Mother uses writing to survive loss of son in daycare fire

Six years… and still no answers. Dana Richardson says in an interview on News 3 Midday is has been six long years without her son by her side and she still has so many questions about how he died.

Richardson’s son one year old Michael Duvard, Jr. was one of nine children caught in a home daycare fire on Mill Branch Road back in February 2010.

“To this day, we still don’t know the cause of the fire,” Richardson says. “There’s still a lot of unanswered questions and that makes the journey much more difficult.” She says her son died from third degree burns to 90 percent of his body.

When asked how she lived through the tragedy, Richardson says her faith in God “carried her through”.

“There is no magic wand, no recipe for dealing with something as tragic as this, and [faith] is honestly how i make it through along with friends and family,” she says.

Richardson says she has written a book called “The Least of These: A Mother’s Journey Through The Tragis Loss Of Her Son”. She says the book is to help her son live through her writings.

“If I don’t tell his story, no one will,” Richardson says.

She says she wants people to know the difficulty mothers who lose their children face.

“A mother never expects to bury their child. It’s honestly a pain like no other. But through this book, I’m telling [my son’s’ story].”

The book release event will be at Revelations Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is open to the public.

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