In a Facebook video that has gone viral, Ohio resident Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark, 29, sits across from Cameron, his eight-year-old son. Bickenstaff-Clark then breaks the news to Cameron that the boy’s mother has died from a heroin overdose.
In the video, Cameron, who lives with his grandmother in a homeless shelter, is still toting his backpack from a day at school. The Washington Post blurred the child’s face to protect his privacy.
With the camera recording, Bickerstaff-Clark tells his son, “Mommy died last night.”
“What?” Cameron askes.
After Clark repeats himself, Cameron says, “What do you mean? My mom?… How?”
Clark tells the boy that his mother died from drugs.
The next few moments are agonizing as Cameron cries, deeply. Cameron’s grandmother catches the boy as he falls toward her, and his father comforts him.
The Washington Post reports that authorities have confirmed that the deceased mother was Lacey Wood. Although Cameron had not seen her over the past year, according to the report, she called the boy frequently.
Bickerstaff-Clark told the Washington Post that Cameron did not know he was being recorded at the time, but after talking, he backed his father’s decision to post the video online to show the world how drugs can devastate the lives of everyone connected to the user.
Talking to US magazine, Bickerstaff-Clark said he is presently living in a sober house, attends recovery meetings, and has 100 days clean.
He also said: “I would love to actually be there and be a dad and put him to bed at night and get him on the school bus. My son lost his mother; I can’t let my son lose his father.”
The video has been viewed more than 34 million times.
Main photo: BrendenBickerstaff-Clark Facebook video/screenshot