Members of the community come together to help the families of a triple homicide in Malabar. Video by Craig Bailey. Posted June 13, 2017.
It was Sunday morning in Arkansas when Chad Meachum began to get the calls and notices from a friend about an Amber Alert that was issued earlier in Florida.
A photo with the alert was of his son, 9-year-old Sebastian, alongside another picture featuring Sebastian’s stepfather, Tony Hughes, a man he had never met personally but learned to dislike over the years.
There was also news about a mysterious house fire that gutted a two-story home and claimed the life of his former wife, a successful business owner and mother of two. “At first I had hope…the boat was missing…I thought maybe (the stepfather) kidnapped him,” Meachum said, his voice steady.
By then another call came, this time bearing grim news. Deputies had turned up at his aunt’s home in Louisiana with a chaplain.
Quietly staring at the alert, he called Brevard County sheriff’s investigators.
His son was dead, the agents informed him, his tiny body found amid the burned-out, smoldering rubble of concrete and wood that was the two-story home he lived in with his mother, Chrissy Hughes and his 39-year-old stepfather.
“I just broke down. This was my son…he was 9-years-old. For a man to do this to my baby boy…it’s evil,” the 46-year-old said. “Unbelievable.”
Three days after the devastating news that Hughes was suspected of setting the intense blaze and killing…
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