Every child on this planet deserves at least one loving parent to raise them. Yet, while every child deserves this, unfortunately, not every one gets it.
One Florida girl knows this all too well, as all she’d ever wanted was her father to be present in her life. He’d spent her whole life in and out of prison and when she finally thought he would be home for good, she got a lot more than she bargained for…
Willie Griffin, 39, spent a large portion of his life in and out of the American prison system. He’d been arrested on numerous occasions on charges including cocaine and marijuana possession with an intent to manufacture and deliver, assault with a deadly weapon, homicide, and manslaughter by negligence.
It’s safe to say that Griffin, who resides in Kissimmee, Florida, did not have the law on his side. His records go as far back as 1999, and he even has “Killer Thug” tattooed on his back. Griffin wasn’t hiding anything, not even from the police, and judging by the path he was on, he was on track to spend the rest of his life in prison…
Missing From His Daughter’s Life
Being in and out of jail for almost 20 years affected one very important person in Griffin’s life tremendously, and that person was his daughter. Being only an infant at the time Griffin was incarcerated, it was uncertain if his daughter would ever get to see him out of jail.
They Found A Way To Communicate
But Griffin found a way to keep in touch with his daughter during the times that she was unable to visit him. Despite being on the inside, Griffin gained access to a computer, and he communicated with his daughter through Facebook…
Contact Through Facebook
On January 17, 2012, he wrote a Facebook post, the first of many, about loving a woman who he knew loved him back too. It was obvious he was speaking about his baby girl. At the time, she was 12-years-old and she responded on Facebook in the comments saying that it’s hard to live without him.
She Missed Her Dad
It was clear from her words that she missed her father. Even though he’d been away for most of her life, the bond between father and daughter was still there for all to see. But it wasn’t long before things began to go bad for the her…
A Dangerous Path
Soon her life took a turn for the worst. She began skipping school and getting high almost every day. In turn, her grades plummeted, and it was obvious the absence of her father was slowly tearing her life apart. But, in a Facebook post, Griffin told his daughter to be strong and that he would be home soon. Then, on August 11, 2013, she responded.
She Still Loved Her Father
The girl visited her father’s Facebook page and posted that she loved her “thug” daddy. In response, Griffin posted on his daughter’s page, calling her, “My lil thug ms.” While this exchange of language may seem normal to some people, in this instance, there was something more going on…
Birthday Post For His Daughter
Fast-forward to September 18, 2013, when Griffin posted a photo collage of his daughter on her 13th birthday. In the caption, he noted how good his daughter looked, and it was clear she matured since he was first locked away in prison.
Then, a few months later in 2014, Griffin was released from prison, and he was finally able to reunite with his teen daughter, who by now looked like a young adult. Griffin attended her school’s games, where she was a cheerleader, and he seemed to be doing all the things that a father active in their child’s life would do. Except, there was one problem…
Something Seemed Off…
People on social media began speculating that there was more going on between the father and daughter than they were led people to believe. Family members even alleged that Griffin had been sexually assaulting his daughter for years…
Sexual Abusing His Own Daughter?
This would have meant that whenever he wasn’t in jail he was sleeping with his own daughter. Once this news broke, users on social media paid closer attention to Griffin’s Facebook posts, whose page was public at the time. But like clockwork, Griffin wound up back in jail, and this time he stayed there until he was released again three years later on January 22, 2017. He had not yet been charged with sexually assaulting his own daughter…
Their First Birthday Together
In September 2017, the teen was elated to spend her 17th birthday with her father. She wrote in a post that while her dad had not been there for her last 16th birthdays, she was happy he’d make it for this one. But one month later, she shared a post that raised a few eyebrows…
In October 2017, the teen shared a photo detailing the great news that she was pregnant with a baby girl. Some observers on the Internet began to speculate on who the father of the child was, since Griffin was allegedly sleeping with his own daughter.
The Baby Shower
While it sounded sick, it was possible that Griffin fathered his own daughter’s child. Despite this, the family threw the teen a baby shower before she gave birth, and Griffin was pictured right next to his daughter with his hand on her baby bump.
It Could Very Well Be His
The timing of baby Ava’s birth even made sense for Griffin to be the father, because if she was 3-weeks-old on November 8, that would make the due date almost nine months to the day of Griffin’s release. However, the police would need a DNA test to charge Griffin with a crime…
Low and behold, on November 15, 2017, Griffin was arrested for incest and sexual battery of a victim ages 12-17. Social media went nuts following his arrest, and so did Donna, Griffin’s ex-partner.
She wrote on her Facebook page saying that she doesn’t understand how [Griffin] could have sex with a “child,” and that it’s “nuts,” “sick,” and “unbelievable.” So, in other words, it seemed she was alleging that the incest was true…
Defending Her Child
The teen even took to social media herself to share her thoughts and address people’s concerns about the allegations. She said, “188 friend request[s] & they keep coming … If i didn’t believe there was a God that’ll get me & my family through this … Ya’ll can talk about me all day & night, but when you speak on/about my child it’s a different story … Idc what the situation is.”
Reportedly, the charges of incest and sexually battery of a victim ages 12-17 are still being held against Griffin. Now, it’s up to the justice system to determine the next course of action. The likely next step would be for a DNA test to be conducted to determine who the real father is.