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Frank Hayward III was released Friday from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he was treated for cuts to his neck and severe burns.
“He is out of the hospital and apparently doing well,” said Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans (R). “All our prayers worked.”
About a month ago, sheriff’s office Special Operations Team, the Calvert Investigative Team, the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office and Maryland State Police Prince Frederick Barrack troopers responded at 8:26 a.m. July 31 to a home in the 1800 block of Candlelight Court in Owings for a domestic disturbance.
When SOT members entered the house, they found that Frank Hayward Jr., 32, had murdered his wife, Cynthia, 31, and their 2-year-old daughter, Natalee, before taking his own life. Frank Hayward III was found alive inside the home and hospitalized for cuts to his neck and burns.
Frank Hayward III’s uncle, Shane Hayward, said his nephew is doing well since his release from the hospital.
“He’s in amazing spirits,” Shane Hayward said. “We got out on Friday … and we went home, took showers, got hair cuts and went to my grandfather’s house. There were almost 60 of us there, and we had a little coming home party.”
Since leaving the hospital, Frank Hayward III and his uncle have played soccer, taken a karate class, gone to a Washington Redskins football game where “they gave us first-class treatment,” and visited the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department, where they rode in several fire trucks and had lunch with the department’s volunteers. Shane Hayward said their upcoming plans include attending a birthday party for a relative and visiting a local teen club so his nephew could spend time with his friends.
“He’s healing up and looking good, and he’s in good spirits,” Shane Hayward said.
Shane Hayward said he currently has temporary custody of Frank Hayward III and hopes to eventually have permanent custody of his nephew. Currently, the two are staying with Shane Hayward’s cousin in Owings. Shane Hayward said he is originally from Maryland but lives with his wife and son in Georgia, where he is stationed in the U.S. Army. He said Frank Hayward III is looking forward to living with his cousin, 10-year-old Shane Hayward II.
When asked about what might happen to the two pit bulls, Sky and Steele, that Frank Hayward III’s parent’s owned, Shane Hayward said since most military installations do not allow pit bulls, a relative would likely adopt Sky so his nephew could visit the dog from time to time.
After news of the July 31 event spread throughout the Calvert community, several residents and local businesses came together to help raise money for Frank Hayward III, and the efforts are still continuing today.
Shane Hayward said his nephew knows about and appreciates the various fundraisers in the county, and he “feels like a celebrity.”
Prince Frederick resident Kristen Freeman has organized two upcoming car shows to benefit Frank Hayward III. While she doesn’t know the Hayward family personally, Freeman said she and her husband have been hosting car show fundraisers for six years and she wanted to help the family.
“I just wanted to help,” she said. “I like helping. If you need help and I have time to do it, I’ll be there.”
The first car show will be held Sept. 8 at Sneade’s Ace Home Center in Lusby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Freeman said.
Scott MacWilliams, general manager of Sneade’s in Lusby, said space is limited and recommended preregistering cars prior to the day of the show, but registration will take place between 8 and 10 a.m. the day of the event. Registering a car is $20, which is paid on the day of the show, he said.
MacWilliams said he heard that Freeman was trying to put together a car show for Frank Hayward III but could not find a location, so he offered to allow her to host the show at the Lusby store.
“We put on a couple car shows each year for a couple different groups and … we wanted to help out Frankie and the community with this,” MacWilliams said.
Freeman said The Hogettes will make an appearance and entertainment will be provided by the Travis Adams Band. Raffles, a silent auction, a moon bounce and face painting will also be available to raise money, she said.
“It’s just like a big family day,” Freeman said.
Freeman said representatives from Suntrust Bank in Prince Frederick, where a bank account for Frank Hayward III is set up, will be at the fundraiser to collect all of the proceeds from the car show. A portion of the proceeds made by any vendors at the event will also be deposited into the Suntrust account, she said.
A second car show will be held Oct. 6 at The Greene Turtle in Prince Frederick from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Freeman said. Like the car show at Sneade’s, space is limited to 150 cars, she said.
Steve Cooper, owner of The Greene Turtle in Prince Frederick, said Freeman approached him a while ago because she was looking for a location to hold a second car show to benefit Frank Hayward III.
“She approached us, and we were looking to do something, and … we said we’ll participate,” Cooper said.
In addition to money raised from car registration, 10 percent of the restaurant sales made Oct. 6 will be donated to Frank Hayward III, Cooper said.
Freeman said she hopes to have a sheriff’s deputy at the fundraiser to handle the money, which will be deposited into the Suntrust account.
Freeman is also helping promote a fundraiser through Schwan’s Fundraising Truckload Sales. To purchase food items or a gift card from the fundraiser, go to http://schwansfundraising.com and enter campaign number 40172. The Schwan’s fundraiser will continue through Sept. 6.
Attorney Jennifer Dill, of Ferrante & Dill LLC, said the bank account established at Suntrust Bank in Prince Frederick, called the Guardianship of Frankie Hayward III, is under her authority, as she was appointed by the court as guardian of his property. Her role, Dill said, is to “identify, locate and pursue all assets that are due to little Frankie” and to “preserve anything and everything I can for Frankie.” Any monies deposited into the bank account, she said, are protected by the court.
“People are welcome to forward their donations [to the bank] so I can safeguard it for the purposes of what the people are donating for,” Dill said.
Dill said while she is hoping anyone interested in donating will make deposits directly into the Suntrust Bank account, as it is the safest way to donate money to Frank Hayward III, she encourages people to attend the various fundraisers throughout the county and donate to them.
Dill said a guardianship order given by the court gives her the authority to control the account until the court determines “what’s next.”
Calvert County Sheriffs Office Lt. Steve Jones said the sheriff’s office has not endorsed or participated in any fundraisers throughout the county and encouraged anyone making donations to “ensure their money is appropriately dispersed.”
Calvert County State’s Attorney Laura Martin in an email said the office was “not consulted about nor has endorsed any fundraisers” for Frank Hayward III. She said since he is a juvenile and is in the care and custody of the Department of Social Services, anyone raising money for Frank Hayward III should have coordinated with DSS.