OSSIAN, IND. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The father and mother of 18-month-old Kamryn Price, who police say was beaten to death last week spoke exclusively with Fort Wayne’s NBC reporter Kaitlyn Kendall.
Police say the man responsible is the mom’s ex-boyfriend, 26-year-old Brent Scheiber.
In the interview the toddler’s parents focused on what their daughter was able to do since her death, and say they were able to donate most of Kamryn’s organs, except her lungs.
The family says knowing their daughter was able to save other children, gives them a sense of peace and happiness during such a difficult time.
“No matter if you [have] known them [for] 5 minutes or their whole life, it can happen to anybody whether it’s a boyfriend, whether it is someone you don’t know, whether it’s your sister. You can do your research on people, and you can do everything that you think that you are doing right for your child, and you can still not know, and get that phone call,” said Megan Milholland, Kamryn’s mom.
Milholland received the phone call 1/7/2019 that her daughter was being rushed to the hospital.
Police says the toddler was home with Milholland’s now ex-boyfriend at the time of the incident.
Court documents say Milholland last saw her daughter 1/6/2019 when she put her to bed at 6:30.
“I said yesterday that I am praying for him [Scheiber], and I hope that God is with him. I hope he finds Christ. I won’t let him take one more thing from me. Dark hole is not where I am going,” said Milholland.
Police say Scheiber killed the little girl, an autopsy found that she died due to blunt force injury to her head.
“I do not wish him [Scheiber] to ever have an easy life again. The bond that I no longer have with my little girl because [of] what he did,” said Wesley Price, Kamryn’s Dad.
Price said it’s the memories he has made with is little girl that help him get through the day.
Price added, “Every person who met her, she touched. I mean they would be like wow. Just how special she was, her smile could light up a dark room.”
Kamryn’s family says her smile will live on through other kids, and that is what gives their family a new meaning to life.
“Tuesday morning I woke up and I looked at Wesley and said our daughter is going to be a donor,” Milholland added, “It brings us so much joy to be able to remember that, that was her purpose. I look at it as our daughter’s heart was borrowed, we borrowed it for a year and a half. But God made that heart for the child who received it.”
The toddler’s family hopes to meet the kids who received their daughter’s organs someday.
Milholland said, “We have to carry on as best as we can. Life will always be different forever. But you have to keep going because there is a purpose, there is a purpose for everything, and there is a purpose to go on.”
Brent Scheiber pleaded not guilty in court Friday morning to the charges of murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, and domestic battery.
A GoFundMe has been started to help the family pay for medical expenses, to help click here.