/Boys devastating question as brilliant dad is found dead on Christmas Day

Boys devastating question as brilliant dad is found dead on Christmas Day

A boy battling a serious degenerative condition kept asking if his missing dad loved him before he was found dead on Christmas Day.

When Andrew Kieser didn’t show up as his son Malachi Seymour, six, and former partner Holly’s house on December 23, they weren’t worried at first.

Holly knew that the 36-year-old was a “brilliant” dad who wouldn’t miss spending Christmas with his son.

“He wouldn’t let Malachi down, especially not at Christmas,” Holly said.

“Andrew had been really excited for Christmas when he’d seen Malachi the Saturday before.

“Malachi was pretty upset when he didn’t show up. He kept asking if daddy still loved him.”

Malachi kept asking his mum Holly if his dad still loved him
Malachi kept asking his mum Holly if his dad still loved him
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When her phone calls were still unanswered the following day and a trip round to his flat uncovered no trace of him however, she started to fear the worse.

On Christmas Day Daniel Pain, Holly’s partner, went round to Andrew’s home and kicked the door down only to find an empty flat inside.

Having not heard from his son since Sunday, Andrew’s dad then filed a missing person’s report with Dorset Police.

Early on Boxing Day police officers arrived at his parents’ house with the devastating news that a body had been found in the city.

It was confirmed as Andrew’s when Holly sent officers photos of his tattoos and of a necklace Malachi had given him that was round his neck.

Holly said: “They don’t know what had happened. The police had found him outside somewhere in Bournemouth.

“At the moment we’re waiting for an autopsy. There are a lot of unanswered questions. We haven’t got a clue.”

Although Andrew and Holly split up when Malachi was two, he still played a large part in his son’s life.

Malachi would get to see his dad at least four times a week
Malachi would get to see his dad at least four times a week
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“He would come round ours four times a week and stay all day,” Holly continued.

“He would cook him dinner and take him out. He was a brilliant dad.”

Neither Andrew nor his son have lived the most straightforward of lives.

Malachi has mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which saps the energy from his cells and can impact brain function.

The six-year-old recently got out of hospital just in time for his school Christmas party after a viral infection left him needing treatment.

Like most people with the syndrome, his life expectancy is significantly shorter than the average person.

Malachi suffers from mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome
Malachi suffers from mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome
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While Andrew’s health had not be in question before his death, he had struggled with drugs.

In an interview with the Big Issue two years ago, her spoke of losing his job as a cleaner and his home when he fell off the wagon after nine months clean.

But he managed to get himself back into a stable home by selling Big Issues after spending time sleeping rough on the streets of Bournmouth.

“When I’m stabilised I’d like to get back in touch with my son,” Andrew told the The Big Issue .

“I saw him last week but at the moment I’m not in a position to be his dad.”

Andrew spoke about Malachi’s condition and how much he missed his son.

“There’s no cure and no medicine so the more time I miss with him the more depressed it makes me,” he added.

“It’s incentivising me to get a place but that’s a lot harder now than it was 10 years ago.”

In the same interview he spoke about wanting to start playing the piano once he was off the streets.

A fundraising has been set up to erect a memorial bench for Malachi
A fundraising has been set up to erect a memorial bench for Malachi
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When he was at school Andrew worked his way up to Grade 7 on the piano and loved playing Beethoven, only to give up the instrument under pressure from bullies.

He started smoking and drink drugs, something he says “ruined” his life.

A Justgiving page has been set up to raise funds for a memorial bench.

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A description on the page reads: “We would like to raise funds so when times get hard he can sit and have a place to share his battles and worries with his daddy.

“Let us join together to help fund a memory bench so Malachi has a place he feels at one with his dad and can share moments thinking about the good times they shared together.”

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