Today is a little different

This is only indirectly about violence. This is more about absent father's. Traditionally, when a couple separates, the mother most often will have the children from the marriage. Father's are usually assigned partial custody or visitation. But it is up to them whether they utilize that visitation or not. At times, the custodial parent may block the court ordered visitation. Sometimes they have reason to. Sometimes it is due more to their anger than the fitness of the other parent.

Jermaine Dixson is 21, and he is desperately looking for his father. Life has been tough for Jermaine. In 1996, he lost his 6 year old sister Cierra to AIDS. His mother Dolores Dixon, died a few months later of the same disease, it is believed that she contracted the disease from Cierra's father. His mother did not know she had AIDS until Cierra was born. Jermaine feels that his mother just gave up fighting the disease after Cierra died. Cierra had a different father than he and his sister did.

After his mother's death, Jermaine and his sister, Jessica Dixon, went to live with his mother's best friend Kathy Brinson. Recently, Jessica Dixon was killed in a random murder. She is to be buried Sat. Jermaine would like his father to be there. He believes his father should know what happened to his daughter. And he is running out of blood relatives.

Jermaine doesn't know a lot about his father. His father never signed his or his sister's birth certificates. He thinks his father's name is something like "Hollins LaFloyd.'' He knows his father was in prison, they received letters from him while he was there. Jermaine believes that LaFloyd married, and that at some point LaFloyd was arrested for kidnapping their son. That was around 1994.

''He said he didn't think we loved him because we didn't write to him in jail,'' Dixon said. "But we were kids. We didn't know how to do those things.''

Jermaine wants his father to know about him and his sister. He is desperate to make some contact.

He says that his parents met in a grocery store. And that soon after Jessica was born. Jermaine followed 2 years later. Then his father left their lives, and later  his mother met the man who gave her AIDS.

Jermaine has searched on the internet. A reporter has also checked under the name Hollins LaFloyd and many variations. They have looked in local, state or federal criminal justice databases and other public records and have been unable to locate him.

Jermaine would like his father beside  him at his sister's funeral.

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/local/states/florida/counties/broward_county/14463172.htm?source=rss&channel=miamiherald_broward_county

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3 Comments

  1. Magnolia said,

    April 30, 2006 at 11:30 pm

    This is so very,very sad. My heart goes out to this young man. What a reminder
    to count our blessings.
    You know, he could show a few of these ‘my space’ kids what real life and hard luck really is. I hope he finds his dad.

  2. May 1, 2006 at 12:07 am

    This one kind of got to me. If there is anyone who is good at researching out there, I am hoping they will take up the search for Jermaine’s father.

  3. May 3, 2006 at 5:06 am

    […] Home Sweet Home presents Today is a little different posted at Home Sweet Home, saying, “Jermaine Dixson is 21, and he is desperately looking for his father. Life has been tough for Jermaine. In 1996, he lost his 6 year old sister Cierra to AIDS. His mother Dolores Dixon, died a few months later of the same disease, it is believed that she contracted the disease from Cierra’s father. His mother did not know she had AIDS until Cierra was born. Jermaine feels that his mother just gave up fighting the disease after Cierra died. Cierra had a different father than he and his sister did. […]


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