- Timon Makswell was forced to give up his daughter at gun point after his aunt-in-law accused him of having kidnapped her
- The father of one had refused to let his daughter go after his wife died due to liver and post pregnancy complications
- According to Makswell, his wife had cautioned him against giving their child to her relatives before her death
In many cases, men will quickly adjust to move on after the death of their wife including giving up their children to be raised by their relatives but that is not the case of Timon Makswell.
The father of one is seeking help to have his 9-month-old daughter, who was snatched from him by his in-laws following his wife's death, returned.
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In a long heart-breaking Facebook post seen by Briefly.co.za on Thursday, 28 February, Makswell said he was forced to hand over the little girl to his late wife's aunt after she reported him to police.
According to Makswell, his aunt-in-law accused him of having kidnapped his daughter and that he had stopped administering her medicine.
"Annette Kimuomi had told the officers that Rena died of HIV and that Tamar was born positive, so the officer told me that these people have money and they can do anything so if I know what is good for me then I should give them the child," wrote Makswell.
While narrating his ordeal at the Spring Valley Police station in Kayole on Wednesday, 27 February, fighting to keep his child, he gave up his fight when the police officers threatened to kill him.
“I gave in because this is the only way I could have lived to fight this off. I was bundled into the police vehicle and they took my child. That is how I lost my child, the one I promised her mother that no one would ever take away from me," he said.
"I know I have failed but I still ask myself is there justice in this world? What did I ever do to this family to make them treat me like this? did I have to die to save my child, and had it be the police to take away my child” Makswell added.
Makswell noted he had failed his wife, Rena, who had made him promise to raise their daughter in case of her death as she was battling liver disease and post-pregnancy complications.
“To my late wife Rena, am really sorry I have failed you. I was not able to keep the only last promise I made to you before you left this world of keeping our baby Tamara safe, away from danger and taking care of her," he apologised.
"To my little girl Tamara, daddy is really sorry I could not be able to take care of you any longer. I know I have failed you. I was the only person who was to protect you from these people but instead I chose to let them have you,” said Makswell.
According to Maxwell, his wife had cautioned him against giving their child to her relatives only for him to found out after her death that they used the children do swindle money from donors.
"I inquired with one of Rena’s cousin he told me that the family had taken two children from one of their in laws after their mother died and that they use these children to ask for funds from donors pretending that the children are total orphans," noted Makswell.
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