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KHQ BLOG: Kaitlyn Bolduc Talks About Interviewing The Mother Who's Son Was Killed

KHQ BLOG: Kaitlyn Bolduc here, writing to talk about one of the most difficult interviews I've ever had to do. Meeting with Rebecca McCollough after her boyfriend admitted to beating her one-year-old son to death. As my photographer and I pulled up to her apartment I thought to myself, I shouldn't be here. Unfortunately, it is part of our job to go to places we shouldn't always be in order to tell a story, or to allow people like Rebecca a platform to voice how she is feeling in this terrible time. The problem is finding the words.
 
Walking up the stairs to Rebecca's home, the home where just 12 hours ago she lost her son, I kept thinking to myself what am I doing. What could I possibly say to this woman I've never met, that will give her any sort of comfort. What could I say that could take away her pain, or why am I even trying to talk to her during this unbearable time for her and her family. As I knocked on the door, my stomach sank... I still didn't have the words.
 
When the door opened, Rebecca immediately knew why I was there, and began crying. She invited me into her home with out having the words herself. Her sister, grabbed pictures of Santiago and handed them to me, "Alright Rebecca, you ready for another one," she said.  Another interview is what she was referring to. I was the third reporter that day to try to talk to her. Immediately, the feeling of not wanting to be there was overwhelming, until Rebecca spoke.
 
"Yes," she said. "I want to send a message to other mothers, to ask questions, to check backgrounds, because I had no idea my boyfriend was capable of doing something like this, to a poor defenseless little baby. I want to help people."
 
Courageously, Rebecca spoke with us through her tears, rocking back and forth clinging to her son's baby blanket. Her raw emotion, anger and sadness brought me to tears while I was asking her questions. Still, not really even having the right words to ask her anything.  The interview became so emotional, we stopped. She apologized and said, "I'm sorry, I hope that helps people."
 
I grabbed her hand amazed that she would apologize to me for not being able to talk. If anything I should apologize to her for making her talk. "It absolutely will help other mothers, you are a courageous woman," I said.
 
After some more conversation, we eventually left her apartment and walked down the stairs. I took a deep breath, and a mental step back. It was hard to shake this story, I could barely even wrap my head around what happened to her son and in turn her family.  It is a story and an interview that will stay with me for a very long time.
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