Father works to cope following daughter's death

Father works to cope following daughter's death

ATHENS (KYTX) - A $2 million bond has been set for the mother who admitted killing her 4-year-old daughter in Athens Monday morning. One day later, the child's father sheds more light on what led up to the child's death.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey spoke to the father, who questions if he could have done something to save his daughter's life.

The father says when you're looking back at a tragedy, there's always something you wish you could have done differently. A few weeks ago, the woman threatened to kill her child, the father says he thought the threat was one more thing to add to the long list of idle threats. Counselors said, during times like this it's easy to blame yourself... But that's not the best route to take.

Life after his only child has been killed, is understandably hard for Gary Wyatt...

"Put me on a cartoon... It's like a morning ritual for me every morning... Didn't happen today."

Wyatt said Monday he found his four-year-old daughter Victoria dead in the family car's trunk. His common law wife Stacie Parsons admitted to killing the child.

"She's the type of chick basically bash her head against the wall and run down the street screaming he hit me, I never put a hand on her in my life."

For the past few years, Wyatt said angry moments far outweigh the happy times.

"It was non-stop, literally it was nothing Victoria could do that wouldn't incur her wrath."

License counselor intern Josh Berger said, during tragic times like these, families often look for someone to blame, including themselves.

"It is natural but it isn't a healthy thing to do," he said the grief process should be a slow one.

"We often have this phrase getting over grief or getting past it, and there really isn't such a thing, there's never gonna be a point when you loose someone you love that all of a sudden you didn't lose them anymore," Berger said.

Wyatt said he doesn't blame himself, but would have done things differently.

"There is no way to know if I did this something else would have happened. We don't know what else could have happened, and actually go to a better place of grieving through things instead of playing the what if game," Berger said.

Thoughts of regret and blame are common, but with a supportive family Berger said things will get better.

The Henderson county sheriff says, whenever a threat such as death is made, make a report...as a matter of fact he says even if nothing comes from the report, it's best to have record of something happening. Depending on the seriousness of the threat, other steps including an investigation or mental evaluation could take place.


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