Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7 KJV)
GOD’S MIRACLE CHILD
In keeping it 100, Bianca-Mya Griffin wanted to kill homeboy.
Her initial reaction, in fact, was that he would suffer just as much as the excruciating pain and agony and turmoil he invoked upon her family — especially her infant son.
In what was an unbelievable turn of events Griffin said “felt like I was in a movie,” her ex-boyfriend, Eric Richards, held down her then-three-year-old son, Kendricks Turner, in a bath tub of scolding hot water at 140 degrees, which led to her child having sustained third degree burns from the waist down.
According to Griffin, Richards’ assault surfaced after her son had “pooped on himself,” the Columbus, Ohio resident told Making Headline News during a weekend interview.
Richard, who’s still incarcerated, was eventually arrested and charged with felonious assault and two counts of child endangerment in connection with Turner’s injuries.
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If convicted, Richard faces up to eight years in jail.
His trial date is scheduled for July 27.
As for Griffin’s son, she said it has been a long, emotionally-driven road to recovery for the beloved four-year-old, who spent approximately two-and-half months in the intensive care unit.
“My initial reaction was shock disbelief,” Griffin told MHN, recalling the horrific development that transpired in February 2019. “I wanted to kill him…jump on him…attack him. “But God stepped in at that moment and said, ‘Don’t do it. You’ve got kids that need you, two girls and a boy in ICU.”
That Turner — who’s widely known as “KenKen,” according to his mother — is expected to make a full recovery, coupled with her demonstration of faith, are what Griffin acknowledges have provided with a peace of mind, of sorts, particularly as her son continues to recuperate from his injuries.
“I’m just thankful that I know God and trust Him like I do,” Griffin, a native of Flint, Michigan, said. “He has done nothing but bless us because I trusted Him.”
For Turner, meanwhile, he has subsequently emerged as a hometown hero since word spread that he was recouping comfortably.
Amongst those who have helped keep in high spirits are Columbus-area first responders, many of whom have joined forces to provide Griffin’s family with the very thing they need as they try the best they could to move past arguably the darkest season of their lives: some much-needed agape love.
“Recovery is the hardest part because reality has set in, but I can say it takes a village (to raise a child), and the support from across the world and in the city has been miraculous and nothing but heaven sent,” Griffin said. “This has helped make our lives a lot easier.”
Even in the midst of an unprecedented coronavirus global pandemic that, by all accounts, has placed the world on a collective pause, Griffin doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s still overwhelmingly grateful she isn’t faced with brutally disheartening task of having to bury her son.
“After having 22 percent of his body burned and having him gone from a wheelchair and a walker in less than a year, I’m truly blessed, especially with the pandemic going on,” Griffin, a 2010 graduate of Huron (Ohio) High School, said. “It’s such a blessing.”
Never mind that every so often, the tumultuous sequence of February 2019 often replays in the back of Griffin’s mind, she admits.
“When I look back at the beginning, I couldn’t see past the day we were admitted in the hospital,” Griffin explained. “I was stuck in that moment. And to see him now bouncing off the walls and even enjoying water again is truly a miracle.”
In a nutshell, after all she and her family have been through, Griffin would be the first to testify that — as a songwriter once professed — she still has joy.
Interestingly, Griffin has established a fundraiser in which T-shirts and other paraphernalia bearing her son’s face can be purchased to raise monies to cover doctor bills and other essential needs for her family.
“(We know there’s) lots of plans for the future for KenKen and all of us,” Griffin said without hesitation. “So, I just want to continue to share his story with the world — from trauma to triumph. Our community came together. We have local policemen come through, stop by all the time to see us and KenKen.”
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For what it’s worth, the unyielding love and kindness and contributions are something by which Griffin’s family doesn’t merely take lightly.
“If you trust God, He got you 100 percent,” Griffin said.
In keeping it 100.
For more information about Columbus, Ohio Businesswoman Bianca-Mya Griffin, to inquire about making donations or purchasing “KenKen Strong” paraphernalia or to inquire about a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biancamya; Instagram: https://www.picuki.com/profile/iamkenken4; Also, send email to: Email: Bt6146962678@gmail.com.
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