“I Am Safe, I Am Loved” – 7-Year-Old Stɑbbed And Set On Fire Adopted By The Detective Who Responded To Call. Kenyatta Barron placed a distressed call to 911, called for help and begged for her life. Ronnie Oneal III had just stɑbbed 7 year old Ronnie and set him on fire in their home in Riverview, Hillsborough County.
That same night, the father mu-rdered the boy’s mother and sister.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Detective Mike Blair responded to the scene, not knowing what to expect. Blair explained that by the time he arrived that night, they had been told the child had been taken to h0spital but was unlikely to survive.
Having been a h0micide detective for years, Blair thought she had seen and experienced it all, but it turns out she hadn’t. Detective Blair’s involvement mostly came not through the case itself, but through the bond he formed with little Ronnie after going to the h0spital. Blair sums it up as something God had planned for him.
Detective Blair managed to get Ronnie from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while he was recovering in the h0spital. The two struck up a friendship and one night as Blair was leaving, Ronnie reached out and took her hand. Blair said Ronnie held his hand as he was leaving and said, “Can you watch a movie with me”?
Detective Blair had to go to work, but he had an idea. Blair and his wife planned to go out on a date that night. Blair told his wives that instead of going on a date, he could watch a movie with Ronnie?
Blair and her partner Daniel have five children of their own, but ditched their plans to go out and went to h0spital together instead. Danielle said she already knew she wanted to take Ronnie home with them.
At the same time, the Guardian Ad Litem was overseeing Ronnie’s care, and the couple met with Litem in hospital. They told the guard to call them if Ronnie ever needed anything.
And it wasn’t long before Blair got a phone call. He was driving to church when the janitor called him. The janitor asked him if he knew anyone who could help him.
Blair’s partner Daniel knew the time had come. She had already begun to pray that God would soften Blair’s heart to bring Ronnie home with him. Their five children were right on board when the call came. Their children also told Blair that he should go along with their mother’s opinion and that they think everyone should care.
Fast forward to submission and 7-year-old Ronnie has a new forever home. Ronnie said they are the best mums and dads and really take care of him. Roni added that there is no one better than them.
When Ronnie is stressed, he repeats, “I’m safe, I’m loved, and I’m part of this family.” This seems to be a family mantra for the Blair family.