Bentley's Final Expenses
I started this fundraiser for a friend going through a tremendous tragedy. There were many tiny fundraisers started, mine just happened to take off because I happen to know some incredible people who helped spread the word. From day one there have been allegations of fraud, finger-pointing, and even harassment from the biological mom's camp. I smiled and kept my head down, because I know that what I started is completely out of love and good-intentions. There have been many difficult times-- I've even had the police contacted by people who were just certain that I was up to no good. Even still, I kept my faith that in the end the truth would come out.
As far as I know, everyone has donated in good will. Nobody has been forced, no one has been coerced... there's just something about the death of a child that elicits a basic grief in people, and some of you have chosen to put that spark of grief to work through donations, page shares, and prayers. We cannot thank you enough for any of those things-- they will never be forgotten. I have done my best to keep this page updated with any new information about Bentley. Unfortunately, for everyone involved, there just hasn't been much else released. The cause of his injury is still a mystery; in fact, we may never know what started the chain reaction that resulted in his passing.
It is my personal belief, for many many reasons, that Bentley's death is completely blameless. Other people feel differently, especially those who are not close to either side of the family, but this page operates under the assumption that there is no "right" or "wrong" side. In fact, in my opinion, both sides are losers... who comes out on top when a child dies? I have kept this page completely drama free: there's no place for it. There's no benefit to it. Say something negative about the biological mom, it gets deleted. Say something negative about the father's family, it gets deleted. There is no favoritism. There's no vast conspiracy, although many would like you to believe that.
I made my first withdrawal out of this site yesterday and gave it to the father's side of the family. I did this for several reasons, mainly that they're who I'm in contact with. As far as I'm concerned, it's up to them how to distribute the money. I do know that it has been left to them to pay for transportation and cremation expenses, as well as his memorial this weekend (that will not be including the biological mother, per her own wishes.) Anyone who really believes that they are benefiting or profiting in some way from this fundraiser are truly vile human beings, and your words will be immediately deleted off of this site. A child has died. The time for drama has passed. Please let this boy rest in peace, and save the wicked allegations for your own time. This is the one and only time I'm going to address this; from now on, it will be quickly dealt with by deletion of the comment, and the banhammer will be swung.