But, I suppose, we look at it and we ask ‘how could he?’. You, yourself, might also say that could never happen to you. But you just never know what could be going on in somebody’s brain that could cause something like that to happen,” the family friend said, adding that the distressed father was also in the process of relocating to a new home.
“I know the stress of work and the stress of moving. I think those may have been the key factors.”
BVI News was told both parents of the infant are now ‘totally devastated’ by her death, which comes less than two weeks before what would have been baby Zaria’s first birthday.
The death has also landed the infant’s mother in hospital.
In the meantime, the distraught father is said to be in police custody as investigations into the matter progress.
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