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Father of an Arlington Fire Victim Questions Why His Son Was Inside the House
by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter
Waterloo, Iowa - The dad of a four year-old killed in a fire wonders if his son should have even been in the home where he died.
On Thursday, the State medical examiner identified the five people killed in last Friday's fire near Arlington.
That includes Gil Stachar, 84 and James McCain, 30.
Amanda Smith-Miller,27 and her two children, Delacisey Seales,4 and Isabella Miller,1 also died. They were over-night visitors of Mc-Cain. McCain was a registered sex offender.
Looking at the things he bought for his son early last week, Delaney Seales, of Waterloo, realizes he'll never see the four-year-old wearing his new spider man hat. The daunting reality sets in.
"I will miss watching him grow up. Thinking of what we would have done together," said Seales.
Seales has so many questions about who Delacisey would have grown up to be.He also has questions about why his son was sleeping inside the home of James Dean McCain. .
"I was thinking maybe I should have brought him back home with me," said Seales.
And while Seales wonders if he should have done more protect his son, he also questions how social workers handled the situation.
Seales said, "If D.H.S. was there and seen my son and the little baby together with this sexual predator, why didn't they remove the kids?".
The Department of Human Services says they cannot comment on specific cases.
Seales says a few weeks ago, a D.H.S. case worker contacted him about McCain.But Seales didn't realize McCain was a registered sex offender until after the fire.
But for now, he says, he's just trying to remember the special times he had with his son.
"You gotta keep your loved ones close to you," said Seales.
A fund has been set up for Delacisey Seales at the Iowa Community Credit Union in Waterloo.