A father whose baby boy died and wife was left in serious condition from an arson is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Cordell Brown said the $25,000 reward is coming from inheritance he received after his mother passed away.
“I’m hoping that by offering this money that I can make the streets of Edmonton safer so that no other babies are murdered in this way,” Brown said.
“I think the people who did this are animals. They deserve to be in jail.”
Brown’s five-month-old son, Hunter Brown, died when the family’s Ambleside neighbourhood home was set on fire shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday.
“Losing him is like a really mind-boggling catastrophe in our mind,” Brown told Global News Wednesday afternoon.
“I couldn’t even see him at the hospital. I looked at him for one second and just walked away and started crying.”
Hunter and his mother, Angie Tang, were pulled by firefighters from their burning home. Police determined the fire was deliberately set and are now investigating Hunter’s death as the city’s 32nd homicide. An autopsy revealed Hunter died of smoke inhalation.
Brown said he’s been heavily investigated by police and remains under investigation.
He said he doesn’t know who started the deadly blaze.
“I haven’t murdered anyone, so I can’t imagine why someone would want to murder me or my son or my wife or anyone who’s living in my house.”
Watch below: A day after his five-month-old son Hunter died and Edmonton police opened an arson and homicide investigation into the incident, Cordell Brown spoke about his loss.
Tang remains in hospital in serious but stable condition. Brown said he was that his wife will remain in hospital for weeks as she recovers from smoke inhalation.
“After she found out that Hunter was murdered, she’s been heavily sedated,” Brown said.
“She’s intubated. She’s not breathing on her own. She’s intubated and she’s in intensive care.”
Tang’s sister-in-law Judith Tang posted a message online, requesting privacy and expressing the devastation the family is feeling.
“I want to set the record straight. I can’t speak for everyone. But I can speak for Angie’s immediate family because we are in this together. We are grieving together. We are surviving together. We are barely holding it together because we are overcome by the loss of our precious Hunter. We are scared and trying to be strong for Angie to help her get well,” she wrote.
Tang also included a link to a gofundme page that she said aims to cover the costs for Hunter’s funeral and the costs associated with caring for his mother.
Five other people lived in the home and were able to make it out before fire crews arrived.
“This fire has wrecked not just one family but numerous families. We’re all devastated,” Brown said.
“This isn’t a prank or a joke or anything like that. One person died but many people could have died.”
A gofundme page has also been setup for the five other tenants.
Brown said he’s returned to his home several times since Tuesday’s fire to salvage family heirlooms.
“Everything before my mom died from cancer last year that she left me is all in the house. I’m trying to get it out of the house, but as you can see, the police won’t let me in and it looks like they’re going to demolish the house this morning.”
On Thursday morning, fire investigators appeared to be focused on the front of the burned out home.
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