The boyfriend of a Bronx mother accused of killing his baby boy and baby stepson insists she is “a good mother” and says he has forgiven her.
Columbus Canada told the Post on Tuesday that it is standing by Dimone “Brenda” Fleming, 22, who is accused of killing Canada’s 11-month-old son Octavius Canada and 3-year-old stepson Daishawn Fleming in the bathtub at a homeless shelter to have .
“She’s a good person, a good mother,” said the grieving father, adding that he saw no warning signs that she had gone down the drain from Saturday’s scare.
“I didn’t know about it because it wasn’t her,” he said. “I forgive her. She was obsessed.”
Fleming had allegedly slammed Canada in a phone call to her father hours before the murders, saying she felt “stifled” by their relationship, her father previously told The Post.
But Canada still defended the accused killer, saying “all she ever does is worry and take care of her children”.
“Anyone who knows her knows what kind of person she is. She’s a good, caring mother,” he said. “I’ve known her for three years and I’ve never seen anything like it, not even through the doctors, nothing.”
Fleming, who was on the run in a child pornography case outside of Pennsylvania, had been investigated by the city’s Children’s Services Administration about Daishawn a few years earlier, but that was before Canada hit her, he said.
Dimone is accused of brutally stabbing the children and then leaving their bodies in the bathtub under piles of clothes.
The grieving father, who took Daishawn as his own son, pointed the finger at the shelter after the killings.
“That could have been avoided. They should do their job,” he said.
“They are there to ensure that families are protected and safe.”
Canada’s sister-in-law Penny Singleton said she offered to take the babies if Dimone needed a break.
“If you knew you had problems or issues, why didn’t you reach out to someone?” Singleton, 33, said. “Why didn’t you tell one of us? Why didn’t you explain: ‘Listen, I can’t do this now, someone is helping [me].’ Don’t take it out on the kids. That’s the craziest thing you could ever do.”
Singleton said Canada has five children, including two with Singleton’s sister.
“Columbus loves her. … He still loves her. He is a good man. He forgives her,” she said.
Singleton said she is still struggling to process what happened.
“I never imagined that she would do something like that because she loved these children. She did!” she said.
“But I still want to know why, what caused it? I don’t understand, I don’t understand.
“Those babies were just happy, happy kids.”
https://nypost.com/2022/11/29/dad-who-lost-son-still-insists-accused-killer-bx-mom-is-good-mother/ Murdered boy’s father defends murderous Bronx mother Dimone Fleming