WEST POINT, Ga. — A Troup County family is still looking for answers three days after a fallen tree caused tragedy and took the life of a loved one. The severe weather from last week left a sore spot and a hole for one mother. Tynesha Slaughter lost her seven-month old son Kyren Davis after a tree crashed through her E. 8th St. house Friday around 5 p.m. The storms not only left destruction in their path, they left grief for a family.
The weight of it all was too much to bear for Slaughter, who burst into tears on more than one occasion while thinking about her little boy. She tells News 3 in an exclusive interview that she only has memories of her son now. He was a twin.
“I had one of my babies in my arm,” Slaughter said. “And the next thing I know, I look up and the tree was falling in. And I tried to go back and get my other baby. But I couldn’t because of all the stuff that was falling down.”
Days later, family, neighbors and friends left toys and flowers in memory of Kyren right in front of the tree that transformed a family and their home by taking the baby boy’s life.
Kyren’s grandfather Dexter Winston says he pleaded with the landowner to cut down the tree. He says bricks from the house were falling on him during the storm. Some people say the telltale signs were there: the tree was weak and rotting.
“An older man that lives next door,” the disabled Winston said. “He was always constantly saying: hollow tree, hollow tree. Raccoons in the tree.”
News 3 followed up with the property owners. It is incumbent upon them to take action or inaction on the home and the debris. They declined to comment on addressing the situation, saying they were advised not to talk about the incident.
“[It’s] a total loss to my grandson first of all,” Winston said. “Then [it’s] a total loss to where you go to try and start over.”
The Red Cross was on hand Saturday to help the family, who is now living in a nearby hotel. Now, the family must try to find a new starting point and begin a new future.
“I don’t know, I’m just trying to figure out how I’m going to go on without him,” Slaughter said.