“For two years. Every time I asked she said they were never there. She was right there. She was right there,” said Alex Dorsey as grief for his daughter Stoni overcame him.
He is the father of one of two children found in a freezer in a Detroit woman’s apartment on Tuesday.
After performing autopsies, the Wayne County Medical Examiner said Stoni Ann Blair and Stephen Gage Berry died from multiple blunt trauma and multiple blunt trauma and thermal injuries respectively.
Police say their two surviving siblings endured years of abuse in the home. They were forced to stay in the home, not allowed to go to school, and knew their brother and sister were in the freezer.
The 17-year-old daughter who is still alive told investigators Stephen died in August 2012 after their mother tortured him for weeks. He would have been nine years old at the time.
She allegedly tied a belt around his neck, threw hot water on him in the shower, and put a plastic bag over his head before he died. Stoni allegedly was strangled and suffocated by their mother in May 2013.
“Why did she have to die? She didn’t do anything wrong to nobody?” said Dorsey.
Alex Dorsey says he didn’t understand why Mitchelle Blair stopped letting him take his two daughters for visits two years ago until he got a phone call this week that Stoni was dead. She had been dead for a long time.
“Lord have mercy. She was right there,” said Dorsey.
Dorsey says he used to stop by the apartment every month. He now realizes his daughters’ mom stopped letting him take them for visits around the time Stoni would have been killed.
“That is why she kept me outside. Said you can’t come inside. Why can’t I come in? She didn’t tell me why,” said Dorsey.
He would ask to see Stoni. Her mom would say she was out.
Dorsey says seven months ago is the last time he came to the house. His daughter’s mother wouldn’t let him see his daughters because he didn’t “have enough money.”
He had lost his job a few months prior.
The state is now trying to take away his rights to his 17-year-old daughter. A petition says he abandoned his girls, failed to take legal action to obtain parenting time, and owes $39,000 in child support.