The raw stories of a son’s sexual assault by his father.
A boy’s pain and anger over a painful death.
And the raw story that has haunted him since he was a baby.
A year ago, David Thomas, 45, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his daughter, Tami Thomas.
In the summer of 2017, he pleaded not guilty to the charge and is scheduled to go to trial on Aug. 15.
He was charged in the first case after his daughter’s death.
He has pleaded not-guilty to both counts.
His daughter’s family members said Thomas has told them his wife killed him.
“I don’t know what happened to my daughter, and my family doesn’t know, but my heart just broke when they found out,” said Tami’s mother, Michelle Thomas.
Tami’s body was found at a rural cabin near her home in northern Michigan in October 2017.
Tami was 15 weeks pregnant with her first child.
She was last seen alive at a party at the home.TAMI’S MOTHER SAYS HER DAD’S OWN CARETTAKER HAS BEEN OUT OF HER LIFEFor years, Michelle and her husband have struggled with the loss of their daughter.
They moved to a remote part of northern Michigan after her death and were unable to visit.
“She was a very, very sweet little girl,” said Michelle Thomas, “who loved her family and her neighbors.
She loved her dogs, her brother, her sister, her brothers-in-law, her grandparents.
I can’t imagine her feeling that bad,” Michelle said.””
It’s really hard to explain to my kids why they never saw her again.”
“I can’t imagine her feeling that bad,” Michelle said.
“When my family is in grief and you’ve lost someone, it’s like there’s a time and place where we can get together,” Michelle Thomas added.
“And you can’t.”
She and her family have been able to connect with others who have also lost loved ones.
For years, they have attended services at a local church and have visited with their sister-in -law.
But it was the 2017 funeral that really pushed Michelle to share what happened.
The day before her funeral, Michelle was in the woods near the cabin where she was last heard from.
She and her children were alone in the house.
And she was crying, crying, and she was begging me to help her.””
I remember seeing Tami and her father in the kitchen.
And she was crying, crying, and she was begging me to help her.”
And I’m thinking, you can do this.
I’m gonna help you.
And that’s when I heard her dad say, ‘Get up.
Let’s get this over with.’
“And it’s been a year since that day.
I have been crying a lot,” Michelle told WDIV.
The first thing I did was call my dad, she said.
He’s been on the phone with me all day.
And I remember thinking, this is it.
And my heart was breaking, and it’s very hard to describe what that felt like.
And I started to cry, too.
And then I remember telling my mother, ‘I know you’re not going to believe this, but I’m sorry for what happened.’
And she told me that she had a feeling that something wasn’t right, but that I was going to take it on and let it go.
So it was a pretty rough start.
But now I know, Michelle said, that she has to live with the burden of her family’s loss.
I don-t know what else I can do, she added.
So it’s just like, it was hard to deal with.
And for the last six years, I’ve just tried to take care of my kids, because they need me.
I don’t have any other family, I just have my family, and I just need to make sure that they’re all okay.TAMI’S BROTHER RECOMMENDS PEOPLE TO WATCH THE COURT RECORD”I’m hoping that people will keep looking and not just be disappointed,” Michelle added.
“Because I know my dad is going to do everything he can to make this right.
I think people need to see that.
People need to know that, and people need not to let it affect them.”
Tami was a sweet, loving, loving child, said her father, David.
She cared about her family, loved to play and loved to cook.
Her favorite food was chicken, and when she was hungry, she would cook herself chicken and eat it.
She never spoke to her father at night, even though he was always around, Michelle told ABC News.
The second-grade teacher, David, is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 1.
His attorney, Michael Schreiber,